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In the News – Year 2013

Electric-Blue Clouds Appear over Antarctica
Electric-Blue Clouds Appear over Antarctica
12.23.13 – As December 2013 unfolds, a vast bank of noctilucent clouds is blanketing Antarctica.
Van Allen Probes Shed Light on Decades-old Mystery
Van Allen Probes Shed Light on Decades-old Mystery
12.20.13 – New research using data from NASA's Van Allen Probes mission helps resolve decades of scientific uncertainty over the origin of ultra-relativistic electrons in Earth's near space environment.
NASA's Asterold Hunter Spacecraft Returns first Images after Reactivation
NASA's Asteroid Hunter Spacecraft Returns First Images after Reactivation
12.19.13 – NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE), a spacecraft that made the most comprehensive survey to date of asteroids and comets, has returned its first set of test images in preparation for a renewed mission.
NASA's SDO Shows the Sun's Rainbow of Wavelengths
NASA's SDO Shows the Sun's Rainbow of Wavelengths
12.17.13 – A new NASA movie of the sun based on data from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, shows the wide range of wavelengths – invisible to the naked eye – that the telescope can view.
China's Lunar Lander May Provide Additional Science for NASA Spacecraft
China's Lunar Lander May Provide Additional Science for NASA Spacecraft
12.13.13 – Scientists using four NASA spacecraft currently studying our lunar neighbor may get an opportunity to gather new data from the expected Dec. 14 landing of the Chang'e 3 lunar rover.
Surprise Picture for WISE's Fourth Anniversary
Surprise Picture for WISE's Fourth Anniversary
12.12.13 – Happy fourth anniversary to NASA's WISE mission, which recently gained a second lease on life.
Countdown Begins for OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Mission
Countdown Begins for OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Mission
12.10.13 – NASA's OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission began its countdown on December 9, at 7:43 PM EST, with 999 days remaining until the opening of the mission's launch window in September 2016.
Fire vs. Ice: The Science of ISON at Perihelion
Fire vs. Ice: The Science of ISON at Perihelion
12.10.13 – Comet ISON lost mass in advance of reaching perihelion and eventually broke up completely during its closest approach.
IRIS Provides Unprecedented Images of Sun
IRIS Provides Unprecedented Images of Sun
12.09.13 – The region sandwiched between the surface of the sun and its atmosphere has been revealed as a more violent place than previously understood, according to images and data from NASA's newest solar observatory, the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS.
NASA Astrophysicist Confirms Existence of Giant Convection Cells on Sun
NASA Astrophysicist Confirms Existence of Giant Convection Cells on Sun
12.06.13 – Observations from NASA's orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory enabled scientists to confirm the existence of giant flows of gases and plasma moving heat from the sun's core to its surface.
New NASA Visualization Shows Sun's Magnetic Flip
New NASA Visualization Shows Sun's Magnetic Flip
12.06.13 – This visualization shows the position of the sun's magnetic fields from January 1997 to November 2013.
Sun's Magnetic Field is about to Flip
Sun's Magnetic Field is about to Flip
12.06.13 – According to measurements from NASA-supported observatories, the sun's vast magnetic field is about to flip.
New Instrument Continues Gathering Sun's Effects
New Instrument Continues Gathering Sun's Effects
12.05.13 – Maintaining a record of solar measurements is important in understanding the sun's effect on Earth and the Total solar irradiance Calibration Transfer Experiment, or TCTE, is now providing that information.
NASA Begins Search For What Is Left Of Comet ISON
NASA Begins Search For What Is Left Of Comet ISON
12.04.13 – NASA's Comet ISON Observing Campaign is holding a post-perihelion workshop to discuss the status of Comet ISON, to be held at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory on Dec. 6, 2013.
Glimpsing Gamma-ray Burst Jet Infrastructure
Glimpsing Gamma-ray Burst Jet Infrastructure
12.04.13 – A new study provides the first definitive look at magnetic fields at the heart of the most energetic explosions in the universe.
Van Allen Probes Offer Solution to Radiation Belts Mystery
Van Allen Probes Offer Solution to Radiation Belts Mystery
12.04.13 – Observations from NASA's Van Allen Probes shed light on what accelerates particles in the radiation belts surrounding Earth to near-light speeds.
LADEE Instruments Healthy and Ready for Science
LADEE Instruments Healthy and Ready for Science
12.04.13 – NASA's newest lunar mission has completed its commissioning phase, and its science instruments have passed preliminary checks.
Massive Black Hole Duo: Possible Sighting by NASA's WISE
Massive Black Hole Duo: Possible Sighting by NASA's WISE
12.03.13 – NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has found evidence for what might be a dancing duo of black holes.
NASA Investigating the Life of Comet ISON
NASA Investigating the Life of Comet ISON
12.02.13 – After several days of fading for Comet ISON, the question remains as to whether the bright spot we see moving away from the sun is simply debris, or whether a small nucleus of the original ball of ice was still there.
Comet ISON May Have Survived
Comet ISON May Have Survived
11.29.13 – Continuing a history of surprises, material from Comet ISON appeared on the other side of the sun on the evening on Nov. 28, 2013, despite not having been seen in observations during its closest approach to the sun.
Comet ISON Fuzzles as it Rounds the Sun
Comet ISON Fizzles as it Rounds the Sun
11.28.13 – Comet ISON went around the sun on Nov. 28, 2013. While the fate of the comet is not yet established, it is likely that it did not survive the trip.
Comet ISON on Thanksgiving Day
Comet ISON on Thanksgiving Day
11.28.13 – Check back here throughout the day for the latest Comet ISON information and images. Happy Thanksgiving!
SOHO Shows New Images of Comet ISON
SOHO Shows New Images of Comet ISON
11.27.13 – In the early hours of Nov. 27, 2013, Comet ISON entered the field of view of the European Space Agency/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory.
Sounding Rocket to Peek at Atmosphere of Venus
Sounding Rocket to Peek at Atmosphere of Venus
11.27.13 – The mission, dubbed “VeSpR,” will study Venus' atmosphere in UV light, to learn about the history of the planet's water.
Do Black Holes Come in Size Medium?
Do Black Holes Come in Size Medium?
11.26.13 – In the stockroom of our cosmos, black holes come in size small and large. NASA's NuSTAR is is busy scrutinizing a class of black holes that may fall into the proposed medium-sized category.
STEREO Shows Comet ISON Approaching the Sun
STEREO Shows Comet ISON Approaching the Sun
11.26.13 – NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory, or STEREO, is monitoring Comet ISON as it approaches the sun.
Solar Fleet to Watch Comet ISON's Journey
Solar Fleet to Watch Comet ISON's Journey
11.22.13 – During the last week of its inbound trip, Comet ISON will enter the fields of view of several NASA Heliophysics observatories.
STEREO Eyes Comet ISON
STEREO Eyes Comet ISON
11.22.13 – Comet ISON entered the field of view of the HI-1 camera on NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory, or STEREO, on Nov. 21, 2013.
