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12.14.16 – Revolutions in Understanding the Ionosphere, Earth's Interface to Space
Scientists from NASA and three universities have presented new discoveries about the way heat and energy move and manifest in the ionosphere, a region of Earth's atmosphere that reacts to changes from both space above and Earth below.

12.01.16 – NASA's Sun-Observing IRIS Mission
While it seems static from our vantage point on Earth 93 million miles away, the sun is constantly changing.

11.30.16 – ScienceCasts: The Mystery of Coronal Heating
Observations by NASA's IRIS spacecraft suggest that “heat bombs” are going off in the sun's outer atmosphere, helping to explain why the solar corona is so mysteriously hot.

11.14.16 – NASA Finds Unusual Origins of High-Energy Electrons
High above the surface, Earth's magnetic field constantly deflects incoming supersonic particles from the sun.

10.31.16 – Rains of Terror on Exoplanet HD 189733b
This Halloween, take a tour with NASA's Exoplanet Exploration site of some of the most terrifying and mind-blowing destinations in our galaxy.

10.27.16 – NASA Missions Harvest a Passel of ‘Pumpkin’ Stars
Astronomers using observations from NASA's Kepler and Swift missions have discovered a batch of rapidly spinning stars that produce X-rays at more than 100 times the peak levels ever seen from the sun.

10.25.16 – Study: Planet Orbiting Nearest Star Could be Habitable
A rocky extrasolar planet with a mass similar to Earth's was recently detected around Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to our sun.

10.21.16 – NASA, Citizen Scientists Discover Potential New Hunting Ground for Exoplanets
Via a NASA-led citizen science project, eight people with no formal training in astrophysics helped discover what could be a fruitful new place to search for planets outside our solar system – a large disk of gas and dust encircling a star known as a circumstellar disk.

10.20.16 – Tracking Waves from Sunspots Gives New Solar Insight
While it often seems unvarying from our viewpoint on Earth, the sun is constantly changing. Material courses through not only the star itself, but throughout its expansive atmosphere.

10.05.16 – NASA's TESS Mission Will Provide Exciting Exoplanet Targets for Years to Come
NASA's search for planets outside of our solar system has mostly involved very distant, faint stars. NASA's upcoming Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), by contrast, will look at the brightest stars in our solar neighborhood.

09.15.16 – Studies Find Echoes of Black Holes Eating Stars
Supermassive black holes, with their immense gravitational pull, are notoriously good at clearing out their immediate surroundings by eating nearby objects.

09.12.16 – NASA's THEMIS Sees Auroras Move to the Rhythm of Earth's Magnetic Field
The majestic auroras have captivated humans for thousands of years, but their nature – the fact that the lights are electromagnetic and respond to solar activity – was only realized in the last 150 years.

08.24.16 – ESO Discovers Earth-Size Planet in Habitable Zone of Nearest Star
A newly discovered, roughly Earth-sized planet orbiting our nearest neighboring star might be habitable, according to a team of astronomers using the European Southern Observatory's 3.6-meter telescope at La Silla, Chile, along with other telescopes around the world.

08.24.16 – NASA's WISE, Fermi Missions Reveal a Surprising Blazar Connection
Astronomers studying distant galaxies powered by monster black holes have uncovered an unexpected link between two very different wavelengths of the light they emit, the mid-infrared and gamma rays.

07.28.16 – Chorus of Black Holes Sings in X-Rays
Supermassive black holes in the universe are like a raucous choir singing in the language of X-rays.

07.27.16 – NASA's Next Planet Hunter Will Look Closer to Home
As the search for life on distant planets heats up, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is bringing this hunt closer to home.

07.27.16 – Loneliest Young Star Seen by Spitzer and WISE
Alone on the cosmic road, far from any known celestial object, a young, independent star is going through a tremendous growth spurt.

07.19.16 – X Marks the Spot for Milky Way Formation
A new understanding of our galaxy's structure began in an unlikely way: on Twitter. A research effort sparked by tweets led scientists to confirm that the Milky Way's central bulge of stars forms an “X” shape.

07.12.16 – Black Hole Makes Material Wobble Around It
The European Space Agency's orbiting X-ray observatory, XMM-Newton, has proved the existence of a “gravitational vortex” around a black hole.

07.11.16 – ‘Frankenstein’ Galaxy Surprises Astronomers
About 250 million light-years away, there's a neighborhood of our universe that astronomers had considered quiet and unremarkable. But now, scientists have uncovered an enormous, bizarre galaxy possibly formed from the parts of other galaxies.

07.06.16 – Hitomi Mission Charts Hot Winds of a Galaxy Cluster for the First Time
Measurements of unprecedented detail returned by Japan's Hitomi satellite have allowed scientists to track the motion of X-ray-emitting gas at the heart of the Perseus cluster of galaxies for the first time.

06.22.16 – X-ray Echoes of a Shredded Star Provide Close-up of ‘Killer’ Black Hole
Some 3.9 billion years ago in the heart of a distant galaxy, the intense tidal pull of a monster black hole shredded a star that passed too close.

06.21.16 – Astronomers Find the First ‘Wind Nebula’ Around a Magnetar
Astronomers have discovered a vast cloud of high-energy particles called a wind nebula around a rare ultra-magnetic neutron star, or magnetar, for the first time.

06.08.16 – NASA's NICER Mission Arrives at Kennedy Space Center
An upcoming NASA astrophysics mission will uncover the physics governing the ultra-dense interiors of neutron stars. Using the same platform, the mission will demonstrate trailblazing space navigation technology.

05.18.16 – IRIS Releases New Imagery of Mercury Transit
On May 9, 2016, a NASA solar telescope called the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, observed Mercury crossing in front of the sun — an astronomical phenomenon known as a Mercury transit. During the transit, IRIS focused on Mercury in order to help calibrate its telescope.

04.21.16 – Microscopic “Timers” Reveal Likely Source of Galactic Space Radiation
Most of the cosmic rays that we detect at Earth originated relatively recently in nearby clusters of massive stars, according to new results from NASA's Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) spacecraft.

04.19.16 – Lone Planetary-Mass Object Found In Family of Stars
In 2011, astronomers announced that our galaxy is likely teeming with free-floating planets.

04.07.16 – NASA Celebrates 25 Years of Breakthrough Gamma-ray Science
Twenty-five years ago this week, NASA launched the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, an astronomical satellite that transformed our knowledge of the high-energy sky.

04.05.2016 – Asteroid-Hunting Spacecraft Delivers a Second Year of Data
NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission has released its second year of survey data.

02.26.2016 – NASA's IBEX Observations Pin Down Interstellar Magnetic Field
Immediately after its 2008 launch, NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer, or IBEX, spotted a curiosity in a thin slice of space: More particles streamed in through a long, skinny swath in the sky than anywhere else.

01.15.16 – Most Luminous Galaxy Is Ripping Itself Apart
In a far-off galaxy, 12.4 billion light-years from Earth, a ravenous black hole is devouring galactic grub. Its feeding frenzy produces so much energy, it stirs up gas across its entire galaxy.

01.05.16 – Runaway Stars Leave Infrared Waves in Space
Astronomers are finding dozens of the fastest stars in our galaxy with the help of images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.

01.05.16 – Andromeda Galaxy Scanned with High-Energy X-ray Vision
NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, has captured the best high-energy X-ray view yet of a portion of our nearest large, neighboring galaxy, Andromeda.