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  • 2014 a year of opposites; hot west, cool east

    2014 a year of opposites; hot west, cool east

    2014 a year of opposites; hot west, cool east

    Monday, September 1 2014 10:28 AM EDT2014-09-01 14:28:56 GMT
    "Either some part of the country is experiencing warm extremes or cold extremes, but not both. Only a handful of years have a pattern similar to 2014" according to Climate.gov
    "Either some part of the country is experiencing warm extremes or cold extremes, but not both. Only a handful of years have a pattern similar to 2014" according to Climate.gov
  • Sneak peek at Flandrau's new state-of-the-art planetarium

    Sneak peek at Flandrau's new state-of-the-art planetarium

    Thursday, August 28 2014 9:37 PM EDT2014-08-29 01:37:28 GMT
    A piece of cutting edge technology is bringing the stars and planets down to earth in Tucson. It's the first of its kind anywhere in the country. 
    A piece of cutting edge technology is bringing the stars and planets down to earth in Tucson. It's the first of its kind anywhere in the country. 
  • Flandrau is going FullDome; new projection system first of its kind in the U.S.

    Flandrau is going FullDome; new projection system first of its kind in the U.S.

    Thursday, August 28 2014 1:21 PM EDT2014-08-28 17:21:56 GMT
    The University of Arizona's Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium is reaching beyond the stars. Over the summer Flandrau installed a state-of-the-art digital projection system in the Planetarium that immerses audience members in 360 degree views of not just the solar system, but weather back here on earth, the internal workings of our bodies, and much more. 
    The University of Arizona's Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium is reaching beyond the stars. Over the summer Flandrau installed a state-of-the-art digital projection system in the Planetarium that immerses audience members in 360 degree views of not just the solar system, but weather back here on earth, the internal workings of our bodies, and much more. 
  • Tucson 2014 summer is one of the top 10 hottest

    Tucson 2014 summer is one of the top 10 hottest

    Tucson 2014 summer is one of the top 10 hottest

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 2:48 PM EDT2014-08-27 18:48:48 GMT
    For Tucson this summer is stacking up to be in the top 10 warmest, mainly because of a hot June.
    For Tucson this summer is stacking up to be in the top 10 warmest, mainly because of a hot June.
  • Air pollution change dramatic across parts of Earth

    Air pollution change dramatic across parts of Earth

    Air pollution change dramatic across parts of Earth

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:51 PM EDT2014-08-20 16:51:41 GMT
    Until now, measuring pollution across the globe has been difficult. Land sensors are few and far between and only give a snapshot of pollution levels for a small area. In recent years, new satellites circling the Earth have instruments on board that can now measure pollution on a global scale.
    Until now, measuring pollution across the globe has been difficult. Land sensors are few and far between and only give a snapshot of pollution levels for a small area. In recent years, new satellites circling the Earth have instruments on board that can now measure pollution on a global scale.
  • Active tropical season off west coast of Mexico helping Arizona's monsoon

    Active tropical season off west coast of Mexico helping Arizona's monsoon

    Active tropical season off west coast of Mexico helping Arizona's monsoon

    Monday, August 18 2014 2:35 PM EDT2014-08-18 18:35:54 GMT
    An active monsoon week is in the forecast for Southeast Arizona. And for some areas if has already been a good year for summer downpours.
    An active monsoon week is in the forecast for Southeast Arizona. And for some areas if has already been a good year for summer downpours.
  • Comet on track to buzz by Mars in October

    Comet on track to buzz by Mars in October

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 3:20 PM EDT2014-08-13 19:20:59 GMT
    There is no danger of the comet hitting Mars, but the close encounter provides researchers with an opportunity to gather data never seen before. The Red Planet's atmosphere may interact with debris and gasses in the comet's tail resulting some spectacular views. 
    There is no danger of the comet hitting Mars, but the close encounter provides researchers with an opportunity to gather data never seen before. The Red Planet's atmosphere may interact with debris and gasses in the comet's tail resulting some spectacular views. 
  • New satellite measures CO2 in more detail than ever before

    New satellite measures CO2 in more detail than ever before

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 11:08 AM EDT2014-08-13 15:08:48 GMT
    It is important to gather detailed data on the CO2 sinks and sources to determine how they change over time, which can have an influence on the Earth's temperature. CO2 is one of the major greenhouse gasses that make our Earth livable. 
    It is important to gather detailed data on the CO2 sinks and sources to determine how they change over time, which can have an influence on the Earth's temperature. CO2 is one of the major greenhouse gasses that make our Earth livable. 
  • El Niño August update

    El Niño August update

    Friday, August 8 2014 1:00 PM EDT2014-08-08 17:00:34 GMT
    El Niño is still forecast to develop later this year, which may be good news for winter rain and snow forecasts in Arizona. 
    El Niño is still forecast to develop later this year, which may be good news for winter rain and snow forecasts in Arizona. 
  • See how much Lake Mead levels drop in just one year in images snapped from space

    See how much Lake Mead levels drop in just one year in images snapped from space

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 10:32 AM EDT2014-08-06 14:32:32 GMT
    Lake Mead began filling with water in May of 1937 upon completion of the Hoover Dam. After over two years of water flowing into the lake, water levels reached 1080', an important number for water managers. That number ensures states taking water out of Lake Mead have a consistent water source, and that the Hoover Dam hydroelectric power plant has enough water to function properly. 
    Lake Mead began filling with water in May of 1937 upon completion of the Hoover Dam. After over two years of water flowing into the lake, water levels reached 1080', an important number for water managers. That number ensures states taking water out of Lake Mead have a consistent water source, and that the Hoover Dam hydroelectric power plant has enough water to function properly. 
  • Drop in western U.S. groundwater seen from space, Arizona one of the worst hit

    Drop in western U.S. groundwater seen from space, Arizona one of the worst hit

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:18 AM EDT2014-07-30 15:18:36 GMT
    Drought continues to grip Arizona. Even after impressive July monsoon rain totals for parts of the state, nearly 98% of Arizona is experiencing some level of drought. Moderate, Severe, and Extreme Drought cover parts of Pima County where the Tucson Metropolitan area is located. Arizona isn't the only state experiencing drought. 
    Drought continues to grip Arizona. Even after impressive July monsoon rain totals for parts of the state, nearly 98% of Arizona is experiencing some level of drought. Moderate, Severe, and Extreme Drought cover parts of Pima County where the Tucson Metropolitan area is located. Arizona isn't the only state experiencing drought. 
  • There are massive sinkholes in Russia. How did they get there?