How to Cook a Comet
How to Cook a Comet
11.21.13 – A comet's journey through the solar system is perilous and violent. NASA animators created this short movie showing how the sun can cook a comet.
NASA Sees 'Watershed' Cosmic Blast in Unique Detail
NASA Sees ‘Watershed’ Cosmic Blast in Unique Detail
11.21.13 – On April 27, a blast of light from a dying star in a distant galaxy topped the charts as one of the brightest stellar explosions ever seen.
A Six-Minute Journey to Study Comet ISON
A Six-Minute Journey to Study Comet ISON
11.20.13 – The FORTIS payload was successfully launched this morning to observe Comet ISON. The NASA-funded FORTIS team has spent six months preparing for a mid-November launch to observe Comet ISON during a six-minute sounding rocket flight.
New Digital Resources Teach Students About NASA's MMS Mission
New Digital Resources Teach Students About NASA's MMS Mission
11.20.13 – New iBook called iMAGiNETICspace is helping educators teach science and engineering concepts to middle school students in a fun, interactive way.
X-Class Solar Flare: Nov. 19
X-Class Solar Flare: Nov. 19
11.19.13 – Adding on to a series of solar flares throughout October and November, the sun emitted another significant solar flare on Nov. 19, 2013, peaking at 5:26 a.m. EST.
Sunspots: Coming and Going
Sunspots: Coming and Going
11.14.13 – Jupiter-sized sunspot AR1980 gave us a lot of activity during its time on the face of the solar disk. As it rotates out of view, it continued to give off low-level flares.
WISE Catalog Just Got Wiser
WISE Catalog Just Got Wiser
11.14.13 – The WISE mission is releasing new and improved data on three-quarters of a billion stars and galaxies.
Nature Pulls a Fast One on Astronomers
Nature Pulls a Fast One on Astronomers
11.14.13 – Two galaxies have been caught masquerading as one, in a new image that includes data from NASA's Spitzer and WISE missions.
MAVEN Mission Investigates a Lost Mars
MAVEN Mission Investigates a Lost Mars
11.13.13 – Mars once had a climate that could have supported life. Then something went wrong. MAVEN will investigate what happened.
MAVEN Instrument Seeks Answers at Microscopic Levels
MAVEN Instrument Seeks Answers at Microscopic Levels
11.12.13 – When the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission launches in November to study why the Red Planet is losing its atmosphere, one of its instruments will look to electrically charged particles called electrons for answers.
Veteran's Day Solar Flare
Veteran's Day Solar Flare
11.10.13 – The sun emitted a significant solar flare, an X1.1-class, that peaked at 12:14 a.m. EST on Nov. 10, 2013.
Sun Unleashed Another X-class Flare
Sun Unleashes Another X-class Flare
11.08.13 – The sun emitted its sixth significant flare since Oct. 23, 2013. The latest flare, an X1.1, peaked at 11:26 p.m. EST on Nov. 7, 2013.
Sun Sends Out a Significant Solar Flare
Sun Sends Out a Significant Solar Flare
11.06.13 – The sun emitted a significant solar flare, and X3.3-class, peaking at 5:12 p.m. EST on Nov. 5, 2013.
NASA's IRIS Mission Data Now Publicly Available
NASA's IRIS Mission Data Now Publicly Available
11.05.13 – On Oct. 31, 2013, NASA's most recent addition to its solar-observing fleet — the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, mission launched on June 27, 2013 — began sharing its data and imagery with the world.
It's Like a Party in the Atmosphere!
It's Like a Party in the Atmosphere!
11.04.13 – The International Space Station's FireStation instrument helps researchers study the mysterious cosmic catalyst and consequence of lightning.
Something Flare-y This Way Comes: The Mini-Halloween Storms of 2013
Something Flare-y This Way Comes: The Mini-Halloween Storms of 2013
10.31.13 – A week before Halloween 2013, a new coven of big sunspots appeared. As of Oct. 31, they have unleashed more than half a dozen major flares including four X-class events.
Galaxy Growth Examined Like Rings of a Tree
Galaxy Growth Examined Like Rings of a Tree
10.31.13 – Astronomers can read the chapters of a galaxy's history by starting from the core and moving out.
What MAVEN Would See on Mars on Halloween
What MAVEN Would See on Mars on Halloween
10.31.13 – The sun's emitted many coronal mass ejections in the week leading up to Oct. 31, 2013, which merged together over time to pass Mars — this is exactly the kind of event NASA's MAVEN mission is designed to observe.
Sun Emits Fourth X-class Flare in a Week
Sun Emits Fourth X-class Flare in a Week
10.30.13 – The sun emitted a significant solar flare – its fourth X-class flare since Oct. 23, 2013 — peaking at 5:54 p.m. on Oct. 29, 2013.
Five Years of Great Discoveries for NASA's IBEX
Five Years of Great Discoveries for NASA's IBEX
10.30.13 — Launched on Oct. 19, 2008, the Interstellar Boundary Explorer, or IBEX, spacecraft, made some astounding discoveries in its first five years.
Suzaku Study Points to Early Cosmic 'Seeding'
Suzaku Study Points to Early Cosmic ‘Seeding’
10.30.13 – Most of the universe's heavy elements, including the iron central to life itself, formed early in cosmic history and spread throughout the universe, according to a new study of the Perseus Galaxy Cluster using Japan's Suzaku satellite.
Sun Continues to Emit Solar Flares
Sun Continues to Emit Solar Flares
10.28.13 – After emitting its first significant solar flares since June 2013 earlier in the week, the sun continued to produce mid-level and significant solar flares on Oct. 27 and Oct. 28, 2013.
The Effects of Space Weather on Aviation
The Effects of Space Weather on Aviation
10.25.13 — Flying high above Earth with little atmosphere to protect them, pilots and passengers can absorb significant doses of cosmic rays and solar radiation.
Sun Emits Third  Flare in 2 Days
Sun Emits Third Flare in 2 Days
10.25.13 – Another solar flare erupted from the same area of the sun on Oct. 25, 2013,which peaked at 11:03 a.m. EDT. This flare is classified as an X2.1 class.
Fast CME Accompanied Mid-level Solar Flare
Fast CME Accompanied Mid-level Solar Flare
10.25.13 – A fast Coronal Mass Ejection, or CME, was associated with the M9.4 class solar flare, which peaking at 8:30 pm EDT on Oct. 23, 2013.
NASA Releases Movie of Sun's Canyon of Fire
NASA Releases Movie of Sun's Canyon of Fire
10.24.13 – A filament of solar material burst off the sun in September 2013, leaving a vast expanse of gases over 200,000 miles long roiling through the sun's atmosphere, the corona, leaving behind what looks like a canyon of fire.
Sounding Rocket to Calibrate NASA's SDO Instrument
Sounding Rocket to Calibrate NASA's SDO Instrument
10.21.13 – At 2 p.m. EDT, Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, NASA successfully launched a sounding rocket experiment to help calibrate the EUV Variability Experiment, or EVE, aboard the Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, satellite.
