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Explore@NASAGoddard 2015 Concludes

Gates opened to the public Sept. 26, 2015, at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, for the first time in four years in celebration of Hubble's 25th anniversary.

Open House Sneak Peek: Explore Goddard’s Latest Science

Since it last opened its gates to the public in 2011, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center has seen rapid growth and discovery in its four science disciplines...

NASA Goddard Opens Doors to Public to Explore@NASA Goddard, Free Event

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is opening its doors for the first time in four years to give the public a chance to explore what happens behind the gates of the campus.

Solar Observatory Discovers Its 3,000th Comet

On Sept. 13, 2015, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory discovered its 3,000th comet, cementing its standing as the greatest comet finder of all time.

NASA Releases Visualizations of 2017 Total Eclipse

An eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly—or nearly directly, in the case of a partial solar eclipse—between the sun and Earth.

IRIS and Hinode: A Stellar Research Team

Two NASA missions have just made a significant step towards understanding why the corona, the outermost layer of the sun's atmosphere, is hundreds of times hotter than the sun’s visible surface.

Science Jamboree Attracts Interns, Scientists from Across Goddard

From cryogenically frozen marshmallows and pennies to 3D printed supernova, Tuesday’s Science Jamboree filled the atrium in Building 28 with science displays and demonstrations.

Scientists Study Atmosphere of Venus through Transit Images

A group of scientists used the Venus transit to make measurements of how the Venusian atmosphere absorbs different kinds of light. This provides clues to exactly what elements are present.

IRIS Celebrates Year Two With Ongoing Scientific Discoveries

On June 27, 2015, NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, mission will celebrate its second year in space.

Earth Directed CME Lights the Skies

Earth experienced a geomagnetic storm on June 22, 2015 due to the arrival of an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection, or CME, from June 20.

Why is the Sun's Atmosphere Hotter than its Surface?

The sun's surface is blisteringly hot at 10,340 degrees Fahrenheit but its atmosphere is 300 times hotter. This has led to an enduring mystery: What heats the atmosphere to such extreme temperatures?

New Videos Highlight NASA SDO's Fifth Anniversary

February 11, 2015 marks five years in space for NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory or SDO, which provides incredibly detailed images of the Earth-facing side of the sun 24 hours a day.

NASA's SDO Sees Giant Filament on the Sun

A dark line snaked across the lower half of the sun, on Feb.10, 2015, as seen by SDO.Stretched out, that line, or filament, would be more than 533,000 miles long, longer than 67 Earths in a row.

NASA Invites Children, Families to Learn about NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory Mission

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center's Visitor Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, will host this month's Sunday Experiment on Feb. 15, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST.

Solarium exhibit opens on Feb. 11, 2015 at the GSFC Visitors Center.

On Feb. 11, 2015, a brand new digital art installation (Solarium) featuring imagery from NASA's SDO opens at the Visitor Center.

SOHO and Hinode Offer New Insight Into Solar Eruptions

Scientists are trying to understand the precise details of what creates giant explosions in the sun's atmosphere, such as this solar eruption from Oct. 14, 2012, as seen by NASA's SDO.

Telescope on NASA’s SDO Collects Its 100-Millionth Image

The Atmospheric Imaging Assembly on NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured its 100 millionth image of the sun on Jan. 19, 2015.

NASA Releases Images of 1st Notable Solar Flare of 2015

The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 11:24 p.m. EST on Jan. 12, 2015.

Holiday Lights on the Sun: SDO Imagery of a Significant Solar Flare

SDO captured this image of a significant solar flare on Dec. 19, 2014. The image shows a subset of extreme ultraviolet light that highlights the extremely hot material in flares.

NASA's SDO Captures Images of 2 Mid-Level Flares

The sun emitted a mid-level flare on Dec. 18, 2014, at 4:58 p.m. EST. This was the second mid-level flare seen by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory in two days.

NASA's Sun Watching Observatory Sees Mid-level Solar Flare on Dec. 16, 2014

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of a mid-level solar flare – as seen in the bright flash in the middle –on Dec. 16, 2014.

NASA-funded FOXSI to Observe X-Rays From Sun

Focusing Optics X-ray Solar Imager (FOXSI) was successfully launched on Dec. 11, 2014, on a two-stage NASA Black Brant IX suborbital sounding rocket from the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

SDO POTW: Extended Coronal Hole

The most dominant feature on the Sun the past week has been quite a large, dark coronal hole at the bottom of the Sun (Nov. 30 - Dec. 4, 2014).

NASA-funded FOXSI to Observe X-Rays From Sun

In early December 2014, the Focusing Optics X-ray Solar Imager, or FOXSI, mission will launch aboard a sounding rocket for a 15-minute flight with very sensitive hard X-ray optics to observe the sun.

Sun Emits a Mid-Level Flare on Dec. 4, 2014

On Dec. 4, 2014, the sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, an M6.1-class, peaking at 1:25 p.m. EST. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured an image of the event.
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