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In the News – Year 2009

Suzaku Finds "Fossil" Fireballs from Supernovae
Suzaku Finds “Fossil” Fireballs from Supernovae
12.30.09 – Studies of two supernova remnants using the Japan-U.S. Suzaku observatory have revealed high-temperature fireballs that immediately followed the explosions which have retained the imprint of temperatures 10,000 times hotter than the sun's surface.
NASA's WISE Space Telescope Jettisons its Cover
NASA's WISE Space Telescope Jettisons its Cover
12.29.09 – NASA's recently launched Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer opened its eyes to the starry sky today, after ejecting its protective cover.
Prepping WISE to Pop its Lens Cap
Prepping WISE to Pop Its Lens Cap
12.22.09 – Engineers are getting ready to eject the cover on NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, which launched from Vandengerg Air Force Base, Calif., on Dec. 14.
NASA's WISE Eye on the Universe Begins All-Sky Survey Mission
WISE Begins All-Sky Survey Mission
12.14.09 – NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, lifted off over the Pacific Ocean this morning on its way to map the entire sky in infrared light.
Suzaku Catches Retreat of a Black Hole's Disk
Suzaku Catches Retreat of a Black Hole's Disk
12.10.09 – Studies of one of the galaxy's most active black-hole binaries reveal a dramatic change that will help scientists better understand how these systems expel fast-moving particle jets.
Suzaku Spies Treasure Trove of Intergalactic Metal
Suzaku Spies Treasure Trove of Intergalactic Metal
12.02.09 – Recently astronomers used the Suzaku orbiting X-ray observatory, operated jointly by NASA and the Japanese space agency, to discover the largest known reservoir of rare metals in the universe.
WISE Snug in Its Nose Cone
WISE Snug in Its Nose Cone
11.30.09 – NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer has been wrapped in the outer nose cone, or “fairing,” that will protect it during its scheduled Dec. 9 launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
WISE a Bit Closer to the Sky
WISE a Bit Closer to the Sky
11.23.09 – NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, is now perched atop its rocket in preparations for a Dec. 9 liftoff.
Mystery of the Solar Tsunami–Solved
Mystery of the Solar Tsunami–Solved
11.19.09 – Sometimes you really can believe your eyes. That’s what NASA’s STEREO is telling researchers about a controversial phenomenon on the sun known as the “solar tsunami.”
NASA's WISE Gets Ready to Survey the Whole Sky
NASA's WISE Gets Ready to Survey the Whole Sky
11.17.09 – NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, is chilled out, sporting a sunshade and getting ready to roll.
SDO Investigates the Sun’s Cycle of Highs and Lows
SDO Investigates the Sun’s Cycle of Highs and Lows
11.17.09 – The sun is a magnetic variable star that fluctuates on time scales ranging from a fraction of a second to billions of years. SDO will show us the underlying physics of solar variability.
WISE is Chilling Out
WISE Is Chilling Out
11.11.09 – Engineers are busy cooling the science instrument on NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.
Swift XMM-Newton Satellites Tune Into a Middleweight Black Hole
Satellites Tune Into a Middleweight Black Hole
11.10.09 – Astronomers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center find that an X-ray source in galaxy NGC 5408 represents one of the best cases for a middleweight black hole to date.
Cosmic Rays Hit Space Age High
Cosmic Rays Hit Space Age High
09.28.09 – Planning a trip to Mars? Take plenty of shielding. According to sensors on NASA’s ACE (Advanced Composition Explorer) spacecraft, galactic cosmic rays have just hit a Space Age high.
EVE: Measuring the Sun’s Hidden Variability
EVE: Measuring the Sun’s Hidden Variability
09.22.09 – To monitor energetic solar photons, NASA is going to launch a sensor named “EVE,” short for EUV Variability Experiment, onboard SDO this winter.
In Search of Dark Asteroids (and Other Sneaky Things)
In Search of Dark Asteroids (and Other Sneaky Things)
09.18.09 – NASA is set to launch a sensitive new infrared telescope to seek out sneaky things in the night sky — among them, dark asteroids that could pose a threat to Earth.
Swift Makes Best-ever Ultraviolet Portrait of Andromeda Galaxy
Swift's Ultraviolet Portrait of the Andromeda Galaxy
09.16.09 – In a break from its usual task of searching for distant cosmic explosions, NASA's Swift satellite has acquired the highest-resolution view of a neighboring spiral galaxy ever attained in the ultraviolet.
NASA Approves X-ray Space Mission
NASA Approves X-ray Space Mission
09.04.09 – NASA recently confirmed that the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, mission will launch in August 2011.
Galaxies Demand a Stellar Recount
Galaxies Demand a Stellar Recount
08.19.09 – For decades, astronomers have gone about their business of studying the cosmos with the assumption that stars of certain sizes form in certain quantities.
NASA's WISE Mission Arrives at Launch Site
NASA's WISE Mission Arrives at Launch Site
08.17.09 – NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has arrived at its last stop on Earth — Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
Flares Responsible for Outsized Heat of Sun’s Corona
Flares Responsible for Outsized Heat of Sun’s Corona
08.14.09 – New observations made with instruments aboard Japan’s Hinode satellite reveal the answer to why the Sun’s corona is so darned hot.
