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NASA’s Hubble Spots Possible Water Plumes Erupting on Jupiter's Moon Europa

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have imaged what may be water vapor plumes erupting off the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa. This finding bolsters other Hubble observations suggesting the icy moon erupts with high altitude water vapor plumes.

Roslyn (Eastern Pacific)

Recently formed Tropical Storm Roslyn was encountering wind shear when NOAA's GOES-West satellite captured an image of the storm.

Ulika - (was 19E - Central Pacific Ocean)

NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the Central North Pacific Ocean as Tropical Depression 19E strengthened into Tropical Storm Ulika.

NASA’s Asteroid-Bound Spacecraft Aces Instrument Check

NASA’s spacecraft designed to collect a sample of an asteroid ran the first check of its onboard instruments.

Smoke and Fires in Central Russia

In mid-September 2016, wildfires continued to burn in Siberia amid what has been an active fire season for the region.

Puerto Rico Goes Dark

Late on September 21, 2016, a fire at a power plant substation in southern Puerto Rico triggered a cascade of problems across the island’s aging electrical grid.

Megi (Northwest Pacific)

NASA's Aqua satellite captured an image of Tropical Storm Megi as it formed in the northwestern Pacific Ocean.

Hubble Views a Colorful Demise of a Sun-like Star

This image, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows the colorful "last hurrah" of a star like our sun.

A Mechanical Harmony to NASA's Webb Telescope Sunshield

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has a giant custom-built, kite-shaped sunshield driven by mechanics that will fold and unfold with a harmonious synchronicity 1 million miles from Earth.

Hubble Finds Planet Orbiting Pair of Stars

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, and a trick of nature, have confirmed the existence of a planet orbiting two stars in the system OGLE-2007-BLG-349.

The Intersection of Fire and Rain

The following passage is an excerpt from our feature “A Tale of Fire and Water: A NASA Scientist’s Quest to Understand the Rain in Africa.”

NASA Scientist to Discuss "A Space Weather Report" at Library of Congress Lecture

The public is invited to a free talk called “A Space Weather Report: Preparing Space Explorers for Bad Weather throughout the Solar System."

Highlights from a Decade of JAXA and NASA’s Hinode Solar Observatory

Since its launch on Sept. 22, 2006, Hinode has been watching the sun nearly non-stop, providing valuable insight into our star – and others throughout the universe.

Innovator, Precipitation Mission Receive Earth Observation Award

A longtime innovator in space-based Earth observation and a team that has paved the way for the next generation of satellite precipitation observations have been honored with the 2016 William T. Pecora Award for achievement in Earth remote sensing.

Soberanes Still Burns

n late July 2016, an illegal campfire gave rise to the Soberanes fire that grew near the California coast between Monterey and Big Sur. The wildfire is still not fully contained.

How Cities and Suburbs Affect Chesapeake Bay

While farms are the leading source of pollution entering Chesapeake Bay, they are not the only source. Urban and suburban areas contribute large quantities of nitrogen, phosphorous, and sediment.

NASA Offers Media Access to NOAA’s GOES-R Spacecraft

NOAA’s next-generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R (GOES-R) weather and environmental satellite will be the focus of a media opportunity Sept. 27, 2016.

Lisa - (Eastern Atlantic)

NASA sees Tropical Storm Lisa form in Eastern Atlantic.

NASA Scientists Find ‘Impossible’ Cloud on Titan – Again

The appearance of an ice cloud seemingly out of thin air led NASA scientists to seek new explanations. They found evidence of solid-state chemistry, with similarities to Earth's stratospheric clouds.

Peter Wyper - Back to the Solar Physics

Solar atmospheric scientist and movie lover Peter F. Wyper makes numerical simulations to understand the solar atmosphere.

Paine (Eastern Pacific)

Paine became a hurricane during the early morning hours of Monday, September 19, 2016.

Three California Wildfires Still Burning Landscape

Three wildfires were captured in this image taken by the Suomi NPP satellite on September 18, 2016. These are by no means the only fires in the state of California.

Smoke and Wildfires in Russia Take Over Landscape

NOAA/NASA's Suomi NPP satellite captured this image of the smoke and fires in the Siberian area of Russia near Lake Baikal on September 19, 2016.

Lava Flow on Volcán de Fuego

On September 7, 2016, the Operational Land Imager on Landsat 8 captured this image of lava spilling down the slopes of Guatemala’s Volcán de Fuego, one of Central America’s most active volcanoes.

Greenland’s Lesser-Known Glaciers

cientists and crew with NASA’s Operation IceBridge, which makes annual aerial surveys of polar ice, have just concluded another series of science flights over the Arctic.
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