In most suburbs and outskirts of major cities, light intensity increased by 30 to 50 percent. Lights in the central urban areas did not increase as much as in the suburbs, but still brightened by 20 to 30 percent. "It's a near ubiquitous signal. Show More Summary
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. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation.Show More Summary
NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft is currently riding the wave of an interstellar tsunami, as it continues its historic march out of our solar system. The tsunami emanated from our Sun, and was the third such phenomenon of its type to be detected...Show More Summary
Your light-up reindeer and snowman are visible from space—sort of. During the holiday season, NASA reports that lights shine 20 to 50% brighter in major US cities. Lights are also brighter in the Middle East during Ramadan, where there's a 60 to 100% increase in visible light. READ MORE »
Holiday light displays are changing the way Americans use energy, and the suburbs are stealing some of the shine from big cities
On December 16, NASA released a report that a minimum of 11 trillion gallons of water would be needed to end the three year-long drought in California. “Spaceborne and airborne measurements of Earth’s changing shape, surface height and...Show More Summary
SO COOL:A year after reporting that NASA’s Curiosity rover had found no evidence of methane gas on Mars, all but dashing hopes that organisms might be living there now, scientists reversed themselves on Tuesday.Curiosity has now recorded...Show More Summary
"We think life began on Earth around 3.8 billion years ago, and our result shows that places on Mars had the same conditions at that time – liquid water, a warm environment, and organic matter," said Caroline Freissinet of NASA's...
In some areas, lights shine 50 percent brighter in December. [ more › ]
Incredible NASA images show how cities glow brighter during the holiday season
NASA has revealed that a whiff of methane has been detected twice in the last couple of years at the Martian surface by the Curiosity Rover. The source of the methane is uncertain. It is not even clear if the methane originated on Mars...Show More Summary
In a rather shocking turnaround, NASA is reporting with confidence that there is indeed methane on Mars. This methane, which was detected by the Curiosity rover, can only really come from two places: Geological activity... or life. The...Show More Summary
In June, NASA finished work on a huge construction project in Mississippi: a $349 million laboratory tower, designed to test a new rocket engine in a chamber that mimicked the vacuum of space. Then, NASA did something odd. As soon as the work was done, it shut the tower down. Show More Summary
It’s not all darkness and cold. Well, I guess it is, but anyway. NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a rock-powder sample collected by the robotic laboratory’s drill. “This temporary increase in methane — sharply up [...]
NASA's Curiosity rover is still going strong on the red planet, observing the atmosphere and analyzing soil samples for the sake of future missions. For instance, the agency has revealed that the rover has sniffed out sudden methane spikes in the atm...
NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) "There is so much we don't know!" said Dick Vane-Wright, the Keeper of Entomology at the London Museum of Natural History when author Sharman Apt Russell was asking about butterflies. Show More Summary
Almost everyone has heard that there was once water on Mars, but that doesn’t answer the question of whether or not there is or was life there. But new information from NASA’s Curiosity rover might help us get one step closer to an answer. Scientists found
A joint mission between NOAA and NASA has yielded data showing just how much brighter Earth is during the holiday lights season. In some places, the effect makes the area 50% brighter than on an average day. Read more...
After years of construction on a test tower in Mississippi, America's space agency was thrilled to announce this year that the job was finally done. But despite the $349 million price tag, the thing was immediately shut down. Why? Because the program had been canceled... Show More Summary