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In the News – Year 2014

20 Years of Wind
12.29.14 – NASA's Wind mission launched on Nov. 1, 1994, with the goal of characterizing the constant stream of particles from the sun called the solar wind.
Holiday Lights on the Sun: Imagery of Significant Flare
Holiday Lights on the Sun: Imagery of Significant Flare
12.22.14 – The sun emitted a significant solar flare on the evening of Dec. 19.
Sun Sizzles in High-Energy X-Rays
Sun Sizzles in High-Energy X-Rays
12.22.14 – For the first time, a mission designed to set its eyes on black holes and other objects far from our solar system has turned its gaze back closer to home, capturing images of our sun.
Two Mid-Level Flares in 2 Days
Two Mid-Level Flares in 2 Days
12.19.14 – The sun emitted a mid-level flare on Dec. 18, 2014, at 4:58 p.m. EST, the sun's second in two days.
NASA's IMAGE and Cluster Missions Reveal Origin of Theta Auroras
NASA's IMAGE and Cluster Missions Reveal Origin of Theta Auroras
12.18.14 – Thanks to the joint ESA and NASA's Cluster and NASA’s Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration, or IMAGE, missions working together, a particular type of very high-latitude aurora has now been explained.
SDO Records Mid-level Flare on Dec. 16, 2014
SDO Records Mid-level Flare on Dec. 16, 2014
12.17.14 – The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 11:50 p.m. EST on Dec. 16, 2014. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured an image of the event.
NASA Voyager: 'Tsunami Wave' Still Flies Through Interstellar Space
NASA Voyager: ‘Tsunami Wave’ Still Flies Through Interstellar Space
12.15.14 – The “tsunami wave” that NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft began experiencing earlier this year is still propagating outward, according to new results.
NASA-funded FOXSI to Observe X-Rays From Sun
NASA-funded FOXSI to Observe X-Rays From Sun
12.12.14 – A small rocket is scheduled for a 15-minute flight on Dec. 9 to study X-rays from the sun, which are virtually impossible to measure from the ground.
The Science of Magnetic Reconnection
The Science of Magnetic Reconnection
12.10.14 – In March 2015, NASA will launch a new mission to study magnetic reconnection. The Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, mission will be the first ever mission dedicated to studying this universal process by orbiting Earth to pass directly through nearby magnetic reconnection regions and to observe the minute details of such events.
Scientists Study the Interaction of the Solar Wind and Earth's Atmosphere From Norway
Scientists Study the Interaction of the Solar Wind and Earth's Atmosphere From Norway
12.08.14 – UPDATE: C-REX launches successfully on Nov. 24, 2014. CAPER is on the launch pad. These two sounding rockets will launch from Norway to study interactions between plasma from the sun and Earth's magnetosphere.
Sun Emits a Mid-Level Flare on Dec. 4, 2014
Sun Emits a Mid-Level Flare on Dec. 4, 2014
12.04.14 – On Dec. 4, 2014, the sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, an M6.1-class, peaking at 1:25 p.m. EST. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured an image of the event.
Van Allen Probes Spot Impenetrable Barrier in Space
Van Allen Probes Spot Impenetrable Barrier in Space
11.26.14 – Two donuts of seething radiation that surround Earth, called the Van Allen radiation belts, have been found to contain a nearly impenetrable barrier that prevents the fastest, most energetic electrons from reaching Earth.
NASA's SDO Shows Moon Transiting the Sun
NASA's SDO Shows Moon Transiting the Sun
11.24.14 – On Nov. 22, 2014 the moon partially obscured the view of the sun from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory or SDO. This phenomenon, which is called a lunar transit, could only be seen from SDO's point of view.
Narrated Animation of MMS Launch and Deploy
Narrated Animation of MMS Launch and Deploy
11.21.14 – In March of 2015, an unprecedented NASA mission will launch to study a process so mysterious that no one has ever directly measured it in action.
Swift Marks 10 Years of Game-changing Astrophysics
Swift Marks 10 Years of Game-changing Astrophysics
11.20.14 – Swift remains the only satellite capable of precisely locating the universe's most powerful explosions and monitoring them before they fade from view.
Swift Probes an Exotic Object: 'Kicked' Black Hole or Mega Star?
Swift Probes an Exotic Object: ‘Kicked’ Black Hole or Mega Star?
11.19.14 – An international team of researchers discovered an unusual source of light in a galaxy some 90 million light-years away.
NASA's MMS Spacecraft Begin Pre-Launch Activities in Florida
NASA's MMS Spacecraft Begin Pre-Launch Activities in Florida
11.18.14 – The last two of four MMS spacecraft arrived at NASA's pre-launch processing facility, Astrotech in Florida, on Nov. 12, 2014 to begin preparations for launch.
NASA's SDO Sees Returning Sunspot Produce Mid-Level Flare
NASA's SDO Sees Returning Sunspot Produce Mid-Level Flare
11.17.14 – The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, an M5.7-class, peaking at 12:48 p.m. EST on Nov. 16, 2014. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured an image of the event.
ICON Cleared for Next Development Phase
ICON Cleared for Next Development Phase
11.12.14 – NASA has officially confirmed the Ionospheric Connection Explorer, or ICON, mission, clearing it to move forward into the development phase. ICON will explore a swath of Earth's atmosphere where weather close to the ground impacts the dynamic space environment above in unexpected ways.