    There are massive sinkholes in Russia. How did they get there?

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:39 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:39:24 GMT
    Three large sinkholes have suddenly surprised the country of Russia the past few weeks and their appearances have surprised many experts.
    Three large sinkholes have suddenly surprised the country of Russia the past few weeks and their appearances have surprised many experts.
  • 45 years since moon landing, documentary explores UA involvement

    45 years since moon landing, documentary explores UA involvement

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:45 AM EDT2014-07-22 09:45:03 GMT
    Sunday July 20, 2014 marks 45 years since man first stepped on the moon. This was made possible in-part by work done at the University of Arizona. A new documentary showing at the Flandrau Science Center on campus explores how U of A helped land man on the moon
    Sunday July 20, 2014 marks 45 years since man first stepped on the moon. This was made possible in-part by work done at the University of Arizona. A new documentary showing at the Flandrau Science Center on campus explores how U of A helped land man on the moon
  • Record highs outpacing record lows in recent decades

    Record highs outpacing record lows in recent decades

    Thursday, July 17 2014 12:08 PM EDT2014-07-17 16:08:27 GMT
    But so far this year the trend is opposite. Not for Tucson but for the country as a whole thanks to a powerful Polar Vortex that froze much of the nation earlier this year.
    But so far this year the trend is opposite. Not for Tucson but for the country as a whole thanks to a powerful Polar Vortex that froze much of the nation earlier this year.
  • Volcano sends ash over Alaska

    Volcano sends ash over Alaska

    Thursday, June 5 2014 2:37 PM EDT2014-06-05 18:37:15 GMT
    Alaska is on standby after Pavlof started to erupt at the end of May. More lava is expected to be released and ash is expected to continue to affect nearby towns.
    Alaska is on standby after Pavlof started to erupt at the end of May. More lava is expected to be released and ash is expected to continue to affect nearby towns.
  • Live stream from Space Station, watch it fly over Earth

    Live stream from Space Station, watch it fly over Earth

    Thursday, May 29 2014 12:34 PM EDT2014-05-29 16:34:16 GMT
    The view from the International Space Station is now live, online 24 hours a day.  Click here for the NASA ISS Ustream Live Link The High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment went live on April
    The view from the International Space Station is now live, online 24 hours a day.
  • Global warming does not mean all areas are warmer

    Global warming does not mean all areas are warmer

    Wednesday, May 21 2014 6:23 PM EDT2014-05-21 22:23:08 GMT
    Global warming does mean that earth's average temperature each year is getting warmer, but that does not mean all regions are experiencing warmer yearly temperatures. Some places of the world have seen
    Global warming does mean that earth's average temperature each year is getting warmer, but that does not mean all regions are experiencing warmer yearly temperatures. Some places of the world have seen
  • UA researchers contribute to new National Climate Assessment

    UA researchers contribute to new National Climate Assessment

    Monday, May 5 2014 1:55 PM EDT2014-05-05 17:55:51 GMT
    Part B of the image below shows the projected change in runoff from during the spring months. This runoff comes from melting snow, which is an important source of water for the rivers and reservoirs in
    UA is hosting two opportunities for the public to discuss the findings of the report. 
  • See change on Earth from space at new NASA website

    See change on Earth from space at new NASA website

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 12:42 PM EDT2014-04-22 16:42:45 GMT
    Source: NASASource: NASA
    Each week NASA's State of Flux gallery features images of different locations on planet Earth, showing change over time periods ranging from centuries to days.
    Images show how wildfires change land cover, drought affects water reservoirs, and even how the deadly Washington state landslide in March could be seen from space.  

  • New NASA satellite cat-scans Earth's storms from space

    New NASA satellite cat-scans Earth's storms from space

    Friday, February 28 2014 10:41 AM EST2014-02-28 15:41:11 GMT
    Another new tool is being prepared to launch into space later this week. The GPM (Global Precipitation Measurement) Core Observatory.
    Known as the Core Observatory, the satellite uses the new technology of Dual Polarization Radar to create 3-D images of precipitation falling over Earth.
  • UA instrument captures colorful images of Saturn's northern lights

    UA instrument captures colorful images of Saturn's northern lights

    Wednesday, February 12 2014 1:04 PM EST2014-02-12 18:04:03 GMT
    Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Colorado/Central Arizona College and NASA/ESA/University of Leicester and NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/Lancaster University Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Colorado/Central Arizona College and NASA/ESA/University of Leicester and NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/Lancaster University
    Portions of this article are from NASA. Earth not the only auroras, the northern and souther lights that color the sky near the poles.   In spring of 2013 NASA spacecraft captured images of the light
    The Cassini spacecraft, which orbits Saturn, was able to get close-up views of the lights. One of the instruments on Cassini is operated by a team of scientists at the University of Arizona. 
  • Flowing water on Mars, possible according to former UA student

    Flowing water on Mars, possible according to former UA student

    Tuesday, February 11 2014 8:40 AM EST2014-02-11 13:40:04 GMT
    Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UA/JHU-APL Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UA/JHU-APL
    Portions of the article are from NASA.  A former University of Arizona student possibly discovered features created by running water on Mars.  Three years ago, undergraduate student Lujendra Ojha was
    As an undergrad, a UA student discovered unique features on Mars that could indicate flowing water. Three years later and now at Georgia Tech, the student is now leading a team of scientists taking a closer look at the data.  
  • Explore the Galaxy from your computer

