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Hubble's Window into the Cosmic Past

02.16.2018
This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the galaxy cluster PLCK G004.5-19.5.

January 2018 was Fifth Warmest January on Record

02.16.2018
January 2018 was the fifth warmest January in 138 years of modern record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

10S - Southern Indian Ocean

02.16.2018
After days of lingering off the west Kimberley coast of Western Australia as a slowly organizing low pressure area, Tropical Storm 10S has formed about 50 miles west of Broome, Australia.

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite Arrives at Kennedy Space Center for Launch

02.15.2018
NASA’s next planet-hunting mission has arrived in Florida to begin preparations for launch.

Hubble Sees Neptune's Mysterious Shrinking Storm

02.15.2018
For the first time, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured time-lapse images of a large, dark storm on Neptune shrinking out of existence.

An Icy Heart

02.14.2018
The year 2017 was a record-breaking one for Operation IceBridge, NASA’s aerial survey of the state of polar ice.

Glaciers in the Tropics, but Not for Long

02.14.2018
Though the Surdiman Range is located just south of the equator, the elevation is high enough and the air temperatures are cold enough to still support a few small areas of “permanent” ice

New Study Finds Sea Level Rise Accelerating

02.13.2018
Global sea level rise has accelerated in recent decades, rather than increase at a steady rate, according to a new study based on 25 years of NASA and European satellite data.

NASA’s Longest Running Survey of Ice Shattered Records in 2017

02.13.2018
The year that recently ended was record-breaking for Operation IceBridge: for the first time in its nine-year history, the mission carried seven field campaigns in a single year.

Eclipse Season Starts for NASA’s SDO

02.13.2018
On Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, saw a total solar eclipse in space when Earth crossed its view of the Sun. Also known as a transit, Earth’s passage was brief, lasting from 2:10 a.m. to 2:41 a.m. EST and covering the entire face of the Sun.

Agricultural Fires in Colombia and Venezuela

02.12.2018
The VIIRS (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) instrument on the Suomi NPP satellite collected this natural-color image which detected hundreds of fires burning in Colombia and Venezuela.

Old Europe Meets the New World

02.12.2018
It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the Americas, and the one that still feels closest to its roots. Some people refer to it as the “most European city in North America.”

Hubble’s Lonely Firework Display

02.09.2018
Roughly 50 million light-years away the little galaxy NGC 1559 has hosted a variety of spectacular exploding stars called supernovae.

Landsat 8 Marks Five Years in Orbit

02.09.2018
The most advanced satellite in the 45-year history of the NASA-USGS Landsat program has completed five years in orbit.

Sanba (was 02W - Northwest Pacific Ocean)

02.09.2018
Tropical Depression 02W formed in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean late on February 8 as NASA’s Terra satellite passed overhead.

Gita (Southwest Pacific Ocean)

02.09.2018
NASA’s GPM core satellite examined rainfall in Tropical Cyclone Gita soon after the storm came together.

NASA Seeks the Gold in Winter Olympics Snow

02.08.2018
The Global Precipitation Measurement team is conducting ground validation experiments during the winter Olympics in South Korea.

Winter Snowscapes in Russia

02.08.2018
In the Caucasus Mountains, cold, dry air from Asia intersects with humid air from the Mediterranean, making precipitation amounts uneven across the range.

The Dizzying Depths of Cotahuasi Canyon

02.07.2018
Cotahuasi Canyon in Peru stands as a potent reminder of the tremendous erosive power of water and ice.

New NASA Space Sensors to Address Key Earth Science Questions

02.06.2018
NASA has selected two new, creative research proposals to develop small, space-based instruments that will tackle these fundamental questions about our home planet and its environment.

A View of the Winter Olympics from Above

02.06.2018
Since the Winter Olympics were first held in 1924, they only have been hosted twice in Asia, both times in Japan. This year the games will find a new home in South Korea.

NASA Technology to Help Locate Electromagnetic Counterparts of Gravitational Waves

02.06.2018
A compact detector technology applicable to all types of cross-disciplinary scientific investigations has found a home on a new CubeSat mission designed to find the electromagnetic counterparts of events that generate gravitational waves.

New Clues to TRAPPIST-1 Planet Compositions, Atmospheres

02.05.2018
The seven Earth-size planets of TRAPPIST-1 are all mostly made of rock, with some having the potential to hold more water than Earth, according to a new study.

Combined Optics, Science Instruments of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Arrive in California

02.05.2018
The two halves of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope now reside at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Redondo Beach, California, where they will come together to form the complete observatory.

Most Likely Agricultural Fires Spotted in India and Pakistan

02.05.2018
NOAA/NASA's Suomi NPP satellite collected this natural-color image of hundreds of fires burning all over India and Pakistan.
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