NASA's SDO Observes an X-class Flare: Nov. 7, 2014
NASA's SDO Observes an X-class Flare: Nov. 7, 2014
11.07.14 – The sun emitted a significant solar flare, an X1.6-class, peaking at 12:26 pm EST on Nov. 7, 2014. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured an image of the event.
TESS Mission Cleared for Next Development Phase
TESS Mission Cleared for Next Development Phase
11.07.14 – Designed as the first all-sky survey, TESS would search the sky for planets outside our solar system.
NASA-Funded Sounding Rocket to Gather 1,500 Sun Images in 5 Minutes
NASA-Funded Sounding Rocket to Gather 1,500 Sun Images in 5 Minutes
11.06.14 – The RAISE sounding rocket launched successfully at 2:07 p.m. EST on Nov. 6, 2014.
Third Mid-Level Flare From New Sunspot: Nov. 5
Third Mid-Level Flare From New Sunspot: Nov. 5
11.06.14 – A third mid-level solar flare, an M5.4-class peaking at 10:46 p.m. EST, was released on Nov. 5, 2014. This is from the same active region, labeled AR 12205, which rotated over the left limb of the sun on Nov. 3.
First Two MMS Observatories Shipped to Florida
First Two MMS Observatories Shipped to Florida
11.04.14 – The first two MMS Observatories have traveled from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Facility to a pre-launch processing facility in Florida.
Tracking a Gigantic Sunspot Across the Sun
Tracking a Gigantic Sunspot Across the Sun
10.31.14 – An active region on the sun labeled AR 12192 grew into the largest such region in 24 years, firing off 10 sizable solar flares.
NASA Reveals Mysteries of 'Interstellar' Space
NASA Reveals Mysteries of ‘Interstellar’ Space
10.31.14 – The new Paramount film “Interstellar” imagines a future where astronauts must find a new planet suitable for human life. For thousands of years we've wondered if we could find another home among the stars.
More Flares Erupt from Giant Sunspot
More Flares Erupt from Giant Sunspot
10.28.14 – Continuing a week's worth of substantial flares beginning on Oct.19, 2014, the sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, an M6.6-class, late on Oct. 27, 2014.
One Giant Sunspot, 6 Substantial Flares
One Giant Sunspot, 6 Substantial Flares
10.26.14 – As of Oct. 26, AR 12192, the largest active region on the sun in 24 years, has produced six substantial solar flares since Oct. 19.
NASA Creating a Virtual Telescope with Two Small Spacecraft
NASA Creating a Virtual Telescope with Two Small Spacecraft
10.23.14 – Semper, Calhoun, and Shah are advancing the technologies needed to create a virtual telescope that they plan to demonstrate on two CubeSats.
Sunset Solar Eclipse
Sunset Solar Eclipse
10.23.14 – On Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, the setting sun across eastern parts of the USA will be red, beautiful and…crescent-shaped.
Safely Watch the October 23 Partial Solar Eclipse
Safely Watch the October 23 Partial Solar Eclipse
10.23.14 – During the late afternoon of Oct. 23, 2014, a partial solar eclipse will be visible from much of North America before sundown. However, it is never safe to look at the sun with the naked eye.
NASA's SDO Observes Largest Sunspot of the Solar Cycle
NASA's SDO Observes Largest Sunspot of the Solar Cycle
10.23.14 – On Oct. 18, 2014, a sunspot rotated over the left side of the sun, and soon grew to be almost 80,000 miles across — the largest active region seen in the current solar cycle, which began in 2008.
NASA Ultra-Black Nano-Coating to Be Applied to 3-D New Solar Coronagraph
NASA Ultra-Black Nano-Coating to Be Applied to 3-D New Solar Coronagraph
10.22.14 – An emerging super-black nanotechnology will be applied to a complex, 3-D component for suppressing stray light in a new solar coronagraph.
Third Substantial Solar Flare in 2 Days
Third Substantial Solar Flare in 2 Days
10.22.14 – The sun emitted significant solar flares on the evening of Oct. 21 and the morning of Oct. 22.
Fermi Finds Starquake Hints in Magnetar 'Storm'
Fermi Finds Starquake Hints in Magnetar ‘Storm’
10.21.14 – Scientists have discovered signals related to seismic waves rippling throughout a neutron star by analyzing data from a 2009 “storm” of high-energy blasts.
SDO Observes an X-class Solar Flare
SDO Observes an X-class Solar Flare
10.20.14 – The sun emitted a significant solar flare, peaking at 1:01 a.m. EDT on Oct. 19, 2014. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which is always observing the sun, captured an image of the event.
IRIS Helps Explain Heating of Solar Atmosphere
IRIS Helps Explain Heating of Solar Atmosphere
10.16.14 – In the Oct. 17, 2014, issue of Science magazine, five papers based on NASA IRIS data highlight different aspects of the energy's journey from the sun's surface through its atmosphere.
Slow-Growing Galaxies Offer Window to Early Universe
Slow-Growing Galaxies Offer Window to Early Universe
10.15.14 – What makes one rose bush blossom with flowers, while another remains barren? Astronomers ask a similar question of galaxies.
Suspected Black Hole Unmasked as Ultraluminous Pulsar
Suspected Black Hole Unmasked as Ultraluminous Pulsar
10.08.14 – An Ultraluminous X-ray Source (ULX) that astronomers had thought was a black hole is really the brightest pulsar ever recorded.
SDO Watches Giant Filament on the Sun
SDO Watches Giant Filament on the Sun
10.03.14 – On Sept. 30, 2014, a snaking, extended filament of solar material hovered on the front of the sun — some 1 million miles across from end to end.
