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Third Substantial Solar Flare in 2 Days

10.22.2014
The sun erupted with another significant flare today, peaking at 10:28 a.m. EDT on Oct. 22, 2014. SDO captured images of the third substantial flare from the same region of the sun since Oct. 19.

Planetary Scientist: A Job That's Out of This World

10.22.2014
Melissa Trainer’s job as a planetary scientist lets her travel virtually to Mars, Titan and other extreme solar-system environments.

NASA-led Study Sees Titan Glowing at Dusk and Dawn

10.22.2014
New maps of Saturn’s moon Titan reveal large patches of two trace gases shining brightly near the north pole, on the dusk side of the moon, and near the south pole, on the dawn side.

NASA-NOAA Suomi NPP Satellite Team Ward Off Recent Space Debris Threat

10.22.2014
Space debris is an ongoing real-life concern for teams managing satellites orbiting Earth, including NOAA-NASA's Suomi NPP satellite.

TD9 (Atlantic Ocean)

10.22.2014
Tropical Depression Nine formed over the western Bay of Campeche, Gulf of Mexico and is forecast to make a quick landfall on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

NASA's TRMM Satellite Calculates Hurricanes Fay and Gonzalo Rainfall

10.22.2014
NASA used TRMM and other satellite data to calculate rainfall from Atlantic hurricanes Fay and Gonzalo.

NASA's MAVEN Studies Passing Comet and Its Effects

10.21.2014
NASA's newest orbiter at Mars, MAVEN, took precautions to avoid harm from a dust-spewing comet that flew near Mars today and is studying the flyby's effects on the Red Planet's atmosphere.

Fires in Eastern China

10.21.2014
China is a well-known user of fire to clear agricultural fields of debris. In this satellite image hundreds of hot spots fill the image.

Fires in Northern India

10.21.2014
The location, widespread nature, and number of fires suggest that these fires were deliberately set to manage land.

How to Safely Watch the October 23 Partial Solar Eclipse

10.21.2014
During the late afternoon of Oct. 23, 2014, a partial solar eclipse will be visible from much of North America before sundown. Partial eclipses occur when the moon blocks part of the sun from view.

NASA's Fermi Satellite Finds Hints of Starquakes in Magnetar 'Storm'

10.21.2014
Astronomers analyzing the data from Fermi's detection of a "storm" of high-energy blasts from a magnetar have discovered underlying signals related to seismic waves rippling throughout it.

NASA Webb's Heart Survives Deep Freeze Test

10.21.2014
After 116 days of being subjected to extremely frigid temperatures like that in space, the heart of the James Webb Space Telescope emerged unscathed from the thermal vacuum chamber.

NASA's SDO Observes an X-class Solar Flare

10.20.2014
A solar flare surges off the lower left hand of the sun in this image captured by NASA's SDO on Oct. 19, 2014.

Fires in the Cape York Peninsula, Australia

10.20.2014
Although the Queensland Rural Fire website does not show any fires in this area, the Australian Government's Sentinel Hotspot website shows numerous hotspots.

Fires in the Egypt River Delta

10.20.2014
This NASA satellite image is of the Egyptian River Delta. Actively burning areas, detected by MODIS’s thermal bands, are outlined in red.

Trudy (Eastern Pacific)

10.20.2014
The quick life and death of Tropical Storm Trudy...

NASA's HS3 Mission Continues With Flights Over Hurricane Gonzalo

10.20.2014
Tropical Storm Gonzalo strengthened into a hurricane on Oct. 14 when it was near Puerto Rico and provided a natural laboratory for the next phase of NASA's HS3 or Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel m

Coronal Loops, Anyone?

10.20.2014
SDO captured a splendid example of expanding coronal loops seen in profile at the edge of the Sun (Oct. 14-15, 2014).

Hurricane Gonzalo

10.17.2014
The most potent storm of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season tracked from the edge of the Caribbean to Bermuda, with potential impacts expected as far as Nova Scotia and the United Kingdom.

NASA Begins Sixth Year of Airborne Antarctic Ice Change Study

10.16.2014
NASA is carrying out its sixth consecutive year of Operation IceBridge research flights over Antarctica to study changes in the continent’s ice sheet, glaciers and sea ice.

Dust over the Arabian Sea

10.16.2014
October is a month of transition for weather patterns over the Arabian Sea. In the summer, winds blow from the sea toward land. In the winter, the winds reverse and push out over the Arabian Sea.

Hubble Finds Extremely Distant Galaxy through Cosmic Magnifying Glass

10.16.2014
Peering through a giant cosmic magnifying glass, the Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a tiny, faint galaxy -- one of the farthest galaxies ever seen, more than 13 billion light years away.

IRIS Helps Explain Mysterious Heating of the Solar Atmosphere

10.16.2014
The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph was launched with a specific goal: track how energy and heat courses through a little understood region of the sun called the interface region.

Twisted Blob

10.16.2014
The Sun erupts with a twisted blob of plasma that was part of a coronal mass ejection blasted into space (Sept. 26, 2014).

NASA Spacecraft Provides New Information About Sun’s Atmosphere

10.16.2014
NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) has provided scientists with five new findings into how the sun’s atmosphere, or corona, is heated far hotter than its surface.
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