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Jupiter's atmosphere is still putting on a show

Jupiter’s atmosphere is quite simply a work of art. With an atmosphere that best resembles the sun, Jupiter is predominantly made up of hydrogen and helium, with trace amounts of ammonia, sulfur, methane and water vapor. Strong east-west winds in…

What to see in the night sky in March

With the coldest and snowiest months of 2019 behind us, it’s time to look ahead to March and the beginning of the Northern Hemisphere’s transition back to warmer weather. What celestial events do the heavens have in store for us?…

'Dragon aurora' engulfs night sky over Iceland

Earlier this month, professional photographer and astronomer Jingyi Zhang captured this astonishing image of the aurora borealis lighting up the sky above. The display was so mesmerizing that Zhang’s mother ran outside to experience it for herself The photograph was…

Meet the 3 African-American female scientists who helped launch the space race

For decades, most Americans had never heard of Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson or Dorothy Vaughan. That all changed after the film “Hidden Figures” was released in 2016. The movie, which is based on a true story, features the women who…

Japanese spacecraft collects asteroid samples

Japan’s space agency has made history more than 170 million miles from Earth. On Feb. 21, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) landed its Hayabusa-2 spacecraft on the asteroid Ryugu to collect mineral-rich samples from the asteroid’s surface. To retrieve the…

Dazzling blue clouds mark the first breath of newborn stars

The brilliant blue celestial exhalations of a newborn star were recently captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. Called Herbig-Haro objects, these beautiful patches of nebulous gas and dust are commonly found in star-forming areas. According to NASA, the blue Herbig-Haro…

Earth's atmosphere stretches further than we thought possible — to the moon and beyond

From our vantage point here on Earth and within Earth’s orbit, it’s sometimes difficult to get a clear view of our planet’s entire atmospheric system, because we’re on the inside looking out. While we’ve sent spacecraft out beyond our planetary…

This beautiful photo of the moon is 50,000 images rolled into 1

Of the countless images of the moon available online, you’ve likely never seen one as arresting as this one. The image, a composition of some 50,000 exposures taken over one hour, was captured by astrophotographer Andrew McCarthy on the evening…

New map of the night sky reveals 300,000 'hidden' galaxies

The known universe just got a lot bigger. An international team of more than 200 astronomers from 18 countries has published the first data from what promises to be an exciting new chapter in our exploration and understanding of the…

Space travel changes our genes, and NASA's Twin Study proves it

NASA has confirmed its preliminary findings from its year-long Twins Study, and the results have some scientists scratching their heads. The first-of-its-kind opportunity to study the genetic impact of space on the human body came about after astronaut Scott Kelly…