    Explore the Galaxy from your computer

    Monday, February 10 2014 4:52 AM EST2014-02-10 09:52:42 GMT
    A new website launched by the Jet Propoltion Labratory and NASA allows users to fly through space and see how other discovered planets look. Users can also look at the sky from any place on the earth and
    See exoplanets up close and see if any planets might be orbiting in a pattern that could support life.
  • New image of Earth as seen from Mars

    New image of Earth as seen from Mars

    Thursday, February 6 2014 7:18 PM EST2014-02-07 00:18:36 GMT
    The rover's view of its original home planet even includes our moon, just below Earth. The images, taken about 80 minutes after sunset during the rover's 529th Martian day (Jan. 31, 2014) are available
    The Mars rover took a great snapshot of Earth from the surface of Mars.
  • Add your name to U of A asteroid mission

    Add your name to U of A asteroid mission

    Thursday, January 16 2014 1:24 PM EST2014-01-16 18:24:32 GMT
    The University of Arizona is leading another space mission called OSIRIS-REx.  An unmanned spacecraft, scheduled to launch in September 2016, will travel to an asteroid circling the sun. In partnership
    Bennu circles the sun every 436.604 days (1.2 years), and NASA says it comes relatively close to Earth every 6 years. NASA projects the asteroid could impact the planet in the year 2182.
  • Frozen USA but warm Europe, why weather seesaws across the globe

    Frozen USA but warm Europe, why weather seesaws across the globe

    Wednesday, January 15 2014 9:26 AM EST2014-01-15 14:26:42 GMT
    As parts of the United States plunged into a deep freeze, other parts of the globe were running warm to start 2014.  This phenomenon is not unusual.  The atmosphere is in constant flux but must follow
    The total amount of energy driving weather across the world does not change, it simply shifts from one area or one form to another.
  • Northern lights on the move

    Northern lights on the move

    Friday, January 10 2014 6:17 AM EST2014-01-10 11:17:07 GMT
    As we have mentioned before, a large sun storm erupted Tuesday leaving a lot of energy heading toward earth.
    As we have mentioned before, a large sun storm erupted Tuesday leaving a lot of energy heading toward earth. This energy causes atoms in the upper atmosphere to collide with magnetic particles and that
  • Northern Lights forecasted to ramp up with solar storm

    Northern Lights forecasted to ramp up with solar storm

    Wednesday, January 8 2014 11:51 AM EST2014-01-08 16:51:11 GMT
    A sunspot erupted on Tuesday, January 7th sending a stream of energy speeding towards Earth. When the energy slams into the Earth's protective outer atmosphere, this could produce an impressive Aurora
    See video of the explosion and what it means for Earth. 
  • NASA turns a satellite back on with a new mission

    NASA turns a satellite back on with a new mission

    Tuesday, January 7 2014 6:50 PM EST2014-01-07 23:50:10 GMT
    NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft has spotted a never-before-seen asteroid – its first such discovery since coming out of hibernation last year. NEOWISE
    The six red dots in this composite picture indicate the location of the first new near-Earth asteroid seen by NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) since the spacecraft came out of hibernation in December 2013.
  • New generation of weather satellite launches this year

    New generation of weather satellite launches this year

    Thursday, January 2 2014 1:34 PM EST2014-01-02 18:34:04 GMT
    A new generation of weather satellite is scheduled to launch this year.   The Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory (GPM) satellite will "provide advanced observations of rain and snowfall
    The Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory (GPM) satellite will "provide advanced observations of rain and snowfall worldwide, several times a day to enhance our understanding of the water and energy cycles that drive Earth's climate" says NASA.
  • Electric blue clouds a spectacular sight over South Pole

    Electric blue clouds a spectacular sight over South Pole

    Tuesday, December 24 2013 9:35 AM EST2013-12-24 14:35:33 GMT
    Source: NASASource: NASA
    Winter in the northern hemisphere, translates into summer in the southern hemisphere.   That also signals the arrival of bright blue clouds over Antarctica.  These are knows as noctilucent clouds. NASA
    The visual spectacle may be a clue to climate change across the globe. 
  • World temperatures continue to climb

    World temperatures continue to climb

    Tuesday, December 17 2013 8:57 PM EST2013-12-18 01:57:17 GMT
    Tucson hit 83° Tuesday afternoon. This is 19° above the normal and 1° above the old record of 82, set back in 1939. Now with that being said, it may not surprise you that the global temperature continues
    Tucson hit 83° Tuesday afternoon. This is 19° above the normal and 1° above the old record of 82, set back in 1939. Now with that being said, it may not surprise you that the global temperature continues
  • Comet ISON is no more

    Comet ISON is no more

    Monday, December 2 2013 1:03 PM EST2013-12-02 18:03:42 GMT
    Source: NASASource: NASA
    Two workers from the Flandrau Science Center, Blythe Guvenen & Ali, snapped the below photo of Comet ISON on Tuesday October 22, 2013. While Comet ISON was discovered in September 2012 by two astronomers
    The comet's nucleus succumbed to the sun, moving as close as 730,000 miles to the central star of our solar system. 
  • Grand Canyon filled with fog, spectacular photos

    Grand Canyon filled with fog, spectacular photos

    Friday, November 29 2013 12:56 PM EST2013-11-29 17:56:28 GMT
    An unusual sight at the Grand Canyon this morning. It was filled with fog!  The National Park Service posted the photos below to the Grand Canyon National Park's Facebook page.  A 'Temperature Inversion'
    A 'Temperature Inversion' was responsible for this awesome sight.
  • Was Haiyan as powerful as a Category 5 hurricane?

    Was Haiyan as powerful as a Category 5 hurricane?

