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In the News – Year 2017

11.27.17 – All Missions On Board for NASA Heliophysics Research
Scientists have been studying the near-Earth environment for the better part of a century, but many mysteries – like where the energetic particles that pervade the area originate and become energized – still remain.

11.17.17 – Taking a Spin on Plasma Space Tornadoes with NASA Observations
Interplanetary space is hardly tranquil. High-energy charged particles from the Sun, as well as from beyond our solar system, constantly whizz by.

11.03.17 – Return of the Comet: 96P Spotted by ESA, NASA Satellites
The ESA (European Space Agency) and NASA mission SOHO – short for Solar and Heliospheric Observatory – got a visit from an old friend this week when comet 96P entered its field of view on Oct. 25, 2017.

11.02.17 – Atmospheric Beacons Guide NASA Scientists in Search for Life
Some exoplanets shine brighter than others in the search for life beyond the solar system. New NASA research proposes a novel approach to sniffing out exoplanet atmospheres.

10.27.17 – September 2017’s Intense Solar Activity Viewed From Space
September 2017 saw a spate of solar activity, with the Sun emitting 27 M-class and four X-class flares and releasing several powerful coronal mass ejections, or CMEs, between Sept. 6-10.

08.23.17 – Hinode Satellite Captures Powerful Aug. 21 Eclipse Images, Video
As millions of Americans watched the total solar eclipse that crossed the continental United States Aug. 21, the international Hinode solar observation satellite captured its own images of the awe-inspiring natural phenomenon as it orbited the planet.

08.17.17 – Greatest Eclipse and Greatest Duration: What’s the Difference?
During the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017, the Moon’s shadow will cross the United States from Oregon to South Carolina in just an hour and a half.

08.15.17 – NASA, ESA Spacecraft Track Solar Storm Through Space
Our Sun is active: Not only does it release a constant stream of material, called the solar wind, but it also lets out occasional bursts of faster-moving material, known as coronal mass ejections, or CMEs.

08.14.17 – Aug. 21 Eclipse: Up Close and Personal with NASA
NASA will provide the public an unprecedented front row seat of the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse via a live television broadcast, images and streaming video.

08.14.17 – Studying the Sun’s Atmosphere with the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017
A total solar eclipse happens somewhere on Earth about once every 18 months. But because Earth’s surface is mostly ocean, most eclipses are visible over land for only a short time, if at all.

08.11.17 – NASA Watches the Sun Put a Stop to Its Own Eruption
On Sept. 30, 2014, multiple NASA observatories watched what appeared to be the beginnings of a solar eruption. A filament – a serpentine structure consisting of dense solar material and often associated with solar eruptions – rose from the surface, gaining energy and speed as it soared.

06.21.17 – NASA Prepares for Aug. 21 Total Solar Eclipse with Live Coverage, Safety Information
For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will occur across the entire continental United States, and NASA is preparing to share this experience of a lifetime on Aug. 21.

05.18.17 – NASA Mission Uncovers Dance of Electrons in Space
You can’t see them, but swarms of electrons are buzzing through the magnetic environment – the magnetosphere – around Earth.

05.17.17 – Space Weather Events Linked to Human Activity
Our Cold War history is now offering scientists a chance to better understand the complex space system that surrounds us.

05.08.17 – Space Weather Model Simulates Solar Storms From Nowhere
Our ever-changing sun continuously shoots solar material into space.

04.26.17 – Scientists Propose Mechanism to Describe Solar Eruptions of All Sizes
From long, tapered jets to massive explosions of solar material and energy, eruptions on the sun come in many shapes and sizes.

03.31.17 – NASA Observations Reshape Basic Plasma Wave Physics
When NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale – or MMS – mission was launched, the scientists knew it would answer questions fundamental to the nature of our universe – and MMS hasn’t disappointed.

03.30.17 – Waves on Sun Give NASA Insight into Space Weather Forecasting
Our sun is a chaotic place, simmering with magnetic energy and constantly spewing out particles.

03.17.17 – NASA Satellites Ready When Stars and Planets Align
The movements of the stars and the planets have almost no impact on life on Earth, but a few times per year, the alignment of celestial bodies has a visible effect.

03.02.17 – NASA Scientists Demonstrate Technique to Improve Particle Warnings that Protect Astronauts
Our constantly-changing sun sometimes erupts with bursts of light, solar material, or ultra-fast energized particles – collectively, these events contribute to space weather.

02.13.17 – After 15 years, SABER on TIMED Still Breaks Ground from Space
About 21 years ago, team members started building and testing the Sounding of the Atmosphere using Broadband Emission Radiometry, or SABER instrument.

02.09.17 – NASA Spacecraft Prepares to Fly to New Heights
On Feb. 9, 2017, NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale mission, known as MMS, began a three-month long journey into a new orbit.

02.03.17 – Eclipse 2017: NASA Supports a Unique Opportunity for Science in the Shadow
The first total solar eclipse in the continental United States in nearly 40 years takes place on Aug. 21, 2017.

01.26.17 – New Space Weather Model Helps Simulate Magnetic Structure of Solar Storms
The dynamic space environment that surrounds Earth – the space our astronauts and spacecraft travel through – can be rattled by huge solar eruptions from the sun, which spew giant clouds of magnetic energy and plasma, a hot gas of electrically charged particles, out into space.

01.04.17 – TIMED Marches On: Watching the Upper Atmosphere for 15 Years and Counting
NASA’s TIMED mission – short for Thermosphere, Ionosphere, Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics – yielded a batch of new discoveries to end its 15th year in orbit.