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Earth
Nov 17, 2017
Life. It's the one thing that, so far, makes Earth unique among the thousands of other planets we've discovered. Since the fall of 1997, NASA satellites have continuously and globally observed all plant life at the surface of the land and ocean. This week, NASA is sharing stories and videos about... Read More
Solar System
Nov 15, 2017
We start our “Gravity Assist” virtual tour of the solar system with – where else – the Sun!  How hot is the Sun, what are solar flares, and how does space weather affect us here in Earth? Jim is joined by Project Scientist Dr. Nicky Fox of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab to... Read More
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Earth
Nov 15, 2017
Life. It's the one thing that, so far, makes Earth unique among the thousands of other planets we've discovered. Since the fall of 1997, NASA satellites have continuously and globally observed all plant life at the surface of the land and ocean. During the week of Nov. 13-17, NASA is sharing... Read More
visualization of land vegetation and phytoplankton
Solar System
Nov 7, 2017
Heat from friction could power hydrothermal activity on Saturn's moon Enceladus for billions of years if the moon has a highly porous core, according to a new modeling study by European and U.S. researchers working on NASA's Cassini mission.
Black and white image of Enceladus
Universe
Nov 3, 2017
Like rude relatives who jump in front of your vacation snapshots of landscapes, some of our solar system's asteroids have photobombed deep images of the universe taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. These asteroids reside, on average, only about 160 million miles from Earth — right around the... Read More
star field with galaxies and scratch marks
Universe
Nov 1, 2017
Black holes are famous for being ravenous eaters, but they do not eat everything that falls toward them. A small portion of material gets shot back out in powerful jets of hot gas, called plasma, that can wreak havoc on their surroundings.
Artist’s concept shows a black hole with an accretion disk
Solar System
Oct 30, 2017
In time for Halloween, we've put together a compilation of elusive "sounds" of howling planets and whistling helium that is sure to make your skin crawl.
Halloween image of ghost and planets
Solar System
Oct 27, 2017
A small, recently discovered asteroid -- or perhaps a comet -- appears to have originated from outside the solar system, coming from somewhere else in our galaxy. If so, it would be the first "interstellar object" to be observed and confirmed by astronomers.
Diagram showing the path of A/2017 U1
Earth
Oct 26, 2017
The first wave of atmospheric data from the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment III (SAGE III), a NASA instrument that launched to the International Space Station earlier this year, is now available for public use.
SAGE III launched to the International Space Station in February of 2017.
Solar System, Mars
Oct 24, 2017
The layered sedimentary deposits inside the giant canyons of Mars have puzzled scientists for decades. These light toned deposits have fine, horizontal laminations that are unlike the rugged rim rock of the Valles Marineris as seen by NASA's Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter (MRO).
Layered sedimentary deposits inside the giant canyons of Mars
Universe
Oct 23, 2017
In a nod to the global amateur astronomy community, as well as to any space enthusiast who enjoys the beauty of the cosmos, the Hubble Space Telescope mission is releasing its version of the popular Messier catalog, featuring some of Hubble’s best images of these celestial objects that were once... Read More
Gallery of Hubble images
Oct 18, 2017
On Aug. 17, 2017, weak ripples in the fabric of space-time known as gravitational waves washed over Earth. Unlike previously detected gravitational waves, these were accompanied by light, allowing astronomers to pinpoint the source. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope turned its powerful gaze onto the... Read More
Hubble observations of neutron star collision in NGC 4993
Universe, Exoplanets
Oct 11, 2017
There's no map showing all the billions of exoplanets hiding in our galaxy -- they're so distant and faint compared to their stars, it's hard to find them. Now, astronomers hunting for new worlds have established a possible signpost for giant exoplanets.
This artist's rendering shows a large exoplanet causing small bodies to collide in a disk of dust.
ISS
Oct 10, 2017
In 2015, European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Andreas Mogensen was onboard the International Space Station (ISS), photographing the tops of thunderstorms from Earth orbit.  And he saw something very interesting indeed. Blue jets.  
A Display of Lights Above the Storm Poster
Universe, Exoplanets
Oct 6, 2017
Some 1,500 light years from Earth, a mystery of stellar proportions is playing out. A singular star out there captured scientists’ and the public’s imagination in September 2015 with its strangely fluctuating brightness.
A scene like this illustration of dust orbiting the star could be an answer.