SDO View of M7.3 Class Solar Flare
SDO View of M7.3 Class Solar Flare
10.02.14 – The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, an M7.3 class, peaking at 3:01 p.m. EDT on Oct. 2, 2014. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun 24-hours a day, captured images of the flare.
Sounding Rocket Launches Successfully - Six Minutes to Study Solar Heating
Sounding Rocket Launches Successfully - Six Minutes to Study Solar Heating
10.01.14 – On Sept. 30, 2014, a sounding rocket launched into the sky for a 15-minute journey to study what helps to heat up the sun's atmosphere.
Swift Mission Observes Mini Star's Mega-Flares
Swift Mission Observes Mini Star's Mega-Flares
09.30.14 – On April 23, NASA's Swift satellite detected the strongest, hottest and longest-lasting sequence of stellar flares ever seen from a nearby red dwarf star.
NASA's Releases Images of a Mid-level Solar Flare
NASA's Releases Images of a Mid-level Solar Flare
09.29.14 – The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, an M5.1 class, peaking at 10:58 p.m. EDT on Sept. 27, 2014. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of the event.
CME WEEK: What To See in CME Images
CME WEEK: What To See in CME Images
09.26.14 – A CME slideshow explains how scientists interpret what they see in pictures of coronal mass ejections.
NASA's SDO Sees an Autumnal Lunar Transit
NASA's SDO Sees an Autumnal Lunar Transit
09.25.14 – On Sept 24, 2014, from 2:50 a.m. to 3:20 a.m. EDT, the moon crossed between NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory and the sun, a phenomenon called a lunar transit.
How NASA Watches CMEs
How NASA Watches CMEs
09.25.14 – NASA currently flies 18 missions to study the sun-Earth connection, a field known as heliophysics, and additionally launches numerous short-flight rockets for observations of solar impacts in and above Earth's atmosphere.
Mapping the Journey of a Giant Coronal Mass Ejection
Mapping the Journey of a Giant Coronal Mass Ejection
09.24.14 – Using NASA observatories scientists clocked a July 2012 CME as traveling between 1,800 and 2,200 miles per second as it left the sun.
CME Week: Coronal Mass Ejections at Mars
CME Week: Coronal Mass Ejections at Mars
09.23.14 – Why is Mars so barren and dry? One theory is that the continuous blast of solar particles from the sun — coupled with more extreme explosions such as coronal mass ejections — might have been the culprit.
The Difference Between Flares and CMEs
The Difference Between Flares and CMEs
09.22.14 – There are many kinds of eruptions on the sun. Solar flares and coronal mass ejections both involve gigantic explosions of energy, but are otherwise quite different.
Preview MMS Spacecraft Before They Ship for Launch
Preview MMS Spacecraft Before They Ship for Launch
09.22.14 – NASA is inviting social media users to apply for a maximum of 25 media NASA Social credentials for a one-day event on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
NASA Releases IRIS Footage of X-class Flare
NASA Releases IRIS Footage of X-class Flare
09.17.14 – On Sept. 10, 2014, NASA's newest solar observatory, the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, joined other telescopes to witness an X-class flare — an example of one of the strongest solar flares.
Pulse of a Dead Star Powers Intense Gamma Rays
Pulse of a Dead Star Powers Intense Gamma Rays
09.16.14 – When the most massive stars explode as supernovas, they don't fade into the night, but sometimes glow ferociously with high-energy gamma rays.
NASA Research Helps Unravel Mysteries Of The Venusian Atmosphere
NASA Research Helps Unravel Mysteries Of The Venusian Atmosphere
09.11.14 – Underscoring the vast differences between Earth and its neighbor Venus, new research shows a glimpse of giant holes in the electrically charged layer of the Venusian atmosphere, called the ionosphere.
UPDATED: A Significant Flare Surges Off the Sun
UPDATED: A Significant Flare Surges Off the Sun
09.11.14 – A Coronal Mass Ejection accompanied the Sept. 10, 2014, X1.6 class solar flare. The sun emitted a significant solar flare, an X1.6 class, peaking at 1:48 p.m. EDT on Sept. 10, 2014.
NASA Chat: Aurora Season
NASA Chat: Aurora Season
09.09.14 – September kicks off more than football – it's aurora season! Join Marshall Center scientist Jim Spann on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 to chat about auroras. The chat window will go live on this page at 2:00p.m. EDT.
More Than Meets the Eye: NASA Scientists Listen to Data
More Than Meets the Eye: NASA Scientists Listen to Data
09.04.14 – Scientists at NASA use their ears instead of eyes to process satellite data more rapidly and detect more details than through visual analysis.
New Clues to Determining the Solar Cycle
New Clues to Determining the Solar Cycle
09.03.14 – Scientists have found new markers in the sun's atmosphere that may require adjusting our theories of the solar cycle.
STEREO Still Providing Detailed Solar Imagery
STEREO Still Providing Detailed Solar Imagery
09.03.14 – NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory witnessed a dramatic solar eruption on Aug. 24, 2014 — even with one of its ‘eyes’ partially closed.
Two Years After Launch, NASA's Van Allen Probes Deliver New Science and Findings
Two Years After Launch, NASA's Van Allen Probes Deliver New Science and Findings
08.29.14 – NASA's Van Allen Probes have spent the past two years living within a hazardous region of near-Earth space, and they have helped researchers understand a great deal about the radiation belts and the fundamental processes that drive the particles within them.
