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What's Up - April 2020

What are some astronomy highlights in the sky in April 2020? This month, Venus visits the Pleiades; Mars, Jupiter and Saturn begin their breakup; and we ask, "What is the Moon illusion?" News Article Type: Homepage ArticlesPublished: Friday, April 3, 2020 -...


TUESDAY 31. MARCH 2020


NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Full Mirror Deployment a Success

Portal origin URL: NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Full Mirror Deployment a SuccessPortal origin nid: 459384Published: Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 14:00Featured (stick to top of list): noPortal text teaser: In a recent test, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope fully deployed its primary mirror into the same configuration it will have when in space.Portal...

Hubble Finds Best Evidence for Elusive Mid-Sized Black Hole

Portal origin URL: Hubble Finds Best Evidence for Elusive Mid-Sized Black HolePortal origin nid: 459374Published: Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 13:00Featured (stick to top of list): noPortal text teaser: Astronomers have found the best evidence for the perpetrator of a cosmic homicide: a black hole of an elusive class known as "intermediate-mass," which betrayed its...

High-flying Moon Sensor Will Help Improve Earth Observations

PROJECT Airborne Lunar Spectral Irradiance Instrument (air-LUSI) SNAPSHOT A new instrument flew aboard a high-altitude NASA plane to measure the Moon’s brightness and help Earth observing sensors make more accurate measurements. The air-LUSI deployment team in front of the ER-2 with the air-LUSI instrument distributed on two carts in front. Credit: NASA A new instrument flew aboard...


MONDAY 30. MARCH 2020


NASA Science Live: Episode 2 - Going Interstellar

The second episode of NASA Science Live takes you to the very edge of our solar system where interstellar space begins. Starting with the Voyager mission at the boundary and traveling on to some of the closest and brightest stars, watch as we answer questions like: What does "going interstellar" mean, how are we currently exploring outside our solar system and what plans do we have for the...

NASA Selects Mission to Study Causes of Giant Solar Particle Storms

Portal origin URL: NASA Selects Mission to Study Causes of Giant Solar Particle StormsPortal origin nid: 459353Published: Monday, March 30, 2020 - 11:08Featured (stick to top of list): noPortal text teaser: NASA has selected a new mission to study how the Sun generates and releases giant space weather storms – known as solar particle storms – into planetary...


WEDNESDAY 25. MARCH 2020


A Booth, Showcase and Professional Development Workshops

NASA Capacity Building Program Area at the Esri Federal GIS Conference A showcase for U.S. federal agencies that use geographic information systems (GIS) technology occurred in February 2020 and the NASA Earth Applied Sciences Capacity Building program area was front and center. The Esri Federal GIS Conference in Washington, DC was likely the largest gathering of representatives from...

Revisiting Decades-Old Voyager 2 Data, Scientists Find One More Secret

Portal origin URL: Revisiting Decades-Old Voyager 2 Data, Scientists Find One More SecretPortal origin nid: 459131Published: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 10:01Featured (stick to top of list): noPortal text teaser: Three decades after Voyager 2’s flyby of Uranus, scientists took another look at the data. This time, they noticed a tiny squiggle that could mean giant globs...


TUESDAY 24. MARCH 2020


Citizen Scientists Supercharged Data

Eyebrow: Citizen Science NewsBody: You may have heard about the recent discovery of a new planet orbiting a pair of “eclipsing binary” stars led by summer intern Wolf Cukier and his mentor, Veselin Kostov, using data from NASA’s TESS mission. Link: Read...

Stuck at home?

Eyebrow: Citizen Science NewsBody: Registration for the Astronomers Without Borders Asteroid Search Campaign is now open. Participation is online and completely free for the participating teams! Link: Read...

Registration for the Astronomers Without Borders Asteroid Search Campaign is now open!

Astronomers Without Borders and NASA’s International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC) are sponsoring a special Asteroid Search Campaign as part of Global Astronomy Month. This search campaign is open to schools and teams around the world. Stuck at home? Participation is online and completely free for the participating teams! Visit the registration link below for more information on...


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THURSDAY 19. MARCH 2020


NASA Prepares for the 2020 U.S. Flood Season

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) released its seasonal "Spring Outlook for 2020" on March 19, 2020. As part of its mission to aid communities with NASA data and research, the NASA Earth Applied Sciences Disasters program area reviewed some of the unique tools and datasets that NASA provides to aid with flood response, and some of the ways NASA has helped tackle...

NASA Science Live: Episode 1 - To the Moon and Beyond

The first episode of #NASAScienceLive explores how science conducted on the lunar surface in the past informs current missions studying the Moon and future plans to send science, robots and humans to our nearest celestial neighbor. Video...