Northern and Southern Aurora Seen from Sept. 30, 2013 CME
Northern and Southern Aurora Seen from Sept. 30, 2013 CME
10.18.13 – The Sept. 30, 2013 coronal mass ejection spawned northern and southern aurora upon arrival at Earth.
Managing the Deluge of 'Big Data' From Space
Managing the Deluge of ‘Big Data’ From Space
10.17.13 – As the flow of large and complex data streams from space increases, so do strategies to handle the deluge.
SUNRISE Offers New Insight on Sun's Atmosphere
SUNRISE Offers New Insight on Sun's Atmosphere
09.27.13 – Three months after the flight of the solar observatory Sunrise, carried aloft by a NASA scientific balloon in June 2013, scientists in Germany have presented unique insights into a layer on the sun called the chromosphere.
Astronomers Uncover 'Transformer' Pulsar
Astronomers Uncover ‘Transformer’ Pulsar
09.25.13 – In a feat never before observed, a newly discovered pulsar shifts back and forth between emitting X-rays and radio waves. The discovery represents a long-sought intermediate phase in the life of these powerful objects.
Ultra-fast Electrons Explain Third Radiation Belt
Ultra-fast Electrons Explain Third Radiation Belt
09.23.13 – Researchers have added a new piece of information to what creates giant doughnuts of radiation surrounding Earth: some electrons reach such enormous energies that they are driven by an entirely different set of physical processes. {Feature}
Communications Tests Go the Distance for MAVEN
Communications Tests Go the Distance for MAVEN
09.20.13 – It's not easy to simulate millions of miles electronically, but that's what engineers did recently as they tested the all-important communications system the MAVEN spacecraft will use to relay its study results from Mars orbit to Earth-bound researchers. {Feature}
Several NASA Spacecraft Track Energy Through Space
Several NASA Spacecraft Track Energy Through Space
09.26.13 – Scientists have provided the most comprehensive details yet of the journey energy from the sun takes as it hurtles around Earth's magnetosphere.
NASA 'HEROES' Set to Launch Balloon Solar/Space Imager
NASA ‘HEROES’ Set to Launch Balloon Solar/Space Imager
09.16.13 – An innovative, dual solar/space imaging project, jointly developed by researchers at two NASA field centers, is targeted for launch in mid- September.
NASA Spacecraft Embarks on Historic Journey Into Interstellar Space
NASA Spacecraft Embarks on Historic Journey Into Interstellar Space
09.12.13 – NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft officially is the first human-made object to venture into interstellar space.
How Do We Know When Voyager Reaches Interstellar Space?
How Do We Know When Voyager Reaches Interstellar Space?
09.12.13 – Why the debate about if and when Voyager 1 reached interstellar space is so complicated.
ISS “Firestation” to Explore the Tops of Thunderstorms
ISS “Firestation” to Explore the Tops of Thunderstorms
09.10.13 – NASA's Firestation instrument is now mounted to the International Space Station and will study the link between lightning and mysterious events known as terrestrial gamma ray flashes, or TGFs.
LADEE Project Manager Update: Initial Checkout Complete
LADEE Project Manager Update: Initial Checkout Complete
09.10.13 – After a spectacular launch, the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft was placed by the Minotaur V launch vehicle into an elliptic orbit around Earth, as the start of our journey to the moon. {Feature}
NASA's Upcoming Lunar Mission: Testing a Multi-Use Spacecraft Design
NASA's Upcoming Lunar Mission: Testing a Multi-Use Spacecraft Design
09.06.13 – An Ames developed component of the LADEE spacecraft, called the Modular Common Spacecraft Bus architecture, will demonstrate how to build a first class spacecraft at reduced cost. {Feature}
Coldest Brown Dwarfs Blur Star, Planet Lines
Coldest Brown Dwarfs Blur Star, Planet Lines
09.05.13 – Researchers are getting to know some of our sun's closest and smallest neighbors. {Feature}
Catching Black Holes on the Fly
Catching Black Holes on the Fly
09.05.13 – NASA's black-hole-hunter spacecraft, the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, has “bagged” its first 10 supermassive black holes. {Feature}
Interstellar Wind Changed Direction Over 40 Years
Interstellar Wind Changed Direction Over 40 Years
09.05.13 – Like the wind adjusting course in the middle of a storm, 11 spacecraft over four decades show that the particle wind streaming in to the solar system from interstellar space have most likely changed direction over the last 40 years. {Feature}
NASA Ames Invites Media to LADEE's 'Mission to the Moon' Events
NASA Ames Invites Media to LADEE's ‘Mission to the Moon’ Events
09.04.13 – Media are invited to attend a pre-launch briefing of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. {Feature}
NASA Invites Children, Families to Learn About NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory Mission
NASA Invites Children, Families to Learn About NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory Mission
09.03.13 – NASA Goddard will host this month's Sunday Experiment on Sunday, Sept. 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. EDT. The Sept. 15 Sunday Experiment will explore NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) mission.
Van Allen Probes Mark First Anniversary
Van Allen Probes Mark First Anniversary
08.30.13 – One year after their launch, NASA's twin Van Allen Probes have already fundamentally changed how we understand the Van Allen radiation belts above our planet. {Feature}
NuSTAR Delivers the X-Ray Goods
NuSTAR Delivers the X-Ray Goods
08.29.13 – NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, is giving the wider astronomical community a first look at its unique X-ray images of the cosmos. {Feature}
Rocketeers: Launch from NASA Goddard and Learn about NASA's Next Moon Mission
Rocketeers: Launch from NASA Goddard and Learn about NASA's Next Moon Mission
08.28.13 – All are invited to launch their own model rockets or view the launches September 1 from the Visitor Center at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and learn about NASA's next mission to the moon: the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE).{Feature}
SDO Mission Untangles Motion Inside the Sun
SDO Mission Untangles Motion Inside the Sun
08.28.13 – Using NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, scientists have overturned previous notions of how the sun's writhing insides move from equator to pole and back again, a key part of understanding the sun's 11-year activity cycle. {Feature}
NASA Prepares for First Virginia Coast Launch to Moon
NASA Prepares for First Virginia Coast Launch to Moon
08.22.13 – In an attempt to answer prevailing questions about our moon, NASA is making final preparations to launch a probe at 11:27 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 6, from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va. {Feature}
Dr. David Chenette Appointed NASA Heliophysics Director
Dr. David Chenette Appointed NASA Heliophysics Director
08.21.13 – NASA announces Dr. David Chenette has been appointed the new Director for NASA's Science Mission Directorate Heliophysics Division, effective September 30, 2013.
