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The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Poster
Sun, Sky Watching, Eclipses
Aug 18, 2017
On August 21, 2017, the shadow of the Moon will sweep across the U.S. landscape, transforming day to twilight. In the surreal gloaming of an eclipse, the temperature drops, birds go silent, crickets begin to chirp, and blossoms start to close. As this scene plays out across a 70-mile wide path of... Read More
Sun, Sky Watching, Eclipses
Aug 16, 2017
Cloud cover? Cannot travel? Don’t fear! Watch the total solar eclipse online!
Photo of moon eclipsing sun
Solar System, Planets of Our Solar System
Aug 15, 2017
NASA’s Cassini mission will come to a spectacular close on September 15, 2017 at 5:07 a.m. PDT after almost two decades in space since its launch in 1997. The spacecraft has been orbiting Saturn and studying that system for 13 years. It’s now checking off items from a daring bucket list as it makes... Read More
Cassini's Grand Finale Poster
Universe, ISS
Aug 11, 2017
A new experiment set for an Aug. 14 launch to the International Space Station will provide an unprecedented look at a rain of particles from deep space, called cosmic rays, that constantly showers our planet.
From its new vantage point on the International Space Station's Japanese Experiment Module - Exposed Facility, the Cosmic Ray Energetics and Mass (ISS-CREAM) mission, shown in the inset illustration, will study cosmic rays to determine their sources and acceleration mechanisms.
Sun, Sky Watching, Eclipses
Aug 11, 2017
Are you ready for the eclipse?  Learn more here!
Still image of total solar eclipse
Universe, ISS
Aug 11, 2017
Hold out your hand for 10 seconds. A dozen electrons and muons just zipped unfelt through your palm. The ghostly particles are what scientists call "secondary cosmic rays" -- subatomic debris from collisions between molecules high in Earth's atmosphere and high-energy cosmic rays from outer space... Read More
The Mystery of High-Energy Cosmic Rays Poster
Sky Watching, Eclipses, Meteor Showers
Aug 9, 2017
Sky watchers in the United States have been waiting for this date for years. On Aug. 21, 2017, there’s going to be a total eclipse of the Sun. With the path of totality stretching from Oregon to South Carolina, people can see the eclipse from coast to coast. The timing of the eclipse will provide... Read More
A Big Month for Astronomy Poster
Earth
Aug 1, 2017
Getting a Feel for Eclipses explains details surrounding the August 2017 total solar eclipse. Tactile graphics provide an illustration of the interaction and alignment of the Sun with the Moon and the Earth.
Fingers reading braille map of eclipse above animation of eclipse travelling across map of US
Solar System
Aug 1, 2017
Humanity’s farthest and longest-lived spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2, achieve 40 years of operation and exploration this August and September. Despite their vast distance, they continue to communicate with NASA daily, still probing the final frontier.
Illustration of Voyager spacecraft
Solar System
Aug 1, 2017
A few NASA-funded astronomer teams are always on the hunt for potentially hazardous near-Earth objects, asteroids and comets whose orbits periodically bring them within 30 million miles of Earth’s orbit. At NASA, the Planetary Defense Coordination Office supports the search programs, while also... Read More
The Hunt for Asteroids Poster
Jul 27, 2017
Be inspired by science! Learn how to get involved with science from current opportunities to inspirational science art.
Artwork of Cassini spacecraft and Saturn
Earth
Jul 26, 2017
The temperature of Chamber A at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston is steadily dropping, creating a frigid environment for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope that is in stark contrast to the heat of the city.
Solar System, Planets of Our Solar System
Jul 13, 2017
Images of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot reveal a tangle of dark, veinous clouds weaving their way through a massive crimson oval.
Sun, Our Sun, Earth’s Space Environment
Jun 27, 2017
High up in the clear blue noontime sky, the sun appears to be much the same day-in, day-out, year after year. But astronomers have long known that this is not true. The sun does change. Properly-filtered telescopes reveal a fiery disk often speckled with dark sunspots. Sunspots are strongly... Read More
Solar Minimum is Coming Poster
Jun 23, 2017
NASA Langley Research Center is celebrating 100 years.  Learn more through our commemorative artwork and graphics.
Image collage of woman and child observing a launch and flying aircraft