Avalanche! The Incredible Data Stream of SDO
Avalanche! The Incredible Data Stream of SDO
08.06.09 – When NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) leaves Earth in November 2009 onboard an Atlas V rocket, the thunderous launch will trigger an avalanche…of data.
NASA’s Magnetospheric MultiScale Mission Takes a Step Closer to Solving the Mystery Behind Magnetic Reconnection
NASA’s Magnetospheric MultiScale Mission Takes a Step Closer to Solving the Mystery Behind Magnetic Reconnection
07.21.09 – NASA is designing a mission to investigate one of the most fundamental and explosive physical processes in the universe - magnetic reconnection. Known as the Magnetospheric MultiScale (MMS) mission, it was approved for implementation on June 18, 2009 following a successful Preliminary Design Review in May 2009.
Solar Observatory Arrives at Kennedy Space Center
Solar Observatory Arrives at Kennedy Space Center
07.10.09 – NASA’s upcoming mission to study the sun in unprecedented detail and its effects on Earth, the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), arrived at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Fla. on July 9.
What Lies inside the Sun?
What Lies inside the Sun?
07.06.09 – Now that the sun has calmed down, a bit, scientists have a rare opportunity to see more clearly into its mysterious interior.
Jet Streams Suspected of Triggering Sunspots
Jet Streams Suspected of Triggering Sunspots
06.18.09 – NASA plans to launch the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) later this year to understand how jet streams trigger sunspot production.
European Satellites Probe a New Magnatar
European Satellites Probe a New Magnetar
06.16.09 – NASA's Swift satellite detected a rare interstellar object known as a soft gamma repeater, or SGR. The object is only the fifth confirmed SGR.
WISE Mission Assembled and Preparing for Launch
WISE Mission Assembled and Preparing for Launch
06.10.09 – NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has been assembled and is undergoing final preparations for a planned Nov. 1 launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
Scientists Make Fake Solar Storm to Test on Fake Human
Scientists Make Fake Solar Storm to Test on Fake Human
06.10.09 – Scientists are creating an artificial solar radiation storm and testing its effects on an artificial human, Matroshka, the Phantom Torso.
Mystery Source of Solar Wind Heating Identified
Mystery Source of Solar Wind Heating Identified
06.10.09 – After decades of research, NASA scientists say they may have found the answer to why the solar wind is hotter than it should be: turbulence.
Suzaku Snaps First Complete X-ray View of a Galaxy Cluster
Suzaku Snaps First Complete X-ray of a Galaxy Cluster
05.28.09 – For the first time, Suzaku has detected X-ray-emitting gas at a cluster's outskirts, where a billion-year plunge to the center begins.
Magnetic Tremors Pinpoint Epicenter of Space Storms
Magnetic Tremors Pinpoint Epicenter of Space Storms
05.27.09 – Using data from NASA’s THEMIS mission, a team of University of Alberta researchers has pinpointed the impact epicenter of an earthbound space storm as it crashes into the atmosphere.
Solar Cycle Prediction: Fewer Sunspots, a Year of Calm
Solar Cycle Prediction: Fewer Sunspots, a Year of Calm
05.27.09 – An international panel of experts has released a new prediction for the next solar cycle, stating that Solar Cycle 24 will peak in May 2013 with a below-average number of sunspots.
STEREO Spies First Major Activity of Solar Cycle 24
STEREO Spies First Major Activity of Solar Cycle 24
05.15.09 – NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) spacecraft has spotted the first major activity of the new solar cycle.
NASA's Galaxy-Exploring Mission Celebrates Sixth Anniversary
Galaxy-Exploring Mission Marks Sixth Anniversary
04.28.09 – NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer Mission marks its sixth anniversary studying galaxies beyond our Milky Way through its sensitive ultraviolet telescope.
SDO Spins Its Way Closer to Launch
SDO Spins Its Way Closer to Launch
04.28.09 – For three days, SDO sat on a slowly spinning “Miller Table” in the Spacecraft Checkout and Integration Area, a “clean room” at Goddard.
STEREO Reveals the Anatomy of Solar Storms
STEREO Reveals the Anatomy of Solar Storms
04.14.09 – STEREO spacecraft images and in situ measurements combine to show a complete picture of CMEs that paves the way for predicting solar storms like meteorologists predict hurricanes.
Sun Plunges to Quietest Solar Minimum in a Century
Sun Plunges to Quietest Solar Minimum in a Century
04.01.09 – The sunspot cycle is behaving a little like the stock market. Just when you think it has hit bottom, it goes even lower.
IBEX Uses Particles to Shed Light on the Outer Solar System
IBEX Uses Particles to Shed Light on the Outer Solar System
03.23.09 – For the first time, space physicists are building a comprehensive picture of the interactions taking place in the outer solar system—called the interstellar boundary—using particles detected by NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX).
NASA-Funded Study Reveals Hazards of Severe Space Weather
NASA-Funded Study Reveals Hazards of Severe Space Weather
01.05.09 – A NASA-funded study describes how extreme solar eruptions could have severe consequences for communications, power grids and other technology on Earth.