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Hubble Takes Closer Look at Not-So-'Dead' Neighbor

09.20.2019
Because they lack stellar nurseries and contain mostly old stars, elliptical galaxies — Like Messier 110 — are often considered “dead” when compared to their spiral relatives. But scientists have spotted signs of a population of young, blue stars at Messier 110's center, hinting that this neighbor of our Milky Way may not be so “dead” after all.

Ronnie Abolafia-Rosenzweig Studies the Water Cycle

09.20.2019
Ronnie Abolafia-Rosenzweig is a NASA summer intern whose interests lie in the water cycle perhaps due to his childhood living near a river.

Tapah – Northwestern Pacific Ocean

09.19.2019
Tropical Storm Tapah formed quickly in the northwestern Pacific Ocean.

Shannon Hill - Goddard Intern Studying Pulsating Auroras

09.19.2019
Shannon Hill, an intern at Goddard, studied pulsating auroras during her internship.

Drought Reveals Lost “Spanish Stonehenge”

09.19.2019
The Dolmen de Guadalperal resurfaced after five decades underwater.

Jerry – North Atlantic Ocean

09.18.2019
Tropical Storm Jerry is the latest in a line of tropical cyclones to develop in the North Atlantic Ocean this season.

Mario – Eastern Pacific Ocean

09.18.2019
When the Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite passed over the Eastern Pacific Ocean, it flew over the eastern side of Tropical Storm Mario and measured rainfall.

Smoke Blankets Borneo

09.18.2019
Fires burning in peat deposits in Indonesia release gases and particles that have consequences for public health and the climate.

Imelda – Eastern Pacific Ocean

09.17.2019
NASA’s Terra satellite passed over the western Gulf of Mexico during the early afternoon of Sept. 17 and captured a visible image of the newly formed Tropical Depression 11.

Lorena – Eastern Pacific Ocean

09.17.2019
The Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite provided information about the rate in which rain was falling within the Eastern Pacific Ocean’s tropical storm.

California's Walker Fire Nearly Contained

09.17.2019
California's Walker Fire located southwest of Honey Lake and near the Nevada border is 96 percent contained.

Apollo Moon Soil Radiation Experiment

09.17.2019
When a stream of charged particles known as the solar wind careens into the Moon’s surface at nearly 1 million miles per hour (1.6 million kilometers per hour), it enriches it in ingredients that coul

A Bloom of Nitrogen-Fixing Bacteria

09.16.2019
An important player in the nitrogen cycle, Trichodesmium makes a seasonal appearance off the northeast coast of Australia.

Peipah – Northwestern Pacific Ocean

09.16.2019
NASA’s Terra satellite passed over the northwestern Pacific Ocean and provided a final view of Tropical Depression Peipah.

Drought Exacerbates Australian Fires

09.14.2019
Several years of dry conditions have set the stage for a fierce fire season in several southeastern states.

NASA’s WFIRST Will Help Uncover Universe’s Fate

09.13.2019
NASA's Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope will launch in the will explore how dark energy has affected the universe's expansion in the past, which will let us foresee its possible fate.

Hubble Glimpses Faint Galaxy

09.13.2019
This Hubble image focuses on an object named UGC 695, which is located 30 million light-years away within the constellation Cetus (the Sea Monster), also known as the Whale. UGC 695 is so faint that it is dimmer than the background brightness of Earth’s own atmosphere, which makes it tricky to observe.

NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP Tracks Fire and Smoke from Two Continents

09.13.2019
On Sept. 13, 2019, data from NASA/NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite's OMPS instrument revealed aerosols and smoke from fires over both South America and North America.

Dangerous Fires in Australia's New South Wales State Continue

09.13.2019
NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the Australian state of New South Wales on September 12, 2019 and observed a huge swath of fires up and down the coast.

California's Walker Fire Continues to Grow Within Plumas National Forest

09.13.2019
California's Walker Fire, located about 11 miles east of Taylorsville, California, continues to grow within the Plumas National Forest.

Kiko – Eastern Pacific Ocean

09.13.2019
Kiko developed on Sept. 11 as Tropical Depression 13E and strengthened into a tropical storm by 5 p.m. EDT. Once it attained tropical storm status, it was named Kiko.

Humberto – Atlantic Ocean

09.13.2019
As the Bahamas continue to recover from Category 5 hurricane Dorian, a new developing tropical cyclone is bringing additional rainfall to an already soaked area.

Marine Heat Wave Returns to the Northeast Pacific

09.13.2019
The warm surface water this summer was caused by an unusual and persistent weather pattern.

Saturn's Rings Shine in Hubble's Latest Portrait

09.12.2019
Saturn is so beautiful that astronomers cannot resist using the Hubble Space Telescope to take yearly snapshots of the ringed world when it is at its closest distance to Earth. These images, however, are more than just beauty shots. They reveal a planet with a turbulent, dynamic atmosphere.

Indonesia's Bangka-Belitung Islands and Kalimantan On Fire

09.12.2019
Heavy smoke hangs over the Indonesian islands of Bangka and Belitung as well as Kalimantan.
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