    Wednesday, November 20 2013 12:16 PM EST2013-11-20 17:16:28 GMT
    Source: NASASource: NASA
    Portions of this article are from NASA Earth Observatory. Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on November 7th. It is estimated to be one of the strongest tropical systems on record.   But unlike Atlantic
    Unlike Atlantic and East Pacific Ocean hurricanes, there are no Hurricane Hunter crews that fly into storms in the west Pacific Ocean basin. Because of this, exact measurements of the winds from instruments inside the storm simply do not exist.  
  • Typhoon Haiyan see from space

    Typhoon Haiyan see from space

    Friday, November 15 2013 6:49 AM EST2013-11-15 11:49:31 GMT
    Copyright 2013 JMA/EUMETSATCopyright 2013 JMA/EUMETSAT
    Typhoon Haiyan will go down in the record books as one of the most powerful storms in recorded history.
    Typhoon Haiyan will go down in the record books as one of the most powerful storms in recorded history.
  • NASA loooking deeper into universe than ever before

    NASA loooking deeper into universe than ever before

    Saturday, October 26 2013 8:30 PM EDT2013-10-27 00:30:40 GMT
    Source: NASASource: NASA
    NASA is teaming up space telescopes to look deeper into the universe than ever before.   NASA is calling the new mission 'The Frontier Fields'.  NASA says "astronomers will make observations during the
    NASA is using gravity as a type of natural zoom lense to extend the data gathering power of the Hubble, Spitzer and Chandra space telescopes. 
  • Images of clouds from distant planet

    Images of clouds from distant planet

    Tuesday, October 1 2013 8:51 AM EDT2013-10-01 12:51:17 GMT
    Astronomers using data from NASA's Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes have created the first cloud map of a planet beyond our solar system, a sizzling, Jupiter-like world known as Kepler-7b. The planet
    Astronomers using data from NASA's Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes have created the first cloud map of a planet beyond our solar system
  • How do we know humans are helping warm global temperatures?

    How do we know humans are helping warm global temperatures?

    Monday, September 30 2013 6:24 PM EDT2013-09-30 22:24:52 GMT
    Source: NOAASource: NOAA
    Scientists call it a human "fingerprint".  In this new research, scientists took the real world numbers from 1880 to 2012.   They then fed that data along with the natural and human factors that can
    A new study explores how human and natural forces affect long-term weather across the globe.
  • IPCC review on climate science released in September

    IPCC review on climate science released in September

    Monday, September 30 2013 8:35 AM EDT2013-09-30 12:35:01 GMT
    A panel of experts will be available to answer questions at the University of Arizona on Friday. The panel is free and open to the public. 
    This first part of the report is simply a review of the climate science that has been done since the last report was completed and released in 2007.
  • IPCC climate report says drought still a concern for Arizona

    IPCC climate report says drought still a concern for Arizona

    Monday, September 30 2013 7:37 AM EDT2013-09-30 11:37:09 GMT
    As of 9:30 AM Friday the full report was not published online but the summary was released.  Once the full report is released I will dig into more detail on what it says for Arizona.  You can expect
    Arizona remains in a decade long drought plus warmer global temperatures could extend the desert area over time. 
  • Colorado floods seen from space

    Colorado floods seen from space

    Wednesday, September 25 2013 11:51 AM EDT2013-09-25 15:51:31 GMT
    The following is a news release from NASA. Though water levels on the South Platte River were receding, muddy brown waters were still out of the river's banks near Greeley, Colorado, on September 17,
    Dramatic images taken from NASA satellites who the record-breaking Colorado flooding.
  • Arctic Sea Ice Minimum in 2013 is Sixth Lowest on Record

    Arctic Sea Ice Minimum in 2013 is Sixth Lowest on Record

    Monday, September 23 2013 1:35 PM EDT2013-09-23 17:35:02 GMT
    The following is a news release from NASA. After an unusually cold summer in the northernmost latitudes, Arctic sea ice appears to have reached its annual minimum summer extent for 2013 on Sept. 13, the
    The following is a news release from NASA. After an unusually cold summer in the northernmost latitudes, Arctic sea ice appears to have reached its annual minimum summer extent for 2013 on Sept. 13, the
  • Search on for climate clues across southern U.S. skies

    Search on for climate clues across southern U.S. skies

    Saturday, September 14 2013 1:13 PM EDT2013-09-14 17:13:03 GMT
    Hoping to improve future predictions of climate change, scientists in the NASA study are using the skies over much of the southern United States as a natural laboratory this month and into September. They
    NASA research aircraft began flights Aug. 12 from Houston's Ellington Field to investigate how the combination of summer storms and rising air pollution from wildfires, cities, and other sources can change our climate.
  • Nearly $5 million to UA team studying human evolution/climate links

    Nearly $5 million to UA team studying human evolution/climate links

    Thursday, September 12 2013 11:06 AM EDT2013-09-12 15:06:15 GMT
    Portions of the article are from UA News. Nearly $5 million was awarded to team of scientists led by Andrew S. Cohen, a University of Arizona professor of geosciences.   Cohen is the head of The Hominin
    How past environmental factors affected human evolution could show the implications of climate change for humans today and in the future.
  • Extreme weather and climate change, new study looks at the link

    Extreme weather and climate change, new study looks at the link

    Friday, September 6 2013 1:59 PM EDT2013-09-06 17:59:05 GMT
    "Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get." While the above quote is often attributed to Mark Twain, it is unclear if it was he who originally said the statement.  Regardless of source, the
    This week, The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society published a report titled "Explaining Extreme Events of 2012 from a Climate Perspective".
  • Dirty snow impacts water resources in Arizona

    Dirty snow impacts water resources in Arizona

    Wednesday, September 4 2013 10:38 AM EDT2013-09-04 14:38:10 GMT
    Portions of this article are from NASA's Earth Observatory. A blanket of white snow is extremely efficient at reflecting the sun's energy right back into space.  When the soot and other dirt mixes with
    When the soot and other dirt mixes with the snow, the sun's energy is soaked up by those tiny dark particles, melting snowpack quicker compared to 'snowy white' snow.
  • Sharpest photos ever of night sky linked to UA developed camera

    Sharpest photos ever of night sky linked to UA developed camera

    Thursday, August 22 2013 11:36 AM EDT2013-08-22 15:36:11 GMT
    Source: Adam Block/UA SkyCenter, not part of the research reported hereSource: Adam Block/UA SkyCenter, not part of the research reported here
    University of Arizona researchers are once again changing how we look into space.  Upgrades at a telescope in Chile has now captured the sharpest images of outer space ever taken.  University of Arizona
    The team, made up of researchers also in Italy and others in the United States, developed a new camera to use in conjunction with a large telescope in Chile to capture the images.
  • Did you wave at Saturn?