NASA Spacecraft Reactivated to Hunt for Asteroids
NASA Spacecraft Reactivated to Hunt for Asteroids
08.21.13 – A NASA spacecraft that discovered and characterized tens of thousands of asteroids throughout the solar system before being placed in hibernation will return to service for three more years starting in September, assisting the agency in its effort to identify the population of potentially hazardous near-Earth objects, as well as those suitable for asteroid exploration missions. {Feature}
Another Day, Another Earth-Directed CME
Another Day, Another Earth-Directed CME
08.21.13 – For the second day in a row, the sun has released another slow-moving, Earth-directed coronal mass ejection. {Feature}
NASA Goddard Plays Major Role in NASA Mission to Moon
NASA Goddard Plays Major Role in NASA Mission to Moon
08.21.13 – NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center is going back to the moon. {Feature}
Scientists Recreate Earth's Northern Lights
Scientists Recreate Earth's Northern Lights
08.20.13 – Scientists have brought the Aurora Borealis into a lab at NASA's Langley Research Center.
Why LADEE Matters
Why LADEE Matters
08.20.13 – LADEE's observations of the lunar atmosphere and surface conditions will provide us with insights we can apply to many worlds. {Feature}
NASA Spacecraft Capture an Earth Directed Coronal Mass Ejection
NASA Spacecraft Capture an Earth Directed Coronal Mass Ejection
08.20.13 – On August 20, 2013 at 4:24 am EDT, the sun erupted with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection or CME. {Feature}
AIM Mission Extended
AIM Mission Extended
08.19.13 – NASA announced the Aeronomy of Ice, or AIM, satellite mission has been extended for two more years.
NASA Voyager Statement about Competing Models to Explain Recent Spacecraft Data
NASA Voyager Statement about Competing Models to Explain Recent Spacecraft Data
08.15.13 – NASA's Voyager Project Scientist Ed Stone comments on competing models of Voyager 1's position relative to interstellar space.
Heliophysics Nugget: Mapping Tons of Meteoric Dust in the Sky
Heliophysics Nugget: Mapping Tons of Meteoric Dust in the Sky
08.08.13 – On Aug.11 and 12, 2013, the annual Perseid meteor shower will peak, filling the sky with streaks of light, commonly known as shooting stars.
New NASA Mission to Help Us Learn How to Mine Asteroids
New NASA Mission to Help Us Learn How to Mine Asteroids
08.08.13 – Asteroids could one day be a vast new source of scarce material if the financial and technological obstacles can be overcome. {Feature}
NASA's MMS Stacked for Shock Tests
NASA's MMS Stacked for Shock Tests
08.06.13 – NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, mission is undergoing rigorous testing in preparation for a late 2014 launch. {Feature}
NASA's Firestation on way to the International Space Station
NASA's Firestation on way to the International Space Station
08.05.13 – An experiment to study the effects of lightning flashes on Earth's atmosphere hitched a ride to the International Space Station on Aug. 3, 2013.
Sun's Magnetic Field is about to Flip
Sun's Magnetic Field is about to Flip
08.05.13 – According to measurements from NASA-supported observatories, the sun's vast magnetic field is about to flip. {Feature}
Sounding Rocket to Study Active Regions on the Sun
Sounding Rocket to Study Active Regions on the Sun
08.01.13 – The VEry high angular Resolution Imaging Spectrometer was successfully launched on a NASA Black Brant IX sounding rocket at 2:10 p.m. EDT (12:10 p.m. MDT), August 8, from the White Sands Test Facility, N.M.
Monster Galaxies Lose Their Appetite With Age
Monster Galaxies Lose Their Appetite With Age
08.01.13 – Our universe is filled with gobs of galaxies, bound together by gravity into larger families called clusters.
Accreditation Open for Launches, Hurricane Study Media Day at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility
Accreditation Open for Launches, Hurricane Study Media Day at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility
07.30.13 – Media accreditation now is open for two launches and a media viewing opportunity in September from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The media activities are associated with the launch of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer mission, the agency's Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel Mission research flights and the launch of Orbital Sciences Corp.'s demonstration mission to the International Space Station. {Press Release}
IRIS Telescope's First Look at Sun Atmosphere
IRIS Telescope's First Look at Sun Atmosphere
07.25.13 – As the telescope door opened on July 17, 2013, NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph began to observe a mysterious layer of the sun's lower atmosphere and the results thus far are nothing short of amazing. {Feature}
IRIS Mission Gets First Look at Sun's Mysterious Interface Region
IRIS Mission Gets First Look at Sun's Mysterious Interface Region
07.25.13 – NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) spacecraft has captured its first observations of a region of the sun that is now possible to observe in detail: the lowest layers of the sun's atmosphere. {Press Release}
Van Allen Probes Find Source of Fast Particles
Van Allen Probes Find Source of Fast Particles
07.25.13 – Scientists have discovered a massive particle accelerator in the heart of one of the harshest regions of near-Earth space, a region of super-energetic, charged particles surrounding the globe called the Van Allen radiation belts. {Feature}
NASA Mission Discoveres Particle Accelerator in Heart of Van Allen Radiation Belts
NASA Mission Discovers Particle Accelerator in Heart of Van Allen Radiation Belts
07.25.13 – Using data from a NASA satellite, scientists have discovered a massive particle accelerator in the heart of one of the harshest regions of near-Earth space, a region of super-energetic, charged particles surrounding the globe and known as the Van Allen radiation belts. {Press Release}
NASA's Wise Finds Mysterious Centaurs May Be Comets
NASA's WISE Finds Mysterious Centaurs May Be Comets
07.25.13 – The true identity of centaurs, the small celestial bodies orbiting the sun between Jupiter and Neptune, is one of the enduring mysteries of astrophysics. {Feature}
NASA's WISE Finds Mysterious Centaurs May Be Comets
NASA's WISE Finds Mysterious Centaurs May Be Comets
07.25.13 – The true identity of centaurs, the small celestial bodies orbiting the sun between Jupiter and Neptune, is one of the enduring mysteries of astrophysics. Are they asteroids or comets? A new study of observations from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) finds most centaurs are comets. {Press Release}
NASA Discusses First IRIS Solar Images in Media Teleconference
NASA Discusses First IRIS Solar Images in Media Teleconference
07.24.13 – NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 25, to present the first images from NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS), which was launched June 27 on a mission to study the sun. {Press Release}
Spacecraft Witness a Coronal Mass Ejection
Spacecraft Witness a Coronal Mass Ejection
07.22.13 – On July 22, 2013, at 2:24 a.m. EDT, the sun erupted with a coronal mass ejection or CME, a solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of solar particles into space that can affect electronic systems in satellites. {Feature}
Large Coronal Hole Near the Sun's North Pole
Large Coronal Hole Near the Sun's North Pole
07.19.13 – The European Space Agency/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, or SOHO, captured an image of a gigantic coronal hole hovering over the sun's north pole on July 18, 2013, at 9:06 a.m. EDT. {Feature}
Opening a Window to Mars' Past
Opening a Window to Mars' Past
07.18.13 – Mars might not have always been so dry and dusty. An instrument on the MAVEN spacecraft may shed light on the Red Planet's past climate. {Feature}
IRIS Telescope Opens Its Door
IRIS Telescope Opens Its Door
07.17.13 – In its first step towards science operations since launch, the IRIS team opened the IRIS telescope door on July 17, 2013. {Feature}
Comet ISON's Dangerous Journey
Comet ISON's Dangerous Journey
07.16.13 – Comet ISON's journey through the solar system will be perilous and violent. NASA spacecraft will watch to see whether it survives, and learn important science along the way. {Feature}
The Heart of Space Weather Observed in Action
The Heart of Space Weather Observed in Action
07.15.13 – Two NASA spacecraft have provided the most comprehensive movie ever of a mysterious process at the heart of all explosions on the sun: magnetic reconnection. {Feature}
How to Share Sun Observations with the World
How To Share Sun Observations With the World
07.12.13 – Just a year after the sounding rocket mission Hi-C launched its observations have fueled three published and seven pending papers. The unusually high numbers are due to sharing the data via NASA's Virtual Solar Observatory. {Feature}
IBEX Provides First View of the Solar System's Tail
IBEX Provides First View Of the Solar System's Tail
07.10.13 – Like a comet, the solar system has a tail. NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer has for the first time mapped out the structure of this tail, something that has never before been possible. {Feature}
Two Rockets Successfully Launched From Wallops
Two Rockets Successfully Launched From Wallops
07.04.13 – Two suborbital rockets were successfully launched 15 seconds apart on July 4 from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility as part of a study of electrical currents in the ionosphere.
