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Hubble Sees a Spiral in a Furnace

11.21.2014
This Hubble image is a snapshot of NGC 986 — a barred spiral galaxy discovered in 1828 by James Dunlop.

Satellite Movie Shows Massive Great Lakes Snowstorm

11.21.2014
The large snowfall in the leeward side of the Great Lakes on Nov. 19 and 20 was seen by NOAA's GOES-East satellite.

NASA's Swift Satellite Marks 10 Years of Game-changing Astrophysics

11.20.2014
Over the past decade, NASA's Swift Gamma-ray Burst Explorer has proven itself to be one of the most versatile astrophysics missions ever flown.

The riddle of the missing stars

11.20.2014
Thanks to the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, some of the most mysterious cosmic residents have just become even more puzzling.

Operation IceBridge: Back to Bellingshausen and the Peninsula

11.19.2014
Researchers with NASA’s Operation IceBridge built on their success with more science flights over Antarctica, including two that weather conditions have been preventing since the campaign's start.

Inside the Bering Sea Superstorm

11.19.2014
In early November 2014, a superstorm charged across the Bering Sea with record-low pressure, bringing high winds and waves to the region. It even triggered events leading to an extreme U.S. cold snap.

NASA's Swift Mission Probes an Exotic Object: ‘Kicked’ Black Hole or Mega Star?

11.19.2014
An international team of researchers analyzing decades of observations has discovered an unusual source of light in a galaxy some 90 million light-years away.

The Long, Strange Trip of Asteroid Bennu

11.18.2014
A new animation from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center depicts what is known and what remains mysterious about the early solar system and asteroid Bennu, the target for the OSIRIS-REx mission.

NASA-USGS Award Recognizes Innovations in Land Observations

11.18.2014
A pioneer in mapping global land cover change from space and the team behind the United States’ most advanced land surface mapping satellite have both been honored with the 2014 William T. Pecora Awar

Winnie Humberson - Sharing Science Stories in Novel Ways - Part Two

11.18.2014
Outreach coordinator Winnie Humberson thinks of new ways to share science stories with the public. (Part two of two.)

Satellite View of the U.S. Wrapped in a Frozen Blanket

11.18.2014
As icy cold Canadian air settled over the eastern two-thirds of the U.S. bringing snow and bitter cold, NOAA's GOES-East satellite captured this infrared view of what looks like a frozen blanket...

NASA's SDO Sees Returning Sunspot Produce Mid-Level Flare

11.17.2014
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of a mid-level solar flare, an M5.7 on Nov. 16, 2014.

NASA Computer Model Provides a New Portrait of Carbon Dioxide

11.17.2014
An ultra-high-resolution NASA computer model has given scientists a stunning new look at how carbon dioxide in the atmosphere travels around the globe.

A Closer Look at Carbon Dioxide

11.17.2014
A new simulation of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere provides a look at how this greenhouse gas moves around the globe and fluctuates in volume. These three close-up views show how...

Adjali (Southern Indian Ocean)

11.17.2014
NASA sees the Southern Indian Ocean cyclone season awaken...

Plumes from Alaska's Pavlof Volcano

11.17.2014
The Alaska Volcano Observatory first detected earthquakes associated with the movement of magma and heat at Pavlof's summit on November 12, 2014.

Hubble Reveals a Super-Rich Galactic Neighborhood

11.14.2014
This new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the super-rich galaxy cluster Abell 1413.

New NASA CATS Instrument Website Launched

11.14.2014
NASA’s Cloud-Aerosol Transport System, or CATS, is a lidar remote-sensing instrument that will extend profile measurements of atmospheric aerosols and clouds from the International Space Station.

SDO POTW: Snaking Filament Eruption

11.14.2014
A filament (which at one point had an eerie similarity to a snake) broke away from the sun and out into space (Nov. 1, 2014). This kind of eruptive event is called a Hyder flare.

Earth Matters Blog: Iceland's Holuhruan: Still Erupting

11.14.2014
In some ways, the ongoing fissure eruption at Holuhraun lava field in Iceland is an ideal one.

Seasons of Indian Air Quality

11.14.2014
The skies over the Indo-Gangetic Plain—a river valley that includes parts of Pakistan, India, Nepal, and Bangladesh—are among the haziest in the world.

Newest NASA Mars Orbiter Demonstrates Relay Prowess

11.13.2014
The newest node in NASA's Mars telecommunications network -- a radio aboard the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution orbiter -- handled 550 megabits during its first relay of real Mars data.

How Satellite Laser Ranging Got its Start 50 Years Ago

11.13.2014
Fifty years ago, NASA announced the first successful tracking of a satellite using a laser, a technique now standard for precisely determining satellite orbits.

The Party’s Over for These Youthful Compact Galaxies

11.13.2014
Researchers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory have uncovered young, massive, compact galaxies whose raucous star-making parties are ending early.

IceBridge Surveys More of West Antarctica

11.13.2014
IceBridge researchers continued their Antarctic work with a run of four flights in a row that targeted different science sites in western Antarctica.
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