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Bacteria Thrive as Ocean Warms

Scientists have been working to identify the ways in which our warming seas are affecting other Earth systems, including life in the ocean.

Berguitta (Southern Indian Ocean)

NASA's Terra satellite passed over the Southern Indian Ocean and saw Tropical Cyclone Berguitta moving southwest toward the island of Mauritius.

Farming Creates Fire Line Across Central Africa

NASA's Suomi NPP satellite collected this natural-color image which detected thousands of fires burning in Central Africa on January 15, 2018.

Hubble Weighs in on Mass of Three Million Billion Suns

Galaxy cluster ACT-CLJ0102-4915, or “El Gordo” contains the mass of a staggering three million billion suns.

Urban Patterns in Snow and Light

When a snowstorm hits a metropolitan area, the blanket of white appears to blanket the concrete, steel, and glass of human presence. But from space, these manmade “heat islands” are clearly visible.

Above and Beyond: NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission Surpasses Expectations Flying to New Heights in 2017

MMS has been studying Earth's space environment for over two years, and in 2017 it made many discoveries changing how we understand the magnetic environment protecting our planet.

NASA, NOAA to Announce 2017 Global Temperatures, Climate Conditions

Climate experts will provide the annual release of data on global temperatures and discuss the most important climate trends of 2017 during a media teleconference at 11 a.m. EST Thursday, Jan. 18.

Hubble Yields New Discoveries at the Winter AAS Meeting

The new science discoveries with the Earth-orbiting observatory stretch from nearby star forming regions, to the heart of our Milky Way galaxy, to the horizon of the observable universe.

Hubble Finds Substellar Objects in the Orion Nebula

Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have uncovered the largest known population of brown dwarfs sprinkled among newborn stars in the Orion Nebula.

NASA Team First to Demonstrate X-ray Navigation in Space

In a technology first, a team of NASA engineers has demonstrated fully autonomous X-ray navigation in space — a capability that could revolutionize NASA’s ability in the future to pilot robotic spacecraft to the far reaches of the solar system and beyond.

No Planets Needed: NASA Study Shows Disk Patterns Can Self-Generate

A new NASA study shows rings, arcs and spirals in disks around stars may not be caused by planets. They may self-generate.

GeoCarb: A New View of Carbon Over the Americas

A new NASA Earth satellite mission may transform our understanding of the global carbon cycle by mapping key carbon gases from a new vantage point: geostationary orbit.

NASA Calculated Heavy Rainfall Leading to California Mudslides

Winter rains falling on recently burned ground triggered deadly mudslides in Santa Barbara County, California on January 9.

Webb Telescope’s Houston Highlights

With NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope’s approximately nine-month stay in Texas coming to an end, now is a good time to reflect on the memories it made in the Lone Star State.

NASA's Newly Renamed Swift Mission Spies a Comet Slowdown

NASA's Swift spacecraft, now renamed the Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory after the mission's late principal investigator, has detected the most dramatic change in a comet's rotation ever seen.

Joyce (was 05S - Southern Indian Ocean)

Tropical Depression 5S was consolidating just offshore Cape Leveque, Western Australia when NASA's Aqua satellite gathered temperature data.

Ice on Lake Erie

On January 6, 2018, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired images of North America’s Great Lakes.

Irving (Southern Indian Ocean)

On Jan. 8, Tropical Cyclone Irving was hurricane-force in the Southern Indian Ocean.

How Algorithm Got Its Name

The concept of an algorithm has a long history that involves the invention of numerals, mathematics, and computers. The word itself has an interesting origin story that traces back to Khwãrezm.

Cloud Streets Over the Yellow Sea

On November 18, 2017, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this natural-color image of cloud streets over the Yellow Sea.

South Atlantic Abloom

Swirls of milky blue and green reveal the presence of massive numbers of phytoplankton in the South Atlantic Ocean near the Falkland Islands.

Hubble’s Barred and Booming Spiral Galaxy

UGC 6093 is something known as a barred spiral galaxy — it has beautiful arms that swirl outwards from a bar slicing through the galaxy’s center.

Powerful Winter Storm Pummels the U.S. East Coast

Millions of people along the East Coast of the U.S. faced snow and ice, gusty winds, power outages, travel delays, school closings, and flooding as a rapidly-intensifying Nor’easter plowed northward.

NASA’s Webb Telescope to Investigate Mysterious Brown Dwarfs

Astronomers are hopeful that the powerful infrared capability of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will resolve a puzzle as fundamental as stargazing itself — what IS that dim light in the sky?

Satellite Eyes Winter Nor'easter

A satellite view of eastern U.S. showed the powerful winter nor'easter was moving toward New England on Jan. 4, 2018.
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