    Did you wave at Saturn?

    Wednesday, August 21 2013 7:40 PM EDT2013-08-21 23:40:36 GMT
    People around the world shared more than 1,400 images of themselves as part of the Wave at Saturn event organized by NASA's Cassini mission on July 19 -- the day the Cassini spacecraft turned back toward
    This image just release from NASA today of people waving at Saturn
  • Shining clouds seen from space station

    Shining clouds seen from space station

    Wednesday, August 21 2013 12:20 PM EDT2013-08-21 16:20:56 GMT
    Source: NASASource: NASA
    An astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) snapped the below picture earlier this month.   The picture shows noctilucent clouds.  NASA explains below. "Long, blue-white ripples appear
    Astronauts says these shining clouds are some of the most beautiful sights seen from the International Space Station.
  • Sun-diving comet caught on video

    Sun-diving comet caught on video

    Tuesday, August 20 2013 3:40 PM EDT2013-08-20 19:40:05 GMT
    A NASA satellite dedicated to taking images of the sun 24 hours an Earth day caught a comet plunging into the sun this morning.
    A NASA satellite dedicated to taking images of the sun 24 hours an Earth day caught a comet plunging into the sun this morning.







     
  • Australia floods briefly halted sea level rise

    Australia floods briefly halted sea level rise

    Monday, August 19 2013 10:48 AM EDT2013-08-19 14:48:52 GMT
    Source: NASASource: NASA
    The following is a news release from the National Science Foundation. Three atmospheric patterns came together above the Indian and Pacific Oceans in 2010 and 2011.  When they did, they drove so much
    Unlike other continents, the soils and topography of Australia prevent almost all its precipitation from flowing into the ocean. 
  • Plants moving up the mountains to escape the heat

    Plants moving up the mountains to escape the heat

    Thursday, August 15 2013 5:00 PM EDT2013-08-15 21:00:10 GMT
    Climate models predict that plants will migrate to higher elevations in response to a warmer environment. This is because plants are very sensitive to temperature and moisture changes. Studies over the
    Over the past half century temperatures have warmed dramatically near the desert floor forcing plants to seek higher ground.
  • What would a warmer world look like in year 2100?

    What would a warmer world look like in year 2100?

    Monday, August 12 2013 10:41 AM EDT2013-08-12 14:41:43 GMT
    The effects of shifting climate is affecting people, plants, and animals across the globe in both positive and negative ways.   But just how much can the climate change in the next 90 years?  NASA shows
    Take a look at NASA animations that show what could happen with different climate change scenarios. 
  • NASA helps track wildfires from space

    NASA helps track wildfires from space

    Friday, August 9 2013 3:23 PM EDT2013-08-09 19:23:54 GMT
    Image Credit: US Forest ServiceImage Credit: US Forest Service
    Portions of this article is from NASA. This fire season has been destructive and deadly.  In June of this year, 19 wildland firefighters lost their lives after a wildfire suddenly turned directions and
    As of August 8th, NASA says 2.5 million acres have burned in the United States. NASA tracks the destruction with data sent back from satellites.
  • First half of 2013 ranks 7th warmest on record

    First half of 2013 ranks 7th warmest on record

    Friday, July 19 2013 12:53 PM EDT2013-07-19 16:53:02 GMT
    Halfway through the year, the Earth as a whole ranks in the top 10 warmest years on record.  Looking at the NASA and NOAA temperature data analysis, Climate Central lists the highlights of the heat below. Through
    June marks the 340th consecutive month (a total of more than 28 years), with a global temperature above the 20th century average.
  • The Shrinking Colorado River

    The Shrinking Colorado River

    Thursday, June 27 2013 11:13 AM EDT2013-06-27 15:13:51 GMT
    Photo by Bradley Udall, University of ColoradoPhoto by Bradley Udall, University of Colorado
    Portions of this article are from UA News. Arizona won't run out of water, but the amount of water available in the state is linked to the Colorado River flow.   The Central Arizona Project (CAP) pumps
    Arizona won't run out of water, but the amount of water available in the state is linked to the Colorado River flow.
  • Is Arctic Permafrost the 'Sleeping Giant' of Climate Change?

    Is Arctic Permafrost the 'Sleeping Giant' of Climate Change?

    Tuesday, June 25 2013 2:04 PM EDT2013-06-25 18:04:43 GMT
    Source: NASASource: NASA
    The following is a news release from NASA. Flying low and slow above the pristine terrain of Alaska's North Slope research scientist Charles Miller of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory surveys the white
    Arctic permafrost soils contain more accumulated carbon than all the human fossil-fuel emissions since 1850 combined. Warming permafrost, poised to release its own gases into the atmosphere, could be the "sleeping giant" of climate change.
  • Strange flames on the Space Station

    Strange flames on the Space Station

    Wednesday, June 19 2013 10:33 AM EDT2013-06-19 14:33:18 GMT
    Source: NASASource: NASA
    The following is a news release from NASA. Fire, it is often said, is mankind's oldest chemistry experiment. For thousands of years, people have been mixing the oxygen-rich air of Earth with an almost
    'Cool' flames studied on the Space Station.
  • The mission: Find any asteroids that might threaten Earth

    The mission: Find any asteroids that might threaten Earth

    Tuesday, June 18 2013 4:35 PM EDT2013-06-18 20:35:00 GMT
    The challenge is a large-scale effort that will use multi-disciplinary collaborations and a variety of partnerships with other government agencies, international partners, industry, academia, and citizen
    NASA announced Tuesday a Grand Challenge focused on finding all asteroid threats to human populations and knowing what to do about them.
  • Live camera from space looking back at Earth