Researchers Look Into the Heart of a Solar Storm
Researchers Look Into the Heart of a Solar Storm
08.28.14 – An incredibly strong solar storm triggering six-hour auroras barely affected the Earth's magnetic field, puzzling scientists and raising questions.
SDO Captures Images of a Late Summer Flare
SDO Captures Images of a Late Summer Flare
08.25.14 – On Aug. 24, 2014, the sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 8:16 a.m. EDT. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of the flare.
Voyager Map Details Neptune's Strange Moon Triton
Voyager Map Details Neptune's Strange Moon Triton
08.21.14 – NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft gave humanity its first glimpse of Neptune and its moon Triton in the summer of 1989.
How the Sun Caused an Aurora This Week
How the Sun Caused an Aurora This Week
08.20.14 – On Aug. 20, 2014, the International Space Station was flying past North America when it flew over the dazzling, green blue lights of an aurora, caused by a giant explosion, a CME, on the sun 5 days earlier.
Why NASA Studies the Ultraviolet Sun
Why NASA Studies the Ultraviolet Sun
08.20.14 – You cannot look at the sun without special filters, and the naked eye cannot perceive certain wavelengths of sunlight. Here's how NASA does it.
NASA Scientist to Discuss “The Moody Sun” at Library of Congress Lecture
NASA Scientist to Discuss “The Moody Sun” at Library of Congress Lecture
08.14.14 – NASA Goddard's Dr. Holly Gilbert will be speaking on “The Moody Sun” at the Library of Congress on August 19, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. EDT.
Monitoring Solar Activity with SDO
Monitoring Solar Activity with SDO
08.06.14 – At times, the sun erupts, hurling a magnetic superheated cloud of gas toward Earth. This summer an intern has been among the first to see these eruptions.
Best Evidence Yet For Coronal Heating Theory
Best Evidence Yet For Coronal Heating Theory
08.01.14 – Scientists have used data from NASA's EUNIS sounding rocket mission to provide some of the strongest evidence to date to explain what makes the sun's outer atmosphere so much hotter than its surface.
NuSTAR Celebrates Two Years of Science in Space
NuSTAR Celebrates Two Years of Science in Space
07.31.14 – NuSTAR's next two years in space will see more revelations about black holes and extremely energetic objects.
NASA's IceCube No Longer On Ice
NASA's IceCube No Longer On Ice
07.30.14 – The tiny satellite known as IceCube or Earth-1 could help advance scientists' understanding of ice clouds and their role in climate change.
NASA's SDO Observes a Lunar Transit
NASA's SDO Observes a Lunar Transit
07.28.14 – On July 26, 2014, the moon crossed between NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory and the sun, a phenomenon called a lunar transit.
Near Miss: The Solar Superstorm of July 2012
Near Miss: The Solar Superstorm of July 2012
07.23.14 – Two years ago, Earth experienced a close shave. The “impactor” was an extreme solar storm, the most powerful in as much as 150+ years. If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces.
NASA Voyager Statement About Solar Wind Models
NASA Voyager Statement About Solar Wind Models
07.23.14 – NASA's Voyager Project Scientist Ed Stone responds to an alternate model for the interaction between the heliosphere and the interstellar medium.
NEOWISE Spots a Comet That Looked Like an Asteroid
NEOWISE Spots a Comet That Looked Like an Asteroid
07.23.14 – Comet C/2013 UQ4 (Catalina) was originally thought to be an asteroid, but observations by NASA's NEOWISE spacecraft indicate that it's a comet.
NASA-Funded Mission To Study the Sun's Energy
NASA-Funded Mission To Study the Sun's Energy
07.22.14 – The Degradation Free Spectrometers for Solar Physics experiment was successfully launched at 3:10 pm EDT on July 22, 2014, from the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
Canada Contributes to NASA's OSIRIS-REx Mission
Canada Contributes to NASA's OSIRIS-REx Mission
07.17.14 – Today, the Canadian Space Agency announced a significant contribution to NASA's asteroid-bound OSIRIS-REx mission.
Van Allen Probes Show How to Accelerate Electrons
Van Allen Probes Show How to Accelerate Electrons
07.15.14 – Recent data from the Van Allen Probes suggests that a two-fold process creates exceedingly fast electrons in the Van Allen radiation belts: One mechanism gives the particles an initial boost and then a kind of electromagnetic wave called Whistlers does the final job to kick them up to such intense speeds.
Out of An Hours-long Explosion, A Stand-In For the First Stars
Out of An Hours-long Explosion, A Stand-In For The First Stars
07.11.14 – Astronomers analyzing a long-lasting blast of high-energy light observed in 2013 report finding features strikingly similar to those expected from an explosion from the universe's earliest stars.
NASA-Funded Mission To Study the Sun's Energy
NASA-Funded Mission To Study the Sun's Energy
07.10.14 – On July 14, 2014, the Degradation Free Spectrometers experiment will soar 180 miles into Earth's atmosphere, to help measure the sun's total energy output, known as irradiance, in these short wavelengths.
MESSENGER Studies High-Energy Process On the Sun
MESSENGER Studies High-Energy Process On the Sun
07.09.14 – NASA's MESSENGER — which orbits Mercury, and so is as close as 28 million miles from the sun versus Earth's 93 million miles — is near enough to the sun to detect solar neutrons that are created in solar flares.
SDO Spots a Summer Solar Flare
SDO Spots a Summer Solar Flare
07.08.14 – The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 12:20 p.m. EDT on July 8, 2014, and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images.
