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Hubble Gets in on a Galactic Gathering

05.27.2016
Nearly as deep as the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, which contains ~10,000 galaxies, this image from the Hubble Space Telescope reveals thousands of colorful galaxies in the constellation of Leo.

91L - North Atlantic Ocean

05.26.2016
An area of low pressure designated as System 91L, located in the Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas is being monitored for possible development into a tropical or subtropical cyclone.

Clear Skies Give Way to Fort McMurray Blaze

05.26.2016
Clear skies during the Suomi NPP satellite's pass over the Fort McMurray Fire area show the blaze is still raging in the Canadian Province of Alberta.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission Will Have a Map for That

05.25.2016
On Sept. 8, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is scheduled to launch for terra incognita: the near-Earth asteroid Bennu. Like expeditions of old, the mission will map the exotic terrain it explores.

NASA Scientists Explain the Art of Creating Digital Hurricanes

05.25.2016
Every day, scientists at NASA work on creating better hurricanes – on a computer screen.

NASA to Aid Disaster Preparedness in Rio de Janeiro

05.25.2016
NASA has signed an agreement with Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to support innovative efforts to better understand, anticipate, and monitor natural hazards.

Fort McMurray Fires Cause Air Quality Issues

05.25.2016
The air quality around the entire Fort McMurray region remains very poor. The Alberta Health Services has issued warnings for the entire area.

Scientists Improve Maps of Subsidence in New Orleans

05.25.2016
The New Orleans area continues to sink at highly variable rates due to a combination of natural geologic processes and human activity, according to a new study using NASA airborne radar.

Fort McMurray Fires Still Spewing Smoke Over Alberta

05.24.2016
Firefighters in Alberta are grateful for and welcomed in the same weather than the North Atlantic residents of the United States have been dealing with and dreading for weeks.

NASA Sees Fires in Western Mexico

05.24.2016
The Suomi NPP satellite's Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument captured a look at multiple fires and smoke burning in western Mexico.

NASA Scientist Suggests Possible Link Between Primordial Black Holes and Dark Matter

05.24.2016
Dark matter is a mysterious substance composing most of the material universe, now widely thought to be some form of massive exotic particle.

Science Instruments of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Successfully Installed

05.24.2016
With surgical precision, two dozen engineers and technicians successfully installed the package of science instruments of the James Webb Space Telescope into the telescope structure.

NASA Hurricane Resources Available for 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season

05.23.2016
NASA has a variety of resources for reporters covering 2016's Atlantic Ocean and Eastern and Central Pacific hurricane seasons.

Roanu (was 91B/01B) - Northern Indian Ocean

05.23.2016
On May 21 at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 UTC) the Joint Typhoon Warning Center issued their final warning on Tropical Cyclone Roanu as it made landfall near Chittagong, Bangladesh..

Wildfires in Eastern Russia

05.23.2016
Several wildfires are burning in eastern Russia and NASA's Terra satellite captured an image of the hotspots and smoke.

NASA Begins Launch Preparations for the First U.S. Asteroid Sampling Mission

05.23.2016
NASA's first spacecraft designed to return a piece of an asteroid to Earth arrived at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 20 and has begun final preparations in advance of its September launch.

Hubble Sees a Swarm of Ancient Star Clusters around a Galaxy

05.20.2016
This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows star clusters encircling a galaxy, like bees buzzing around a hive.

Early Breakup of the Beaufort Sea Ice

05.20.2016
Every spring, the expansive pack of sea ice that coats the Beaufort Sea during the winter starts to thin and break up when the spring sunlight arrives and temperatures rise.

NASA’s KORUS-OC Campaign Takes to Seas

05.19.2016
In a South Korean port, two research ships are being equipped with instruments that will measure sunlight interacting with the ocean and capture the microscopic life that ebbs/flows with the currents.

Central Africa Is Blanketed by Fires

05.19.2016
Each red dot represents an area of the earth that is hotter than the area surrounding it and is indicative of fire. Central Africa in this satellite image is teeming with red dots.

Warm Seas Lead to Extensive Coral Bleaching

05.19.2016
The past two years have been the two hottest in the global temperature record, and coral reefs around the world are suffering because of it.

Widespread Warmth Envelops Greenland

05.18.2016
April in Greenland is typically very cold, though some years buck the trend.

Fort McMurray Fire Sends Up Huge Columns of Smoke

05.17.2016
uge columns of smoke rise up from the myriad of fires in the Fort McMurray complex in Alberta, Canada.

Fires Around Lake Baikal in Russia

05.17.2016
NASA's Suomi NPP satellite collected this natural-color image of fires burning around Lake Baikal in Russia on May 15, 2016.

GPM Satellite Measures Extreme Sri Lanka Rainfall

05.16.2016
Over the past few days a tropical low dropped very heavy rain while moving over Sri Lanka and southern India.
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