These awesome images of the Earth’s Sun were recently captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. They reveal the occurrence of a beautiful solar prominence - an incredibly large and bright loop of red hot plasma created as a solar flare erupted. A burst of solar material leaps off the left side of the sun in what’s known as a prominence eruption. Show More Summary
Three years ago the very first images from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) were beamed back to earth. Since then, NASA’s SDO has effectively had continuous coverage of the Sun’s rise towards solar maximum, the period of the most intense solar activity in the 11 year solar cycle. Show More Summary
By Adam Voiland, Science Writer at NASA Earth Observatory The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite captured this view of extensive sea-ice fracturing off the northern [...]
Thisamazing image of Arp 147, a pair of interacting galaxies located about 430 million light years from Earth, shows X-rays from the NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory (pink) and optical data from the Hubble Space Telescope (red, green, blue) produced by...
By Adam Voiland, via NASA’s Earth Observatory Few images are as beautiful and as terrifying as a satellite view of a hurricane about to make landfall. On October 29, 2012, the Suomi NPP satellite captured an ominous nighttime view of Sandy — an enormous hybrid storm that was part hurricane, part Nor‘easter — churning off [...]
On Earth, being able to view a solar eclipse is a very rare occurrence. In space, it’s not so rare to witness this event. Recently, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory caught a glimpse…
On March 2, 2013, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) entered its semiannual eclipse season, a period of three weeks when Earth blocks its view of the sun for a period of time each day. On March 11, however, SDO was treated to two transits. Show More Summary
NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope is an observatory in low Earth orbit that the Agency uses to study some of the most high-energy sources of radiation in the Universe. Its wide-eyed Large Area Telescope (LAT) makes a sweep of the entire sky every three hours, soaking up gamma rays that emanate from cosmic entities ranging from supernovae to pulsars. More »
NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory has captured this incredible image of an object 1000 light years away from Earth. It looks like an awesome Klingon spaceship accelerating to Warp 10. A majestic 19km long spacecraft that rotates 11 times every second. More »
NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory has captured this incredible image of an object 1,000 light years away from Earth. It looks like an awesome Klingon spaceship accelerating to Warp 10. Or a majestic 12-mile-long dragon that flies through the cosmos rotating eleven times every second. More »
NASA has spotted what appears to be the galaxy's newest black hole—and it's relatively nearby. The Chandra X-Ray Observatory has spotted the aftermath of a super nova that, from Earth's vantage point, is just 1,000 years old, the agency reports. (Of course, it's 26,000 light years away,...
Hey world, meet W49B and its many stunning wonders. Brand-new info from NASA's powerful Chandra X-ray Observatory, a space telescope whizzing above your head in Earth orbit, has revealed what may be the most recent black hole that our Milky Way galaxy has made. Show More Summary
NASA Earth Observatory's Suomi Satellite captured the night time glow from hundreds of flares from rigs drilled into the Bakken shale oil formation of North Dakota, a 360-million-year-old tectonic plate, creating a light show the size of metropolitan Boston. Fracking...
NASA’s Earth Observatory has released startling new satellite images of the thick layer of smog that engulfed Beijing over the weekend. Two images, taken on January 14 and January 3, 2013, show the record-breaking levels of air pollution in China’s capital, with extensive haze, low clouds and fog over the surrounding region. After the pollution [...]
One in six stars hosts an Earth-sized planet in a close orbit, according to an analysis by NASA's Kepler space observatory. This suggests there are 17 billion such planets in our galaxy. So far, Kepler scientists have found 2,740 planet candidates. Show More Summary
We're just a bit closer than usual to this fiery, spitting ball of cosmic fury. (Credit: NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory) Looking out my window, it's a beautiful sunny day. Perhaps it's even a bit sunnier than usual here in New Mexico. Show More Summary
The spiral galaxy NGC 3627 is located about 30 million light years from Earth. This composite image includes X-ray data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory (blue), infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope (red), and optical data from the Hubble...
The spiral galaxy NGC 3627 is located about 30 million light years from Earth. The composite image below includes X-ray data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory (blue), infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope (red), and optical data from the...
Google Maps has launched a new layer called Earth at Night 2012 using data from NASA’s Earth Observatory and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The data is referred to... Keep reading ?
A jet of X-rays from a supermassive black hole 12.4 billion light years from Earth has been detected by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. This is the most distant X-ray jet ever observed and gives astronomers a glimpse into the explosive activity associated with the growth of supermassive black holes in the early universe. read more