Earth News

10 Years of Revolutionary Solar Views from NASA’s STEREO Mission

October 25, 2016

0 Comments

STEREO 10 Years of Revolutionary Solar Views

Ten years ago the twin STEREO spacecraft joined a fleet of NASA spacecraft monitoring the sun and its influence on Earth and space – and they provided a new and unique perspective. Launched 10 years ago, on October 25, 2006, the twin spacecraft of NASA’s STEREO mission – short for Solar and Terrestrial Relations Observatory […]

Continue reading...

New ISS Image of the Pacific Northwest and an Aurora

January 21, 2016

0 Comments

International Space Station Image of Aurora and the Pacific Northwest

This new image is from astronauts aboard the International Space Station shows an aurora and the Pacific Northwest. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and ESA astronaut Tim Peake shared a series of aurora photographs taken from the International Space Station on January 20, 2016. Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) wrote, “#goodmorning #aurora and the Pacific Northwest! #YearInSpace” and Peake […]

Continue reading...

New Study Proposes Dense Dark Matter “Hairs” Spreading Out from Earth and Other Compact Bodies

November 24, 2015

1 Comment

Dense Dark Matter Hairs Spreading Out from Earth

A new study proposes the existence of long filaments of dark matter, called “hairs,” which are created when a stream of dark matter particles goes through a planet. According to simulations, the hair is densest at a point called the “root.” When particles of a dark matter stream pass through the core of Earth, they […]

Continue reading...

New Research Reveals Earth’s Inner Core Was Formed 1 – 1.5 Billion Years Ago

October 12, 2015

0 Comments

New Study Reveals Earth’s Inner Core was Formed 1 – 1.5 Billion Years Ago

New data from the University of Liverpool reveals that the Earth’s inner core was formed 1 – 1.5 billion years ago as it “froze” from the surrounding molten iron outer core. The inner core is Earth’s deepest layer. It is a ball of solid iron just larger than Pluto which is surrounded by a liquid […]

Continue reading...

Harvard Examines the Response to Light and Temperature Shifts in Northeastern Forests

September 21, 2015

0 Comments

Researchers Conduct Climate Change Test for Forests

Biologists from Harvard University are examining whether the earlier arrival of warm weather will clash with genetic programming of plants. Harvard scientists are taking a hard look at northeastern forests for evidence of a potential springtime scramble, one that could be triggered if age-old growth cues are disrupted by climate change. Researchers in the Department […]

Continue reading...

International Space Station Views Small Island Cays in the Bahamas

September 21, 2015

0 Comments

International Space Station Image of Great Exuma Island Bahamas

Taken by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station, this photograph shows the small island cays in the Bahamas and the prominent tidal channels cutting between them. For astronauts, this is one of the most recognizable points on the planet. The string of cays — stretching 14.24 kilometers (8.9 miles) in this image — extends […]

Continue reading...

Siberian Traps Likely Triggered Mass Extinction

September 16, 2015

0 Comments

Study Shows Massive Eruptions Likely Triggered Mass Extinction

A new study from MIT reveals that the Siberian Traps erupted at the right time, and for the right duration, to have been a likely trigger for the end-Permian extinction. Around 252 million years ago, life on Earth collapsed in spectacular and unprecedented fashion, as more than 96 percent of marine species and 70 percent […]

Continue reading...

NASA’s SDO Views Earth and the Moon Transiting the Sun

September 15, 2015

0 Comments

NASA's SDO Catches a Double Photobomb

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of Earth and the moon as they crossed the sun. Just before the moon entered the shot, Earth blocked SDO’s view completely. By the time SDO had a clear view again, the moon was just completing its journey across the sun’s face. On September 13, 2015, as NASA’s Solar […]

Continue reading...

Good Night From Space – NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly Shares an Image

September 2, 2015

0 Comments

Image of Earth from NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly shares an image of Earth from the International Space Station. Earth’s thin atmosphere stands out against the blackness of space in this photo shared on August 31, 2015, by NASA astronaut Scott Kelly on board the International Space Station. The station’s solar panels can be seen in darkness at the right […]

Continue reading...

