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An active region on the sun erupted with a mid-level flare, an M8.7 class, on Oct. 21, 2014, as seen in the bright light of this image captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. This image shows extreme ultraviolet light that highlights the hot solar material in the sun's atmosphere. Image Credit: NASA/SDO

Like A Giant Solar Shotgun, Biggest Sunspot In Quarter Century Rotating Toward Earth Again

The biggest sunspot in a quarter century is now rotating toward Earth for the second month in a row, putting all of humanity in its sites for potential releases of radiation.

11/20/2014

The rare 10 May annular eclipse appears over Cleveland, Ohio showing the annulus, a thin 'ring of fire,' produced because the sun is never completely covered.  (Jeff Haynes/AFP/Getty Images)

Observers Warned To Not Stare At The Sun During Partial Solar Eclipse Over Bay Area

A partial solar eclipse will be visible from the Bay Area later this month.

10/20/2014

Habitable Planet

$50 Million For Research On Extraterrestrials, Origin Of Life Through NASA Ames’ Astrobiology Institute Announced

Seven research teams will get $50 million dollars over five years to study extraterrestrial life in the universe, the origins of life on earth, and the evolution of future life forms, as part of the Astrobiology Isntitute’s work at NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley.

10/06/2014

Satellite image captures smoke rising from the King Fire west of Lake Tahoe. (NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey)

NASA Photo Captures Massive Scar Left On California By King Fire

Massive fire burning in the foothills between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe has created a huge charred gash in the side of the golden state.

09/24/2014

A solar flare is seen erupting from the sun. (Photograph by: NOAA/National Weather Service's Space Weather Prediction Center, Getty Images)

Strong Solar Storm Heading To Earth; May Cause Disturbances In Satellite, Radio Transmissions

A strong solar flare is blasting its way to Earth, but the worst of its power looks like it will barely skim above the planet and not cause many problems.

09/12/2014

This NASA image is the projected flight path of 2014 RC. (Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Recently Discovered Asteroid To Zoom Past Earth Sunday Night

NASA says the space rock — known as 2014 RC — will pass closest to earth above New Zealand around 11:18 a.m. Sunday. The asteroid is estimated at roughly 60 feet wide. It was first discovered on August 31st by researchers near Tucson, according to NASA.

09/05/2014

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StarDate 8/7/2014: Getting To Know The Neighbors

A few of our stellar neighbors are hard to miss. Vega, which passes high overhead on August evenings, is just 25 light-years away. And Sirius, the brightest star in all the night sky, is nine light-years away.

08/07/2014

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NASA Sending Experimental Saucer Into Earth’s Atmosphere Above Kauai

Folks in Hawaii should see a flying saucer in the skies above Kauai Thursday morning. It’s a NASA project meant to eventually help land heavy objects on Mars. Up until now parachutes have been used.

06/03/2014

A mosaic of earth compiled from selfies taken on Earth Day 2014 (GigaPan/NASA)

NASA Releases Stunning ‘Global Selfie’ Taken On Earth Day

On April 22nd, NASA asked people around the globe to snap a photo of their location on the planet at that point and on Thursday they released the results of that world-wide photo hunt, a mosaic selfie of our planet as seen from space.

05/22/2014

SpaceX Rocket Launch

SpaceX Cargo Ship Returns To Earth From Space Station With Nearly 2-Tons Of Experiments, Equipment

The commercial cargo ship Dragon returned to Earth from the International Space Station on Sunday, bringing back nearly 2 tons of science experiments and old equipment for NASA.

05/18/2014

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