Sun Sends More 'Tsunami Waves' to Voyager
Sun Sends More ‘Tsunami Waves’ to Voyager 1
07.07.14 – NASA's Voyager has experienced more “tsunami waves” from the sun — the same kind that led to the realization last year that the spacecraft had indeed left our sun's bubble, entering a new frontier.
Comet Pan-STARRS Marches Across the Sky
Comet Pan-STARRS Marches Across the Sky
07.03.14 – Comet Pan-STARRS poses with a spiral galaxy in new snapshots from NASA's NEOWISE mission.
NASA's STEREO Enters New Stage of Operations
NASA's STEREO Entering New Stage of Operations
07.03.14 – Launch in 2006, NASA's two STEREO spacecraft are about to enter a new phase of their journey: a time when the bright light and heat of the sun will stand in the way of sending data back to Earth.
Iron 'Fingerprints' Point Astronomers to Supernova Suspects
Iron ‘Fingerprints’ Point Astronomers to Supernova Suspects
07.02.14 – Astronomers using the Suzaku X-ray observatory developed a powerful technique for analyzing supernova remnants.
Puffing Sun Births Reluctant Eruption
Puffing Sun Births Reluctant Eruption
06.27.14 – A suite of NASA's sun-gazing spacecraft have spotted an unusual series of solar eruptions.
NASA's IRIS Solar Observatory After 1 Year in Space
NASA's IRIS Solar Observatory After 1 Year in Space
06.27.14 – NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, which observes the low level of the sun's atmosphere, marked its first year in space on June 27.
Sun's Atmosphere Larger Than Previously Observed
Sun's Atmosphere Larger Than Previously Observed
06.25.14 – Scientists have found that the sun's atmosphere, the corona, is larger than thought, extending out some 5 million miles from the solar surface.
NASA's Swift Satellite Tallies Water Production of Mars-bound Comet
NASA's Swift Satellite Tallies Water Production of Mars-bound Comet
06.19.14 – Mars flyby comet Siding Spring experienced its first significant heating by the sun in May, allowing scientists to estimate its size.
NASA's Science Mission Directorate Cubesat Initiative
NASA's Science Mission Directorate Cubesat Initiative
06.18.14 – Beginning in October 2014, the NASA Science Mission Directorate, or SMD, started a new, cross-divisional project to develop scientific CubeSats for all four science divisions within SMD.
NASA's MESSENGER Spots Giant Space Weather Effects at Mercury
NASA's MESSENGER Spots Giant Space Weather Effects at Mercury
06.16.14 – Scientists have now spotted at planet Mercury, for the first time, a classic space weather event called a hot flow anomaly.
Sun Emits 3 X-class Flares in 2 Days
Sun Emits 3 X-class Flares in 2 Days
06.11.14 – The sun emitted three significant solar flares in less than 24 hours on June 10-11. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured views of all three.
SDO Sees 2 Summer Solar Flares
SDO Sees 2 Summer Solar Flares
06.10.14 – The sun emitted two significant solar flares on June 10, 2014. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured views of both.
NASA's IRIS Observes its First Gigantic Solar Eruption
NASA's IRIS Observes its First Gigantic Solar Eruption
05.30.14 – NASA's newest solar observatory, IRIS, caught its first coronal mass ejection in extraordinary detail, in better resolution than ever before.
Citizen Scientists Successfully Communicate with Spacecraft
Citizen Scientists Successfully Communicate with Spacecraft
05.30.14 – A group of citizen scientists has successfully established communication with an inactive NASA spacecraft in an attempt to breathe new scientific life into a more than 35-year-old agency mission.
Supercomputers Help Reveal the Sun's Hidden Mysteries
Supercomputers Help Reveal the Sun's Hidden Mysteries
05.21.14 – Stunning new data from space-based observatories, combined with rapid advances in computing, are inspiring breakthroughs in space weather research.
MMS Movie Trailer: Four Spacecraft, One Mission - Magnetic Reconnection
MMS Movie Trailer: Four Spacecraft, One Mission - Magnetic Reconnection
05.15.14 – Short movie trailer for MMS mission; 4 identical spacecraft that will orbit around Earth through the dynamic magnetic system surrounding our planet to study a little-understood phenomenon called magnetic reconnection.
MMS Narrated Orbit Viz: Unlocking the Secrets of Magnetic Reconnection
MMS Narrated Orbit Viz: Unlocking The Secrets of Magnetic Reconnection
05.14.14 – In a newly released video, you'll see that during the first phase of the mission, MMS will focus on reconnection sites on the sun-side of Earth.
MAVEN Will Look at Key Player in Mars Atmosphere Loss
MAVEN Will Look at Key Player in Mars Atmosphere Loss
05.14.14 – This past November, NASA launched the MAVEN mission to find out how and why the Red Planet has been losing its atmosphere over billions of years.
NASA Administrator Visits Goddard, Discusses MMS
NASA Administrator Visits Goddard, Discusses MMS
05.12.14 – NASA Administrator Charles Bolden visited Goddard on May 12 and discussed the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission.
Mid-level Solar Flare Erupts from the Sun
Mid-level Solar Flare Erupts from the Sun
05.08.14 – The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, an M5.2, peaking at 6:07 a.m. EDT on May 8, 2014, and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of it.
