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Studying the Solar System with NASA’s Webb Telescope

02.08.2016
In addition to looking across vast distances, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope will study planets, moons and small objects in our solar system.

Studying the Solar System with NASA’s Webb Telescope

02.08.2016
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will look across vast distances to find the earliest stars and galaxies and study the atmospheres of mysterious worlds orbiting other stars.

Intensifying Atlantic Storm Examined By NASA's GPM

02.08.2016
As a low pressure area continued to intensify in the Atlantic Ocean off the United States' East Coast, NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement core satellite gathered information...

Bushfires Continue in Tasmania

02.08.2016
Bushfires are still threatening parts of Tasmania although there is no immediate danger to any communities at this time.

Oxygen Factories in the Southern Ocean

02.07.2016
Phytoplankton are the grass of the sea.

Hubble Views Merging Galaxies in Eridanus

02.05.2016
This image, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows a peculiar galaxy known as NGC 1487, lying about 30 million light-years away in the southern constellation of Eridanus.

NASA's GPM Satellite Examines Violent Thunderstorms

02.05.2016
Severe weather moved through the southern U.S. on February 2 and 3, and NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement or GPM core satellite examined the violent thunderstorms.

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Primary Mirror Fully Assembled

02.04.2016
The 18th and final primary mirror segment is installed on what will be the biggest and most powerful space telescope ever launched.

NASA Measures 10 Days of U.S. Extreme Precipitation from Space

02.04.2016
For more than a week the weather over the continental United States has been punctuated by extreme events. NASA analyzed satellite data that measured the heavy precipitation.

Drought in Southern Africa

02.03.2016
Hot and dry conditions associated with a strong El Niño left experts wondering if a record agricultural drought is in the works for southern Africa.

Bushfires in Tasmania

02.03.2016
In January 2016, lightning ignited dozens of fires in northwestern Tasmania

Fires Light up Chihuahua, Mexico

02.03.2016
Wildfires are lighting up a section of Bachiniva, Mexico in the state of Chihuahua in this satellite image.

NASA’s ICESat-2 Equipped with Unique 3-D Manufactured Part

02.02.2016
ICESat-2 will carry a 3-D printed part made of polyetherketoneketone (PEKK), a material that has never been used in 3-D manufacturing, let alone flown in space.

Robert C. Levy — Atmospheric Scientist

02.02.2016
Robert C. Levy talks flying discs, elephants and “dark targets.”

JSWST Instruments are Coming in from the Cold

02.02.2016
After being tested at extremely low temperatures for more than two months, the four instruments of the James Webb Space Telescope are preparing to come in from the cold.

Fire Burns in Mumbai Landfill

02.02.2016
In January 2016, fire raged in the largest landfill in the Indian city of Mumbai.

Heliophysics CubeSat to Launch on NASA’s SLS

02.02.2016
The CubeSat to study Solar Particles, or CuSP will orbit around the sun in interplanetary space, measuring incoming radiation that can create a wide variety of effects at Earth.

Cold Snap in Asia

01.30.2016
In January 2016, a deep chill descended across eastern Asia.

Hubble Finds Misbehaving Spiral

01.29.2016
Despite its unassuming appearance, the edge-on spiral galaxy captured in the left half of this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image is actually quite remarkable.

Blizzard Winds Battered East Coast

01.29.2016
When a nor’easter came barreling through the Mid-Atlantic in late January 2016, it brought remarkably strong winds and a formidable storm surge, along with historic amounts of snow.

Stan (was 92S) Southern Indian Ocean

01.28.2016
NASA satellites provided data as the tropical low pressure area known as System 92S has consolidated and intensified into Tropical Cyclone Stan.

Oil Fires in Libya Continue

01.28.2016
The oil refinery fires in Libya that were started by attacks on oil terminals in Libya in very early January continue.

Hubble Sees Monstrous Cloud Boomerang Back to our Galaxy

01.28.2016
Hubble Space Telescope astronomers are finding that the old adage “what goes up must come down” even applies to an immense cloud of hydrogen gas outside our Milky Way galaxy.

A Decade of Change for Nitrogen Dioxide

01.28.2016
The Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) has observed significant changes in a key pollutant: nitrogen dioxide (NO2), a noxious gas emitted by motor vehicles, power plants, and industrial facilities.

Pluto’s Widespread Water Ice

01.28.2016
Water ice is more prevalent on Pluto’s surface than previously thought, according to new findings based on data from the Ralph/Linear Etalon Imaging Spectral Array (LEISA) on the New Horizons mission.
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