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Hubble Gazes Into a Black Hole of Puzzling Lightness

01.13.2017
The beautiful spiral galaxy visible in the center of the image is known as RX J1140.1+0307, a galaxy in the Virgo constellation.

NASA Analyzes Heavy Rainfall Over Southern Thailand

01.13.2017
Widespread flooding has recently caused the deaths of dozens of people in southern Thailand. Frequent and persistent downpours have resulted in record rainfall totals...

NASA, NOAA to Announce 2016 Global Temperatures, Climate Conditions

01.13.2017
Climate experts from NASA and NOAA will provide the annually-scheduled release of data on global temperatures and discuss climate trends of 2016 during a media teleconference at 11 a.m. EST Jan. 18.

NASA Goddard Scientists Receive Presidential Early Career Awards

01.13.2017
Two scientists from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, are recipients of Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, also known as PECASE.

NASA Scientists and Engineers Honored with Presidential Early Career Awards

01.13.2017
Calling them innovators who are working to help keep the United States on the cutting-edge, President Obama this week named five NASA researchers as recipients of the PECASE award.

NASA Plans Another Busy Year for Earth Science Fieldwork

01.12.2017
NASA scientists are crisscrossing the globe in 2017 – from a Hawaiian volcano to Colorado mountain tops and west Pacific islands – to investigate critical scientific questions about how our planet is changing and what impacts humans are having on it.

Floods Swamp Southern Thailand

01.12.2017
Several days of heavy rainfall swamped much of southern Thailand in January 2017. While monsoon-related floods are common in Thailand, the wet season usually ends in November.

NASA Sees Pineapple Express Deliver Heavy Rains, Flooding to California

01.11.2017
California which has long been suffering through a strong, multi-year drought, is finally beginning to see some much needed relief as a result of the “Pineapple Express.”

Hubble's Front Row Seat When Galaxies Collide

01.10.2017
IRAS 14348-1447 is actually a combination of two gas-rich spiral galaxies doomed to approach each other too closely, slowly, destructively merging into one.

Cambodia’s Forests Are Disappearing

01.10.2017
Cambodia has one of the fastest rates of forest loss in the world. In broad swaths of the country, densely forested landscapes—even those in protected areas—have been clear-cut over the past decade.

Hubble Captures ‘Shadow Play’ Caused by Possible Planet

01.09.2017
A possible planet in a nearby stellar system may be betraying its presence in a unique way: by a shadow sweeping across the stellar disc.

NASA Spots Short-Lived Tropical Depression 01W

01.09.2017
In just 24 hours after Tropical Depression 01W formed in the Philippine Sea it was already falling apart.

NASA Sees Storms Affecting the Western U.S.

01.09.2017
Extreme rain events have been affecting California and snow has blanketed the Pacific Northwest.

NASA Study Finds a Connection Between Wildfires and Drought

01.09.2017
For centuries drought has come and gone across northern sub-Saharan Africa. Various factors influence these African droughts, both natural and human-caused.

NASA Study Finds Solar Storms Could Spark Soils at Moon's Poles

01.06.2017
Powerful solar storms can charge up the soil in frigid, permanently shadowed regions near the lunar poles, and may possibly produce "sparks" that could vaporize and melt the soil, perhaps as much as meteoroid impacts, according to new NASA-funded research.

Hubble Provides Interstellar Road Map for Voyagers’ Galactic Trek

01.06.2017
NASA’s two Voyager spacecraft are hurtling through unexplored territory on their road trip beyond our solar system.

Muted La Niña Follows Potent El Niño

01.06.2017
One year ago, the central and eastern parts of the tropical Pacific Ocean were pulsing with heat, a result of one of the most intense El Niño events on record. One year later, La Niña has been...

Hubble Detects ‘Exocomets’ Taking the Plunge Into a Young Star

01.06.2017
Interstellar forecast for a nearby star: Raining comets!

Central Africa Completely Lit Up

01.06.2017
The VIIRS instrument ((Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) on NASA's Suomi NPP satellite collected this natural-color image that detected dozens of fires burning in Central Africa.

CYGNSS Hurricane Mission Measures “First Light” Science Data

01.06.2017
NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) constellation of eight spacecraft made its “first light” measurements of the ocean surface on Jan. 4, 2017.

Scientists Receive Preliminary Data from GOES-16's Magnetometer

01.05.2017
On Dec. 22, scientists received preliminary data from the outboard magnetometer (MAG) instrument aboard NOAA's GOES-16 satellite! GOES-16 was formerly known as GOES-R.

NASA Moon Data Provides More Accurate 2017 Eclipse Path

01.05.2017
Thanks to LRO and NASA Earth topography data, we have the most accurate maps of the path of totality for any eclipse to date.

Multiple Fires Blaze in Argentina

01.05.2017
Dense smoke rose above a rash of wildfires in the Pampas region of Argentina in late December 2016 and early January 2017.

Scientists Offer Sharper Insight into Pluto’s Bladed Terrain

01.04.2017
Using a model similar to what meteorologists use to forecast weather and a computer simulation of the physics of evaporating ices, scientists have found evidence of snow and ice features on Pluto that, until now, had only been seen on Earth.

NASA Selects Mission to Study Jupiter’s Trojan Asteroids

01.04.2017
NASA has selected a mission that will perform the first reconnaissance of the Trojan asteroids: the Lucy mission, to launch in 2021. Goddard Space Flight Center will provide mission management and a color imaging and infrared mapping spectrometer.
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