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06.05.17 – NASA’s Asteroid-Hunting Spacecraft a Discovery Machine
NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission has released its third year of survey data, with the spacecraft discovering 97 previously unknown celestial objects in the last year.

06.01.17 – NASA to Launch First-Ever Neutron-Star Mission
Nearly 50 years after British astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell discovered the existence of rapidly spinning neutron stars, NASA will launch the world’s first mission devoted to studying these unusual objects.

05.31.17 – NASA Renames Solar Probe Mission to Honor Pioneering Physicist Eugene Parker
NASA has renamed the Solar Probe Plus spacecraft – humanity’s first mission to a star, which will launch in 2018 – as the Parker Solar Probe in honor of astrophysicist Eugene Parker.

05.26.17 – New NASA Mission to Study Mysterious Neutron Stars, Aid in Deep Space Navigation
A new NASA mission is headed for the International Space Station next month to observe one of the strangest observable objects in the universe.

05.26.17 – NASA’s SDO Sees Partial Eclipse in Space
On May 25, 2017, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, saw a partial solar eclipse in space when it caught the moon passing in front of the sun.

05.23.17 – CLASP Sounding Rocket Mission Opens New Research Window in Solar Physics
A team of NASA scientists and international partners used data from the high-precision science instrument CLASP — the Chromospheric Lyman-Alpha Spectro-Polarimeter — to provide the first-ever polarization measurements of ultraviolet light emitted from the sun’s outer atmosphere.

05.18.17 – NASA Mission Uncovers Dance of Electrons in Space
You can’t see them, but swarms of electrons are buzzing through the magnetic environment – the magnetosphere – around Earth.

05.17.17 – Space Weather Events Linked to Human Activity
Our Cold War history is now offering scientists a chance to better understand the complex space system that surrounds us.

05.17.17 – NASA’s Van Allen Probes Spot Man-Made Barrier Shrouding Earth
Humans have long been shaping Earth’s landscape, but now scientists know we can shape our near-space environment as well.

05.09.17 – Merging Galaxies Have Enshrouded Black Holes
Black holes get a bad rap in popular culture for swallowing everything in their environments.

05.08.17 – Space Weather Model Simulates Solar Storms From Nowhere
Our ever-changing sun continuously shoots solar material into space.

04.26.17 – Scientists Propose Mechanism to Describe Solar Eruptions of All Sizes
From long, tapered jets to massive explosions of solar material and energy, eruptions on the sun come in many shapes and sizes.

04.24.17 – NASA’s Cassini, Voyager Missions Suggest New Picture of Sun’s Interaction with Galaxy
New data from NASA’s Cassini mission, combined with measurements from the two Voyager spacecraft and NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer, or IBEX, suggests that our sun and planets are surrounded by a giant, rounded system of magnetic field from the sun – calling into question the alternate view of the solar magnetic fields trailing behind the sun in the shape of a long comet tail.

04.19.17 – Living With a Star: NASA and Partners Survey Space Weather Science
NASA has long been a leader in understanding the science of space weather, including research into the potential for induced electrical currents to disrupt our power systems.

04.10.17 – Solar Storms Can Drain Electrical Charge Above Earth
New research on solar storms finds that they not only can cause regions of excessive electrical charge in the upper atmosphere above Earth’s poles, they also can do the exact opposite: cause regions that are nearly depleted of electrically charged particles.

04.03.17 – NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory Captured Trio of Solar Flares Aril 2-3
The sun emitted a trio of mid-level solar flares on April 2-3, 2017.

03.31.17 – NASA Observations Reshape Basic Plasma Wave Physics
When NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale – or MMS – mission was launched, the scientists knew it would answer questions fundamental to the nature of our universe – and MMS hasn’t disappointed.

03.30.17 – Waves on Sun Give NASA Insight into Space Weather Forecasting
Our sun is a chaotic place, simmering with magnetic energy and constantly spewing out particles.

03.27.17 – NuSTAR Probes Puzzling Galaxy Merger
A supermassive black hole inside a tiny galaxy is challenging scientists’ ideas about what happens when two galaxies become one.

03.27.17 – NASA Spacecraft Investigate Clues in Radiation Belts
High above Earth, two giant rings of energetic particles trapped by the planet’s magnetic field create a dynamic and harsh environment that holds many mysteries – and can affect spacecraft traveling around Earth.

03.23.17 – Andromeda’s Bright X-Ray Mystery Solved by NuSTAR
The Milky Way’s close neighbor, Andromeda, features a dominant source of high-energy X-ray emission, but its identity was mysterious until now.

03.22.17 – NASA’s SDO Sees a Stretch of Spotless Sun
For 15 days starting on March 7, 2017, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, returned visible light images of a yolk-like spotless sun.