NASA Sounding Rocket Daytime Dynamo Launch Postponed
NASA Sounding Rocket Daytime Dynamo Launch Postponed
07.02.13 – The launch of two sounding rockets from the Wallops Flight Facility was scrubbed on Wednesday, July 3 due to poor weather in the area. The next attempt for these two rockets will be Thursday, July 4, with a window of 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Coronal Mass Ejection Headed Toward Mercury and Venus
Coronal Mass Ejection Headed Toward Mercury and Venus
07.02.13 – On July 1, 2013, at 6:09 p.m. EDT, the sun erupted with a coronal mass ejection, a solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of solar particles into space that can affect electronic systems in satellites.
Movie Making Tool Hits The Million Mark
Movie Making Tool Hits The Million Mark
07.02.13 – A solar movie-making program produced by scientists from NASA and the European Space Agency just hit a major milestone: its millionth movie. {Feature}
NASA Decommissions its Galaxy Hunter Spacecraft
NASA Decommissions Its Galaxy Hunter Spacecraft
06.28.13 – NASA has turned off its Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) after a decade of operations in which the venerable space telescope used its ultraviolet vision to study hundreds of millions of galaxies across 10 billion years of cosmic time. {Press Release}
IRIS Solar Observatory Launches, Begins Mission
IRIS Solar Observatory Launches, Begins Mission
06.28.13 – NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) spacecraft launched Wednesday at 7:27 p.m. PDT (10:27 p.m. EDT) from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. {Feature}
NASA's Voyager 1 Explores Final Frontier of Our 'Solar Bubble'
NASA's Voyager 1 Explores Final Frontier of Our ‘Solar Bubble’
06.27.13 – Data from Voyager 1 suggest the spacecraft is closer to becoming the first human-made object to reach interstellar space.
NASA Launches Satellite to Study How Sun's Atmosphere is Energized
NASA Launches Satellite to Study How Sun's Atmosphere Is Energized
06.27.13 – NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) spacecraft launched Wednesday at 7:27 p.m. PDT (10:27 p.m. EDT) from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. {Press Release}
OSIRIS-REx Team Member Earns White House Recognition
OSIRIS-REx Team Member Earns White House Recognition
06.26.13 – Dolores H. Hill from the Lunar and Planetary Lab of the University of Arizona, Tucson is the recipient of the Citizen Science Champions of Change Award for her work on “Target Asteroids!” {Feature}
IRIS to Take Precise Look at Sun's Energy
IRIS to Take Precise Look at Sun's Energy
06.24.13 – NASA's IRIS spacecraft will use an ultraviolet telescope to look at a small area of the sun to answer detailed questions about the way the sun's… {Feature}
Five Years of Stereo Images from NASA's TWINS
Five Years of Stereo Imaging for NASA's TWINS
06.21.13 –Surrounding Earth is a dynamic region called the magnetosphere. The region is governed by magnetic and electric forces, incoming energy and material from the sun, and a vast zoo of waves and processes unlike what is normally experienced in Earth-bound physics. {Feature}
Sun Emits a Solstice CME
Sun Emits a Solstice CME
06.20.13 – On June 20, 2013, at 11:24 p.m., the sun erupted with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection, a solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of particles into space that can reach Earth one to three days later. {Feature}
NASA's MMS Achieves Major Mission Milestone
NASA's MMS Achieves Major Mission Milestone
06.14.13 – This fisheye image shows NASA's four Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, observatories inside the cleanroom at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. {Feature}
SUNRISE Launched from Sweden
SUNRISE Launched from Sweden
06.12.13 – A NASA scientific balloon carrying the SUNRISE solar telescope was successfully launched at 1:37 a.m. EDT June 12 from the Esrange Space Center in Northern Sweden.
The Moon and Sun: Two NASA Missions Join Images
The Moon and Sun: Two NASA Missions Join Images
06.12.13 – NASA visualizers overlay a 3-dimensional model of the moon based on data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter into the shadow of the moon during a lunar transit. {Feature}
NASA Spacecraft Detect a Mars-Directed CME
NASA Spacecraft Detect a Mars-Directed CME
06.12.13 – On June 11, 2013, at 2 p.m. EDT, the sun erupted with a coronal mass ejection or CME, a solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of solar particles into space that can affect electronic systems in satellites. {Feature}
Black Hole Naps Amidst Stellar Chaos
Black Hole Naps Amidst Stellar Chaos
06.11.13 – NASA's NuSTAR space telescope has found evidence of a slumbering massive black hole in a galaxy bursting with new stars. {Feature}
NASA Schedules Media Events and Coverage for New Solar Mission Launch
NASA Schedules Media Events and Coverage for New Solar Mission Launch
06.11.13 – NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) mission is scheduled to launch at 7:27 p.m. PDT (10:27 p.m. EDT) Wednesday, June 26, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. {Press Release}
The Sun Emits an M5.9 Solar Flare
The Sun Emits an M5.9 Solar Flare
06.08.13 – The Solar Dynamics Observatory captures the sun emitting a M5.9 class, a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 6:49pm on June 7, 2013. {Feature}
Noctilucent Clouds Get an Early Start
Noctilucent Clouds Get an Early Start
06.07.13 – The early start of the 2013 season appears to be caused by a change in atmospheric “teleconnections,” connections between different layers of the… {Feature}
Officials Meet in Washington to Discuss Solar Storms
Officials Meet in Washington to Discuss Solar Storms, Great and Small
06.04.13 – Policy makers and researchers are getting together in Washington to talk about space weather — but the discussion will be a little different. {Feature}
NASA's IRIS Mission to Launch in Late June
NASA's IRIS Mission to Launch in Late June
06.04.13 – Briefing Materials for IRIS News Conference on June 4, 2013 at 1pm EST.
