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NASA simulates how dust, smoke, and sea salt have traveled the planet

Watch as sea salt, dust, and smoke—aerosol particles traveling on the winds—have moved across our planet in 2017. This animated simulation, "based on both satellite observations and computer models that use physical e...

How to Find a Living Planet

The more we see other planets, the more the question comes into focus: Maybe we're the weird one? Decades of observing Earth from space has informed our search for signs of habitability and life on exoplanets and even...

Postcards from Saturn: The incredible images that Cassini sent home

For over a decade, Cassini has orbited around Saturn 294 times, collected more than 600 GB of data, visited over a dozen moons and discovered at least seven new ones. It has sent over 400,000 images back home. Skun...

Voyager at 40: Humanity’s ambitious expedition into interstellar space

On August 20, 1977, NASA launched the Voyager 2 space probe, following it with Voyager 1's launch on September 5th, 1977. Together, the two spacecrafts are one of humanity's most ambitious expeditions into space. Taki...

Eclipses Throughout Our Universe – Out There

An exercise in cosmic geometry. A reminder that we live on one sphere among many, all moving to the laws of Kepler, Newton and Einstein. The moon’s orbit around the Earth is slightly tilted, so the shadow of the new m...

How to watch a total or partial solar eclipse

On Monday, August 21st, 2017, sky gazers can witness a total or partial solar eclipse—weather-permitting and depending on their location on the planet—as it traverses North America. There's been a lot of excitement in...

Fly over Jupiter with NASA’s Juno spacecraft

NASA's Juno Spacecraft is investigating Jupiter in a series of 37 orbits, and though images, data, and samples, these remarkable flybys have revealed some very cool things: 900 mile wide cyclones at the planet's poles...

Mars in a Minute: How Long is a Year on Mars?

One year for any planet is measured by how long it takes to orbit once around the sun. Since Mars is farther away from the sun than Earth, it takes almost twice as long: Earth orbits in 365 days. Mars orbits in 687 Ea...

A Fictive Flight Above Real Mars

Fly by the moon Phobos towards Mars, and then fly across the Red Planet's surface thanks to NASA’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) imagery and three months of digital imaging work by Finnish filmma...

Why all world maps are wrong

How do you make something round into something flat without distorting it? Something round, like a globe or a planet, is three dimensional. Something flat, like a paper map hanging on the wall, is two dimensional. If ...

Earth’s History Plays Out On A Football Field

The Earth is 4.5 billion years old. How can we comprehend such a massive amount of time? Skunk Bear's Adam Cole sets out to answer this question by using the 100 yard length of a football field to help us visualize ou...

Carl Sagan’s ‘Pale Blue Dot’

From American astronomer, astrophysicist, and author Carl Sagan, inspired by the Voyager 1 photo of Earth taken on February 14, 1990: The Pale Blue Dot, written in 1994 and featured in 'Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey' (...

Earthrise from the moon, captured by JAXA Kaguya Spacecraft

Between 2007 and 2009, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) captured more than 600 incredible photos and videos of the moon with an orbiting Selenological and Engineering Explorer (SELENE) mission spacecraft,...

On Light Pollution: The End of Darkness

What is it like to be really in the dark? Not the dark of your closet, or the dark of your room at night, but the deep darkness of there being no electricity for miles and miles around you. If there was no light pollu...

To Mars and Back In 150 Seconds

How does sending humans to Mars work? How long does it take to go there and come back? How do they set up shelter on the Red Planet? What about space radiation? TIME's Jeffrey Kluger gives us an animated primer: To Ma...

Slingshots of the Oceanic

There are many ways of moving through the Universe – of traveling from one point to another over great, even extraordinary distances. There is also a way of using the world for your own ends: taking advantage of slope...

Behind-the-scenes with Terra Bella’s satellites

What might we learn if we could observe the patterns in humanity's mass activities -- mining, clear cutting, ships moving through ports, erupting volcanoes, ground conflicts, etc -- over time? What if we could do that...

One Year on Earth – Seen From 1 Million Miles

Every two hours, NASA's Epic camera on NOAA's DSCOVR satellite captures a set of images from its L1 (Lagrange point 1) orbit. The images of Earth's sunlit side are taken in ten different wavelengths. The first color-a...

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