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  • NASA - Equinox Sky Show

    NASA - Equinox Sky Show

    March 19, 2010

    Grab your binoculars. The crescent Moon and the Pleiades star cluster are gathering for a close encounter on the first night of Spring. It's the best Moon-Pleiades meeting over the United States until the year 2023.

  • NASA - The Multiplying Mystery of Moonwater

    NASA - The Multiplying Mystery of Moonwater

    March 18, 2010

    Researchers who once confidently stated that the Moon was bone-dry are now thinking the unthinkable: The Moon has so much water, there's actually a "lunar hydrosphere." International spacecraft have recently discovered no fewer than three "flavors" of moonwater and no one knows when the discoveries will end.

  • NASA - Solar 'Current of Fire' Speeds Up

    NASA - Solar 'Current of Fire' Speeds Up

    March 12, 2010

    A massive "current of fire" on the sun has started running at high speed, surprising researchers and challenging some models of the solar cycle.

  • NASA - Spirit's Journey to the Center of Mars

    NASA - Spirit's Journey to the Center of Mars

    Feb. 26, 2010

    NASA's venerable Mars rover Spirit is starting a second career as an explorer of the Martian core--but first it must survive the deadly Martian winter.

  • Cool Movie: SDO Destroys a Sundog

    Cool Movie: SDO Destroys a Sundog

    Feb. 18, 2010

    NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory amazed onlookers last week when it flew past a sundog and destroyed it. Must-see videos of the event captured shock waves from the rocket billowing through the sundog, eliciting cries of delight and amazement from the crowd below.

  • 3D Sun for the iPhone

    3D Sun for the iPhone

    Feb. 17, 2010

    Imagine holding the entire sun in the palm of your hand. Now you can. A new iPhone app developed by NASA-supported programmers delivers a live global view of the sun directly to your cell phone.

  • Are TGFs Hazardous to Air Travelers?

    Are TGFs Hazardous to Air Travelers?

    Feb. 10, 2010

    Terrestrial gamma-ray flashes (TGFs) surge through thunderstorms at about the same altitude where commercial airliners fly. Do these blasts of gamma-radiation pose a hazard to air travelers?

  • Solar Dynamics Observatory: The 'Variable Sun' Mission

    Solar Dynamics Observatory: The 'Variable Sun' Mission

    Feb. 5, 2010

    The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), slated for liftoff on Feb. 9th, will make IMAX-quality movies of solar explosions, peer beneath the stellar surface to see the sun's inner dynamo, and--researchers hope--unravel the mysteries of solar variability.

  • Hubble Sees Suspected Asteroid Collision

    Hubble Sees Suspected Asteroid Collision

    Feb. 2, 2010

    NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has observed a mysterious X-shaped debris pattern and trailing streamers of dust that suggest a head-on collision between two asteroids.

  • Firefly Mission to Study Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes

    Firefly Mission to Study Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes

    Jan. 29, 2010

    There's a mystery in the skies of Earth: Something is producing bright flashes of gamma radiation in the upper atmosphere of our own planet. A new NASA-NSF mission called Firefly is going to investigate.