NASA's IRIS Mission to Launch in June
NASA's IRIS Mission to Launch in June
06.04.13 – Understanding how energy travels through the lowest layers of the sun's atmosphere is the goal of NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph scheduled to launch on June 26, 2013. {Feature}
NASA Prepares for Launch of Next Solar Satellite
NASA Prepares for Launch of Next Solar Satellite
06.04.13 – NASA's next scientific satellite, which is scheduled for launch June 26, will provide the most detailed look ever at the sun's lower atmosphere or interface region. {Press Release}
SUNRISE Over Sweden: Solar Observatory to Take Flight
SUNRISE Over Sweden: Solar Observatory to Take Flight
06.03.13 – This summer, the NASA Scientific Balloon Program will launch, for the second time, the largest solar telescope ever to leave ground, to observe the sun's magnetic fields.
Swift Produces Best UV Maps of Nearest Galaxies
Swift Produces Best UV Maps of Nearest Galaxies
06.03.13 – The new UV surveys are the most detailed ever of the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, the Milky Way's closest neighbor galaxies. {Feature}
NASA Invites Media to Space Weather Enterprise Forum
NASA Invites Media to Space Weather Enterprise Forum
05.31.13 – NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will deliver the keynote address at the annual Space Weather Enterprise Forum Tuesday, June 4, at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Auditorium and Science Center, located at 1301 East-West Highway in Silver Spring, Md. {Press Release}
NASA's MMS Team Assembles Final Observatory
NASA's MMS Team Assembles Final Observatory
05.30.13 – On May 20, 2013, the MMS mission team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center reached an unprecedented milestone: completing the fourth of four observatories, all built for a single mission. {Feature}
IRIS Mission Readies For a New Challenge
IRIS Mission Readies For a New Challenge
05.29.13 – In late June 2013, NASA will launch a new set of eyes to offer the most detailed look ever of the sun's lower atmosphere, known as the interface region. {Feature}
NASA Hosts June 4 Media Briefing on Next Solar Mission Launch
NASA Hosts June 4 Media Briefing on Next Solar Mission Launch
05.29.13 – NASA will host a news briefing at 1 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, June 4, about the upcoming launch of the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) mission. {Press Release}
Sun Releases Slow CME
Sun Releases Slow CME
05.26.13 – On May 26, 2013 at 3:24 p.m. EDT, the sun erupted with a non-Earth directed CME traveling at 550 miles per second. {Feature}
NASA's SDO Observes Mid-Level Solar Flare
NASA's SDO Observes Mid-level Solar Flare
05.22.13 – The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, an M7 class, on the morning of May 22, 2013. {Feature}
NASA's BARREL Mission Launches 20 Balloons
NASA's BARREL Mission Launches 20 Balloons
05.21.13 – In Antarctica in January, 2013 scientists released 20 balloons, to study the giant radiation belts surrounding Earth and how they lose particles. {Feature}
Auroras Visible in Continental U.S.
Auroras Visible in Continental U.S.
05.20.13 – Coronal mass ejections that accompanied X-class flares early last week, arrived at Earth over the weekend and sparked a geomagnetic storm and aurora. {Feature}
IRIS Mission Readies For a New Challenge
IRIS Mission Readies For a New Challenge
05.20.13 – NASA is getting ready to launch a new mission to observe a mysterious region of the solar atmosphere that may be crucial to understanding what powers space weather. {Feature}
NASA Simulates 'Pulsar-On-A-Table' for Testing
NASA Simulates ‘Pulsar-On-A-Table’ for Testing
05.20.13 – A NASA team built a first-of-a-kind testbed to simulate the distinctive signature of pulsars - which radiate in regular bursts anywhere from seconds to milliseconds. {Feature}
NASA's STEREO Detects a CME From the Sun
NASA's STEREO Detects a CME From the Sun
05.17.13 – On 5:24 a.m. EDT on May 17, 2013, the sun erupted with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection or CME, a solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of solar particles into space. {Feature}
Three X-class Flares in 24 Hours
Three X-class Flares in 24 Hours
05.14.13 – The sun's third significant solar flare in under 24 hours - and the strongest so far of 2013 - peaked at 9:11 p.m. EDT on May 13, 2013.
Impacts of Strong Solar Flares
Impacts of Strong Solar Flares
05.13.13 – Some people worry that a gigantic “killer solar flare” could hurl enough energy to destroy Earth, but this is not actually possible. {Feature}
Three Years of SDO Images
Three Years of SDO Images
05.10.13 – Since it first provided images of the sun in spring 2010, SDO has had virtually unbroken coverage of the sun's rise toward solar maximum.
Annular Eclipse on May 10
Annular Eclipse on May 10
05.10.13 – On May 10, 2013, Earth, the sun and the moon lined up to create a solar eclipse visible from the South Pacific.
Marshall Islands Campaign Completed
Marshall Islands Campaign Completed
05.09.13 – The launch of a NASA Terrier-Improved Orion sounding rocket on May 9 brought to an end a very successful campaign studying ionospheric activity and its impact on radio, communication and navigation signals.
Second and Third Sounding Rockets Launched from the Marshall Islands
Second and Third Sounding Rockets Launched from the Marshall Islands
05.07.13 – The Equatorial Vortex Experiment was successfully conducted on May 7 from the Marshall Islands when a NASA Terrier-Oriole sounding rocket was launched followed by the launch of a Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket 90 seconds later.
Sun Emits Mid-Level Flare
Sun Emits Mid-Level Flare
05.03.13 – The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare on May 3. Large enough flares can disrupt radio signals, but this flare's “blackout” has already subsided.
Record-Setting 'Shockingly Bright' Burst
Record-Setting ‘Shockingly Bright’ Burst
05.03.13 – A record-setting blast of gamma rays from a dying star in a distant galaxy has wowed astronomers around the world. {Feature}
First of Four Sounding Rockets Launched from the Marshall Islands
First of Four Sounding Rockets Launched from the Marshall Islands
05.01.13 – A NASA sounding rocket supporting a study of ionosphere and its impact on radio transmissions was launched at 3:38 a.m. EDT, May 1 from Roi-Namur, Republic of the Marshall Islands.
IRIS Q&A with Robert Carvalho
IRIS Q&A with Robert Carvalho
04.30.13 – Robert Carvalho is one of two flight controllers for the IRIS mission, and is helping design, develop and integrate flight controller software tools. {Feature}
NASA Mission to Study What Disrupts Radio Waves
NASA Mission to Study What Disrupts Radio Waves
04.25.13 – A NASA-funded sounding rocket mission will launch this spring to observe the formation of electrical storms in Earth's upper atmosphere that can negatively affect satellite communication and global positioning signals.