    Live camera from space looking back at Earth

    Tuesday, May 28 2013 10:06 AM EDT2013-05-28 14:06:08 GMT
    Source: EarthCamSource: EarthCam
    Check out this live camera from a space!  EarthCam installed the camera aboard a satellite launched by an non-profit company in Ecuador.  The satellite was launched in April from China.  It is orbiting
    Check out this live camera from a space!  EarthCam installed the camera aboard a satellite launched by an non-profit company in Ecuador.  The satellite was launched in April from China.  It is orbiting
  • Comet ISON making its way toward the third rock

    Comet ISON making its way toward the third rock

    Wednesday, May 15 2013 9:40 PM EDT2013-05-16 01:40:33 GMT
    For the first time since its discovery, Comet ISON has approached the inner solar system. It is currently located just inside Jupiter's orbit and within six months should be at its closest location to
    Comet ISON is nearing planet Earth.  It is currently inside Jupiter's orbit getting close to the inner solar system.  By late this year it could become the brightest object in the night sky.
  • Is drought killing tornadoes?

    Is drought killing tornadoes?

    Friday, May 3 2013 1:09 PM EDT2013-05-03 17:09:15 GMT
    Warm, moist air is needed to create tornadoes.  Using this knowledge of atmospheric physics some scientists developed a theory that drought in the nation's mid-section may be killing tornadoes.   Evidence
    Warm, moist air is needed to create tornadoes. Using this knowledge of atmospheric physics some scientists developed a theory that drought in the nation's mid-section may be killing tornadoes.  
  • Asteroid at center of UA-based space mission gets a name

    Asteroid at center of UA-based space mission gets a name

    Thursday, May 2 2013 10:47 AM EDT2013-05-02 14:47:11 GMT
    Source: NASASource: NASA
    The target of NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is an asteroid that has had the provisional name (101955) 1999 RQ36. Believing the asteroid deserved a more memorable name, the OSIRIS-REx team, led by the University
    A North Carolina 9-year old suggested the name Bennu, an ancient Egyptian deity in the form of heron.
  • First close-up view of massive Saturn hurricane

    First close-up view of massive Saturn hurricane

    Tuesday, April 30 2013 8:48 AM EDT2013-04-30 12:48:05 GMT
    Source: NASASource: NASA
    The following is a news release from NASA. NOTE: A team from the University of Arizona is part of the Cassini mission. UA provides technical support for the Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS)
    The University of Arizona is involved in the Cassini mission, which captured the images of the storm. 
  • 3 years of the sun in 3 minutes

    3 years of the sun in 3 minutes

    Wednesday, April 24 2013 11:38 AM EDT2013-04-24 15:38:39 GMT
    Source: NASASource: NASA
    NASA is celebrating the third anniversary of the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) this week with a video playing through images from the last three years. Click here for the video. The video links together
    NASA is celebrating the third anniversary of the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) this week with a video playing through images from the last three years.
  • Comet ISON could be the brightest in 50 years

    Comet ISON could be the brightest in 50 years

    Wednesday, April 3 2013 12:11 AM EDT2013-04-03 04:11:43 GMT
    Astronomers from the University of Maryland at College Park (UMCP) and Lowell Observatory have used NASA's Swift satellite to check out comet C/2012 S1 (ISON), which may become one of the most dazzling
    NASA is keeping an eye on a comet that is sure to bring us a show near the end of the year.
  • 360° view of mars

    360° view of mars

    Monday, April 1 2013 8:50 PM EDT2013-04-02 00:50:15 GMT
    Taking a tour of Mars has become as easy as logging on to your computer. Andrew Bodrov of Estonia used 295 images from NASA to put together the latest panorama. It is 4-billion-pixels! This allows you
    The latest panorama from Mars allows you to zoom right into the smallest rocks or get a amazing view of the horizon.
  • Comet heading towards Mars, possible hit next year

    Comet heading towards Mars, possible hit next year

    Thursday, March 28 2013 12:42 PM EDT2013-03-28 16:42:35 GMT
    Portions of this story are from NASA.  NASA scientists found a comet that is heading towards Mars with a possible strike of the red planet next year. "There is a small but non-negligible chance that
    Big changes on Mars if there is a hit, but even a near-miss could produce spectacular events in the sky of the red planet.
  • NASA finds out why there is now an Arctic Ozone Hole

    NASA finds out why there is now an Arctic Ozone Hole

    Tuesday, March 12 2013 10:15 AM EDT2013-03-12 14:15:18 GMT
    The following is news release from NASA. A combination of extreme cold temperatures, man-made chemicals and a stagnant atmosphere were behind what became known as the Arctic ozone hole of 2011, a new
    The Antarctic Ozone Hole over the South Pole is well-known but an Arctic Ozone Hole that recently formed over the North Pole is a new area of research. 
  • Vegetation is shifting north according to NASA

    Vegetation is shifting north according to NASA

    Monday, March 11 2013 4:39 PM EDT2013-03-11 20:39:27 GMT
    Vegetation growth at Earth's northern latitudes increasingly resembles lusher latitudes to the south, according to a NASA-funded study based on a 30-year record of land surface and newly improved satellite
    Plants are migrating northward as the world warms. Check out the results of the latest NASA study.
  • New website tracks ice melt on Greenland

    New website tracks ice melt on Greenland

    Wednesday, February 6 2013 7:28 AM EST2013-02-06 12:28:00 GMT
    Aerial view of meltwater lakes and streams on Greenland Ice Sheet. Credit: James Balog, Extreme Ice SurveyAerial view of meltwater lakes and streams on Greenland Ice Sheet. Credit: James Balog, Extreme Ice Survey
    There is a new website that tracks changes in the Greenland Ice Sheet.   Click here to see the website. The National Snow and Ice Data Center created the website so the public can track melting on the
    The National Snow and Ice Data Center created the website so the public, as well as scientists, can track melting on the ice sheet. The melting ice could contribute to sea level rise.
  • Records of past weather hints at future Earth

