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Red, Red Moon and Other Lunar Eclipse Phenomena

Red, Red Moon and Other Lunar Eclipse Phenomena

By Dr. David Diner Tiny airborne particles, or aerosols, can affect the appearance of the moon during a total lunar eclipse, sometimes giving it a reddish hue. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth is positioned between the sun and the moon. Although the Moon passes through the Earth’s shadow, the lunar [...]

Lunar Eclipse, the Moon’s Interior, and the Holy GRAIL

Lunar Eclipse, the Moon’s Interior, and the Holy GRAIL

By Sami Asmar In addition to the awesome views they offer, lunar eclipses have always provided scientific clues about the moon’s shape, location and even surface composition. Although there will continue to be opportunities for observers to examine and reflect on fundamental concepts about the moon, such as its origin and interior structure, more modern [...]

Unchained Goddess: Frank Capra Knew

Unchained Goddess: Frank Capra Knew

By Amber Jenkins You might think from the amount of “climate science debate” that is given airtime in the U.S. media that it’s undiscovered territory. But it’s not. The science is very well established and goes back a long way. Global warming is not a new concept. The Victorians knew about it. John Tyndall (born [...]

Rocks and Stars with Amy: This Asteroid Inspected by #32

Rocks and Stars with Amy: This Asteroid Inspected by #32

By Amy Mainzer Over the course of the nine months we’ve been operating WISE, we’ve observed over 150,000 asteroids and comets of all different types. We had to pick all of these moving objects out of the hundreds of millions of sources observed all over the sky — so you can imagine that sifting through [...]

Pulling for the Deniers — Place Your Bets

Pulling for the Deniers — Place Your Bets

A guest blog written for My Big Fat Planet by Ed Begley Jr.   I visit the NASA website and review the data. CO2: Up. Ocean and land temperature: Up. Sea level: Up. Polar ice: Down. Oops. But, as bizarre as this sounds … I find myself pulling for the climate change deniers. Wouldn’t it [...]

Taking On Water Resource Issues

Taking On Water Resource Issues

By Stephanie Granger Worldwide today, it is estimated that nearly 1.1 billion people live without access to adequate water supplies and about 2.6 billion people lack adequate water sanitation. Improved understanding of water processes at global and regional scales is essential for sustainability. Researchers at JPL recently launched the Western Water Resource Solutions website to [...]

The Power of the Solar Arrays

The Power of the Solar Arrays

By Marc Rayman Recently, one of our fans on the NASAJPL Facebook page asked a good question about the efficiency of solar arrays on the Dawn and Rosetta spacecraft. “A question about Dr. Marc D. Rayman’s comment in his Dawn journal, saying that ‘its tremendous solar arrays [are] the most powerful ever used on an [...]

Planetary Trio Provides a Warm-Up Act for Perseids

Planetary Trio Provides a Warm-Up Act for Perseids

By Jane Houston Jones Are you eager to see the annual Perseids meteor shower tonight? You’ll have to wait until near midnight to see it, so why not pass the time by viewing Venus, Saturn and Mars right from your doorstep? Step outside for the planetary warm-up act just as soon as the sun sets. [...]

Confessions from Comic-Con

Confessions from Comic-Con

Written by Whitney Clavin of JPL’s News Office while attending Comic-Con 2010 in San Diego I’ve been standing in line next to a green monster for more than an hour. This might sound like a bad situation, but the monster is actually a rather nice human in body paint and stunning, neon-green contact lenses. This [...]

Rocks and Stars with Amy: Milestones

Rocks and Stars with Amy: Milestones

By Amy Mainzer It’s hard to believe that we’ve just crossed the six-month mark on WISE — seems like just yesterday when we were all up at Vandenberg Air Force Base, near Santa Barbara, shivering in the cold at night while watching the countdown clock. But the time is flying (literally!) as WISE whips by [...]

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