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Jupiter shows its true stripes

August 28, 2019

There’s a reason why Jupiter’s stripes are only skin deep. It turns out that the planet’s zonal winds…
Earth’s last magnetic field reversal took far longer than once thought

August 8, 2019

Earth’s magnetic field seems steady and true — reliable enough to navigate by. Yet, largely hidden from daily…
A model of patterns in Earth's inner core and outer magnetic field. Image credit: U.S. Department of Energy
Scientists deepen understanding of magnetic fields that surround Earth

July 23, 2019

Vast rings of electrically charged particles encircle the Earth and other planets. Now, a team of scientists has…
Meteor magnets in outer space

June 4, 2019

Astronomers believe planets like Jupiter shield us from space objects that would otherwise slam into Earth. Now they’re…
NASA’s Juno Finds Changes in Jupiter’s Magnetic Field

May 21, 2019

NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter made the first definitive detection beyond our world of an internal magnetic field…
Colorful clouds formed by the release of vapors from the two AZURE rockets allow scientist to measure auroral winds. Credits: NASA/Lee Wingfield
NASA Launches Two Rockets Studying Auroras

April 10, 2019

NASA successfully launched the Auroral Zone Upwelling Rocket Experiment or AZURE mission on April 5 from the Andøya…
Sounding Rocket Mission Will Trace Auroral Winds

March 22, 2019

Editor’s note: On March 23, 2019, the launch window for the AZURE mission will reopen after several attempts…
Left: Schematic drawing of human magnetoreception test chamber at Caltech. This diagram was modified from the figure “Center of attraction” by C. Bickel (Hand, 2016) with permission. Right: An example of the brain’s drop in alpha-wave power, following brief rotations of the magnetic field through an individual’s head. Dark blue indicates the drop in alpha wave intensity. Credit: Left: Science. Right: Caltech
Evidence for a Human Geomagnetic Sense

March 19, 2019

Many humans are able to unconsciously detect changes in Earth-strength magnetic fields, according to scientists at Caltech and…
NASA’s Van Allen Probes Begin Final Phase of Exploration in Earth’s Radiation Belts

February 13, 2019

Two tough, resilient, NASA spacecraft have been orbiting Earth for the past six and a half years, flying…
In Solar System’s Symphony, Earth’s Magnetic Field Drops the Beat

February 13, 2019

Space isn’t silent. In fact, an entire orchestra of instruments fills our near-Earth environment with eerie sounds. Scientists…
Earth’s magnetosphere, showing the northern and southern polar cusps (illustration). Credits: Andøya Space Center/Trond Abrahamsen
To Catch a Wave, Rocket Launches From Top of World

January 30, 2019

On Jan. 4, 2019, at 4:37 a.m. EST the CAPER-2 mission launched from the Andøya Space Center in…
This composite photo shows The Twin Rockets to Investigate Cusp Electrodynamics or TRICE-2 that were launched at 3:26 and 3:28 a.m. EST, Dec. 8, 2018, from the Andoya Space Center in Andenes, Norway. The motors firing on the sides of the first stages spin the rocket to assist in stabilization during flight. The mission is one of nine international missions through January 2020 called the Grand Challenge Initiative – Cusp. Credit: NASA/Jamie Adkins
NASA Sounding Rockets Carry TRICE-2 over Norwegian Sea

December 11, 2018

Two NASA sounding rockets successfully flew over the Norwegian Sea early in the morning December 8 carrying an…
Earth’s Wandering Poles Could Have Caused the Ice Age

November 26, 2018

Earth’s last great ice age, known as the Quaternay Glaciation, began roughly 3.2 million years ago. This period…
Magnetic fields impact atmospheric circulation of gas giant planets

August 10, 2018

Magnetic fields around a planet or a star can overpower the zonal jets that affect atmospheric circulation. New…
Earth’s magnetic field is NOT about to reverse

May 7, 2018

A study of the most recent near-reversals of the Earth’s magnetic field by an international team of researchers,…
Sounding Rocket Mission Will Trace Auroral Winds

March 3, 2018

From the ground, the dance of the northern lights, or aurora borealis, can look peaceful. But those shimmering…
Studying the Van Allen Belts 60 Years After America’s First Spacecraft

February 1, 2018

Tick, tick, tick. The device — a Geiger counter strapped to a miniature tape recorder — was registering…
NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission Locates Elusive Electron Act

January 4, 2018

The space high above Earth may seem empty, but it’s a carnival packed with magnetic field lines and…
NASA’s MAVEN Mission Finds Mars Has a Twisted Tail

October 21, 2017

Mars has an invisible magnetic “tail” that is twisted by interaction with the solar wind, according to new…
NASA’s SDO Watches a Sunspot Turn Toward Earth

July 13, 2017

An active region on the sun — an area of intense and complex magnetic fields — has rotated…
NASA’s Van Allen Probes Spot Man-Made Barrier Shrouding Earth

May 18, 2017

Humans have long been shaping Earth’s landscape, but now scientists know we can shape our near-space environment as…
When Swarm met Steve

April 21, 2017

Thanks to social media and the power of citizen scientists chasing the northern lights, a new feature was…
Living with a Star: NASA and Partners Survey Space Weather Science

April 20, 2017

NASA has long been a leader in understanding the science of space weather, including research into the potential…
Solar Storms Can Drain Electrical Charge Above Earth

April 11, 2017

New research on solar storms finds that they not only can cause regions of excessive electrical charge in…
NASA Spacecraft Investigate Clues in Radiation Belts

March 28, 2017

High above Earth, two giant rings of energetic particles trapped by the planet’s magnetic field create a dynamic…
Upper part of Earth’s magnetic field reveals a dramatic past

March 24, 2017

New research based on data from the European Swarm-satellites maps details of the Earth’s magnetic field that reveals…
Ancient Jars Found in Judea Reveal Earth’s Magnetic Field is Fluctuating, Not Diminishing

February 15, 2017

Albert Einstein considered the origin of the Earth’s magnetic field one of the five most important unsolved problems…
Scientists Receive Preliminary Data from GOES-16’s Magnetometer

January 6, 2017

On Dec. 22, scientists received preliminary data from the outboard magnetometer (MAG) instrument aboard NOAA’s GOES-16 satellite! GOES-16…
There’s a jet stream in our core

December 20, 2016

We would normally associate jet streams with the weather but, thanks to ESA’s magnetic field mission, scientists have…
NASA Finds Unusual Origins of High-Energy Electrons

November 15, 2016

High above the surface, Earth’s magnetic field constantly deflects incoming supersonic particles from the sun. These particles are…
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