Space & Earth

NASA Image of System 99P
NASA Sees Slow-developing System 99P Dogging Northern Australia
Jan 05, 2012 11:15 AM E
NASA satellites have been monitoring the slow-to-develop low pressure area called System 99P for four days as it lingers in the Arafura Sea, north Australia's Northern Territory. Satellite data indicates that System 99P is likely to continue struggling because of weak organization and nearby dry air.
Lunar
Solar Radio Burst Imaging from the Lunar Surface
Apr 20, 2012 11:08 AM E
Our Moon is a unique platform from which to conduct measurements of gravitation, the Sun, the lunar ionosphere and interior, and the very early Universe. NLSI's Lunar University Network for Astrophysics Research (LUNAR) team is addressing the question of how the Moon can be used as a platform to advance important goals in astrophysics, helioph...
Siberia fiers
Earth Observatory: Fires in Siberia
Apr 20, 2012 09:36 AM E
Numerous fires were burning west of the still-frozen Novosibirsk Reservoir when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image on April 14, 2012. Most of the fires shown were lit intentionally and burning on farmland, though Russian media reported that as many as 13 wildfires had burned at least 162.
Spaceship
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Brings 'Earthrise' to Everyone
Apr 20, 2012 09:17 AM E
Imagine yourself in orbit, your spacecraft flying backward with its small window facing down toward the surface of the moon. You peer out, scouring the ash-colored contours of the cratered landscape for traces of ancient volcanic activity. Around you, the silent, velvety blackness of space stretches out in every direction.
Titan
Far-off Cousin of Part-time African Lake Found on Titan
Apr 20, 2012 07:00 AM E
A region on Saturn's moon Titan has been found to be similar to the Etosha Pan in Namibia, Africa. Both are ephemeral lakes - large, shallow depressions that sometimes fill with liquid.
Sea floor
Public Invited to Virtually Join NOAA Exploration of the Gulf, Live from the Seafloor
Apr 20, 2012 06:46 AM E
From today through April 28, the public can watch live undersea video and listen in as ocean explorers at sea and ashore comment in real-time as they observe marine species, visit gas seeps and map poorly known areas of the northern Gulf of Mexico.
ET
Finding ET May Require Giant Robotic Leap
Apr 19, 2012 11:47 AM E
Autonomous, self-replicating robots -- exobots -- are the way to explore the universe, find and identify extraterrestrial life and perhaps clean up space debris in the process, according to a Penn State engineer, who notes that the search for extraterrestrial intelligence -- SETI -- is in its 50th year.
IceCube Detects Neutrinos
Where Do the Highest-energy Cosmic Rays Come from? Probably not from Gamma-ray Bursts
Apr 19, 2012 11:15 AM E
The IceCube neutrino telescope encompasses a cubic kilometer of clear Antarctic ice under the South Pole, a volume seeded with an array of 5,160 sensitive digital optical modules (DOMs) that precisely track the direction and energy of speeding muons, massive cousins of the electron, which are created when neutrinos collide with atoms in the ice.
Lybia
Dust off the Libya Coast
Apr 19, 2012 11:07 AM E
Dust blew off the Libya coast for the second consecutive day on April 17, 2012, as the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite passed overhead and took this picture.
Neutrinos
IceCube Neutrino Observatory Explores Origin of Cosmic Rays
Apr 19, 2012 09:58 AM E
Although cosmic rays were discovered 100 years ago, their origin remains one of the most enduring mysteries in physics. Now, the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, a massive detector in Antarctica, is honing in on how the highest energy cosmic rays are produced.
North America Swelters in March Heat
North America Swelters in March Heat
Apr 19, 2012 07:18 AM E
First they called it the year without a winter. Then springtime began to feel more like summer for most of North America. March 2012 saw thousands of daily temperature records fall in the contiguous United States (often called the "lower 48"), and the entire month was the warmest March in a temperature record that dates back to 1895.
James Webb Space Telescope
Webb Telescope Spinoff Technologies already Seen in some Industries
Apr 19, 2012 06:40 AM E
A critical component of the James Webb Space Telescope is its new technology. Much of the technology for the Webb had to be conceived, designed and built specifically to enable it to see farther back in time. As with many NASA technological advances, some of the innovations are being used to benefit humankind in many other industries.
ESA
New Study Finds Mysterious Lack of Dark Matter in Sun’s Neighbourhood
Apr 19, 2012 06:00 AM E
The most accurate study so far of the motions of stars in the Milky Way has found no evidence for dark matter in a large volume around the Sun.
Kuwait
Fire in Kuwait
Apr 18, 2012 08:23 AM E
On April 17, 2012, a fire broke out in a tire dump near Al Jahrah, Kuwait. Agence France-Presse reported that the fire was fueled by about five million tires.
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