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In the News – Year 2010

SOHO Spots Comet #2000
SOHO Spots Comet #2000
12.28.10 – The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory spots its 2000th comet: More than any comet-hunter in history.
Spacecraft Boogie
Spacecraft Boogie
12.20.10 – Team of engineers discover that the faster way between two points is not a straight line, but looks more like a five-point star.
A Galaxy for Everyone
A Galaxy for Everyone
12.16.10 – NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, celebrates its launch anniversary with a taste of four galaxy flavors.
Global Eruption Rocks the Sun
Global Eruption Rocks the Sun
12.13.10 – Filaments of magnetism snapped and exploded, shock waves raced across the stellar surface, billion-ton clouds of hot gas billowed into space.
WISE Sees an Explosion of Infrared Light
WISE Sees an Explosion of Infrared Light
12.09.10 – NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer has caught sight of an unusual display of infrared colors around a supernova remnant.
Solar Observation Mission Celebrates 15 Years
Solar Observation Mission Celebrates 15 Years
12.01.10 – Since launch in 1995, SOHO has revolutionized what we know about the solar atmosphere and violent solar storms produced by the sun.
Profiling the Largest Solar Explosions
Profiling the Largest Solar Explosions
11.18.10 – A new way of looking at old data has changed our understanding of CME’s: there isn’t enough energy passing through the surface during the eruption to drive the explosion, the trigger comes from the sun’s atmosphere instead.
WISE Image Reveals Strange Specimen in Starry Sea
WISE Image Reveals Strange Specimen in Starry Sea
11.17.10 – A new image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer shows what looks like a glowing jellyfish floating at the bottom of a dark, speckled sea.
Yihua Zheng: A New Breed of Weather Forecaster
Yihua Zheng: A New Breed of Weather Forecaster
11.15.10 – Yihua Zheng is the lead for NASA’s Space Weather Services — the organization that alerts mission leaders when solar storms are headed towards Earth or NASA’s spacecraft.
Sunspot 1123 Hurls Filament toward Earth
Sunspot 1123 Hurls Filament toward Earth
11.12.10 – Active sunspot 1123 erupted during early on Nov. 12, producing a C4-class solar flare and hurling a filament of material in the general direction of Earth.
Cool Star is a Gem of a Find
Cool Star is a Gem of a Find
11.09.10 – NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has eyed its first cool brown dwarf: a tiny, ultra-cold star floating all alone in space.
Sunspot 1121 Unleashes X-ray Flare
Sunspot 1121 Unleashes X-ray Flare
11.08.10 – On Saturday, Active Region 1112 unleashes an M class solar flare.
NASA Extends TIMED Mission for Fourth Time
NASA Extends TIMED Mission for Fourth Time
11.05.10 – NASA approved an extension of the TIMED mission through 2014.
Sun’s Northern Hemisphere Bristling with Solar Flares
Sun’s Northern Hemisphere Bristling with Solar Flares
10.26.10 – With a large active region currently in the northern hemisphere of the Sun, there has been a flurry of small solar flares over the past day.
Hinode Investigates the Magnetic Field Structure of Active Regions
Hinode Investigates the Magnetic Field Structure of Active Regions
10.19.10 – Hinode has shown us complex structures in the solar chromosphere, once thought to be static, these move and twist with time.
Sunspot 1112 Crackling with Solar Flares
Sunspot 1112 Crackling with Solar Flares
10.18.10 – Sunspot 1112 was very active this past weekend, sending out several solar flares as a vast filament traversed the Sun's southern hemisphere.
NASA Invites Students to Study Sun During Solar Week
NASA Invites Students to Study Sun During Solar Week
10.15.10 – Solar Week provides a weeklong series of web-based educational activities for classrooms about our magnetic variable star, the sun, and its interactions with Earth and the solar system.
The Many Infrared 'Personalities' of the Sculptor Galaxy
The Many Infrared 'Personalities' of the Sculptor Galaxy
10.13.10 – The Sculptor galaxy is seen in a rainbow of infrared colors by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.
Mobile Mars Laboratory Almost Ready for Flight
Mobile Mars Laboratory Almost Ready for Flight
10.08.10 – The Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite has completed assembly at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
WMAP Completes Satellite Operations
WMAP Completes Satellite Operations
10.06.10 – After nine years of scanning the sky, the WMAP space mission has concluded its observations of the cosmic microwave background, the oldest light in the universe.
WISE Captures Key Images of Comet Mission's Destination
WISE Captures Key Images of Comet Mission's Destination
10.05.10 – NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, caught a glimpse of the comet that the agency's EPOXI mission will visit in November.
MAVEN to Investigate How Sun Steals Martian Atmosphere
MAVEN to Investigate How Sun Steals Martian Atmosphere
10.05.10 – The Red Planet bleeds. Not blood, but its atmosphere, slowly trickling away to space. The culprit is our sun, which is using its own breath, the solar wind, and its radiation to rob Mars of its air.
