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Chan-Hom - Northwest Pacific Ocean

06.30.2015
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP Satellite passed over the newborn ninth tropical depression of the Northwestern Pacific Ocean typhoon season on June 30.

25P - Southern Pacific Ocean

06.30.2015
The Southern Pacific Ocean Tropical Cyclone Season just got an extension with the birth of a new tropical depression near the Solomon Islands.

NASA Missions Monitor a Waking Black Hole

06.30.2015
NASA's Swift satellite detected a rising tide of high-energy X-rays from the constellation Cygnus on June 15, just before 2:32 p.m. EDT.

Eruption of Wolf Volcano, Galapagos Islands

06.30.2015
n late May 2015, the highest volcano in the Galapagos Islands erupted for the first time in 33 years.

Smoke from Alaska and Canada Fires Dives into the Continental U.S.

06.30.2015
Smoke from the Canadian fires can be seen in this image taken by the Suomi NPP satellite.

Wildfires in Alberta and Saskatchewan

06.29.2015
On June 28, 2015, the MODIS instrument on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image of wildfires burning in Alberta, north of the Athabasa oil sands.

Unusually Large Number of Fires Across Alaska

06.29.2015
The fire situation in Alaska is very dynamic at this time, with 314 active fires in the State.

Wildfires in Russia's Tuva Republic

06.29.2015
Wildfires are burning in the Tuva Republic of Russia.

Fires in Australia's Northern Territory

06.29.2015
Smoke and heat from fires occurring in the Top End of Australia's Northern Territory.

IRIS Celebrates Year Two With Ongoing Scientific Discoveries

06.26.2015
On June 27, 2015, NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, mission will celebrate its second year in space.

Lake Fire in California Grows

06.26.2015
The MODIS aboard the Aqua satellite acquired this image of smoke from the Lake fire streaming north on June 25, 2015.

First Instrument Delivered for Asteroid Sample Return Mission

06.26.2015
The first of five instruments for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, which will collect a sample from an asteroid and bring it back to Earth, has arrived at Lockheed Martin for installation.

NASA Explains Why June 30 Will Get Extra Second

06.26.2015
A leap second will be added on June 30. NASA Goddard scientists explain why.

Hubble View of a Nitrogen-Rich Nebula

06.26.2015
This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows a planetary nebula named NGC 6153, located about 4,000 light-years away in the southern constellation of Scorpius (The Scorpion).

Changing Views of Fine Particulate Pollution

06.25.2015
People living in polluted areas inhale vast quantities of fine particulate matter (called PM2.5 because the pollution particles have diameters less than 2.5 micrometers). These can affect health.

Using NASA Data to Show How Raindrops Could Save Rupees

06.25.2015
Rainwater could save people in India a bucket of money, according to a new study by scientists looking at NASA satellite data.

New NASA Supercomputer Model Shows Planet Making Waves in Nearby Debris Disk

06.25.2015
A new NASA supercomputer simulation of the planet and debris disk around the nearby star Beta Pictoris reveals that the planet's motion drives spiral waves throughout the disk.

NASA Technology Protects Webb Telescope from Contamination

06.25.2015
Contamination from organic molecules can harm delicate instruments and engineers are taking special care at NASA to prevent that from affecting the James Webb Space Telescope.

NASA’s Hubble Sees a “Behemoth” Bleeding Atmosphere Around a Warm Exoplanet

06.24.2015
Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have discovered an immense cloud of hydrogen dubbed “The Behemoth” bleeding from a planet orbiting a nearby star.

Earth Directed CME Lights the Skies

06.24.2015
Earth experienced a geomagnetic storm on June 22, 2015 due to the arrival of an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection, or CME, from June 20.

NASA Simulation Suggests Black Holes May Make Ideal Dark Matter Labs

06.23.2015
A new NASA computer simulation shows that dark matter particles colliding in the extreme gravity of a black hole can produce strong, potentially observable gamma-ray light.

Team Prepares for Next Step in NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission

06.22.2015
With launch only 15 months away, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx team is preparing to deliver instruments for integration with the spacecraft that will travel to, and collect a sample from, an asteroid.

Washington Wildfire in California

06.22.2015
NASA's Aqua satellite recently spotted smoke from the Washington Fire south of Carson City, Nevada.

Kujira (South China Sea)

06.22.2015
NASA's Aqua satellite gathered infrared data on Tropical Storm Kujira as it moved in a northerly direction in the South China Sea on June 22.

Lake Fire and San Gorgonio Fire in California

06.22.2015
The Lake Fire (the larger of the two fires) is burning in the northern portion of the San Gorgonio Wilderness. All hiking trails into the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area have been closed.
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