NASA Telescopes Coordinate Best-Ever Flare Observations
NASA Telescopes Coordinate Best-Ever Flare Observations
05.07.14 – On March 29, 2014, an X-class flare erupted from the right side of the sun…and vaulted into history as the best-observed flare of all time, witnessed by four different NASA spacecraft and one ground-based observatory – three of which had been fortuitously focused in on the correct spot as programmed into their viewing schedule a full day in advance.
NASA Sounding Rocket to Study Interplanetary Medium
NASA Sounding Rocket to Study Interplanetary Medium
05.05.14 – UPDATE: A NASA Black Brant IX suborbital sounding rocket successfully launched the HYPE payload at 4:00:10 a.m. EDT, May 3, from the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
Carrington-class CME Narrowly Misses Earth
Carrington-class CME Narrowly Misses Earth
05.02.14 – On July 23, 2012, a plasma cloud or “CME” rocketed away from the sun as fast as 3000 km/s, more than four times faster than a typical eruption. If it had hit Earth, researchers say, we could still be picking up the pieces.
X-class Flare Erupts from Sun on April 24
X-class Flare Erupts from Sun on April 24
04.25.14 – The sun emitted a significant solar flare, an X1.4-class, peaking at 8:27 p.m. EDT on April 24, 2014.
NASA's Spitzer and WISE Telescopes Find Close, Cold Neighbor of Sun
NASA's Spitzer and WISE Telescopes Find Close, Cold Neighbor of Sun
04.25.14 – NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered what appears to be the coldest “brown dwarf” known — a dim, star-like body that surprisingly is as frosty as Earth's North Pole.
NASA's BARREL Returns Successful from Antarctica
NASA's BARREL Returns Successful from Antarctica
04.24.14 – A new NASA Flickr gallery shows images from the NASA-funded BARREL mission, which launched 20 balloons from Antarctica in January and February 2014 to study the Van Allen Radiation Belts.
High-Voltage Transmission Lines to Act as Antenna in First-of-its-Kind NASA Space-Weather Project
High-Voltage Transmission Lines to Act as Antenna in First-of-its-Kind NASA Space-Weather Project
04.23.14 – A Goddard scientist is launching a one-to-two-year pilot project that takes advantage of U.S. high-voltage power transmission lines to measure a phenomenon that has caused widespread power outages in the past.
Van Allen Probes Achieves Mission Success
Van Allen Probes Achieves Mission Success
04.23.14 – NASA declared the Van Allen Probes mission – designed to explore and unlock the mysteries of Earth's radiation belts – an official success. This certification comes just one year, six months, and 27 days into the two-year primary mission of the twin spacecraft, which orbit Earth roughly every nine hours.
NASA's MMS Observatories Stacked For Testing
NASA's MMS Observatories Stacked For Testing
04.18.14 – Goddard technicians stack two, then all four of the MMS observatories in preparation for vibration testing. The tests help ensure the spacecraft can withstand the extreme vibration and dynamic loads they will experience inside the fairing of the Atlas V launch vehicle on launch day.
Sun Emits a Mid-level Solar Flare
Sun Emits a Mid-level Solar Flare
04.18.14 – The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, an M7, peaking at 9:03 a.m. EDT on April 18, 2014, and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of the event.
Bright Points Mark Patterns Inside Sun
Bright Points Mark Patterns Inside Sun
04.17.14 – Like a balloon bobbing along in the air while tied to a child's hand, a tracer has been found in the sun's atmosphere to help track the flow of material coursing underneath the sun's surface.
Unexpected Teleconnections in Noctilucent Clouds
Unexpected Teleconnections in Noctilucent Clouds
04.16.14 – New data from NASA's AIM spacecraft have revealed “teleconnections” in Earth's atmosphere that stretch all the way from the North Pole to the South Pole and back again, linking weather and climate more closely than simple geography would suggest.
ISEE-3: An Old Friend Comes to Visit Earth
ISEE-3: An Old Friend Comes to Visit Earth
04.14.14 – This is the story of NASA's and the European Space Agency's International Sun-Earth Explorer (ISEE-3).
NASA Highlights Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission at Local Fair
NASA Highlights Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission at Local Fair
04.11.14 – NASA's MMS project manager and EPOs were on hand for a mini maker fair in Greenbelt, Md on April 5, 2014.
Apperance of Night-Shining Clouds Has Increased
Appearance of Night-Shining Clouds Has Increased
04.10.14 – Scientists show that the presence of bright-shining noctilucent clouds have increased in areas between 40 and 50 degrees north latitude, which covers the northern third of the United Sates and the lowest parts of Canada.
Take the Plunge: LADEE Impact Challenge - Submissions Now Closed
Take the Plunge: LADEE Impact Challenge — Submissions Now Closed
04.03.14 – Submissions Now Closed — NASA's LADEE spacecraft is gradually lowering its orbital altitude over the moon and continues to make important science observations before its planned impact into the lunar surface later this month.
NASA Releases Images of M-class Solar Flare
NASA Releases Images of M-class Solar Flare
04.02.14 – On April 2, 2014, the sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, an M6.5, peaking at 10:05 a.m. EDT, and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured imagery of the event.
NASA Releases Images of X-class Solar Flare
NASA Releases Images of X-class Solar Flare
03.31.14 – The sun emitted a significant solar flare, peaking at 1:48 p.m. EDT March 29, 2014, and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of the event.
The Search for Seeds of Black Holes
The Search for Seeds of Black Holes
03.26.14 – How does one grow supermassive black holes? A new study using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has turned up what might be the cosmic seeds from which a black hole will sprout.