    Records of past weather hints at future Earth

    Friday, January 25 2013 11:43 AM EST2013-01-25 16:43:35 GMT
    Credit: Peter West, NSFCredit: Peter West, NSF
    A new study that provides surprising details on changes in Earth's climate from more than 100,000 years ago indicates that the last interglacial--the period between "ice ages"--was warmer than previously
    A new study that provides surprising details on changes in Earth's climate from more than 100,000 years ago indicates that the last interglacial--the period between "ice ages"--was warmer than previously thought and may be a good analog for future climate, as greenhouse gases increase in the atmosphere and global temperatures rise.
  • The many colors of the sun

    The many colors of the sun

    Tuesday, January 22 2013 2:50 PM EST2013-01-22 19:50:32 GMT
    Taking a photo of the sun with a standard camera will provide a familiar image: a yellowish, featureless disk, perhaps colored a bit more red when near the horizon since the light must travel through more
    The sun looks yellow or orange to the eye, but looking at the sun's different colors (wavelengths) can tell us many stories.
  • When it comes to pollution, location matters

    When it comes to pollution, location matters

    Thursday, January 17 2013 8:44 AM EST2013-01-17 13:44:25 GMT
    A new NASA-led study finds that when it comes to combating global warming caused by emissions of ozone-forming chemicals, location matters. Ozone is both a major air pollutant with known adverse health
    A new NASA-led study finds that when it comes to combating global warming caused by emissions of ozone-forming chemicals, location matters. Ozone is both a major air pollutant with known adverse health
  • West Antarctic Ice Sheet warming faster than previously thought

    West Antarctic Ice Sheet warming faster than previously thought

    Wednesday, December 26 2012 7:28 AM EST2012-12-26 12:28:28 GMT
    Portions of this article are from the National Science Foundation. The West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) is warming and that means more melting at this South Pole continent.   According to the National
    A new study warns Antarctic ice sheet melting could contribute more water for sea level rise in the future. 
  • Most detailed Earth at night images revealed by NASA

    Most detailed Earth at night images revealed by NASA

    Thursday, December 6 2012 7:14 AM EST2012-12-06 12:14:40 GMT
    The following is a news release from NASA. The American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco, scientists unveiled an unprecedented new look at our planet at night. A global composite image, constructed
    With a new sensor aboard the NASA-NOAA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite launched last year, scientists now can observe Earth's atmosphere and surface during nighttime hours.
  • Building a better rain gauge

    Building a better rain gauge

    Monday, December 3 2012 6:49 AM EST2012-12-03 11:49:24 GMT
    A physicist and researcher who set out to develop a formula to protect Apollo sites on the moon from rocket exhaust may have happened upon a way to improve weather forecasting on Earth. Image above:
    A physicist and researcher who set out to develop a formula to protect Apollo sites on the moon from rocket exhaust may have happened upon a way to improve weather forecasting on Earth.
  • Ice sheet loss at both poles increasing, study finds

    Ice sheet loss at both poles increasing, study finds

    Friday, November 30 2012 10:30 AM EST2012-11-30 15:30:02 GMT
    Source: Ian Joughin, University of WashingtonSource: Ian Joughin, University of Washington
    The following is a news release from NASA. An international team of experts supported by NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) has combined data from multiple satellites and aircraft to produce the
    Combined, melting of these ice sheets contributed 0.44 inches (11.1 millimeters) to global sea levels since 1992.
  • Go on an Asteroid Quest at Flandrau Science Center

    Go on an Asteroid Quest at Flandrau Science Center

    Thursday, November 22 2012 9:57 AM EST2012-11-22 14:57:05 GMT
    © Artist Rendering of Spacecraft, Source: NASA© Artist Rendering of Spacecraft, Source: NASA
    OSIRIS-REx Mission Flandrau Science Center Name That Asteroid Contest OSIRIS-REx is a NASA funded space mission to an asteroid.  It may sound a little like a Hollywood movie blockbuster, but it's actually
    OSIRIS-REx is a NASA funded space mission to an asteroid.  It may sound a little like a Hollywood movie blockbuster, but it's actually real project based at the University of Arizona. Now at Flandrau Science Center you can step inside the science behind the mission.
  • Want to see the sky like never before? Check this out!

    Want to see the sky like never before? Check this out!

    Wednesday, October 24 2012 9:49 AM EDT2012-10-24 13:49:24 GMT
    Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter sits atop the mountain, above the ski resort. The telescopes there are being used all the time by professional astronomers. Each evening, one of their telescopes becomes a teaching
    SkyCenter offers evenings with professional astronomers. See the Arizona sky like never before!
  • Recent Study Suggests Danger for Southwest Forests

    Recent Study Suggests Danger for Southwest Forests

    Monday, October 1 2012 8:14 PM EDT2012-10-02 00:14:18 GMT
    Craig D. AllenCraig D. Allen
    If temperatures continue to rise and drought conditions worsen, more stress could be put on trees in the Southwest and limit their growth according to a recent study by a group of scientists. Los Alamos
    If temperatures continue to rise and drought conditions worsen, more stress could be put on trees in the Southwest and limit their growth according to a recent study by a group of scientists.
  • Record Arctic ice melt compared to area of United States

    Record Arctic ice melt compared to area of United States

    Monday, October 1 2012 1:27 PM EDT2012-10-01 17:27:38 GMT
    In mid-Setember, Arctic Sea Ice reached its lowest numbers since satellite observation records begin in the late 70s. The average extent of sea ice coverage from 1979 to 2000 is about the size of the
    Since a lot of us don't have a very clear idea of just how big the ice melt was for the Arctic this year, a National Snow and Ice Data Center scientist mapped a comparison between the Lower 48 and the Arctic. 
  • Sliding bar compares Arctic ice 1984 vs. record low 2012

