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Solar Minimum is Coming Poster
Sun, Our Sun, Earth’s Space Environment
Jun 27, 2017
Intense solar activity such as sunspots and solar flares subsides during solar minimum, but that doesn’t mean the sun becomes dull. Solar activity simply changes form.
Solar System
May 15, 2014
May 15, 2014: Jupiter's trademark Great Red Spot -- a swirling anti-cyclonic storm larger than Earth -- has shrunk to its smallest size ever measured. According to Amy Simon of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, recent NASA Hubble Space... Read More
Earth
May 12, 2014
A new study led by NASA researchers shows that half-a-dozen key glaciers in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet are in irreversible decline. The melting of these sprawling icy giants will affect global sea levels in the centuries ahead.
ScienceCasts: No Turning Back - West Antarctic Glaciers in Irreversible Decline
Earth
May 12, 2014
May 12, 2014: Over the years, as temperatures around the world have ratcheted upward, climate change researchers have kept a wary eye on one place perhaps more than any other:  The West Antarctic Ice Sheet, and particularly the fastest melting part of it, the glaciers that... Read More
Solar System
May 6, 2014
May 6, 2014: The head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office, Dr. Bill Cooke, often lets cameras do his sky watching for him.  He and his colleagues operate a nationwide network of automated fireball observatories that capture anything that burns into Earth’s... Read More
Solar System
May 5, 2014
Sky watchers in North America could witness a new meteor shower on May 24th when, for the first time, Earth passes through a cloud of dust from periodic comet 209P/LINEAR.
ScienceCasts: NASA on the Lookout for a New Meteor Shower
Sun
May 2, 2014
May 2, 2014: Last month (April 8-11), scientists, government officials, emergency planners and others converged on Boulder, Colorado, for NOAA's Space Weather Workshop—an annual gathering to discuss the perils and probabilities of solar storms.  The current... Read More
Sun
Apr 28, 2014
Two years ago, an intense solar storm narrowly missed Earth. If it had hit, researchers say, we could still be picking up the pieces.
ScienceCasts: Carrington-class CME Narrowly Misses Earth
Apr 26, 2014
Apr. 26, 2014: It's spring, and all around the northern hemisphere gardeners are planting seeds, tilling soil, and watering crops. Imagine a gardener's surprise, however, if water from the hose, instead of hitting the soil and sinking in, floated up to the sky. Or if the soil... Read More
Universe, Solar System
Apr 25, 2014
April 25, 2014: NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered what appears to be the coldest "brown dwarf" known -- a dim, star-like body that  surprisingly is as frosty as Earth's North Pole. Named "WISE J085510.83-071442.5... Read More
ISS
Apr 25, 2014
A new life form is taking root on the ISS, and its name is "Outregeous." The space-faring lettuce was delivered to the space station by a SpaceX Dragon capsule on April 20th.
ScienceCasts: Lettuce Orbit Earth - A New Form of Life Takes Root on the ISS
Universe, Solar System
Apr 17, 2014
April 17, 2014: Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting in the "habitable zone" of another star. The planet, named "Kepler-186f" orbits an M dwarf, or red dwarf, a class of stars that makes up 70 percent of the stars... Read More
Sun
Apr 16, 2014
April 16, 2014: Earth's poles are separated by four oceans, six continents and more than 12,000 nautical miles. Turns out, that's not so far apart. New data from NASA's AIM spacecraft have revealed "teleconnections" in Earth's atmosphere that stretch all... Read More
Solar System
Apr 14, 2014
April 14, 2014: NASA's Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn. Informally named "Peggy," the object may be a new moon. Details of the observations were published online today by the journal Icarus.
Sun
Apr 11, 2014
NASA's AIM spacecraft is discovering unexpected "teleconnections" in Earth's atmosphere that link weather and climate across vast distances.
ScienceCasts: Unexpected Teleconnections in Noctilucent Clouds