NASA Education Event Highlights Mission to Study Magnetic Reconnection
NASA Education Event Highlights Mission to Study Magnetic Reconnection
03.24.14 – NASA's MMS mission and science were highlighted during a public event on March 16 at the Goddard Visitor Center.
Van Allen Probes Reveal Zebra Stripes in Space
Van Allen Probes Reveal Zebra Stripes in Space
03.19.14 – NASA's twin Van Allen Probes spacecraft have shown that a radiation belt surrounding Earth displays a persistent pattern that resembles slanted zebra stripes.
STEREO Studies Extreme Space Weather
STEREO Studies Extreme Space Weather
03.18.14 – On July 22, 2012, a massive cloud of solar material erupted off the sun, traveling over 1,800 miles per second.
Mid-Level Solar Flare Seen by NASA's SDO
Mid-Level Solar Flare Seen by NASA's SDO
03.13.14 – The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 6:34 p.m. EDT on March 12, 2014, and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, captured an image of it.
New NASA Van Allen Probes Observations Helping To Improve Space Weather Models
New NASA Van Allen Probes Observations Helping To Improve Space Weather Models
03.07.14 – Using data from NASA's Van Allen Probes, researchers have tested and improved a model to help forecast what's happening in the radiation environment of near-Earth space.
NASA's WISE Survey Finds Thousands of New Stars, But No 'Planet X'
NASA's WISE Survey Finds Thousands of New Stars, But No ‘Planet X’
03.07.14 – NASA's WISE has turned up no evidence of the hypothesized celestial body in our solar system commonly dubbed “Planet X.”
NASA's THEMIS Discovers New Process that Protects Earth from Space Weather
NASA's THEMIS Discovers New Process that Protects Earth from Space Weather
03.06.14 – For the first time, a study shows that a pool of dense particles normally circling Earth, deep inside the magnetosphere, can extend a long arm out to meet – and help block – incoming solar material.
NASA Invites Children, Families to Learn about Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission
NASA Invites Children, Families to Learn about Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission
03.05.14 – NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Visitor Center will host this month's Sunday Experiment on March 16 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT.
NASA Releases Image of GREECE Mission Launching Into Aurora
NASA Releases Image of GREECE Mission Launching Into Aurora
03.04.14 – A NASA-funded sounding rocket launched straight into an aurora over Venetie, Alaska, on March 3, 2014, at 6:09 a.m. EST.
2014 Spring Eclipse Season Starts for NASA's SDO
2014 Spring Eclipse Season Starts for NASA's SDO
02.28.14 – The 2014 spring eclipse season NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory began on Feb. 27, 2014.
Giant Sunspot Makes Third Trip Across the Sun
Giant Sunspot Makes Third Trip Across the Sun
02.28.14 – A giant sunspot, a magnetically strong and complex region on the sun's surface, has appeared over the left limb of the sun for its third trip across the face of the sun.
NASA Embraces Challenge of Building 4 Spacecraft
NASA Embraces Challenge of Building 4 Spacecraft
02.25.14 – NASA Goddard is tasked with an unprecedented feat for the center: building four identical observatories simultaneously.
SDO Sees Significant Solar Flare
SDO Sees Significant Solar Flare
02.25.14 – NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of a significant solar flare, which peaked at 7:49 p.m. EST on Feb. 24, 2014.
NASA's IRIS Spots Its Largest Solar Flare
NASA's IRIS Spots Its Largest Solar Flare
02.21.14 – On Jan. 28, 2014, NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, witnessed its strongest solar flare since it launched in the summer of 2013.
NASA Researcher Finds Planet-Sized Space Weather Explosions at Venus
NASA Researcher Finds Planet-Sized Space Weather Explosions at Venus
02.20.14 – A common space weather phenomenon on the outskirts of Earth's magnetic bubble, the magnetosphere, has much larger repercussions for Venus, where they can be so large that they're bigger than the entire planet and they can happen multiple times a day.
RXTE Reveals the Cloudy Cores of Active Galaxies
RXTE Reveals the Cloudy Cores of Active Galaxies
02.19.14 – A new study of RXTE's 16-year archive triples the number of known instances where clouds of gas have dimmed our view of active galaxies' X-rays.
NASA's NuSTAR Untangles Mystery of How Stars Explode
NASA's NuSTAR Untangles Mystery of How Stars Explode
02.19.14 – One of the biggest mysteries in astronomy, how stars blow up in supernova explosions, finally is being unraveled with the help of NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR).
NASA Hosts Media Teleconference About Supernovas
NASA Hosts Media Teleconference About Supernovas
02.13.14 – NASA will host a news teleconference at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST) Wednesday, Feb. 19, to announce new observations from its high-energy X-ray mission, the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR).
IBEX Sees Magnetic System Beyond the Solar Wind
IBEX Sees Magnetic System Beyond the Solar Wind
02.13.14 – NASA's IBEX shows an interstellar magnetic field that is nearly perpendicular to the motion of our solar system through the galaxy.
Craig Pollock - Chasing the Northern Lights
Craig Pollock - Chasing the Northern Lights
02.11.14 – Inspired by the Northern Lights as a young man, heliophysicist Craig Pollock has spent his career building instruments to study the charged gas, called plasma, that create the aurora.
NASA Video Recaps SDO's Year Four
NASA Video Recaps SDO's Year Four
02.11.14 – NASA released a movie of some of SDO's best sightings of its fourth year in orbit, including massive solar explosions and giant sunspot shows.
