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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.