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A special NASA aircraft has been collecting data on the Earth’s ecosystems.

NASA’s ER-2 high-altitude research aircraft has just completed its 2013 series of flights for the Hyperspectral Infrared Imager (HyspIRI), airborne campaign. The Airborne Visible / Infrared Imaging Spectrometer, or AVIRIS, developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the MODIS / ASTER Airborne Simulator, or MASTER, developed jointly by JPL, NASA Ames Research Center and the […]

See Saturn’s amazing hexagonal storm close-up.

An amazing sequence of images beamed back by the Cassini space probe in orbit around Saturn reveals a roiling mass of geometrically-shaped cloud. The colour-filtered footage shows a monstrous jet stream bouncing around a 6 cornered formation on the ringed planet’s north pole. With winds of more than 320km/h, the storm is some 32,000km wide. That’s […]

Scientists are intrigued by the decrease of sun spots.

The intense electromagnetic energy that comes from sun spots, significantly impacts the sun’s ultraviolet and X-ray emissions as well as on solar storms. Solar storms can cause interruptions to telecommunications and electronic networks on Earth. Sun spot activity also has an impact on the Earth’s climate, so with sun spot activity continuing decreasing, it may […]

Scientists discover Earth’s hot cousin Kepler-78b.

The newly discovered planet, Kepler 78b, was named after a sun-like star, Kepler-78, a planet about 20 per cent bigger than our sun. It has an orbit of about 8.5 hours and flies so close to the sun that its temperature is about 2000 degrees hotter than Earth. It almost scrapes the surface of its […]