Galaxy Goes Green in Burning Stellar Fuel
Galaxy Goes Green in Burning Stellar Fuel
04.23.13 – Astronomers have spotted the most efficient maker of stars yet, a galaxy undergoing a rare phase of evolution. {Feature}
NASA Opens Media Accredition for California Solar Mission Launch
NASA Opens Media Accreditation for California Solar Mission Launch
04.23.13 – News media planning to cover the launch of NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) mission on June 26 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California should apply for accreditation by June 18. {Press Release}
Solar Satellite Arrives at Vandenberg AFB for Launch
Solar Satellite Arrives at Vandenberg AFB for Launch
04.17.13 – IRIS spacecraft arrives at VAFB for final preparations for a NET May 28 launch aboard a Pegasus rocket. {Feature}
Dying Supergiant Stars Implicated in Hours-long
Dying Supergiant Stars Implicated in Hours-long
04.16.13 – Three unusually long-lasting stellar explosions discovered by NASA's Swift satellite represent a previously unrecognized class of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs). {Feature}
Spring Fling: Sun Emits a Mid-Level Flare
Spring Fling: Sun Emits a Mid-Level Flare
04.16.13 – The sun emitted a mid-level flare, peaking at 3:16 a.m. EDT on April 11, 2013. An Earth-directed CME was also released. {Feature}
NASA's Wind Mission Encounters 'SLAMS' Waves
NASA's Wind Mission Encounters ‘SLAMS’ Waves
04.16.13 – SLAMS, or short large amplitude magnetic structures, have been spotted in the froth of waves in front of Earthspace as it moves through the solar… {Feature}
Celebrating CINDI on its Fifth Anniversary
Celebrating CINDI on Its Fifth Anniversary
04.15.13 – On April 16, 2008, a suite of NASA instruments was launched to study a unique region of space: the electrically charged portion of the upper atmosphere. {Feature}
NASA Selects Explorer Projects To Probe Earth's Upper Atmosphere
04.12.13 – NASA has selected a new satellite mission and a new space-based instrument to begin development as part of the agency's Heliophysics Explorer Program. {Press Release}
Suzaku 'Post-mortem' Yields Insight into Kepler's
Suzaku ‘Post-mortem’ Yields Insight into Kepler's
04.08.13 – X-ray observations from the Japan-led Suzaku satellite are providing a better understanding of the star that met its demise as Kepler's supernova, an… {Feature}
NASA Taps the Power of Zombie Stars in Two-in-One
NASA Taps the Power of Zombie Stars in Two-in-One
04.05.13 – NICER will not only reveal why neutron stars are the densest objects in nature, but also demonstrate navigation technology that could revolutionize the agency's ability to travel to the far reaches of the solar system and beyond. {Feature}
Final MAVEN Instrument Integrated to Spacecraft
Final MAVEN Instrument Integrated to Spacecraft
04.03.13 – An instrument that will measure the composition of Mars' upper atmosphere has been integrated to NASA's MAVEN spacecraft. {Feature}
NASA's Swift Sizes Up Comet ISON
NASA's Swift Sizes Up Comet ISON
03.29.13 – The Swift satellite observed a comet that may become one of the most dazzling seen in decades when it rounds the sun later this year. {Feature}
SORCE: A Decade in the Sun
SORCE: A Decade in the Sun
03.29.13 – NASA's Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE) satellite has been providing data on the sun's irradiance for 10 years. {Feature}
NASA's Swift, Chandra Explore a Youthful 'Star Wreck'
NASA's Swift, Chandra Explore a Youthful ‘Star Wreck’
03.15.13 – NASA's Swift satellite has uncovered the previously unknown remains of a shattered star which ranks among the youngest-known supernova remnants in our Milky Way galaxy. {Feature}
Local Media Invited to NASA Outreach Activities at Maryland Science Center
03.15.13 – Local news media are invited to the Maryland Science Center on Friday, March 22, to cover hands-on NASA Sun Earth Day activities from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. {Press Release}
Closest Star System Found in a Century
Closest Star System Found in a Century
03.11.13 – NASA's WISE mission has found the closest star system discovered since 1916 — a pair of brown dwarfs right in our celestial backyard. {Feature}
NASA's SDO Sees an Eclipse and a Transit
NASA's SDO Sees an Eclipse and a Transit
03.11.13 – On Mar. 11, 2013, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory caught a rare sight on camera: the sun with both Earth and the moon passing in front of it. {Feature}
Solar Wind Energy Source Discovered
Solar Wind Energy Source Discovered
03.08.13 – Using data from an aging NASA spacecraft, researchers have found signs of an energy source in the solar wind that has caught the attention of fusion researchers. {Feature}
Solar Cycle Updated: Twin Peaks?
Solar Cycle Update: Twin Peaks?
03.01.13 – 2013 is supposed to be the year of Solar Max, but solar activity is much lower than expected. At least one leading forecaster expects the sun to rebound with a double-peaked maximum later this year. {Feature}
Val Allen Probes Discover a Surprise Circling Earth
Van Allen Probes Discover a Surprise Circling Earth
02.28.13 – Shortly after the Van Allen Probes launched to study the radiation belts around Earth, they saw something no one had ever seen before: a new configuration, showing an extra, third belt extending out into space. {Feature}
Van Allen Probes Discover a New Radiation Belt
Van Allen Probes Discover a New Radiation Belt
02.28.13 – Earth's radiation belts were one of the first discoveries of the Space Age. A new finding published in today's issue of Science shows that we still have much to learn about them. {Feature}
NASA's NuSTAR Helps Solve Riddle of Black Hole Spin
NASA's NuSTAR Helps Solve Riddle of Black Hole Spin
02.27.13 – Two X-ray space observatories, NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton, have teamed up to measure definitively, for the first time, the spin rate of a black hole with a mass 2 million times that of our sun. {Feature}
NASA Hosts Media Telecon About Black Hole Studies
NASA Hosts Media Telecon About Black Hole Studies
02.25.13 – NASA will host a news teleconference at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST), Wednesday, Feb. 27, to announce black hole observations from its newest X-ray telescope, the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), and the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton X-ray telescope. {Feature}
NASA Announces Media Briefing on New Van Allen Probes Results
NASA Announces Media Briefing on New Van Allen Probes Results
02.25.13 – NASA will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EST, Thursday, Feb. 28, to discuss new observations from NASA's twin Van Allen Probes, which are studying Earth's radiation belts. The briefing will be held at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Kossiakoff Center, 11100 Johns Hopkins Rd., in Laurel, Md. {Press Release}
Deciphering the Mysterious Math of the Solar Wind
Deciphering the Mysterious Math of the Solar Wind
02.21.13 – A NASA Goddard scientist has created a set of necessary equations to describe a kind of magnetic wave, known as an Alfvén wave, in the solar wind. {Feature}
SDO Shows A Little Rain On The Sun
SDO Shows A Little Rain On the Sun
