Credit: NASA, ESA, G. Bacon (STScI)/L. Kreidberg and J. Bean (University of Chicago), and H. Knutson (California Institute of Technology)
Scientists have found evidence of extraterrestrial clouds blanketing two of the most common types of planets in our Milky Way galaxy, NASA officials say.
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Two teams of researchers used the Hubble Space Telescope to characterize the atmospheres of the two exoplanets. One of the alien planets is a so-called "super-Earth" larger than the Earth, while the other has been dubbed a "warm Neptune." Studying both types of worlds can help scientists learn to classify the atmospheres on other Earth-like planets in the future.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has capped 2013 with a spectacular new collection of Saturn photos showcasing the planet's beauty, as well with its trademark…Read More »
rings and strange moons.
The newly released Saturn photos by Cassini include two views of Enceladus, Saturn's sixth-largest moon. Enceladus is a winter-appropriate ice world. Geysers at its poles shoot ice particles into space, some of which make it into orbit around Saturn. Some of this space "snow" becomes part of Saturn's E ring, Saturn's second outermost ring that is made of microscopic particles.
The tide hit a high point — a very high point — today along the California coast, as seen in gorgeous photographs taken at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in…Read More »
The aquarium's stairs descend into the sea in images posted on Twitter. The extreme tide is known as a "king tide," a seasonal phenomenon caused by the interaction of the gravity of the sun and moon with weather.
Credit: NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response.
NASA's the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Terra satellite captured this gorgeous image on Dec. 21, 2013, the winter solstice…Read More »
in the Northern Hemisphere. The rainbow effect is the result of a phenomenon called glory, in which light is diffracted as it passes through airborne water droplets to create colorful rings centered around a point or shadow, according to NASA Earth Observatory.
Here the glory graces a peaceful scene of stratocumulus clouds — those low, puffy masses that form below 6,500 feet (2,000 m) — off the Pacific coast of Peru. [In Photos: Reading the Clouds]
NASA's Earth-observing Terra satellite was launched on Dec. 18, 1999, with the aim of collecting information about the planet's changing climate. Since it's launch, the satellite's instruments have captured plenty of data and stunning views of planet Earth, including brewing tropical storms, blizzards, Antarctic ice, deep-sea eddies and swirling marine phytoplankton. Less «
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3D brain map
Credit: Albert L. Rhoton Jr., MD, 2007.
Far from the state-of-the-art medical facilities available in the United States, many brain surgeons in developing countries look to their smartphones…Read More »
for guidance. The phones have started to fulfill this role, in part, thanks to the thousands of 3D brain images, produced by Dr. Albert Rhoton at the University of Florida, that are freely available online.
"I've had young surgeons from Africa, Brazil and other countries tell me they're pulling the images into the operating room" and using them during surgery, said Rhoton, head of the Neuro-Microanatomy Lab at the University of Florida's McKnight Brain Institute.
The winter storm that lashed the Midwest and Northeast over the last couple of days and has left a blanket of snow in its wake also brought with it sub-zero,…Read More »
bone-chilling winds that are keeping the snow fresh and frozen. The storm's huge expanse across nearly two-thirds of the country was clearly visible in satellite imagery.
The blizzard — which produced white-out conditions with gusts of winds reaching greater than 39 mph (63 km/h) in some regions — brewed overnight as two weather systems, one bringing cold air from Canada and the other moist air from the Gulf of Mexico, collided over the eastern portions of the country yesterday.
Dazzling auroras over Alaska take center stage in these spellbinding images captured this month by an amateur astronomer.
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took these stunning panoramic images of the northern lights near Fairbanks, Alaska, on Dec. 7. He snapped about 500 shots in half an hour, two-second exposures taken every three seconds, using a Canon 6D camera.
The iconic Horsehead and Flame nebulas paint the night sky in this beautiful image recently sent to SPACE.com.
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captured this image from his backyard in Chattanooga, Tenn. Located approximately 1,500 light years from Earth in the constellation Orion, the Horsehead Nebula is simple to spot due to its unique shape resembling a horse's head. A light-year is the distance light travels in one year, or about 6 trillion miles (10 trillion kilometers).
Credit: Taylor Baskin/ U.S. Department of the Interior
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