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Ramadan Outshines Christmas (From Space)

City lights in the U.S. increased in brightness by up to 50 percent during the holiday season. Image by NASA's Earth Observatory/Jesse Allen. For the first time, researchers are able to observe changes in light intensity and light output over time from images taken from space. Show More Summary

A Stunning Video of a Massive Coronal Hole on the Sun That Is Over 50 Times the Size of Earth

last weekOdd : Laughing Squid

The NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory has released this beautiful video of a large coronal hole, which was a large feature on the Sun the week of November 30, 2014. Coronal hole are areas where the Sun’s magnetic field is open ended and where high–speed solar wind streams particles into space. The area appears darker there […]

These time-lapse GIFs of Earth are terrifying, courtesy of NASA

In an effort to show us our impact on the planet, NASA's Earth Observatory has a series of time-lapsed images from around the world. Each one shows the significant impact of humans have on the environment around them. The Aral Sea is practically gone. Show More Summary

Beautiful View Of The Lunar Eclipse Over The Pacific Coast

Briefly: NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day is this view of the October 8 lunar eclipse taken by Yuri Beletsky at Las Campanas Observatory, Chile. The shadow of the Earth cutting through, the glow, the misty sea that fades into the sky itself — so otherworldly and ethereal. More »      

NASA's New Recoverable Telescope Will Float Above the Clouds by Balloon

3 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Both terrestrial telescopes and their orbital counterparts have some pretty significant limitations—ground based observatories must deal with the obscuring effects of the Earth's atmosphere and space telescopes are incredibly expensive to launch. But NASA's newest telescope will deliver space-quality observations at a Earth-bound 'scope price. Read more...

Check Out This Breathtaking View of Earth From the International Space Station: VIDEO

3 months agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

As George Clooney's character in Gravity said, "You can't beat the view" NASA Expedition 38 crew members Mike Hopkins and Rick Mastracchio recorded this incredible footage of Earth from the Cupola - the massive observatory module of the ISS. As...

Watch an intense solar storm erupt on the surface of the sun

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured video of a solar storm, and radiation could be headed towards Earth

Dramatic video – imagine Earth in the path when the sun goes ‘splode’

From NASA Goddard – NASA’s STEREO “Winks” and Provides Stunning Solar Imagery NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory witnessed a dramatic solar eruption on Aug. 24, 2014 — even with one of its “eyes” partially closed. Video: A bright eruption of solar material surges into space as captured by NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory – Before…

NASA Satellite Takes First Look at Earth's Carbon Dioxide

4 months agoNews : The Newsroom

NASA's newest satellite has arrived in its final orbit and begun tracking levels of the heat-trapping gas carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 (OCO-2), which blasted off July 2, arrived in its final orbit 438 miles (705 kilometers) above the Earth on Aug. Show More Summary

Rocket Science Sunday: NASA Launches Atmospheric Probe into Earth Orbit

5 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : TrekMovie.com

With the launch of  the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (or or OCO-2), NASA has taken the first step towards the kind of ‘Treknology’ we are used to seeing in our favorite fictional future. TrekMovie was at the launch as part of a NASA Social event, plus we were lucky enough to catch an inspiring speech from […]

NASA's New Satellite Could Unravel the Mystery of Our Changing Climate

6 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Right now, io9's Mika McKinnon is at the launch for the Orbiting Carbon Observatory, a satellite which will track where the Earth draws carbon out of the atmosphere. It could give us hints about why the climate is changing — and how we can intervene more quickly. Here's how the OCO works. Read more...

NASA finds mysterious signal that baffles astronomers

NASA's Chandra X-ray observatory has found a mysterious X-ray signal that astronomers are speculating could signal the presence of dark matter some 240 million light years away from Earth. A leading theory, NASA reports, is that the X-rays are a result of decaying "sterile neutrinos," which are particles that could potentially produce dark matter. Show More Summary

New NASA space observatory to study carbon conundrums

NASA's first spacecraft dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide levels in Earth's atmosphere is in final preparations for a July 1 launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) mission will...Show More Summary

NASA installs space laser on the ISS, uses it to transmit high-speed data back to Earth

NASA has successfully completed the first test of the International Space Station's new OPALS laser communications system. OPALS links the ISS to an observatory here on Earth at very high speeds (around 50 megabits per second), allowing for the real-time transmission of high-resolution video among other things. Show More Summary

Researcher ‘has a problem’ with attributing West Antarctic Ice Sheet ‘collapse’ to human activity

From NASA JPL and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, something that maybe journo-hacktivist Susanne Goldenberg should pay attention to before she writes another screed. Reports that a portion of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet has begun to irretrievably collapse, threatening a 4-foot … Continue reading ?

This Could Be A Horrific Year For El Niño

7 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

NASA's Earth Observatory posted these two comparison images of sea surface patterns in May of 1997, before that year's infamously terrible El Niño, and this month. The images are startlingly similar, suggesting we might be on the precipice of another tough El Niño year. Read more...

The Reason for the Earth’s Seasons as Explained From Space

8 months agoOdd : Laughing Squid

The reason for the Earth’s seasons is succinctly explained using space imagery in this 2011 video from NASA Earth Observatory. As the year goes on, and the Sun’s rays hit the Earth differently based on the planet’s relative position to the sun, the seasons change. Winter in a hemisphere is essentially a lack of sunlight. [...]

Lightning the World

8 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

In this post, NASA's Earth Observatory drops some facts on the cause, detection, and number of lightning bolts in our active atmosphere:Across the atmosphere of Earth, lightning flashes about 50 times per second. That’s 4.3 million times a day and roughly 1.5 billion times a year. Show More Summary

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