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  • NASA Tracks Russian Meteor Plume

    NASA Tracks Russian Meteor Plume

    Aug. 15, 2013

    New research shows that an asteroid exploding over Russia earlier this year created a belt of 'meteor dust' that circulated through the stratosphere for at least three months.

  • New Asteroid Families Discovered

    New Asteroid Families Discovered

    May 30, 2013

    Astronomers using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) have identified 28 new families of asteroids.

  • Noctilucent Clouds Get an Early Start

    Noctilucent Clouds Get an Early Start

    June 7, 2013

    Noctilucent clouds have surprised researchers by appearing early this year. The unexpected apparition of electric-blue nightshining clouds hints at a change in the "teleconnections" of Earth's atmosphere.

  • Opportunity's Improbable Anniversary

    Opportunity's Improbable Anniversary

    July 1, 2013

    When Opportunity left Earth in 2003, many observers expected the rover to survive no more than a few months on the hostile surface of Mars. 10 years later, Opportunity is still going strong and could be poised to make its biggest discoveries yet at a place named Solander Point.

  • Pale Blue Dot: Distant Spacecraft Photograph Earth

    Pale Blue Dot: Distant Spacecraft Photograph Earth

    July 23, 2013

    Images of Earth taken by two NASA interplanetary spacecraft on July 19 show our planet and its moon as bright beacons from millions of miles away in space.

  • Perseid Fireballs

    Perseid Fireballs

    July 26, 2013

    New research by NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office shows that one meteor shower produces more fireballs than any other--the Perseids. This year's Perseid peak is just around the corner on August 12-13.

  • Planets Aligning in the Sunset Sky

    Planets Aligning in the Sunset Sky

    May 10, 2013

    Mercury, Venus and Jupiter are lining up for a beautiful sunset conjunction at the end of May.

  • Possible Seismic Activity on Asteroid 2012 DA14

    Possible Seismic Activity on Asteroid 2012 DA14

    Feb. 14, 2013

    Some researchers believe that near-Earth asteroid 2012 DA14 might experience seismic activity when it flies through Earth's gravitational field on Feb. 15th.

  • Record Setting Asteroid Flyby

    Record Setting Asteroid Flyby

    Jan. 28, 2013

    On Feb. 15th an asteroid about half the size of a football field will fly past Earth closer than many man-made satellites. Since regular sky surveys began in the 1990s, astronomers have never seen an object so big come so close to our planet.

  • Rock Comet Sprouts a Tail

    Rock Comet Sprouts a Tail

    Nov. 27, 2013

    "Rock comet" 3200 Phaethon has sprouted a tail, confirming that the mysterious object is the source of the annual Geminid meteor shower.