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Nov 2, 2022
A total lunar eclipse brings some magic to the morning sky on November 8th, and the Leonid meteors peak after midnight on November 18th, with some glare from a 35% full moon. In addition, enjoy pretty views on other days in November when the Moon visits planets Mars and Saturn, and bright star... Read More
Illustration on 3 planets in the solar system with text reading "what's up skywatching highlights november 2022"
Earth
Nov 2, 2022
Why does climate change matter? Because it's happening and we’re already feeling its effects around the world. But there's hope. NASA Chief Scientist and Senior Climate Advisor Dr. Kate Calvin explains how NASA collects data and develops tools that can help us better understand and prepare for... Read More
Video still frame of woman talking with her hands up, a satellite image in the background and text that reads Why Does Climate Change Matter?
Earth
Nov 2, 2022
In the summer of 2022, the team investigated permafrost thaw, methane emissions from lakes, and the effects of wildfires in Alaska and northwestern Canada.
Universe
Nov 2, 2022
Planets can force their host stars to act younger than their age, according to a new study of multiple systems using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.
Solar System
Nov 1, 2022
A closer look at what goes into wrapping up the mission as the spacecraft’s power supply continues to dwindle.
Earth
Nov 1, 2022
Excess nutrients and pollutants washed off land by rainstorms can degrade water quality and harm marine life and humans. Identifying these problems before they can affect us is a constant challenge for water resource managers.
Satellite image of the Maryland coastline illustrating the wash off of nutrients and pollutants at the coastline with light blue.
Solar System
Oct 31, 2022
The Multi-spectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC), which is a component of the L'Ralph instrument, collected this false-color image of the Moon on October 16, 2022, during the first Earth gravity assist of NASA's Lucy spacecraft.
Solar System, Mars
Oct 31, 2022
The forecast for the Cloudspotting on Mars project is cloudy. And that’s a good thing! The Cloudspotting on Mars citizen science project has received additional funding from NASA’s Mars Data Analysis Program to search for clouds in more Mars data. 
Image of clouds in the Mars atmosphere
Sun
Oct 28, 2022
On Oct. 25, the Hinode satellite used its X-ray Telescope to capture three passages of the Moon eclipsing the Sun.
Solar System
Oct 28, 2022
NASA announced Friday the agency decided its Psyche mission will go forward, targeting a launch period opening on Oct. 10, 2023.
Universe
Oct 28, 2022
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope using its Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) camera has snapped this eerie, extremely dusty view of the Pillars of Creation in mid-infrared light – showing us a new view of a familiar landscape.
Space Experiments, Space Biology
Oct 28, 2022
Which plants have the best chances for survival in space? That’s the question being addressed by Principal Investigators Anna-Lisa Paul and Robert Ferl in the Epigenetic Adaptation to the Spaceflight Environment – Accumulated Genomic Change Induced by Generations in Space (Plant Habitat-03)... Read More
Small green Arabidopsis plants germinating on the base of the Advanced Plant Habitat growth chamber. This is a large box with walls on each side except for the front, which has a large opening. Within the opening, there are LED lights are at the top, air vents on the sides, and a combination of small sensors with cameras.
Universe
Oct 28, 2022
This peculiar portrait from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope showcases NGC 1999, a reflection nebula in the constellation Orion.
Sun, Our Sun
Oct 27, 2022
NASA and ESA (European Space Agency) have worked together on multiple missions to advance our understanding of the Sun and its effect on Earth. To continue this collaboration, the two agencies formed the ESA/NASA Lower Thermosphere-Ionosphere Science, or ENLoTIS, working group in May 2022.
Bright swaths of red in the ionosphere, known as airglow, can be seen in this video captured by the International Space Station.