NASA Continues to Research Greenland Ice Sheet Melt and Sea Level Rise

August 28, 2015

0 Comments

Scientists Measure Meltwater on the Surface of the Greenland Ice Sheet

Scientists gather field data on the Greenland Ice Sheet to help verify climate models that are used to estimate future sea level rise and to incorporate the measurements into computer models that will create a simulation of the melt water runoff processes operating on the ice sheet. On Greenland’s ice sheet, a vast icy landscape […]

Continue reading...

NASA’s Oceans Melting Greenland Mission Maps Greenland’s Coastline

August 26, 2015

0 Comments

OMG Mission Maps Greenland's Coastline

NASA’s Oceans Melting Greenland mission is making the first high-resolution maps of the complete Greenland coast and continental shelf, helping scientists to better understand ice melt and its impact on the environment. This summer, a refitted fishing boat is mapping the seafloor around Greenland as the first step in a six-year research program to document […]

Continue reading...

Jakobshavn Glacier Sheds a Massive Chunk of Ice

August 23, 2015

0 Comments

Optical Image of Jakobshavn Glacier in Western Greenland Shows Massive Calving Event

New ESA satellite images show that the fastest moving glacier in the world (the Jakobshavn glacier) shed a massive chunk of ice measuring around 12.5 square kilometers – one of the most significant calving events on record. Radar images from Sentinel-1A captured the Jakobshavn glacier in western Greenland before and after the event, which took […]

Continue reading...

NOAA: July 2015 The Warmest Month Ever Recorded

August 22, 2015

3 Comments

July 2015 The Warmest Month Ever Recorded

A new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reveals that July 2015 had the all-time highest monthly temperature in the 1880–2015 record, at 61.86°F (16.61°C), surpassing the previous record set in 1998 by 0.14°F (0.08°C). Global highlights: July 2015 The July average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.46°F (0.81°C) above […]

Continue reading...

NASA Dismisses Rumor, States “There is No Asteroid Threatening Earth”

August 20, 2015

0 Comments

NASA Puts Rumor to Rest: "There is No Asteroid Threatening Earth"

In an effort to dispel rumors of an impending asteroid impact on Earth, NASA has stated, “There is no scientific basis — not one shred of evidence — that an asteroid or any other celestial object will impact Earth on those dates.” Numerous recent blogs and web postings are erroneously claiming that an asteroid will […]

Continue reading...

Astronaut Scott Kelly Views Aurora’s Colorful Veil Over Earth

August 18, 2015

0 Comments

NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly Views Aurora's Colorful Veil Over Earth

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly shares his view of an aurora trailing a colorful veil over Earth. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) shared this photograph on social media, taken from the International Space Station on August 15, 2015. Kelly wrote, “#Aurora trailing a colorful veil over Earth this morning. Good morning from @space_station! #YearInSpace” The dancing […]

Continue reading...

Flat-Slab Subduction in South America Mirrors Formation of Rocky Mountains

August 13, 2015

0 Comments

Researchers Get an Unprecedented Look at a Geological Process in South America

For the first time, Yale University geophysicists are getting to look at a geological process in South America that mirrors the formation of America’s Rocky Mountains. Writing in the journal Nature, a team of geophysicists says its findings may help scientists better understand phenomena such as earthquakes and volcanoes, in addition to the development of […]

Continue reading...

New Analysis Provides More Accurate Estimates of Sources of Mercury Emissions

August 12, 2015

0 Comments

Asia Produces Twice as Much Mercury Emissions as Previously Thought

A new analysis from MIT provides more accurate estimates of sources of mercury emissions from around the world, revealing that Asia produces twice as much mercury emissions as previously thought. Once mercury is emitted into the atmosphere from the smokestacks of power plants, the pollutant has a complicated trajectory; even after it settles onto land […]

Continue reading...

DSCOVR Satellite Views Moon Crossing Face of Earth

August 10, 2015

0 Comments

NASA Satellite Shows Moon Crossing Face of Earth

Scientists reveal a unique view of the moon as it moved in front of the sunlit side of Earth last month. A NASA camera aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite captured a unique view of the moon as it moved in front of the sunlit side of Earth last month. The series of […]

Continue reading...