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NASA’s Webb Reveals an Exoplanet Atmosphere as Never Seen Before

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope just scored another first: a molecular and chemical profile of a distant world’s skies.

Dusty Copper River Delta

Plumes from this part of Alaska happen in autumn when winds are strong, water levels are low, and snow has not yet blanketed the floodplain.

NASA Satellite Precipitation Data Joins the Air Force

For the first time, the Air Force meteorology unit has integrated the Integrated Multi-satellite Retrievals for GPM (IMERG) algorithm into its operational weather forecasts and advisories.

5 Ways Supercomputing is Key to NASA Mission Success

Whether developing new technologies for landing on other planets, improving air travel here at home, or more realistically simulating global weather and climate, supercomputing is key to the success of NASA missions. These advances and more were on display in the agency’s hybrid exhibit during SC22.

More Flooding in Australia’s Soggy Southeast

After an extremely wet October, storms in November 2022 have added to ongoing flooding across New South Wales and Victoria.

NOAA’s GOES-U Completes Thermal Vacuum Testing

NOAA’s GOES-U, the final satellite in the GOES-R Series of advanced geostationary environmental satellites, recently completed thermal vacuum (TVAC) testing as part of a rigorous assessment program to ensure the satellite can withstand the harsh conditions of launch and orbiting 22,236 miles above Earth’s equator.

Hubble Views a Billowing Cosmic Cloud

A small, dense cloud of gas and dust called CB 130-3 blots out the center of this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

Carbonate Swirls Spin from the Bahamas

Hurricane Nicole turned the shallow waters along the Abaco Islands into an eddy factory.

NASA’s Webb Draws Back Curtain on Universe’s Early Galaxies

A few days after officially starting science operations, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope propelled astronomers into a realm of early galaxies, previously hidden beyond the grasp of all other telescopes until now.

NASA Study: Massive Volcanism May Have Altered Ancient Venus’ Climate

A NASA paper suggests that volcanic activity lasting hundreds to thousands of centuries may have helped transform Venus from a temperate and wet world to the acidic hothouse it is today.

NASA’s Webb Catches Fiery Hourglass as New Star Forms

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has revealed the once-hidden features of the protostar within the dark cloud L1527, providing insight into the beginnings of a new star. These blazing clouds within the Taurus star-forming region are only visible in infrared light, making it an ideal target for Webb’s Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam).

Arctic Cyclones to Intensify as Climate Warms, NASA Study Predicts

NASA scientists project spring Arctic cyclones will intensify by the end of this century because of sea ice loss and rapidly warming air and water surface temperatures.

Snow Blankets Yosemite National Park

The park and surrounding areas of the Central Sierra Nevada turned white after the season’s first significant winter storm.

5 Things to Know About How SWOT Will Look at the World’s Water

On Dec. 12, NASA will launch the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite into Earth orbit from The international Surface Water and Ocean Topography mission will provide high-definition data on the salt- and fresh water on Earth’s surface.

NASA Goddard Scientists Create Black Hole Jets with NCCS Discover Supercomputer

Leveraging the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS), NASA Goddard Space Flight Center scientists ran 100 simulations exploring jets — narrow beams of energetic particles — that emerge at nearly light speed from supermassive black holes.

Seasonal Greening of the Inner Niger Delta

A burst of green overtakes the normally brown landscape of central Mali as vegetation takes advantage of the seasonal inflow of water.

Autumn Fires in Central Appalachia

Dry autumn conditions and high winds spurred numerous wildland fires in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia in November 2022.

Nicole Approaches Florida

The size of the tropical cyclone indicates that the storm’s effects could be far-reaching.

NASA, ULA Successfully Launch Weather Satellite, Re-entry Tech Demo

NASA successfully launched the third in a series of polar-orbiting weather satellites for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at 1:49 a.m. PST Thursday, as well as an agency technology demonstration on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.

NASA Telescope, Moon Rocket Named TIME Inventions of 2022

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope and Space Launch System (SLS) rocket were named 2022 TIME Inventions of the Year.

NASA to Brief Media on First Earth Water-Monitoring Satellite Mission

NASA will host a virtual media briefing at 10:30 a.m. EST (7:30 a.m. PST) Nov. 14, at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, to discuss the upcoming launch of the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite.

Hubble Captures 3 Faces of Evolving Supernova in Early Universe

Three different moments in a far-off supernova explosion were captured in a single snapshot by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. The star exploded more than 11 billion years ago, when the universe was less than a fifth of its current age of 13.8 billion years.

Tornado Damage in Texas

The twister tore roofs off homes and flattened forests as winds raged to speeds of 170 miles per hour.

Flowing Free Through Albania

Though there are more than one million dams and other barriers on Europe’s rivers, little disrupts the natural flow of the Vjosa River.

Lake Torrens is a Lake Again

In October 2022, a substantial amount of water returned to this ephemeral lake in South Australia.

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