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Understanding the Outer Reaches of Earth's Atmosphere Poster
Sun, Earth’s Space Environment
Mar 30, 2018
Up above the clouds, Earth’s atmosphere gives way to space. This interface is called the ionosphere. Changes in the ionosphere – in reaction to space weather above and Earth’s weather below -- can disrupt communications and GPS signals and could potentially harm astronauts. So it is important to... Read More
Sun, Earth’s Space Environment
Mar 25, 2018
Enveloping our planet and protecting us from the fury of the Sun is a giant bubble of magnetism called the magnetosphere. It deflects most of the solar material sweeping towards us from our star at 1 million miles per hour or more. Without the magnetosphere, the relentless action of these solar... Read More
Earth, Sun
Mar 16, 2018
NASA has powered on its latest space payload to continue long-term measurements of the Sun's incoming energy. Total and Spectral solar Irradiance Sensor (TSIS-1), installed on the International Space Station, became fully operational with all instruments collecting science data as of this March.
Universe, Earth, Sun
Feb 12, 2018
In collaboration with NASA, the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) is pleased to offer eligible institutions the opportunity to apply for a free Sun, Earth, Universe exhibition.
Universe, Earth, Sun, Solar System
Jan 30, 2018
Sixty years ago, on January 31, 1958, the United States joined the "space race" with the successful launch of the Explorer 1 satellite. But the event was much more than a rocket launch.   
America's Debut in Space Poster
Sun, Earth’s Space Environment
Jan 24, 2018
Like Earth, space has weather. Except instead of swirling winds and downpours of precipitation, space weather is defined by shifting electric and magnetic fields and rains of charged particles. At the very beginning of space, starting just 60 miles above Earth’s surface, there’s a layer of the... Read More
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Sun
Sep 26, 2017
In the summer of 2018, we’re launching Parker Solar Probe, a spacecraft that will get closer to the Sun than any other in human history.
Illustration of Parker Solar Probe spacecraft approaching the sun
Sun
Aug 24, 2017
Now that the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse across America is over, you may be wondering: Can I reuse or recycle my eclipse glasses?
Sun, Sky Watching, Eclipses
Aug 18, 2017
On August 21, 2017, the shadow of the Moon will sweep across the U.S. landscape, transforming day to twilight. In the surreal gloaming of an eclipse, the temperature drops, birds go silent, crickets begin to chirp, and blossoms start to close. As this scene plays out across a 70-mile wide path of... Read More
The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Poster
Sun, Sky Watching, Eclipses
Aug 16, 2017
Cloud cover? Cannot travel? Don’t fear! Watch the total solar eclipse online!
Photo of moon eclipsing sun
Sun, Sky Watching, Eclipses
Aug 11, 2017
Are you ready for the eclipse?  Learn more here!
Still image of total solar eclipse
Sun, Our Sun, Earth’s Space Environment
Jun 27, 2017
High up in the clear blue noontime sky, the sun appears to be much the same day-in, day-out, year after year. But astronomers have long known that this is not true. The sun does change. Properly-filtered telescopes reveal a fiery disk often speckled with dark sunspots. Sunspots are strongly... Read More
Solar Minimum is Coming Poster
Sun, Sky Watching, Eclipses
Jun 14, 2017
Join NASA, other federal agencies, and science organizations for a nationally-televised event on the upcoming total solar eclipse.
Total eclipse image taken Mar. 20, 2015 at Svalbard, Norway
Sun, Sky Watching, Eclipses
Jun 2, 2017
For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will cross the entire nation on Monday, August 21, 2017. Over the course of 100 minutes, 14 states across the United States will experience over two minutes of darkness in the middle of the day.
Photo of people releases weather balloons into blue sky
Sun, Earth’s Space Environment
May 16, 2017
The spectacle of a mammoth rocket ‘breaking the surly bonds of Earth’ takes our breath away. Equally amazing are the secrets revealed to us by science missions these rockets have launched – and NASA puts careful thought into what kind of mission will best achieve that science. Sometimes a large,... Read More
NASA's Sounding Rockets Poster