Quasar Tsunamis Rip Across Galaxies

Portal origin URL: Quasar Tsunamis Rip Across GalaxiesPortal origin nid: 459027Published: Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 13:00Featured (stick to top of list): noPortal text teaser: Astronomers have discovered the most energetic outflows ever witnessed in the universe. They emanate from quasars and tear across interstellar space like tsunamis, wreaking havoc on the galaxies in...

Chandra Data Tests 'Theory of Everything'

Portal origin URL: Chandra Data Tests 'Theory of Everything'Portal origin nid: 459030Published: Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 05:22Featured (stick to top of list): noPortal text teaser: Astronomers used Chandra to perform a test of string theory, a possible "theory of everything" that would tie all of known physics together.Portal image: Perseus galaxy...


MONDAY 16. MARCH 2020


NASA Selects Proposals to Study Volatile Stars, Galaxies, Cosmic Collisions

Portal origin URL: NASA Selects Proposals to Study Volatile Stars, Galaxies, Cosmic CollisionsPortal origin nid: 458969Published: Monday, March 16, 2020 - 14:42Featured (stick to top of list): noPortal text teaser: NASA has selected proposals for four missions that would study cosmic explosions and the debris they leave behind, as well as monitor how nearby stellar flares...

Advanced Magnetic Cooling for Sub-Kelvin Instruments

PROJECT High-Efficiency Continuous Cooling for Cryogenic Instruments SNAPSHOT To cool proposed future science instruments to operating temperatures well below one Kelvin, NASA is developing an advanced spaceflight magnetic refrigeration system. The CADR team in the lab at NASA Goddard. From left to right: Margaret Hudson, Amir Jahromi, Jim Tuttle, Evan Sheehan, and Richard Ottens....


FRIDAY 13. MARCH 2020


Middle-School Student Names NASA’s Next Mars Rover

NASA’s next Mars rover has a new name: Perseverance. After sorting through more than 28,000 submissions from K-12 students from every U.S. state and territory, one name was chosen. Alexander Mather, a 13-year-old student from Virginia who submitted the winning name, explains why he chose Perseverance as the name of NASA’s next robotic scientist to visit the Red Planet. Video...


THURSDAY 12. MARCH 2020


Join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and 25th anniversary of The GLOBE Program!

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 25th anniversary of The GLOBE Program, NASA GLOBE Observer is hosting a month-long citizen science challenge in April 2020. Volunteers are invited to measure the height of as many different trees as possible throughout the month using the Trees tool in the GLOBE Observer app. The individuals, schools, and registered teams that measure...

NASA’s MMS Marks its 5th Year Breaking Records in Space

Portal origin URL: NASA’s MMS Marks its 5th Year Breaking Records in SpacePortal origin nid: 458827Published: Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 10:00Featured (stick to top of list): noPortal text teaser: Since its launch in 2015, NASA’s MMS has been making new discoveries.Portal image: moving image with black orb surrounded by blue swirls and orange sparks moving...


WEDNESDAY 11. MARCH 2020


Plant Growth on the International Space Station has Global Impacts on Earth

Portal origin URL: Plant Growth on the International Space Station has Global Impacts on EarthPortal origin nid: 442326Published: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 21:09Featured (stick to top of list): noPortal text teaser: Understanding the effects of gravity on plant life is essential in preparing for human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit.Portal image: Interior view of...


TUESDAY 10. MARCH 2020


Finding the Invisible

Video Length: 4:31Scientists are using AMS-02 on the Space Station to study fundamental particles originating from sources up to billions of light years away. These particles may hold the key to understanding both the composition and history of our universe. Read this story Video Links: Finding the Invisible -...


MONDAY 9. MARCH 2020


Citizen Scientists Supercharged Data from NASA’s TESS Mission and Helped A Planet Come to Light

You may have heard about the recent discovery of a new planet orbiting a pair of “eclipsing binary” stars led by summer intern Wolf Cukier and his mentor, Veselin Kostov, using data from NASA’s TESS mission.  Eclipsing binaries are pairs of stars whose orbits are lined up in a handy way so the stars pass in front of one another now and then with one star blocking the light from the...

Harnessing Remote Sensing for Ecological Research

An ecological data revolution is underway, giving ecologists unprecedented insights into Earth's systems. This revolution is driven by the integration and harmonization of multiple data sources, including NASA’s remotely sensed data. NASA's Earth Science Data Systems program oversees the life cycle of NASA's Earth science data—from acquisition through processing and distribution. The...