Solar System Exploration
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Helio Big Year
By the Numbers
Helio Big Year
This is the most zoomed-in, highest frame-rate observation of a Phobos solar eclipse ever taken from the surface of Mars.
What does a Solar Eclipse Look Like on Mars?
On April 30, 2022, a partial solar eclipse will be visible in parts of South America, Antarctica, and the Pacific and Southern Oceans.
Partial Solar Eclipse on April 30, 2022
The Sun emitted a mid-level solar flare on March 31, 2022, peaking at 2:35 p.m. EST.
Mid-Level Solar Flare Erupts From Sun
NASA has selected two science missions to help improve our understanding of the dynamics of the Sun and its connection to Earth.
New Sun Missions to Help NASA Better Understand Earth-Sun Environment
The Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon, Ice Moon, the Moon after Yule, and the Old Moon.
Full Moon Guide: January - February 2022
Deploying a new space telescope; deflecting an asteroid with a spacecraft; and visiting a metal-rich asteroid. NASA has a busy 2022 calendar.
10 Things to Watch for in Planetary Science for 2022
For the Northern Hemisphere, the winter (December) solstice happens around Dec. 21-22.
December Solstice Brings Winter, Summer Seasons
For the first time in history, a spacecraft has touched the Sun. NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has now flown through the Sun’s upper atmosphere.
NASA Enters the Solar Atmosphere for the First Time
NASA's LCRD and a space weather payload to study the Sun’s radiation lifted off on Dec. 7, 2021.
NASA's Laser Communications Tech, Science Experiment Safely in Space
This image shows how Earth looked during the total solar eclipse visible in Antarctica on Dec. 4, 2021.
Eclipse Over Antarctica
The solar system is encased in a bubble called the heliosphere, which separates us from the vast galaxy beyond.
Studying the Edge of the Sun's Magnetic Bubble
The Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon, the Fruit Moon, the Barley Moon, and the Corn Moon.
Full Moon Guide: September - October 2021
One of the CubeSats launching with Landsat 9 is the Cusp Plasma Imaging Detector, or CuPID.
CuPID CubeSat Will Get New Perspective on Sun-Earth Boundary
NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory's Extreme Ultraviolet Variability Experiment, or EVE, uses sounding rockets for calibration.
Rocket Flight to Sharpen NASA's Study of the Sun
Models and lab tests suggest the asteroid could be venting sodium vapor as it orbits close to the Sun, explaining its increase in brightness.
Fizzing Sodium Could Explain Asteroid Phaethon's Cometlike Activity
The images show Venus approaching from the left while the Sun is off-camera to the upper right.
During Close Pass, Solar Orbiter Captures Venus' Glare
New research led by NASA provides a closer look at a nearby star thought to resemble our Sun when it was much younger.
NASA Model Describes Nearby Star which Resembles Ours in its Youth
Artificial intelligence is being used to calibrate NASA’s images of the Sun, helping improve the data scientists use for research.
Artificial Intelligence Helps Improve NASA's Eyes on the Sun
Scientists have discovered slowly oscillating swells in the Sun’s surface, with periods comparable to the Sun’s 27-day rotation.
Huge Waves in the Sun Discovered with NASA Mission
For its efforts to untangle the long-standing mysteries of the Sun, the Parker Solar Probe team has earned a major award.
Parker Solar Probe Team Earns Aerospace Award from the National Space Club and Foundation
This composite image made from seven frames shows the space station in silhouette as it transits the Sun on June 25, 2021.
Space Station Transits the Sun
Scientists have used total solar eclipses for over a century to learn more about our universe, including deciphering the Sun’s structure.
Total Solar Eclipses Shine a Light on the Solar Wind with Help from ACE
A partial solar eclipse over the U.S. Capitol on June 10, 2021, as seen from Arlington, Virginia.
Partial Solar Eclipse over the U.S. Capitol
New research confirms how particles from space can be sent careening down into Earth’s atmosphere to create the aurora.
Lab Experiments Shed New Light on NASA Satellite Observations
The Sun has revealed new clues that could help scientists solve the mystery of what causes its powerful and unpredictable eruptions.
Rosetta Stone Eruption on the Sun Could Help Explain Solar Explosions