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Hubble Gazes at Long-dead Star

07.29.2016
This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image captures the remnants of a long-dead star. These rippling wisps of ionized gas are located some 160,000 light-years away within the Large Magellanic Cloud.

Sand and Soberanes Fires Still Blazing in California

07.28.2016
The Sand and Soberanes fires in California continue to blaze, however, the Sand Fire is 65% contained whereas the Soberanes Fire remains only 10% contained.

Idaho's Pioneer Fire Heats Up

07.28.2016
The Pioneer Fire located 8 miles north of Idaho City has grown to 12,869 acres and is 35% contained.

NASA’s Next Planet Hunter Will Look Closer to Home

07.27.2016
As the search for life on distant planets heats up, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is bringing this hunt closer to home.

Supercomputer Upgrades to Give Scientists Ability to Improve Forecasting

07.26.2016
A NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) Discover supercomputer upgrade will allow NASA Earth scientists to increase the resolution and capabilities of their models for more accurate predictions.

Cliff Creek and Lava Mountain Fires in Wyoming - July 26, 2016

07.26.2016
Cliff Fire and Lava Mountain fire in Wyoming continue to grow in July 2016.

Exploring Barrow with Operation IceBridge

07.26.2016
A cloudy day in the middle of Operation IceBridge’s summer campaign in Alaska, meant no flights, so instead members of the campaign showed local kids how to build and fly NASA-quality paper airplanes.

NASA Team Begins Testing of a New-Fangled Optic

07.26.2016
This new-fangled telescope optic could give scientists the resolution they need to see finer details still invisible with current observing tools – a jump in resolution that could help answer a 50-year-old question about the physical processes heating the sun's million-degree corona.

Hubble Views a Galaxy Fit to Burst

07.25.2016
This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image reveals the vibrant core of the galaxy NGC 3125.

Astronomers Discover Dizzying Spin of the Milky Way Galaxy’s “Halo”

07.25.2016
Astronomers discovered for the first time that the hot gas in the halo of the Milky Way galaxy is spinning in the same direction and at comparable speed as the galaxy's disk.

Suomi NPP Views Cliff Creek and Lava Mountain Fires in WY

07.25.2016
"Fighting fire with fire" is the mantra for the Cliff Creek fire five miles north of Bondurant, Wyoming.

Weather Cooperated With Pioneer Fire in Idaho

07.25.2016
Weather cooperated over the weekend helping out the firefighters battling the Pioneer Fire in Idaho.

Mirinae (was 05W - Northwest Pacific Ocean)

07.25.2016
Tropical Depression 05W strengthened into a tropical storm and was renamed Mirinae as NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the South China Sea and captured a visible image of the storm.

Sand and Soberanes Fires Largest in California At Present

07.25.2016
The Sand and Soberanes Fires have the unhappy distinction of the being the largest fires in California at present.

NASA to Map the Surface of an Asteroid

07.25.2016
OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will travel to the near-Earth asteroid Bennu to harvest a sample, ideally from a region in which the building blocks of life may be found.

Fires in Northwestern Siberia

07.22.2016
In mid July, satellites observed dense smoke over north-central Russia. Many of the fires appear in the tundra-taiga interface, where boreal forests give way to low-lying vegetation and permafrost.

Pioneer Fire in Idaho

07.22.2016
The Aqua satellite captured this natural color image of the Pioneer Fire currently burning northeast of Boise, Idaho.

Frank (Eastern Pacific)

07.22.2016
As tropical storm Frank was forming in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, NASA analyzed rainfall and cloud heights and found "hot towers" that indicated intensification was likely.

Georgette (Eastern Pacific)

07.22.2016
As Tropical Storm Georgette was forming, the Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite flew overhead and gathered data that showed an intensifying storm.

Counting Trees and Shrubs in the Sub-Sahara Using Cloud Computing—Part 1

07.21.2016
Leveraging NASA Center for Climate Simulation and commercial cloud technologies, scientists are calculating vegetation biomass and stored carbon within a coast-to-coast swath of Africa.

NASA’s Hubble Looks to the Final Frontier

07.21.2016
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the TV series "Star Trek" has captured the public’s imagination with the signature phrase, "To boldly go where no one has gone before."

Going with the Floe: Measuring Summer Arctic Sea Ice

07.21.2016
In July the Chukchi Sea, 300 miles north of Barrow, Alaska, is as varied as any land terrain.

NASA’s Hubble Telescope Makes First Atmospheric Study of Earth-Sized Exoplanets

07.20.2016
Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have conducted the first search for atmospheres around temperate, Earth-sized planets beyond our solar system.

PACE Mission Will Uncover New Information About Health of Our Oceans

07.20.2016
NASA's Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission is a first-of-its-kind project that aims to answer key questions about the consequences of climate change on the health of our oceans...

Quantifying Tree Loss in Sierra National Forest

07.20.2016
Mass tree die-offs are sparking worries of fire in California’s Sierra Nevada range.
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