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Hubble Sees 'Ghost Light' From Dead Galaxies

10.30.2014
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has picked up the faint, ghostly glow of stars ejected from ancient galaxies that were gravitationally ripped apart several billion years ago.

2014 Antarctic Ozone Hole Holds Steady

10.30.2014
The Antarctic ozone hole reached its annual peak size on Sept. 11, according to scientists from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Hundreds of Agricultural Fires in India

10.30.2014
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite detected dozens of fires burning in India on October 30, 2014.

21E (Eastern Pacific)

10.30.2014
Twenty-first Eastern Pacific Tropical Depression born on Oct. 30...

Nine to Midnight – Goddard’s Rock Band

10.30.2014
There is a little-known law of physics: put three physicists in a basement at night and you get a rock band.

Kilauea Lava Flow Reaches Hawaiian Town

10.29.2014
For several weeks, residents of the Hawaiian town of Pahoa have been warily watching an unusual flow of lava from Kilauea grow closer to their community.

Two Years Later: NASA Remembers Hurricane Sandy

10.29.2014
Turbulent, swirling winds traveled from the Caribbean Sea and along the Atlantic Ocean in late October of 2012 to produce one of the most impactful hurricanes on the U.S. East Coast— Hurricane Sandy.

Smoke and Haze Over China

10.29.2014
Smoke and haze hang over a large portion of eastern China in this image captured by the Aqua satellite on October 29, 2014.

Here’s Looking at You: Spooky Shadow Gives Jupiter a Giant Eye

10.28.2014
In this view, the shadow of the Jovian moon Ganymede swept across the center of the Great Red Spot. This gave Jupiter the uncanny appearance of having a pupil in the center of an "eye"

SDO POTW: Prodigious Sunspot

10.28.2014
The largest sunspot, almost as big as the planet Jupiter, of this solar cycle has now rotated around so that it is just about facing Earth.

Mark Olsen - An Atmospheric Dynamicist With a Beat

10.28.2014
Atmospheric dynamicist Mark Olsen enjoys unplanned scientific discoveries and drumming in his rock band with his Goddard friends.

Fire and Snow Falling on the Ukraine

10.28.2014
In this image collected by NASA's Aqua satellite on October 27, 2014, dozens of hot spots have been detected by the MODIS instrument in Ukraine.

NASA’s LRO Spacecraft Captures Images of LADEE’s Impact Crater

10.28.2014
NASA’S Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has spied a new crater on the lunar surface, made by the impact of NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer mission.

IceBridge Flies Around the Pole

10.27.2014
Operation IceBridge continued its Antarctic research campaigns with flights designed to study changing glacier ice and set a baseline for future satellite missions.

Nilofar (Arabian Sea)

10.27.2014
Tropical Cyclone 04A continues to intensify and had been renamed Tropical Cyclone Nilofar when NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead on Oct. 27.

NASA's SDO Observes More Flares Erupting from Giant Sunspot

10.27.2014
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of an X2.0-class solar flare bursting off the lower right side of the sun on Oct. 27, 2014.

NASA Identifies Ice Cloud Above Cruising Altitude on Titan

10.24.2014
NASA scientists have identified an unexpected high-altitude methane ice cloud on Saturn's moon Titan that is similar to exotic clouds found far above Earth's poles.

Hubble Views the Whirling Disk of NGC 4526

10.24.2014
This galaxy is known as NGC 4526. Its dark lanes of dust and bright diffuse glow make the galaxy appear to hang like a halo in the emptiness of space in this image from the Hubble.

MAVEN Ultraviolet Image of Comet Siding Spring’s Hydrogen Coma

10.23.2014
NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft captured an ultraviolet image of hydrogen surrounding comet Siding Spring. The cloud was about a half degree across, comparable in size to Earth’s moon as seen from Earth.

NASA's SDO Observes Largest Sunspot of the Solar Cycle

10.23.2014
A gigantic sunspot – almost 80,000 miles across --can be seen on the lower center of the sun in this image from NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory captured on Oct. 23, 2014.

Sunset Solar Eclipse

10.23.2014
On Thursday, Oct. 23rd, the setting sun across eastern parts of the USA will be red, beautiful and … crescent-shaped.

NASA HS3 Mission Global Hawk's Bullseye in Hurricane Edouard

10.23.2014
NASA's Hurricane Severe Storms Sentinel or HS3 mission flew the unmanned Global Hawk aircraft on two missions between Sept. 11 and 15 into Hurricane Edouard and scored a bullseye,,,

Fires in the Southern United States

10.23.2014
In this image taken by the Aqua satellite of the southern United States actively burning areas as detected by MODIS’s thermal bands are outlined in red.

IceBridge Campaign Starts With Sea Ice

10.23.2014
Researchers with NASA’s Operation IceBridge got the mission’s 2014 Antarctic campaign off to a start with two surveys of sea ice and a science flight over the Antarctic Peninsula.

‘Pulse of Our Planet’: Watching Earth’s Vital Signs

10.23.2014
On Sept. 10, “Vital Signs: Pulse of Our Planet” premiered at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, showcasing some of NASA’s most exciting Earth observations of our dynamic planet.
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