La Niña typically cools the Pacific. But this time, large swathes of warmer-than-average sea temperatures have muted the cooling.
As the coronal hole rotated into view of the Solar Dynamics Observatory, the spacecraft captured a video of what it looked like Ok, let's say it straight away: A "hole" in the Sun's corona is completely natural.
The extent of sea ice globally took major hits during 2016, according to an analysis released yesterday by the National Snow and Ice Data Center.
Just two days ago, I posted a spectacular picture from the most powerful telescope orbiting Mars showing a fresh blast zone and crater gouged into the surface of Mars by an impacting space rock.
On the heels of a study confirming that there had been no slowdown in global warming, there is now this news: 2016 was indeed the warmest year on record.
Small asteroids and chunks of cometary debris frequently slam into the surface of Mars, gouging out new craters.
If you have binocs, clear, dark skies, and some luck, Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdušáková may be just the way to ring in the New Year Maybe you've seen stories about the comet that will supposedly provide some fireworks on New Year's Eve, as it appears low on the western horizon?
As far as I can tell, this is the first published satellite image of the newly created Bears Ears National Monument Speaking of the wild western side of the Bears Ears buttes in Utah, Wallace Stegner wrote in 1969: To start a trip at Mexican Hat, Utah, is to start off into empty space from the end of the world.
Just hours after the winter sosltice this month, particles blowing in the solar wind slammed into Earth's magnetic field and kicked up quite the auroral ruckus.
May this luminously beautiful image of the War and Peace Nebula inspire us to work for the latter — peace — in the coming year There are more than 6,900 distinct languages, and thus at least that many ways for us humans to express freedom from war, violence, and disturbance, and the presence of quiet, tranquility and serenity.
Watch a dramatic animation of satellite images showing Super Typhoon Nock-ten exploding in strength and taking dead aim on the Philippines Super Typhoon Nock-ten is swirling toward a Christmas Day landfall as a Category 3 or 4 storm on the Philippine island of Catanduanes.
The quote in the headline is from a Tweet this morning from Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, following release of his institute's monthly climate analysis.
The solar wind, blowing at 2 million miles per hour from the hole, just caused a geomagnetic storm here on Earth Over the past week, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft watched a massive coronal hole rotate into view as the Sun spun on its axis.
Godspeed, John Glenn.
Last month's forecast of a continuing La Niña has panned out, with cool sea surface temperatures persisting across most of the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean.
Dramatic losses in both the Arctic and Antarctic drove sea ice extent to record lows in both regions during November, the National Snow and Ice Data Center has announced.
Not to worry, this is normal. But climate change may be playing a role. As summer gets under way in the Southern Hemisphere, electric blue clouds seeded by meteor dust begin to glow high in the sky over Antarctica's vast icy reaches.
A massive rift in the Antarctic Peninsula's Larsen C ice shelf has been growing steadily, threatening to cut all the way across.
At a time when sea ice should be expanding, it's actually shrinking Sea ice in the Arctic has been trending at record low levels since the third week of October — and now, something really crazy is happening up there.
"No surprise here, planetary warming does not care about the election" The heat streak continues, with October 2016 coming in as second warmest such month on record, according to the latest monthly update from NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies.