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Science picture of the day
King penguins on Macquarie Island News.science360.gov.org
6 May 2016

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King penguins on Macquarie Island, located in the southwest corner of the Pacific Ocean about half-way between Australia and Antarctica. King penguins can reach a height of 95 centimeters (27.5 inches) and a weight of 12 kilograms (26 pounds).

Image credit: Mike Usher, National Science Foundation




Early spring on the Tutakoke River News.science360.gov.org
5 May 2016

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Pictured here is the Tutakoke River in Alaska, in early spring. A new archive, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Arctic Data Center, will serve as the NSF Arctic research community's primary repository for data preservation and data discovery. The new data center interface will allow users to search for data from the extensive Arctic data collection using filters, such as the name...




Earth science picture of the day
Sunset and Specular Reflection at Great Salt Lake Epod.usra.edu
6 May 2016

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Photographer: Ray Boren
Summary Author: Ray Boren

Stranded in the Great Basin desert with no outlet to the sea, Utah’s terminal Great Salt Lake lacks the hypnotic romance of Earth’s picturesque, surf-churned ocean shores, most people would agree. But in one regard, the lake regularly awes spectators at the edge of day in ways the ebb-and-flow beaches of the Seven Seas usually do not: Relativel...




Billow Clouds Seen from Above and Below Epod.usra.edu
5 May 2016

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Billow Clouds2P1100806   Photographer: Patti Weeks Summary Author: Patti Weeks   The cloud formation above (at top) is a classic example of Kelvin-Helmholtz instability, named after 19th century scientists Lord Kelvin and Hermann von Helmholtz. These clouds are known as billow clouds. Wind shear is a key ingredient to their formation -- unstable atmospheric layers of varying densities are moving at different veloci...



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NGC 7023: The Iris Nebula Apod.nasa.gov

These cosmic clouds have blossomed 1,300 light-years away, These cosmic clouds have blossomed 1,300 light-years away,





The SONG and the Hunter Apod.nasa.gov

Near first quarter, the Moon in March lights this snowy, Near first quarter, the Moon in March lights this snowy,





Hubble picture of the day
Hubble Discovers Moon Orbiting the Dwarf Planet Makemake Hubblesite.org
26 Apr 2016

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Makemake is one of several dwarf planets that reside in the frigid outer realm of our solar system called the Kuiper Belt, a "junkyard" of countless icy bodies left over from our solar system's formation.




Hubble Sees a Star 'Inflating' a Giant Bubble Hubblesite.org
21 Apr 2016

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Twenty-six candles grace NASA's Hubble Space Telescope's birthday cake this year, and now one giant space "balloon" will add to the festivities. Just in time for the 26th anniversary of Hubble's launch on April 24, 1990, the telescope has photographed an enormous, balloon-like bubble being blown into space by a super-hot, massive star. Astronomers trained the i...




NASA Earth Observatory Image of the Day

Tuscaloosa Tornado Track Fades Earthobservatory.nasa.gov
6 May 2016

Tuscaloosa Tornado Track Fades
Scientists at Marshall Space Flight Center use satellite imagery to help meteorologists assess the scope of damage caused by tornadoes.




Wildfire in Fort McMurray Earthobservatory.nasa.gov
5 May 2016

Wildfire in Fort McMurray
A wildfire burned through neighborhoods in Fort McMurray, Alberta, displacing tens of thousands of residents.




NASA Earth Observatory Natural Hazards

Heat Wave Hits Thailand, India Earthobservatory.nasa.gov
3 May 2016

Heat Wave Hits Thailand, India
April temperatures soared far above normal, with one location in Thailand breaking the national record.




Tuscaloosa Tornado Track Fades Earthobservatory.nasa.gov
2 May 2016

Tuscaloosa Tornado Track Fades
Scientists at Marshall Space Flight Center use satellite imagery to help meteorologists assess the scope of damage caused by tornadoes.





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