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NASA Invites You to “Picture Earth” for Earth Day

NASA Invites You to “Picture Earth” for Earth Day

Our magnificent planet is always ready for its close-up. On Earth Day, April 22, NASA wants to see your take. NASA invites you to celebrate the planet we call home with our #PictureEarth social media event. Post a close-up photo on social media of your favorite natural features, such as crashing waves, ancient trees, blooming […]

We’ve Found 3,989 Planets In Earth’s Neighborhood – And The Number Is Rising

We’ve Found 3,989 Planets In Earth’s Neighborhood – And The Number Is Rising

Michael Summers | Professor of Planetary Science and Astronomy   The universe is awash in planets. As of this writing, there are 3,989 exoplanets (planets outside of our solar system) that have been confirmed by astronomers. Several thousand more have been detected, but await confirmation. The online Exoplanet Encyclopedia keeps tabs of exoplanet discoveries, and it must […]

NASA Launching Advanced Laser to Measure Earth’s Changing Ice

NASA Launching Advanced Laser to Measure Earth’s Changing Ice

Next month, NASA will launch into space the most advanced laser instrument of its kind, beginning a mission to measure – in unprecedented detail – changes in the heights of Earth’s polar ice. NASA’s Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) will measure the average annual elevation change of land ice covering Greenland and Antarctica […]

Twin Spacecraft Launch to Track Earth’s Water Movement

Twin Spacecraft Launch to Track Earth’s Water Movement

A joint U.S./German space mission to track the continuous movement of water and other changes in Earth’s mass on and beneath the planet’s surface successfully launched at 12:47 p.m. PDT Tuesday from the California coast. The twin spacecraft of the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO), a joint NASA/German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) […]

If the Earth is spinning, why can’t I feel it?

If the Earth is spinning, why can’t I feel it?

Asking for a friend… We’re moving so fast, but we don’t feel it. Jaymantri Congratulations: you’re currently spinning at about 1,000 miles an hour without even trying! That’s how fast the Earth has to turn to make a complete rotation every day.

We’re three million miles closer to the sun in January than we are in July. So why isn’t it hot?

We’re three million miles closer to the sun in January than we are in July. So why isn’t it hot?

It turns out proximity is pretty inconsequential. Brrr space is cold. Pixabay There’s something about the geometry of space that’s never quite made sense to me. I know that the axial tilt of the Earth is the reason we have seasons, but if a slight angle away from the sun can make me see my […]

NASA’s asteroid-collecting spacecraft will slingshot around Earth today

NASA’s asteroid-collecting spacecraft will slingshot around Earth today

It has to pick up an extra boost. OSIRIS-REx will slingshot around Earth today. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/University of Arizona Today at 12:52 p.m. eastern time, an old friend will drop by to say hello—and get a firm push in the right direction before it heads on its merry way. It can’t stay too […]

Massive sunspots and huge solar flares mean unexpected space weather for Earth

Massive sunspots and huge solar flares mean unexpected space weather for Earth

By Brett Carter, Senior Research Fellow, RMIT University, Alexa Halford, Researcher in Physics and Astronomy, Dartmouth College, and Julie Currie, Research Officer, RMIT University. A huge solar flare flashes in the middle of the sun on Sept. 6, 2017. A separate image of the Earth provides scale. NASA/GSFC/SDO, CC BY If you still have your […]

Twenty-Six Reasons Why Genesis 1:1 Is the Most Offensive Verse in the Bible

Twenty-Six Reasons Why Genesis 1:1 Is the Most Offensive Verse in the Bible

(Editor’s note: These are only the very first words in the Old Testament of the Bible … and it continues in a politically incorrect vein.) . By Daniel J. Phillips This being my maiden voyage here, it would make sense to tell you a bit about myself and where I’ll be coming from. Or here’s an idea: […]

NASA Rover Findings Point to a More Earth-like Martian Past

NASA Rover Findings Point to a More Earth-like Martian Past

Chemicals found in Martian rocks by NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover suggest the Red Planet once had more oxygen in its atmosphere than it does now. Researchers found high levels of manganese oxides by using a laser-firing instrument on the rover. This hint of more oxygen in Mars’ early atmosphere adds to other Curiosity findings — […]

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