NASA's WISE Mission Warms up but Keeps Chugging Along
NASA's WISE Mission Warms up but Keeps Chugging Along
10.04.10 – After completing its primary mission to map the infrared sky, NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has reached the expected end of its onboard supply of frozen coolant.
Missions, Meetings, and the Magnetosphere Radial Tire Model
Missions, Meetings, and the Magnetosphere Radial Tire Model
10.01.10 – Read through a question-and-answer session with Magnetospheric MultiScale Project Scientist Tom Moore.
IBEX Finds Surprising Changes at Solar Boundary
IBEX Finds Surprising Changes at Solar Boundary
09.30.10 – When Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) was launched on October 19, 2008, space physicists held their collective breath for never-before-seen views of a collision zone far beyond the planets. Now scientists have finished assembling a second complete sweep around the sky, and IBEX has again delivered an unexpected result: the map has changed significantly.
C3-class Solar Flare Erupts
C3-class Solar Flare Erupts
09.09.10 – Just as sunspot 1105 was turning away from Earth on Sept. 8, the active region erupted, producing a C3-class solar flare (peak @ 2330 UT) and a fantastic prominence.
NASA’s Magnetospheric Mission Passes Major Milestone
NASA’s Magnetospheric Mission Passes Major Milestone
09.03.10 – NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale mission passed its critical design review, which clears the way for spacecraft fabrication.
NASA Selects Science Invest. for Solar Probe Plus
NASA Selects Science Invest. for Solar Probe Plus
09.02.10 – NASA has selected science investigations for a new Heliophysics mission called Solar Probe Plus.
WISE Captures the Unicorn's Rose
WISE Captures the Unicorn's Rose
08.25.10 – Unicorns and roses are usually the stuff of fairy tales, but a new cosmic image taken by NASA's WISE mission shows the Rosette nebula in the constellation Monoceros, or the Unicorn.
Eclipsing Pulsar Promises Clues to Crushed Matter
Eclipsing Pulsar Promises Clues to Crushed Matter
08.17.10 – NASA’s Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer has found the first fast X-ray pulsar to be eclipsed by its companion star.
IBEX Spacecraft Finds Discoveries Close to Home
IBEX Spacecraft Finds Discoveries Close to Home
08.16.10 – It wasn’t until the IBEX mission that they’ve been able to see what the human eye cannot: the first-ever images of this electromagnetic crash scene.
Fermi Detects 'Shocking' Suprise from Supernova's Little Cousin
Fermi Detects ‘Shocking’ Surprise from Supernova’s Little Cousin
08.12.10 – Astronomers using NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have detected gamma-rays from a nova for the first time, a finding that stunned observers and theorists alike because unlike supernovae, these explosions are typically too small to see.
Giant Ultraviolet Rings Found in Resurrected Galaxies
Giant Ultraviolet Rings Found in Resurrected Galaxies
08.11.10 – Astronomers have found mysterious, giant loops of ultraviolet light in aged, massive galaxies, which seem to have a second lease on life.
WISE Spacecraft Warming Up
WISE Spacecraft Warming Up
08.10.10 – NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, is warming up. Team members say the spacecraft is running out of the frozen coolant needed to keep its heat-sensitive instrument chilled.
Activity from Aug. 1 CME Subsides
Activity from Aug. 1 CME Subsides
08.06.10 – Another great image from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) of the solar event on August 1. Increased aurora activity because of the Aug. 1 event has subsided.
Spacecraft Observes Coronal Mass Ejection
Spacecraft Observes Coronal Mass Ejection
08.04.10 – One of the fastest CMEs in years was captured by the STEREO COR1 telescopes on August 1, 2010.
NASA's WISE Mission to Complete Extensive Sky Survey
NASA's WISE Mission to Complete Extensive Sky Survey
07.16.10 – NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, will complete its first survey of the entire sky on July 17, 2010.
RXTE Homes in on a Black Hole's Jets
RXTE Homes in on a Black Hole's Jets
07.01.10 – Binary systems containing black holes produce lots of X-rays — but where does this emission come from? Now, astronomers using NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer find that, at times, most of it comes from particle jets.
Jumbo Jellyfish or Massive Star?
Jumbo Jellyfish or Massive Star?
06.17.10 – Some might see a blood-red jellyfish, while others might see a pair of lips. In fact, the red-colored object in this new image from WISE is a sphere of stellar innards.
Astronomers Discover Star-Studded Galaxy Tail
Astronomers Discover Star-Studded Galaxy Tail
06.17.10 – NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer has discovered a galaxy tail studded with bright knots of new stars.
