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Demise of a Phytoplankton Bloom

11.26.2014
Phytoplankton can explode into blooms large enough to be visible from space. But what factors lead to the demise of these floating microscopic organisms? Sometimes viruses are to blame.

21W (Northwest Pacific)

11.26.2014
The TRMM satellite provided rainfall data as Tropical Depression 21W was making landfall in the southern Philippines on Nov. 26.

Hubble Sees a Slashing Smudge Across the Sky

11.26.2014
The galaxy cutting dramatically across the frame of this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image is a slightly warped dwarf galaxy known as UGC1281.

DSCOVR Satellite Arrives in Florida for Launch

11.25.2014
The truck delivering NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft, or DSCOVR, backs up to the door of the airlock of Building 2 at the Astrotech payload processing facility in Titusville, Florida.

Satellite Views Early Thanksgiving Travel Trouble Areas in U.S.

11.25.2014
As the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday approaches this Thursday, November 27, NOAA's GOES-East and GOES-West satellites are keeping a weather eye out for storms that may affect early travelers.

NASA Satellite Views Active Shiveluch Volcano

11.25.2014
Shiveluch Volcano remained very active into November 2014, with a slowly growing lava dome accompanied by frequent ash emissions and rockfalls.

Shrinking Lake Ebinur

11.25.2014
In 2014, the eastern lobe of the Aral Sea dried up, bringing attention to the human impact on the Central Asian landscape. But the Aral Sea isn’t the only lake in the region that is losing water.

DSCOVR to Observe Space Weather and Earth from Afar

11.24.2014
The Deep Space Climate Observatory is a mission whose primary task to collect measurements to enable space weather forecasting by NOAA.

IceBridge Campaign Closes with Four More Flights

11.24.2014
NASA’s Operation IceBridge completed four more surveys of the Antarctic, bringing the mission’s six-week-long field campaign to a close.

Hubble Sees a Spiral in a Furnace

11.21.2014
This Hubble image is a snapshot of NGC 986 — a barred spiral galaxy discovered in 1828 by James Dunlop.

Satellite Movie Shows Massive Great Lakes Snowstorm

11.21.2014
The large snowfall in the leeward side of the Great Lakes on Nov. 19 and 20 was seen by NOAA's GOES-East satellite.

NASA's Swift Satellite Marks 10 Years of Game-changing Astrophysics

11.20.2014
Over the past decade, NASA's Swift Gamma-ray Burst Explorer has proven itself to be one of the most versatile astrophysics missions ever flown.

The riddle of the missing stars

11.20.2014
Thanks to the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, some of the most mysterious cosmic residents have just become even more puzzling.

Operation IceBridge: Back to Bellingshausen and the Peninsula

11.19.2014
Researchers with NASA’s Operation IceBridge built on their success with more science flights over Antarctica, including two that weather conditions have been preventing since the campaign's start.

Inside the Bering Sea Superstorm

11.19.2014
In early November 2014, a superstorm charged across the Bering Sea with record-low pressure, bringing high winds and waves to the region. It even triggered events leading to an extreme U.S. cold snap.

NASA's Swift Mission Probes an Exotic Object: ‘Kicked’ Black Hole or Mega Star?

11.19.2014
An international team of researchers analyzing decades of observations has discovered an unusual source of light in a galaxy some 90 million light-years away.

The Long, Strange Trip of Asteroid Bennu

11.18.2014
A new animation from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center depicts what is known and what remains mysterious about the early solar system and asteroid Bennu, the target for the OSIRIS-REx mission.

NASA-USGS Award Recognizes Innovations in Land Observations

11.18.2014
A pioneer in mapping global land cover change from space and the team behind the United States’ most advanced land surface mapping satellite have both been honored with the 2014 William T. Pecora Awar

Winnie Humberson - Sharing Science Stories in Novel Ways - Part Two

11.18.2014
Outreach coordinator Winnie Humberson thinks of new ways to share science stories with the public. (Part two of two.)

Satellite View of the U.S. Wrapped in a Frozen Blanket

11.18.2014
As icy cold Canadian air settled over the eastern two-thirds of the U.S. bringing snow and bitter cold, NOAA's GOES-East satellite captured this infrared view of what looks like a frozen blanket...

NASA's SDO Sees Returning Sunspot Produce Mid-Level Flare

11.17.2014
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of a mid-level solar flare, an M5.7 on Nov. 16, 2014.

NASA Computer Model Provides a New Portrait of Carbon Dioxide

11.17.2014
An ultra-high-resolution NASA computer model has given scientists a stunning new look at how carbon dioxide in the atmosphere travels around the globe.

A Closer Look at Carbon Dioxide

11.17.2014
A new simulation of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere provides a look at how this greenhouse gas moves around the globe and fluctuates in volume. These three close-up views show how...

Adjali (Southern Indian Ocean)

11.17.2014
NASA sees the Southern Indian Ocean cyclone season awaken...

Plumes from Alaska's Pavlof Volcano

11.17.2014
The Alaska Volcano Observatory first detected earthquakes associated with the movement of magma and heat at Pavlof's summit on November 12, 2014.
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