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Lunar Eclipse Explained by NASA Astronomer

Lunar Eclipse Explained by NASA Astronomer

By Sean Patterson April 14, 2014

Tonight’s the night. Millions of people in the Earth’s western hemisphere will be treated to a spectacular event tonight when the moon falls beneath the shadow of the Earth. The event, called a full lunar eclipse, will cast the moon …

Climate Data Can Predict Crop Failure, Shows Study Climate Data Can Predict Crop Failure, Shows Study

Farming can often be a volatile business, but NASA researchers this week published a new study showing that climate data could help predict crop failures months in advance. The study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, linked temperature and …

The ‘Supermoon’ Explained by NASA The ‘Supermoon’ Explained by NASA

This weekend’s full moon sparked curiosity and plenty of social media speculation. The “supermoon,” as it’s dubbed, appeared as a larger full moon, pleasing amateur astronomers and photographers alike. Though there are plenty of photos of the moon to be …

Cosmic Ray Source Traced to Supernova Leftovers Cosmic Ray Source Traced to Supernova Leftovers

A new study has found that the leftover material from supernovas could be the source of mysterious cosmic rays. The paper, to be published tomorrow in the journal Science, used data from NASA‘s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope to examine the …

NASA Successfully Launches New Landsat Satellite NASA Successfully Launches New Landsat Satellite

NASA this week successfully launched its Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM). An Atlas V rocket was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 1:02 pm EST on Monday, February 11. The new satellite will be used, as previous Landsat satellites …

Titan's Craters Could be Filled With Sand, Says NASA Titan's Craters Could be Filled With Sand, Says NASA

New findings from NASA‘s Cassini probe have revealed that Saturn’s moon Titan may look younger than it really is. Dunes of hydrocarbon sand have been slowly filling up the craters that pockmark the moon. “Most of the Saturnian satellites – …

Mona Lisa Beamed to the Moon by NASA Mona Lisa Beamed to the Moon by NASA

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This week NASA announced it has beamed an image of the Mona Lisa to a satellite orbiting the moon. The image treveled almost 240,000 miles from the Next Generation Satellite Laser Ranging (NGSLR) station at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center …

NASA Brushes Off Its Apollo Dust Data NASA Brushes Off Its Apollo Dust Data

It’s been 40 years since the last Apollo mission, and this week NASA announced that findings from those missions continue to provide researchers with new insights into the the moon. Scientists at the National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC), NASA’s …

NASA Experiments With Nano-Sized Sensors NASA Experiments With Nano-Sized Sensors

NASA is now working with a special material to develop nano-scale sensors that can detect trace elements in Earth’s upper atmosphere and find structural flaws in spacecraft. The material, called graphene, is just one atom thick and is composed of …

Voyager Probe Close to Leaving the Solar System
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Excited NASA researchers today announced that the Voyager 1 spacecraft has encountered a new, unexpected region on its way out of the solar system. The scientists believe that the region is the final hurdle before Voyager enters interstellar space. The …

NASA Spots Pac-Man Thermal Pattern on Saturn Moon

Scientists working on NASA‘s Cassini mission have spotted a second feature shaped like Pac-Man on one of Saturn’s Moon. The pattern appears in thermal data from the moon Tethys, taken using Cassini’s composite infrared spectrometer. A similar thermal pattern was …

New “Super-Jupiter” Directly Imaged by Astronomers
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Astronomers have directly imaged a “super-Jupiter” planet orbiting around the star Kappa Andromedae. According to NASA, Kappa Andromedae now holds the record for the most massive star to host a directly imaged planet or lightweight brown dwarf companion. The planet, …

NASA Spray Paint Protects Tech From New Car Smell

It turns out that the appealing new car smell that comes with new toys isn’t very healthy. The smell is called outgas, and comes from the chemicals and residual solvents used to manufacture dashboards, car seats, and carpeting. In addition …

Mars Rover Curiosity Chemically Analyzes Soil Sample

Mars rover Curiosity has placed the first solid sample of Martian soil into its Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument. The sample’s chemical makeup has been analyzed, looking specifically for compounds found in environments that can support life. The results …