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New Small Satellite Peers Inside Hurricane Florence

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Hurricane Florence

A new experimental weather satellite no bigger than a cereal box got an inside look at Hurricane Florence in a test of technology that could influence the future of storm monitoring from space.


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Three Causes of Earth's Spin Axis Drift Identified

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Drift In Earth's Spin Axis

A typical desk globe is designed to be a geometric sphere and to rotate smoothly when you spin it. Our actual planet is far less perfect -- in both shape and in rotation.

New Study Tracks Hurricane Harvey Stormwater with GPS

New Study Tracks Hurricane Harvey Stormwater with GPS

Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 5 feet (1.5 meters) of water on southeast Texas in late August 2017, making it the wettest recorded hurricane in U.S. history. But after the storm passed, where did all that water go?


ECOSTRESS Maps LA's Hot Spots

ECOSTRESS Maps LA's Hot Spots

NASA's ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) captured new imagery of variations in surface-temperature patterns in Los Angeles County.


Orbital View Of Northeast Ethiopia

Orbital View Of Northeast Ethiopia

The Copernicus Sentinel-1B satellite takes us over Semera in northeast Ethiopia. Semera is a new town with a population of just over 2600 and serves as the capital of the Afar region.


Super-Typhoon Mangkhut Seen From Orbit

Super-Typhoon Mangkhut Seen From Orbit

Composite image of category 5 super-Typhoon Mangkhut, in the Pacific ocean, from 06:00 UTC on Wednesday, 12 September 2018.


Hurricane Florence As Seen From the International Space Station

Hurricane Florence As Seen From the International Space Station

Cameras outside the International Space Station captured a stark and sobering view of Hurricane Florence the morning of Sept. 12 as it churned across the Atlantic in a west-northwesterly direction with winds of 130 miles an hour.


GPM Observes Hurricane Florence From Space

GPM Observes Hurricane Florence From Space

NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core observatory satellite flew over Tropical Storm Florence on September 7, 2018.


Suomi NPP Observes Hurricane Florence in Infrared

Suomi NPP Observes Hurricane Florence in Infrared

On Sept. 11 at 2:35 a.m. EDT the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured an infrared night-time view of Hurricane Florence that provided cloud top temperatures.


Three Major Atlantic Storms Viewed From Orbit

Three Major Atlantic Storms Viewed From Orbit

The Atlantic basin was relatively quiet for much of August 2018, but September brought a surge in storm activity.


Earth from Space: North Sea Algae Bloom

Earth from Space: North Sea Algae Bloom Video in Story

The Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite takes us over the North Sea, revealing a significant algae bloom covering most of the southern part.


GPM Peers Into Hurricane Florence

GPM Peers Into Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence became more powerful over the past few days while moving through the central Atlantic Ocean and wind speeds increased from tropical storm force to a Category 3 hurricane.


Heavy Rains From Super Typhoon Jebi

Heavy Rains From Super Typhoon Jebi

Typhoon Jebi brought flooding to Japan and NASA's IMERG estimated rainfall over the country and the surrounding region for a one-week period.


Orbital View Of California's Mendocino Complex Fire

Orbital View Of California's Mendocino Complex Fire

California's Mendocino Complex fire is still ongoing and recently turned the 400,000 (404,532) mark for acres burned.


Hurricane Lane Heads For Hawaii

Hurricane Lane Heads For Hawaii

Hurricane Lane continued to show a large eye surrounded by powerful storms.


Rapid Magnetic Field Reversal May Leave Earth More Sun-exposed

Rapid Magnetic Field Reversal May Leave Earth More Sun-exposed

A study on past reversals of Earth's magnetic field has found that a rapid shift occurred within two centuries -- such an event in future would increase our exposure to the Sun's radiation that may cause trillions of dollars in power and communications systems damage.


Unexpected Future Boost of Methane Possible from Arctic Permafrost

Unexpected Future Boost of Methane Possible from Arctic Permafrost

New NASA-funded research has discovered that Arctic permafrost's expected gradual thawing and the associated release of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere may actually be sped up by instances of a relatively little known process called abrupt thawing.


Study of Material Surrounding Distant Stars Shows Earth's Ingredients Are Pretty Normal

Study of Material Surrounding Distant Stars Shows Earth's Ingredients Are Pretty Normal

The Earth's building blocks seem to be built from 'pretty normal' ingredients, according to researchers working with the world's most powerful telescopes.


Carbon Monoxide from California Wildfires Drifts East

Carbon Monoxide from California Wildfires Drifts East

California is being plagued by massive wildfires, and the effects on air quality from those fires can extend far beyond the state's borders.



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