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Watch This Time Lapse Montage of the Sun’s Atmosphere Captured over Four Years

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft has been observing the sun since 2010 with the goal of understanding its influence on the Earth and near-Earth space. Using time lapse footage captured by the SDO’s Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) between 2011 and 2015, Michael König edited this cool video. This joins a previous video he created using [...]Show More Summary

This Is What Baseball Looks Like from Outer Space

Denver. Images via NASA Astronaut Terry Virtz, also known as Astro Terry, has launched an international game of trivia to test his fellow baseball fanatics from 250 miles above the earth. From the Cupola observatory module’s 31-inch-windows...Show More Summary

NASA Captures Massive Solar Flare; May Amplify Northern Lights

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) captured photos and video of the first super-powerful sun flare of 2015. The X-class solar flare was directed at Earth, and while the Earth’s atmosphere protects us from the harmful radiation, it caused a strong radio blackout. More importantly for us photographers, though, such massive radiation bursts may lead to [...]Show More Summary

Watch NASA launch its mission to the magnetosphere tonight

If all goes well, NASA will finally launch its Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) observatories tonight. Comprised of four identical spacecraft (shown above in a clean room), its purpose is to study the magnetic fields around Earth for information on how they connect and disconnect. Show More Summary

This puts everything in perspective.

2 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

This puts everything in perspective. Here's an image of today's X2.2-class solar flare, along with the Earth for scale. Image via NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory Read more...

NASA: "Ancient Mars Had a Vast Ocean Covering Half Its Northern Hemisphere"

A primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean, according to NASA scientists who, using ground-based observatories, measured water signatures in the Red Planet’s atmosphere. Scientists have been searching for answers to why this vast water supply...

How to Read Satellite Data Maps of the Earth

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

NASA's Earth Observatory has spent over fifteen years using satellites to collect hordes of real-time data across our planet's surface. They reveal everything from temperature and energy use, to how much radiation we beam into space. Here's how to understand satellite data maps to understand our planet's vital signs. Read more...

NASA Spots A Huge Gash Across The Surface Of The Sun

2 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Scientists working at the Solar Dynamics Observatory have spotted a massive solar filament that stretches across a good portion of the sun's visible surface. It's about 533,000 miles long (857,780 km) – equivalent to 67 Earths lined up in a row. Read more...

NASA launches groundbreaking Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory

NASA successfully launched its first Earth satellite designed to collect global observations of the vital soil moisture hidden just beneath our feet. The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory now begins a three-year mission...Show More Summary

Even our underwater forests are dying off.

3 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Even our underwater forests are dying off. Kelp forests have been undergoing huge losses in the last 75 years. So what's causing the disappearance? NASA's Earth Observatory identifies three of the biggest problems as warmer oceans, more intense storms, and invasive species moving into the area. Read more...

Deep Space Climate Observatory to provide 'EPIC' views of earth

NASA has contributed two Earth science instruments for NOAA's space weather observing satellite called the Deep Space Climate Observatory or DSCOVR, set to launch in Jan., 2015. One of the instruments called EPIC or Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera will image the Earth in one picture, something that hasn't been done before from a satellite. Show More Summary

U.S. population to top 320 million at start of 2015, Census reports

This image of the United States of America at night is a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite in April and October 2012. Image courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory/NOAA NGDC The U.S. population is expected to reach 320.09 million on Jan. Show More Summary

Happy Solar Flare

4 months agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

Via the Telegraph: NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory has captured dramatic footage of a powerful X-class solar flare erupting on the surface of the Sun. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to physically...Show More Summary

The Big Picture: Catching an intense solar flare in action

It's no longer rare to hear reports of solar flares that could affect Earth, but seeing them in vivid detail? That's another matter. Thankfully, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recently captured a high-intensity X1.8 flare (80 percent more intense...

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

5 months agoHumor : 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

7 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

8 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...

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