    Sliding bar compares Arctic ice 1984 vs. record low 2012

    Friday, September 28 2012 11:39 AM EDT2012-09-28 15:39:33 GMT
    Source: NSIDCSource: NSIDC
    The following is a news release from NASA Earth Observatory. In August and September 2012, sea ice covered less of the Arctic Ocean than at any other time since at least 1979, when the first reliable
    In August and September 2012, sea ice covered less of the Arctic Ocean than at any other time since at least 1979, when the first reliable satellite measurements began.
  • Dust Storms Hard To Classify

    Dust Storms Hard To Classify

    Tuesday, September 25 2012 1:15 AM EDT2012-09-25 05:15:19 GMT
    Photo Courtesy of Daniel BryantPhoto Courtesy of Daniel Bryant
    Dust storms are more difficult to classify than we thought, only a select few are issued as dust storm warnings because they need to meet certain criteria. One could have many local storm reports but
    Dust storms are more difficult to classify than we thought, only a select few are issued as dust storm warnings because they need to meet certain criteria.
  • Amazing video of Arctic ice break up by summer storm

    Amazing video of Arctic ice break up by summer storm

    Thursday, September 20 2012 10:54 AM EDT2012-09-20 14:54:26 GMT
    Source:  NASASource: NASA
    Arctic sea has dropped to the lowest area covered since satellite records began in the late 1970s. A powerful storm is partly responsible for the break up and melting of the ice. Check out this video
    A powerful storm is partly responsible for the break up and melting of the ice. 
  • Climate models put to the test on the forecast

    Climate models put to the test on the forecast

    Tuesday, September 18 2012 2:44 PM EDT2012-09-18 18:44:03 GMT
    While we can generally forecast with reliability the weather about a week out, climate
    Climate models proved reliable three decades out in a new study led by UA professor.
  • Sea ice lowest amount on record in satellite era

    Sea ice lowest amount on record in satellite era

    Tuesday, August 28 2012 11:55 AM EDT2012-08-28 15:55:14 GMT
    The following is a news release from NASA. This visualization {images below} shows the extent of Arctic sea ice on Aug. 26, 2012, the day the sea ice dipped to its smallest extent ever recorded in more
    Every summer the Arctic ice cap melts down to what scientists call its "minimum" before colder weather builds the ice cover back up.
  • Tracking historic hurricanes on Google Earth

    Tracking historic hurricanes on Google Earth

    Monday, August 13 2012 10:44 AM EDT2012-08-13 14:44:48 GMT
    Source: NOAA/NASASource: NOAA/NASA
    The following is a news release from NOAA. Seeing where hurricanes have hit and how often is one of the best ways to bring home a powerful hurricane preparedness message. A NOAA website, Historical Hurricane
    Use this interactive map to track tropical systems in the record books.
  • Tucson seen from space, less green today than in 60s

    Tucson seen from space, less green today than in 60s

    Wednesday, July 25 2012 7:03 AM EDT2012-07-25 11:03:09 GMT
    The following is a news release from NASA. In the mid-1960s, the director of USGS proposed a satellite program to observe our planet from above, and later described Landsat as "a direct result of the
    Images from space show how much less green there is in Tucson today as compared to 40 years ago and why.
  • Interactive scale of the universe

    Interactive scale of the universe

    Friday, May 11 2012 11:53 AM EDT2012-05-11 15:53:55 GMT
    Check out this fun interactive website. http://htwins.net/scale2/ You can scroll through the scale of the universe. It starts at the human size and you can go up or down from there. And if you click
    You can scroll through the scale of the universe.  It starts at the human size and you can go up or down from there.
  • NAU study: climate change can stunt plant growth over long term

    NAU study: climate change can stunt plant growth over long term

    Monday, April 16 2012 2:07 PM EDT2012-04-16 18:07:33 GMT
    Global warming may initially make the grass greener, but not for long, according to new research out of Northern Arizona University.
  • Oceans acidifying faster today than in past 300 million years

    Oceans acidifying faster today than in past 300 million years

    Friday, March 2 2012 2:30 PM EST2012-03-02 19:30:27 GMT
    As the ocean soaks up carbon dioxide created from burning fossil fuels, it's becoming more acidic.  This could have major impacts on marine life.
  • NASA finds thickest parts of Arctic Ice Cap melting faster

    NASA finds thickest parts of Arctic Ice Cap melting faster

    Thursday, March 1 2012 9:14 AM EST2012-03-01 14:14:40 GMT
    Source: NASASource: NASA
    A new NASA study revealed that the oldest and thickest Arctic sea ice is disappearing at a faster rate than the younger and thinner ice at the edges of the Arctic Ocean's floating ice cap.
  • Deep oceans may mask global warming for years at a time

    Deep oceans may mask global warming for years at a time

    Monday, September 19 2011 3:04 PM EDT2011-09-19 19:04:37 GMT
    Source: NOAASource: NOAA
    Earth's deep oceans may absorb enough heat at times to flatten the rate of global warming for periods of as long as a decade--even in the midst of longer-term warming, according to NCAR.
  • Stellarium: free program tracking the stars, planets, etc.

    Stellarium: free program tracking the stars, planets, etc.

    Tuesday, July 6 2010 1:42 AM EDT2010-07-06 05:42:25 GMT
    By Chuck George - email | twitter | facebook | bioThe link I mentioned on KOLD NEWS 13 at 6PM on Astronomy Monday for the free download of Stellarium is Stellarium.org.  It allows you to track in real-time
  • University of Arizona camera sees dramatic impact crater on Mars

    University of Arizona camera sees dramatic impact crater on Mars

    Thursday, February 6 2014 7:55 AM EST2014-02-06 12:55:12 GMT
    Source: NASA/UA HiRISESource: NASA/UA HiRISE
    The University of Arizona's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured images of a new impact crater on the Red Planet.   The below image
    However, scientists are interested in this crater because "few of the scars are as dramatic in appearance as this one" says NASA.
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