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NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Completes Comprehensive Systems Test

Now that NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has been assembled into its final form, testing teams seized the unique opportunity to perform a critical software and electrical analysis on the entire observatory as a single, fully connected vehicle.

Fay – Atlantic Ocean

NASA used satellite data to create an animation of Fay’s development and progression over the past few days, showing how the storm organized into a tropical storm.

Hubble Sees Sculpted Galaxy

Captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, this image shows NGC 7513, a barred spiral galaxy. This galaxy is moving at the astounding speed of 972 miles per second, and it is heading away from us.

Two Bizarre Brown Dwarfs Found With Citizen Scientists’ Help

With the help of citizen scientists, astronomers have discovered two highly unusual brown dwarfs, balls of gas that are not massive enough to power themselves the way stars do.

Conditions Ripe for Active Amazon Fire, Atlantic Hurricane Seasons

Warmer than average sea surface temperatures in the tropical North Atlantic Ocean so far in 2020 have set the stage for an active hurricane season and elevated the risk of fires in the southern Amazon.

Cristina – Eastern Pacific Ocean

A low-pressure area strengthened quickly and became Tropical Storm Cristina in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and infrared imagery from NASA revealed the powerful thunderstorms fueling that intensification.

Edouard – Atlantic Ocean

The latest tropical storm in the Atlantic Ocean formed one day ago and was already being battered by wind shear.

NOAA/NASA's Suomi NPP Sees Prescribed Burns Set in Western Australia

NOAA/NASA's Suomi NPP satellite captured this image of prescribed fires in Western Australia on July 06, 2020.

Hubble Spots Feathered Spiral

NGC 2275 is classified as a flocculent (or fluffy-looking) spiral galaxy, located 67 million light-years away in the constellation of Cancer. Millions of bright, young, blue stars shine in the complex, feather-like spiral arms, interlaced with dark lanes of dust.

NASA's Terra Satellite Peers Down at New Mexico Fires

NASA's Terra satellite peered down from space to capture an image of the three fires visible in New Mexico on July 01, 2020. The fires pictured in this image are the Cub Fire, the Good Fire and the Vics Peak fire.

NASA's Aqua Satellite Shows Siberian Fires Filling Skies With Smoke

NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of Siberian fires criss-crossing the landscape and huge clouds of smoke obscuring large portions of the countryside.

A Dust Plume to Remember

While dust routinely blows across the Atlantic Ocean, scientists rarely see plumes as large and dense with particles as the one that darkened Caribbean skies in June 2020.

NCCS Collaborates with the NSF Spatiotemporal Innovation Center at George Mason University – Part 2

Among other collaborative machine learning projects, the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) and the National Science Foundation Spatiotemporal Innovation Center at George Mason University are classifying clouds to more accurately model and forecast local precipitation.

NASA’s TESS Delivers New Insights Into an Ultrahot World

KELT-9 b is one of the hottest planets known. New measurements from NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) have enabled astronomers to greatly improve their understanding of this bizarre world.

Johns Hopkins Glacier

While most glaciers in southeast Alaska are losing an astounding amount of ice, this glacier has been relatively stable.

NASA's Suomi NPP Satellite Focuses on Wood Springs 2 Fire in Arizona

NASA's Suomi NPP satellite used its VIIRS (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) instrument to capture this image of the Wood Springs 2 fire in Arizona on June 29, 2020.

04E – Eastern Pacific Ocean

Tropical Depression 4E formed late on June 29 and it is forecast to become a remnant low-pressure area by the end of the day on June 30.

NASA's Terra Satellite Captures Rock Path Fire in Utah

NASA's Terra satellite captured this image of the Rock Path fire located 15 miles north of Milford, Utah on June 28, 2020.

Hubble Captures Galaxy on Edge

We don’t see the beautiful spiral arms of galaxy NGC 5907 in this Hubble image because we are viewing it edge-on, like looking at the rim of a plate. It is for this reason that NGC 5907 is also known as the Knife Edge galaxy.

NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP Satellite Analyzes Saharan Dust Aerosol Blanket

Dust storms from Africa’s Saharan Desert traveling across the Atlantic Ocean are nothing new, but the current dust storm has been quite expansive and NASA satellites have provided a look at the massive June plume.

Boris – Eastern Pacific Ocean

NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite provided forecasters with visible image of the Eastern Pacific Ocean’s second tropical storm of the season, Boris.

Both Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo Experiencing High Numbers of Agricultural Fires

Fires have spread across the majority of the landscape in Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Signs of Drought in European Groundwater

Long-term rainfall deficits, heat waves, and increased evaporation have depleted some of the groundwater supply beneath central and eastern Europe.

Hubble Sees Cosmic Flapping ‘Bat Shadow’

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope observed a young star’s unseen, planet-forming disk casting a huge shadow across a more distant cloud in a star-forming region – like a fly wandering into a flashlight beam shining on a wall. The feature was dubbed the “Bat Shadow” because it resembles a pair of wings. Now, scientists see the Bat Shadow flapping!

NASA’s TESS, Spitzer Missions Discover a World Orbiting a Unique Young Star

Astronomers using data from NASA's TESS and retired Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered a planet as large as Neptune circling the young star orbiting AU Microscopii.
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