NASA's GREECE Mission To Attempt Launch Late February
NASA's GREECE Mission To Attempt Launch Late February
02.10.14 – The launch of a sounding rocket to study the Northern Lights, will have to wait a little longer due to lack of aurora during the launch window and poor launch conditions.
A BARREL of Fun in Antarctica
A BARREL of Fun in Antarctica
02.06.14 – Researchers from Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., with the support of NASA balloon scientists, are having a “BARREL” of fun in Antarctica. BARREL is a unique mission that hopes to unravel the mysteries of radiation belts surrounding Earth.
NASA-funded Science Balloons Launch in Antarctica
NASA-funded Science Balloons Launch in Antarctica
02.04.14 – In the bright light of Antarctica's summer sun, a NASA mission launched its first 16 science balloons between Dec. 27, 2013, and Jan. 30, 2014.
Sun Emits Mid-Level Solar Flare
Sun Emits Mid-Level Solar Flare
02.04.14 – The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, beginning at 11:57 p.m. EST on Feb. 3, 2014, and peaking at midnight EST.
NASA Goddard Announces Winners of AMS, AGU and AAS Honors
NASA Goddard Announces Winners of AMS, AGU and AAS Honors
01.31.14 – Several scientists from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. and NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, N.Y. received awards from AMS, AGU and AAS.
NASA's SDO Sees a Solar Flare and a Lunar Transit
NASA's SDO Sees a Solar Flare and a Lunar Transit
01.30.14 – The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 11:11 a.m. EST on Jan. 30, 2014. Images of the flare were captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, shortly after the observatory witnessed a lunar transit.
NASA's SDO Sees Lunar Transit
NASA's SDO Sees Lunar Transit
01.30.14 – On Jan 30, 2014, at 8:31 a.m EST, the moon began to move between NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, and the sun, giving the observatory a view of a partial solar eclipse from space.
NASA-Sponsored 'Disk Detective' Lets Public Search for New Planetary Nurseries
NASA-Sponsored ‘Disk Detective’ Lets Public Search for New Planetary Nurseries
01.30.14 – NASA invites the public to help find young planetary systems in data from the agency's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission.
Where the Wild Stars Are
Where the Wild Stars Are
01.29.14 – A new view of the Trifid nebula from NASA's WISE mission shows a cloud being ripped to shreds by stellar radiation and winds.
LRO Snaps a Picture of LADEE
LRO Snaps a Picture of LADEE
01.29.14 – With precise timing, one moon-orbiting NASA spacecraft was able to take a picture of another.
MMS: Frequently Asked Questions
MMS: Frequently Asked Questions
01.26.14 – Answers to the most common questions about the Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, mission.
Spacecraft Take Aim at Nearby Supernova
Spacecraft Take Aim at Nearby Supernova
01.24.14 – An exceptionally close stellar explosion discovered on Jan. 21 has become the focus of observatories around and above the globe.
NEOWISE Celebrates First Month of Operations After Reactivation
NEOWISE Celebrates First Month of Operations After Reactivation
01.23.14 – In its first 25 days of operations, the newly reactivated NEOWISE mission has detected 857 minor bodies in our solar system, including 22 near-Earth objects (NEOs) and four comets.
Weak CME Arrives and Sparks Aurora
Weak CME Arrives and Sparks Aurora
01.10.14 – On Jan. 9, 2014, at 2:32 p.m. EST, a coronal mass ejection, or CME, that left the sun on Jan. 7, reached near-Earth space.
Internet Radio Provides Musical Space-Weather Reports from NASA's LRO Mission
Internet Radio Provides Musical Space-Weather Reports from NASA's LRO Mission
01.09.14 – The latest tool for checking space weather is an internet radio station fed by data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Dead Star and Distant Black Holes Dazzle in X-Rays
Dead Star and Distant Black Holes Dazzle in X-Rays
01.09.14 – New images from NASA's NuSTAR highlight a spinning, dead star and black holes blanketed in dust.
Space Radiation Can Affect Rocket Launches
Space Radiation Can Affect Rocket Launches
01.08.14 – On Jan. 8, 2014, engineers elected to scrub that day's launch attempt of an Antares rocket due to unusually high levels of space radiation — an example of a ways in which space weather can affect human technology.
NASA Has Made Contact with Firefly Cubesat
NASA Has Made Contact with Firefly Cubesat
01.08.14 – A NASA team made first contact with the National Science Foundation-funded Firefly spacecraft at 7:33 p.m. EST on Jan. 6, 2014.
NASA Releases Images of January Solar Flare
NASA Releases Images of January Solar Flare
01.07.14 – The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, an M7.2 class, peaking at 5:13 a.m. EST on Jan. 7, 2014.
NASA's SDO Sees Giant January Sunspots
NASA's SDO Sees Giant January Sunspots
01.07.14 – NASA releases images from the Solar Dynamics Observatory of an enormous sunspot that slipped into view over the sun's left horizon late on Jan. 1, 2013.
More BARREL Balloons Take to the Skies
More BARREL Balloons Take to the Skies
01.02.14 – The first BARREL balloon of the 2013-2014 season was launched on Dec. 27, 2013. BARREL's job is to help unravel the mysterious radiation belts, two gigantic donuts of particles that surround Earth.
Two Solar Flares Say Goodbye 2013 and Welcome 2014
Two Solar Flares Say Goodbye 2013 and Welcome 2014
01.02.14 – The sun ushered out 2013 and welcomed 2014 with two mid-level flares on Dec. 31, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014.