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Colorful and Plankton-Full Patagonian Waters

12.16.2014
Late spring and summer weather brings blooms of color to the Atlantic Ocean off of South America, at least from a satellite view.

Retreat of the Columbia Glacier

11.10.2014
Scientists have long studied Alaska's fast-moving Columbia Glacier, a tidewater glacier descending through the Chugach Mountains into Prince William Sound. Yet the river of ice continues to surprise.

Ocean Data Shows 'Climate Dance' of Plankton

10.02.2014
The greens and blues of the ocean color from NASA satellite data have provided new insights into how climate and ecosystem processes affect the growth cycles of phytoplankton.

Roiling Flows on Holuhraun Lava Field (Iceland)

09.11.2014
Iceland's Holuhraun lava field offers spectacular views from the ground and from low-flying aircraft, and infrared imaging makes the view from space spectacular, too.

Acid Lake in Java

09.12.2014
The turquoise lake in the crater of the Kawah Ijen volcano looks serene and inviting. It also happens to be the world's largest acidic lake.

Retreat of Yakutat Glacier

08.20.2014
Located in the Brabazon Range of southeastern Alaska, Yakutat Glacier is one of the fastest retreating glaciers in the world.

Spots Galore

07.23.2014
The Sun sported a whole slew of substantial sunspots over the period July 1-10, 2014.

OCO-2 Lifts Off

08.19.2014
On the foggy morning of July 2, 2014, a Delta II rocket carrying NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) roared off the launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Hubble Sees Flickering Light Display on Saturn

05.29.2014
Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have captured new images of the dancing auroral lights at Saturn’s north pole.

Dark Lift-Off

05.29.2014
A small, hovering mass of twisted strands of plasma shifted back and forth before erupting into space (Apr. 29-30, 2014) over a period of just one day.

The Making of NASA's Global Selfie

05.29.2014
On Earth Day, NASA asked people all around the world a simple question – “Where are you on Earth Right Now?” This image was built using 36,422 individual photos that were posted on social media.

Hubble Sees Starbursts in the Wake of a Fleeting Romance

05.29.2014
This image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows galaxy NGC 4485 in the constellation of Canes Venatici (The Hunting Dogs). The galaxy is irregular in shape, but it hasn’t always been so.

Hubble Shows Jupiter's Great Red Spot is Smaller than Ever Measured

05.15.2014
Images of Jupiter's Great Red Spot, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope over a span of 20 years, shows how the planet's trademark spot has decreased in size over the years.

Neutron Stars Rip Each Other Apart to Form Black Hole

05.15.2014
This still image from a supercomputer simulation shows one of the most violent events in the universe: a pair of neutron stars colliding, merging and forming a black hole.

Wonders in the Antarctic Sky

05.12.2014
An IceBridge photo of a multi-layered lenticular cloud hovering near Mount Discovery, a volcano about 70 kilometers southwest of McMurdo Station on Antarctica’s Ross Island.

More Glacier Surveys for IceBridge

05.12.2014
A view of mountains and sea ice near Thule Air Base, Greenland, from the NASA P-3 on May 6, 2014.

Flame Nebula: Chandra Delivers New Insight into Formation of Star Clusters

05.12.2014
A study of NGC 2024 and the Orion Nebula Cluster suggest that the stars on the outskirts of these clusters are older than those in the central regions, contrary to previous ideas about star formation.

March 29 X-class Flare

05.12.2014
This combined image shows the March 29, 2014, X-class flare as seen through the eyes of different observatories.

LRO View of Earth

05.12.2014
This image shows a colorized view of Earth from the moon-based perspective of NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Graceful Turbulence

04.02.2014
Powerful magnetic forces above an active region on the Sun twisted and pulled at a blob of plasma until it lost its connections and blew out into space.

Kavir Desert, Iran

04.04.2014
As the astronauts on the International Space Station passed over the deserts of central Iran recently, they were greeted by this striking pattern of parallel lines and sweeping curves.

First Images Available from NASA-JAXA Global Rain and Snowfall Satellite

03.26.2014
3D view inside an extra-tropical cyclone observed off the coast of Japan by GPM's Dual-frequency Precipitation Radar.

First Interactive Mosaic of Lunar North Pole

03.19.2014
An interactive mosaic from LRO covers the north pole of the moon from 60 to 90 degrees latitude at a resolution of 2 meters per pixel. Close-ups of Thales crater (right side) zoom in to reveal detail.

Hubble Celebrates 24th Anniversary with Infrared Image of Nearby Star Factory

03.19.2014
The images demonstrate Hubble's powerful infrared vision and reveal a shadowy, dense knot of gas and dust sharply contrasted against a backdrop of brilliant glowing gas in the Monkey Head Nebula.

Mid-Level Solar Flare Seen by NASA's SDO

03.19.2014
SDO captures images of the sun in many wavelengths of light at the same time. Each wavelength shows different aspects of the same event, as seen in these three images of a solar flare from March 12.
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