Small Satellite, Big Questions: CuPID CubeSat Will Get New Perspective on Sun-Earth Boundary

The proliferation of small, experimental satellite missions has created more opportunities for students to get involved in hands-on engineering projects.

Salts Could Be Important Piece of Martian Organic Puzzle, NASA Scientists Find

“The fact that there’s organic matter preserved in 3-billion-year-old rocks, and we found it at the surface, is a very promising sign that we might be able to tap more…

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Heads for Earth with Asteroid Sample

After nearly five years in space, NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft is on its way back to Earth with an abundance of rocks and…

In First, Scientists Trace Fastest Solar Particles to Their Roots on the Sun

“Normally, you have to infer this kind of thing – you’d say, ‘look we saw an SEP and a solar flare, and the SEP probably came from the solar flare,’”…

Exploring the Solar Wind With A New View of Small Sun Structures

Scientists have combined NASA data and cutting-edge image processing to gain new insight into the solar structures that create the Sun’s flow of high-speed solar wind, detailed in new research…

Telescopes and Spacecraft Join Forces to Probe Deep into Jupiter’s Atmosphere

From NASA May 7, 2020 NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the ground-based Gemini Observatory in Hawaii have teamed up with the Juno spacecraft to probe the mightiest storms in the…

NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Has a Close Encounter with Jupiter

Jan. 14, 2020 NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Has a Close Encounter with Jupiter A multitude of swirling clouds in Jupiter’s dynamic North North Temperate Belt is captured in this image from…

Glancing Back

From NASA Dec. 2, 2019 Just after its close flyby of Jupiter on Nov. 3, 2019, NASA’s Juno spacecraft caught this striking view of Jupiter’s southern hemisphere as the spacecraft…

Comet ISON appears to be toast – goes "poof" in video, then comes back to life

Note: See updates below for the ISON ISOFF ISON nature of this comet that has everybody guessing. Picture at right also updated to reflect the new “zombie” status of this…

A quiet cue ball sun

Source: http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/assets/img/latest/latest_4096_4500.jpg A couple of people have noticed (as did I) that the sun is essentially blank.

Lightning induced Schumann Resonance may help divine exoplanets

From the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Science nugget: Lightning signature could help reveal the solar system’s origins Every second, lightning flashes some 50 times on Earth. Together these discharges coalesce…

New paper in the Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics demonstrates that planets do not cause solar cycles

Planetary effects are too small by several orders of magnitude to be a main cause of the solar cycle. Argiris Diamantis writes in with this tip: Professor Cornelis de Jager…

Mystery cloud spotted on Mars by amateur astronomer

Here’s something fascinating and puzzling, maybe WUWT readers can help figure this one out. There’s also a neat flipbook animation below the read more line. Wayne Jaeschke writes: Here’s a…

Solar-Terrestrial Power Update

By Paul L. Vaughan, M.Sc. The amplitude of Earth’s zonal winds is modulated by the solar cycle. Here’s a concise visual update based on the latest data: LOD’ = rate…

Roll to observe Elenin – STEREO BEHIND looks at a hot topic

Story submitted by Robert Bateman In just a few hours from now, NASA rolls the STEREO BEHIND solar satellite to have a look at Comet Elenin (P/2010 X1), and if…