03.20.17 – NASA’s Swift Mission Maps a Star’s ‘Death Spiral’ into a Black Hole
Some 290 million years ago, a star much like the sun wandered too close to the central black hole of its galaxy.

03.17.17 – NASA Satellites Ready When Stars and Planets Align
The movements of the stars and the planets have almost no impact on life on Earth, but a few times per year, the alignment of celestial bodies has a visible effect.

03.15.17 – Relativistic Electrons Uncovered with NASA’s Van Allen Probes
Earth’s radiation belts, two doughnut-shaped regions of charged particles encircling our planet, were discovered more than 50 years ago, but their behavior is still not completely understood.

03.15.17 – NASA’s Solarium Heads to the American Museum of Natural History
NASA’s Solarium invites visitors to get up close and personal with the sun on March 18, 2017, in celebration of Sun-Earth Day at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

03.02.17 – NASA Scientists Demonstrate Technique to Improve Particle Warnings that Protect Astronauts
Our constantly-changing sun sometimes erupts with bursts of light, solar material, or ultra-fast energized particles – collectively, these events contribute to space weather.

03.01.17 – NuSTAR Spots Temperature Swings of Black Hole Winds
For the first time, scientists have measured rapidly varying temperatures in hot gas emanating from around a black hole.

02.28.17 – NuSTAR Helps Find Universe’s Brightest Pulsars
There’s a new record holder for brightest pulsar ever found — and astronomers are still trying to figure out how it can shine so brightly.

02.21.17 – 10 Years Strong with NASA’s THEMIS Mission
On Feb. 17, 2017, NASA’s Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms, or THEMIS, mission marked its 10th anniversary in space.

02.15.17 – NASA-funded Website Lets Public Search for New Nearby Worlds
NASA is inviting the public to help search for possible undiscovered worlds in the outer reaches of our solar system and in neighboring interstellar space.

02.13.17 – After 15 years, SABER on TIMED Still Breaks Ground from Space
About 21 years ago, team members started building and testing the Sounding of the Atmosphere using Broadband Emission Radiometry, or SABER instrument.

02.11.17 – NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory: Year 7 Ultra HD (4k)
Published on Feb 11, 2017
The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has now captured nearly seven years worth of ultra-high resolution solar footage.

02.09.17 – NASA Spacecraft Prepares to Fly to New Heights
On Feb. 9, 2017, NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale mission, known as MMS, began a three-month long journey into a new orbit.

02.03.17 – NOAA’s GOES-16 EXIS Instrument Observes Solar Flares
On January 21, 2017, the GOES-16 Extreme Ultraviolet and X-Ray Irradiance Sensors (EXIS) observed solar flares.

02.03.17 – Eclipse 2017: NASA Supports a Unique Opportunity for Science in the Shadow
The first total solar eclipse in the continental United States in nearly 40 years takes place on Aug. 21, 2017.

02.02.17 – NASA Scientist Studies Whether Solar Storms Cause Animal Beachings
A long-standing mystery among marine biologists is why otherwise healthy whales, dolphins, and porpoises – collectively known as cetaceans – end up getting stranded along coastal areas worldwide.

01.31.17 – NuSTAR Helps Solve ‘Rapid Buster’ Mystery
Scientists observing a neutron star in the “Rapid Burster” system may have solved a 40-year-old mystery surrounding its puzzling X-ray bursts.

01.26.17 – New Space Weather Model Helps Simulate Magnetic Structure of Solar Storms
The dynamic space environment that surrounds Earth – the space our astronauts and spacecraft travel through – can be rattled by huge solar eruptions from the sun, which spew giant clouds of magnetic energy and plasma, a hot gas of electrically charged particles, out into space.

01.24.17 – NuSTAR Finds New Clues to ‘Chameleon Supernova’
“We’re made of star stuff,” astronomer Carl Sagan famously said.

01.07.17 – Black Holes Hide in Our Cosmic Backyard
Monster black holes sometimes lurk behind gas and dust, hiding from the gaze of most telescopes.

01.06.17 – The Case of the ‘Missing Link’ Neutron Star
Like anthropologists piecing together the human family tree, astronomers have found that a misfit “skeleton” of a star may link two different kinds of stellar remains.

01.04.17 – TIMED Marches On: Watching the Upper Atmosphere for 15 Years and Counting
NASA’s TIMED mission – short for Thermosphere, Ionosphere, Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics – yielded a batch of new discoveries to end its 15th year in orbit.

01.03.17 – NASA Selects Mission to Study Black Holes, Cosmic X-ray Mysteries
NASA has selected a science mission that will allow astronomers to explore, for the first time, the hidden details of some of the most extreme and exotic astronomical objects, such as stellar and supermassive black holes, neutron stars and pulsars.