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An Eclipse Megamovie Megastar

1 Min Read An Eclipse Megamovie Megastar Nasmus Nazir’s High Dynamic Range image, created with processed photographs of the Sun’s corona taken during the total solare eclipse on April 8th, 2024. Nazmus “Naz” Nasir is a software engineer by day, and an astrophotographer by night….and sometimes by day as well! This April, Naz participated in NASA’s […]

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NASA eClips Engages Families at 2024 STEM Community Day

2 min read NASA eClips Engages Families at 2024 STEM Community Day On Saturday, June 1, 2024, thousands of community members attended the Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) Community Day hosted by Christopher Newport University in partnership with Newport News Public Schools in Virginia. The event showcased many different facets of STEM fields and […]

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Happy Birthday, Redshift Wrangler!

1 Min Read Happy Birthday, Redshift Wrangler! Redshift Wranglers have roped nearly 8,000 galaxies! The project is now on its 3rd data set, and more data is on the way. Credits: Sadie Coffin About one year ago the Redshift Wrangler project first asked you to help examine “spectra” of distant galaxies. These spectra are diagrams that show […]

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North Carolina Volunteers Work Toward Cleaner Well Water

2 min read North Carolina Volunteers Work Toward Cleaner Well Water Road closure due to flooding. Volunteers helped NASA scientists predict where floods like these will contaminate well water. Image credit: Kelsey Pieper When the ground floods during a storm, floodwaters wash bacteria and other contaminants into private wells. But thanks to citizen scientists in North Carolina, we now […]

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Mountain Rain or Snow Volunteers Broke Records This Winter

1 min read Mountain Rain or Snow Volunteers Broke Records This Winter The Mountain Rain or Snow project asks volunteers to track rain, snow, and mixed precipitation all winter long—and this was a winter like no other! This season, 1,684 people submitted precipitation observations—that’s about a third more than last season. These volunteers submitted over 32,110 observations, breaking last year’s record […]

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The Moon and Amaey Shah

8 Min Read The Moon and Amaey Shah Comparing two Lunar images using NASA’s MoonDiff project. Join this project, and help search for new features on the Moon! Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech Sometimes a story about a NASA volunteer just grabs your heart and won’t let go. NASA Scientist Dr. Brian Day shared with us the incredible […]

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Arizona Students Go on an Exoplanet Watch 

2 min read Arizona Students Go on an Exoplanet Watch  The instructor, teaching assistant, and students from the online exoplanet research course meeting synchronously via Zoom. From left to right and top to bottom: Suber Corley, Molly Simon (instructor), Kimberly Merriam, Bradley Hutson, Elizabeth Catogni, Heather Hewitt (teaching assistant), Steve Marquez-Perez, Fred Noguer, Matthew Rice, […]

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Mapping Earth’s Hidden Allies: SPUN’s Mission to Protect Mycorrhizal Fungi and Combat Climate Change

Written by The Society for the Protection of Underground Networks (SPUN) Mycorrhizal fungi, the network-forming fungi that form symbiotic relationships with plant roots, have underpinned life on Earth for over 450 million years. Scientists know that mycorrhizal fungi are critical to maintain ecosystem health, and that they transport massive amounts of carbon fixed by plants […]

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Aurorasaurus Roars During Historic Solar Storm

2 min read Aurorasaurus Roars During Historic Solar Storm During the peak of activity (May 10-11, 2024) the Aurorasaurus website showed widespread reports and real-time alerts. The largest geomagnetic storm in 21 years lit up the sky last weekend, and NASA’s volunteers were ready. Between May 10th and 12th 2024, NASA’s Aurorasaurus project received an unprecedented number of reports from around […]