Swift Finds ‘Smoking Gun’ of Black Hole Activation
Swift Finds ‘Smoking Gun’ of Black Hole Activation
05.26.10 – Data from an ongoing survey by NASA’s Swift satellite have helped astronomers solve a decades-long mystery about why a small percentage of black holes emit vast amounts of energy.
Why NASA Keeps a Close Eye on the Sun’s Irradiance
Why NASA Keeps a Close Eye on the Sun’s Irradiance
05.25.10 – For more than two centuries, scientists have wondered how much heat and light the sun expels, and whether this energy varies enough to change Earth’s climate.
WISE Telescope has Heart and Soul
WISE Telescope has Heart and Soul
05.24.10 – NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has captured a huge mosaic of two bubbling clouds in space, known as the Heart and Soul nebulae.
WISE Makes Progress on Its Space Rock Catalog
WISE Makes Progress on Its Space Rock Catalog
05.24.10 – NASA’s WISE is busy surveying the landscape of the infrared sky, building up a catalog of cosmic specimens — everything from distant galaxies to “failed” stars, called brown dwarfs.
NASA’s SDO Begins Five-Year Mission of Discovery
NASA’s SDO Begins Five-Year Mission of Discovery
05.17.10 – NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) passed a major milestone on May 14, when it completed its post-launch check out and officially began its five-year science mission to study the sun.
New Video “GOES” Exploring the Sun’s Weather
New Video “GOES” Exploring the Sun’s Weather
05.07.10 – NASA has just released a four-minute educational video called “A Weather Satellite Watches the Sun” explaining the uses of space weather instruments on the GOES satellites.
NASA to Probe the Universe's First Moments
NASA to Probe the Universe's First Moments
04.29.10 – Sophisticated technologies developed at Goddard are enabling them to build an instrument designed to probe the first moments of the universe's existence.
NASA's Swift Catches 500th Gamma-ray Burst
NASA's Swift Catches 500th Gamma-ray Burst
04.19.10 – Swift primarily studies gamma-ray bursts, the biggest and most mysterious explosions in the cosmos. On April 13, Swift's “burst-o-meter” cataloged its 500th GRB.
Space Telescope Moves on with One Detector
Space Telescope Moves on with One Detector
04.12.10 – Mission engineers and scientists with NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer are no longer planning science observations around one of the space telescope's two ultraviolet detectors.
Solar ‘Conveyor Belt’ Runs at Record-High Speeds
Solar ‘Conveyor Belt’ Runs at Record-High Speeds
03.12.10 – Hot plasma within the sun has been operating at an extremely fast pace, which has implications for solar cycles.
NASA Unveils New Space-Weather Science Tool
NASA Unveils New Space-Weather Science Tool
02.23.10 – The Integrated Space Weather Analysis System is a robust, integrated system provides information about space weather conditions past, present, and future.
3D Sun for the iPhone
3D Sun for the iPhone
02.18.10 – Imagine holding the entire sun in the palm of your hand. Now you can with the help of a new iPhone app developed by NASA-supported programmers.
NASA's WISE Mission Releases Medley of First Images
NASA's WISE Mission Releases Medley of First Images
02.17.10 – A diverse cast of cosmic characters is showcased in the first survey images NASA released Wednesday from its Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.
WISE Spies a Comet with its Powerful Infrared Eye
NASA's WISE Eye Spies Near-Earth Asteroid
02.11.10 – NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has discovered its first comet, one of many the mission is expected to find among millions of other objects during its ongoing survey of the whole sky in infrared light.
SDO to Spike Vital Space Weather Data
SDO to Spike Vital Space Weather Data
02.09.10 – SDO is set to relay tons of data about the Sun and its affect on the Earth.
>Q and A with SDO Program Executive Dana Brewer
Q and A with SDO Program Executive Dana Brewer
02.08.10 – Read through a question-and-answer session with SDO Program Executive Dana Brewer.
NASA's WISE Eye Spies Near-Earth Asteroid
NASA's WISE Eye Spies Near-Earth Asteroid
01.25.10 – NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has spotted its first never-before-seen near-Earth asteroid, the first of hundreds it is expected to find during its mission to map the whole sky in infrared light.
Infrared Hunt Begins: WISE Starts All-Sky Servey
Infrared Hunt Begins: WISE Starts All-Sky Survey
01.14.10 – NASA's Wide Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) began its survey of the infrared sky today.
Solar Scientists to Reproduce IBEX Observation
Solar Scientists to Reproduce IBEX Observation
01.12.10 – The magnetic field surrounding our solar system acts like a mirror for the particles that IBEX sees.
NASA's WISE Eye Spies First Glimpse of the Starry Sky
NASA's WISE Eye Spies First Glimpse of the Starry Sky
01.06.10 – NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has captured its first look at the starry sky that it will soon begin surveying in infrared light.