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20 January 2012, 11:44 AM ET
On January 19th, 2012, the Sun produced an M3-class solar flare and the ensuing coronal mass ejection was pointed towards Earth. Fierce geomagnetic storms are possible when it reaches the planet on January 21st.
19 January 2012, 04:07 PM ET
While flying over a stormy Africa, astronauts aboard the International Space Station captured stunning imagery of the Milky Way and the comet that lived.
18 January 2012, 11:23 AM ET
The image taken by a DigitalGlobe satellite shows the vast cruise ship as it appears from space.
18 January 2012, 09:31 AM ET
The tilt of the Earth's axis and it's variation in speed causes the graceful pattern.
17 January 2012, 12:03 PM ET
Such blooms are common in the southern oceans during spring and summer.
14 January 2012, 01:00 PM ET
A popular saying about the view from orbit — that the lines between countries aren't visible — is a myth, says one astronaut.
12 January 2012, 12:45 PM ET
Measurements from above will lead to understanding what's under the volcano.
10 January 2012, 02:26 PM ET
The Fukushima nuclear meltdown and climate changed factored into the doom decision.
09 January 2012, 02:17 PM ET
Atomic scientist group to decide whether humanity is closer to doom.
09 January 2012, 07:31 AM ET
A protective case protects the iPad from a 100,000-foot drop.
06 January 2012, 02:22 PM ET
Attached to a weather balloon, an Apple iPad was lifted to over 100,000 feet and dropped back down to Earth encased in G-Form Extreme Edge case. It remained on throughout the drop and landed fully functional.
05 January 2012, 04:15 PM ET
Mineral was discovered during Apollo 11 mission.
05 January 2012, 01:42 PM ET
The failed Russian mission to one of Mars' small moons was captured by Thierry Legault and Emmanuel Rietsch ( http://legault.perso.sfr.fr ) on New Year's Day 2012. The spacecraft may crash back to Earth on January 15th.
05 January 2012, 07:01 AM ET
The Earth passed its perihelion point of its orbit late on Jan. 4.
04 January 2012, 10:50 AM ET
Right now, orbiting the Earth, human-made space debris bits number in the 10's of thousands. And the threat multiplies, even if no new rockets are launched. The director of a new IMAX documentary speaks about it.
30 December 2011, 05:27 PM ET
It takes many years for these giants to melt.
29 December 2011, 05:55 PM ET
Scientists at Caltech have used laboratory setups to put iron through the rigorous, high-pressure conditions inside the Earth to better understand its behavior there.
29 December 2011, 07:00 AM ET
The Red Sea has a new inhabitant: a smoking island.
28 December 2011, 10:04 AM ET
Scientists with lasers and mirrors are refining a new way to track the Earth's rotation.
16 December 2011, 03:17 PM ET
NASA's NPP satellite gets a complete view of our planet every day.
12 December 2011, 02:08 PM ET
NASA's Dawn mission currently orbiting Vesta has revealed signs of differentiation - a process where dense materials sink to the center and less dense rise to the surface. This is a characteristic of a terrestrial planets such as our own.
02 December 2011, 10:40 AM ET
This partial eclipse was the first of four to occur in 2011 and it’s rare to see so many within the same year.
17 November 2011, 10:37 AM ET
The unmanned Shenzhou-8 spacecraft landed on November 17 in China, marking its successful separation and return to Earth from the Tiangong-1 space station. This animated look shows the dock, separation and landing.
15 November 2011, 01:56 PM ET
A time-lapse video that strings together photographs taken by space station astronauts shows Earth in all its glory.
14 November 2011, 01:51 PM ET
11 days after its launch, NASA's NPP satellite sends back its first science data.
14 November 2011, 12:12 PM ET
A look at the colors of Mars and why the surface looks red from Earth. The reality is that there are a variety colors on the surface of the Red Planet, including butterscotch, gold, even some green and more.
11 November 2011, 03:03 PM ET
The space rock apparently formed out of the same stuff that became Earth, Venus and Mercury.
11 November 2011, 01:20 PM ET
Properties of asteroid Lutetia have been found to be similar to the original material that formed the Earth. The animation depicts what is thought to have caused its drastic change in orbit to now reside in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
11 November 2011, 08:34 AM ET
There is absolutely no chance of a giant solar flare destroying life on Earth in 2012, NASA scientist C. Alex Young says.
09 November 2011, 08:58 AM ET
John Chumack (www.galacticimages.com) captured these images of the space rock's Earth fly-by in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The asteroid was about 201,700 miles away and was passing between the Moon and Earth.
08 November 2011, 09:21 AM ET
NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission will launch a probe to sample asteroid 1999 RQ36 in 2016.
04 November 2011, 02:18 PM ET
Night views from the ISS have never looked so good.
03 November 2011, 12:14 PM ET
Japan Space Agency astronaut Satoshi Furukawa recorded lightning, auroras and the islands of Japan at night during more than 30 hours of Earth observation through windows of the International Space Station.
03 November 2011, 10:23 AM ET
Asteroid 2005 YU55 will fly an estimated 201,700 miles from Earth at its closest point (Nov. 8th & 9th). Radio antennas pointed towards the 1300-foot-wide space rock will provide scientists with imagery resolution of up to 7 feet per pixel.
02 November 2011, 04:46 PM ET
Crack suggests iceberg about to break off.
28 October 2011, 12:43 PM ET
NPP carries five science instruments, including four new state-of-the-art sensors in this amazing space wallpaper.