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Voyager Golden Records 40 years later: Real audience was always here on Earth

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Voyager Golden Records 40 years later: Real audience was always here on Earth

Voyager Golden Records 40 years later: Real audience was always here on Earth What message would you send to outer space? NASA/JPL-Caltech, CC BY Jason Wright, Pennsylvania State University Forty years ago, NASA launched Voyager I and II to explore the outer solar system. The […]

NASA Watches the Sun Put a Stop to Its Own Eruption

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NASA Watches the Sun Put a Stop to Its Own Eruption

NASA Watches the Sun Put a Stop to Its Own Eruption On Sept. 30, 2014, multiple NASA observatories watched what appeared to be the beginnings of a solar eruption. A filament — a serpentine structure consisting of dense solar material and often associated with solar […]

The sun’s core rotates four times faster than its surface – here’s why it matters

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The sun’s core rotates four times faster than its surface – here’s why it matters

The sun’s core rotates four times faster than its surface – here’s why it matters The sun by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly of NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. NASA/SDO (AIA) Stephen Serjeant, The Open University My favourite science news is the stuff that changes the way […]

How eclipses were regarded as omens in the ancient world

A solar eclipse observed over Grand Canyon National Park in May 2012. Grand Canyon National Park

How eclipses were regarded as omens in the ancient world

How eclipses were regarded as omens in the ancient world A solar eclipse observed over Grand Canyon National Park in May 2012. Grand Canyon National Park Gonzalo Rubio, Pennsylvania State University On Monday, August 21, people living in the continental United States will be able […]

RAVAN CubeSat Measures Earth’s Outgoing Energy

A profile of Earth’s atmosphere and the setting sun as photographed by an Expedition 15 crewmember aboard the International Space Station. Credit: NASA

RAVAN CubeSat Measures Earth’s Outgoing Energy

RAVAN CubeSat Measures Earth’s Outgoing Energy An experimental small satellite has successfully collected and delivered data on a key measurement for predicting changes in Earth’s climate. The Radiometer Assessment using Vertically Aligned Nanotubes (RAVAN) CubeSat was launched into low-Earth orbit on Nov. 11, 2016, in […]

NASA’s Scientific Balloon Program Reaches New Heights

This illustration shows the Balloon Experimental Twin Telescope for Infrared Interferometer (BETTII) ascending into the upper atmosphere. The experiment was severely damaged on June 9, when the payload detached from its parachute and fell. Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab/Michael Lentz

NASA’s Scientific Balloon Program Reaches New Heights

NASA’s Scientific Balloon Program Reaches New Heights For decades, NASA has released enormous scientific balloons into Earth’s atmosphere, miles above the altitude of commercial flights. The Balloon Program is currently preparing new missions bearing sensitive instruments, including one designed to investigate the birth of our […]

Solar is now the most popular form of new electricity generation worldwide

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Solar is now the most popular form of new electricity generation worldwide

Solar is now the most popular form of new electricity generation worldwide Andrew Blakers, Australian National University Solar has become the world’s favourite new type of electricity generation, according to global data showing that more solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity is being installed than any other […]

When the sun goes dark: 5 questions answered about the solar eclipse

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When the sun goes dark: 5 questions answered about the solar eclipse

When the sun goes dark: 5 questions answered about the solar eclipse NASA’s projection of the August 21 solar eclipse. NASA Shannon Schmoll, Michigan State University Editor’s note: A total solar eclipse will be visible across the U.S. on Monday, August 21. Shannon Schmoll, director […]

Curious Kids: What’s going to happen to the Sun in the future? Will it explode?

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Curious Kids: What’s going to happen to the Sun in the future? Will it explode?

Curious Kids: What’s going to happen to the Sun in the future? Will it explode? The Sun is currently middle-aged, having celebrated its 4,568,000,000th birthday at some point in the last million years. Flickr/ChopWood CarryWater, CC BY-SA Jonti Horner, University of Southern Queensland This is […]

NASA Selects Proposals to Study Sun, Space Environment

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NASA Selects Proposals to Study Sun, Space Environment

NASA Selects Proposals to Study Sun, Space Environment NASA has selected nine proposals under its Explorers Program that will return transformational science about the Sun and space environment and fill science gaps between the agency’s larger missions; eight for focused scientific investigations and one for technological development […]