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CME Week: The Difference Between Flares and CMEs

09.22.2014
There are many kinds of eruptions on the sun. Solar flares and coronal mass ejections both involve gigantic explosions of energy, but are otherwise quite different.

Media Invited to See NASA’s MMS Spacecraft Prior to Shipment for Launch

09.22.2014
MMS will provide the first ever three-dimensional view of the reconnection process, which is one of the most important drivers of space weather events.

King Fire Rages On in El Dorado National Forest

09.22.2014
Evacuations of 2,819 people have occurred in the wake of the huge King Fire blazing out of control near the Eldorado National Forest.

2014 Arctic Sea Ice Minimum Sixth Lowest on Record

09.22.2014
Arctic sea ice coverage continued its below-average trend this year as the ice declined to its annual minimum on Sept. 17.

Wildfire in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

09.22.2014
A fire began in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana, Africa, when a campfire grew out of control and could not be put out by the campers.

Bushfires in Australia's Northern Territory and Queensland

09.22.2014
NASA's Terra satellite collected this natural-color image with the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, MODIS, instrument on September 18, 2014.

Wildfires in Khabarovsk Krai, Russia

09.22.2014
Most of the fires captured in this image burn in Khabarovsk Krai, a territory occupying the coastline of the Sea of Okhotsk.

NASA’s Newest Mars Mission Enters Orbit

09.21.2014
NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft successfully entered Mars orbit at 10:24 p.m. EDT Sunday, Sept. 21, where it will prepare to study the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere as no mission has done before.

Quality Checking NASA HS3 Mission Dropsondes

09.19.2014
A technician working on NASA's HS3 mission checks dropsondes to ensure they are working correctly before being loaded aboard NASA's Global Hawk.

Hubble Feathers the Peacock

09.19.2014
This picture, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2), shows a galaxy known as NGC 6872 in the constellation of Pavo (The Peacock).

Extensive Arch

09.19.2014
A giant arch of plasma rose up out of the Sun and then stretched itself until it had reached back to a point behind our view of the Sun (Sept, 17-18, 2014).

GOES-R Satellite “Brain” and “Body” Are Mated

09.18.2014
The System Module and Core Module subassemblies were successfully mated and now form the GOES-R spacecraft.

ICESat-2’s Penguin Mascot Named

09.18.2014
The penguin mascot for NASA’s upcoming Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 mission now has a name, thanks to a group of second graders...

NASA HS3 Mission Time Lapse Highlights Cameras Over Tropical Systems

09.18.2014
NASA released a time-lapse video that highlights three different cameras aboard NASA's remotely piloted Global Hawk aircraft No. 872 as it investigated two tropical systems in the Atlantic Ocean...

Agricultural Fires in the Ukraine

09.18.2014
Numerous fires (marked with red dots) are burning in Eastern Europe, likely as a result of regional agricultural practices.

Fung-Wong (was 16W - NW Pacific)

09.17.2014
NASA sees birth of Tropical Depression 16W.

NASA Mars Spacecraft Ready for Sept. 21 Orbit Insertion

09.17.2014
NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft is nearing its scheduled Sept. 21 insertion into Martian orbit. The mission timeline will place the spacecraft in orbit at approximately 9:50 p.m. EDT.

Investigating the Martian Atmosphere (video)

09.17.2014
MAVEN will be the first spacecraft devoted to studying the Red Planet's upper atmosphere, in an effort to understand how the Martian climate has changed over time.

California's King Fire East of Sacramento

09.17.2014
California's King Fire tripled in size from Monday, September 15 to Tuesday morning, September 16, and current weather conditions are doing nothing more than helping it along.

Smoke Wafts Over the Selway Valley in Idaho

09.17.2014
Smoke from the fires in the Selway Complex and the Johnson Bar fire is wafting into the Selway River valley.

36 Pit Fire in Oregon

09.17.2014
The 36 Pit Fire began on September 13, 2014. The fire is human-caused and is still under investigation.

Dry Conditions and Lightning Strikes Make for a Long California Fire Season

09.17.2014
The fire season in California has been anything but cooperative this year.

UN Panel: Ozone Layer on the Road to Recovery

09.17.2014
Earth’s protective ozone layer is on track for recovery within the next few decades according to a new assessment by 282 scientists from 36 countries.

NASA Releases IRIS Footage of X-class Flare

09.17.2014
On Sept. 10, 2014, NASA's newest solar observatory, the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, mission joined other telescopes to witness an X-class flare.

Earth-directed X-class Flare

09.17.2014
An active region just about squarely facing Earth erupted with an X 1.6 flare (largest class) as well as a coronal mass ejection on Sept. 10, 2014.
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