02.20.13 – On July 19, 2012, the sun treated viewers to one of its dazzling magnetic displays — a phenomenon known as coronal rain. {Feature}
Six Years of THEMIS: Understanding the Magnetophere
Six Years of THEMIS: Understanding the Magnetosphere
02.19.13 – In THEMIS's sixth year in space, it is helping to show how even small variations in the magnetosphere can sometimes cause extreme space weather responses, helping scientist map and predict events in this complex system. {Feature}
Tiny CREPT Instrument to Study the Radiation Belts
Tiny CREPT Instrument to Study the Radiation Belts
02.14.13 – A smaller version of an instrument now flying on NASA's Van Allen Probes has won a coveted spot aboard an upcoming NASA-sponsored Cubesat mission — the perfect platform for this pint-size, solid-state telescope. {Feature}
UN Braces for Stormy Space Weather
UN Braces for Stormy Space Weather
02.13.13 – The United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space has a new item is on the agenda: space weather. {Feature}
Year Three: NASA SDO Mission Highlights
Year Three: NASA SDO Mission Highlights
02.11.13 – In its third year in space, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has also offered several new, unexpected doors to scientific inquiry. {Feature}
Earth-Directed CME Release by Long Duration Solar Flare
Earth-Directed CME Release by Long Duration Solar Flare
02.09.13 – A Coronal Mass Ejection was released by a long duration solar flare early on February 9, 2013. {Feature}
MAVEN Begins Environmental Testing
MAVEN Begins Environmental Testing
02.08.13 – MAVEN is assembled and is undergoing environmental testing at Lockheed Martin Space Systems facilities, near Denver. {Feature}
The Sun Produces Two CMEs
The Sun Produces Two CMEs
02.07.13 – In the evening of Feb. 5, 2013, the sun erupted with two coronal mass ejections or CMEs that may glance near-Earth space. {Feature}
WISE Feels the Heat from Orion's Sword
WISE Feels the Heat from Orion's Sword
02.05.13 – The tangle of clouds and stars that lie in Orion's sword is showcased in a new, expansive view from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. {Feature}
Explaining the Ribbon in Space Discovered by IBEX
Explaining the Ribbon in Space Discovered by IBEX
02.05.13 – Using NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX), scientists have devised the best model yet for the appearance of a vast ribbon of neutral atoms that curls through the boundaries of Earth's solar system. {Feature}
Twenty NASA Balloons Studying the Radiation Belts
Twenty NASA Balloons Studying the Radiation Belts
02.04.13 – Just 96 days since launch, the Van Allen Probes have already provided new insights into the structure and behavior of the radiation belts that surround Earth. {Feature}
Building Four Spacecraft for One Mission
Building Four Spacecraft for One Mission
01.31.13 – An unprecedented mission is being built at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. The center is simultaneously building four identical spacecraft for the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission due to launch in late 2014. {Feature}
SDO Provides First Sighting of How a CME Forms
SDO Provides First Sightings of How a CME Forms
01.31.13 – On July 18, 20012, scientists used NASA's SDO to see for the first time the formation of something they had long known was at the heart of many eruptive events on the sun: a flux rope. {Feature}
Our Eruptive Sun: Free Lecture at NASA Goddard
Our Eruptive Sun: Free Lecture at NASA Goddard
01.30.13 – The public is invited to a free event on Feb. 13 to experience ‘Our Eruptive Sun: The Causes and Consequences of Space Weather,’ by Dr. Phillip Chamberlin, Research Astrophysicist in the Solar Physics Laboratory at Goddard. {Press Release}
Sun Shoots Out 2 Coronal Mass Ejections
Sun Shoots Out 2 Coronal Mass Ejections
01.24.13 – One of the two slow-moving ejections from Jan. 23 is Earth-directed. In the past, CMEs of this speed have not caused substantial geomagnetic storms. {Feature}
Working on Four Spacecraft Simultaneously
Working on Four Spacecraft Simultaneously
01.24.13 – NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission clean room is buzzing with activity as engineers work on all four observatories at the same time. {Feature}
NASA Telescope Observes How Sun Stores and Releases Energy
01.23.13 – A NASA suborbital telescope has given scientists the first clear evidence of energy transfer from the sun's magnetic field to the solar atmosphere or corona. This process, known as solar braiding, has been theorized by researchers, but remained unobserved until now. {Press Release}
Why NASA Observes the Sun in Different Wavelengths
Why NASA Observes the Sun in Different Wavelengths
01.22.13 – Specialized instruments in ground-based and space-based solar telescopes, observe light far beyond the ranges visible to the naked eye. Different wavelengths convey information about different components of the sun. {Feature}
NASA's IRIS Spacecraft is Fully Integrated
IRIS Spacecraft Is Fully Integrated
01.18.13 – NASA's next Small Explorer mission, the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS), which will study the little-understood lower levels of the sun's atmosphere has been fully integrated and final testing is underway. {Feature}
New Sunspots Producing Space Weather
New Sunspots Producing Space Weather
01.14.13 – On Jan. 13, 2013, at 2:24 a.m. EST, the sun erupted with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection or CME. The CME left the sun at speeds of 330 miles per second and is expected to impact Earth around Jan. 16. {Feature}
NASA's SDO Has Plenty of Content for Ultra HD TVs
NASA's SDO Has Plenty of Content for Ultra HD TVs
01.14.13 – A new kind of television made headlines at the 2013 annual Consumer Electronics Show in early January: Ultra High Definition TV. The TV needs content and NASA's SDO has four months worth of sun movies for them. {Feature}
NASA's GALEX Reveals the Largest-Known Spiral Galaxy
NASA's GALEX Reveals the Largest-Known Spiral Galaxy
01.10.13 – Measuring tip-to-tip across its two outsized spiral arms, NGC 6872 spans more than 522,000 light-years, making it more than five times the size of our Milky Way galaxy. {Feature}
Cluster Finds Turbulent Eddies May Warm the Solar Wind
Cluster Finds Turbulent Eddies May Warm the Solar Wind
01.08.13 – A new study of data obtained by the European Space Agency's Cluster spacecraft may help explain why the flow of electrically charged particles and magnetic fields from the sun, the solar wind, is hotter than it should be. {Feature}
Solar Variability and Terrestrial Climate
Solar Variability and Terrestrial Climate
01.08.13 – Researchers now realize even tiny solar variations can have a significant effect on Earth's terrestrial climate. {Feature}
NASA's NuSTAR Catches Black Holes in Galaxy Web
NASA's NuSTAR Catches Black Holes in Galaxy Web
01.07.13 – NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, set its X-ray eyes on a spiral galaxy and caught the brilliant glow of two black holes lurking inside. {Feature}
Solar Ballet on the Sun
Solar Ballet on the Sun
01.03.13 – NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this solar eruption on Dec. 31, 2012, as it rises and falls with the grace and polished movement of a ballet dancer. {Feature}
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