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The moon. Photo taken from Apollo 11 in 1969. Source: NASA Total Lunar Eclipse: Stay Up Late and Observe the Sky on Jan. 20-21 (1/11/2019)- A total lunar eclipse is coming. It will be visible in North Carolina, and you don’t need special glasses like you did for the solar eclipse. The eclipse beginning the evening of Sunday, January 20, [...]
Illustration of the newfound planet K2-288Bb. Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Francis Reddy Citizen Scientists Find New World with NASA Telescope (1/7/2019)- Using data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope, citizen scientists have discovered a planet roughly twice the size of Earth located within its star’s habitable zone, the range of orbital distances where liquid water may exist [...]
Official crew portrait of Expedition 57 crew members (from left) Serena Auñón-Chancellor of NASA, Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency) and Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos. Source: NASA NASA Astronaut and Crewmates Returns to Earth After 197-Day Mission in Space (12/20/2018)- Three members of the International Space Station’s Expedition 57 crew, including NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor, returned to Earth Thursday, December 20, 2018, safely landing at 12:02am EST (11:02am local time) in Kazakhstan. Auñón-Chancellor and her [...]
The Grey Area news UFO logo UFO Sightings by US State: November 2018 (12/20/2018)- By Kay Whatley, Editor Across the United States each year, thousands of unidentified flying object (UFO) sightings are reported. UFO reports cover close encounters of various types, range from blinking lights in the sky to [...]
NASA's InSight Mars lander acquired this image of the area in front of the lander using its lander-mounted, Instrument Context Camera (ICC). This image was acquired on Nov. 26, 2018, Sol 0 of the InSight mission where the local mean solar time for the image exposures was 13:34:21. Each ICC image has a field of view of 124 x 124 degrees. Credits: NASA/JPL-CalTech NASA InSight Lander Arrives on Mars, Sends First Image to Earth (11/26/2018)- InSight Mission Is to Learn What Lies Beneath the Red Planet’s Surface Mars has just received its newest robotic resident. NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander successfully touched down [...]
Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus spacecraft launches on an Antares rocket at 4:01am EST on November 17, 2018. Credits: NASA/Joel Kowsky NASA/Northrop Grumman Launch Cargo for Space Station and National Lab (11/17/2018)- Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station with about 7,400 pounds of cargo after launching at 4:01am (EST) Saturday, November 17, 2018, from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s [...]
An artist's concept of interstellar asteroid 1I/2017 U1 ('Oumuamua) as it passed through the solar system after its discovery in October 2017. Image: European Southern Observatory / M. Kornmesser NASA Learns More About Interstellar Visitor ‘Oumuamua (11/17/2018)- In November 2017, scientists pointed NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope toward the object known as ‘Oumuamua — the first known interstellar object to visit our solar system. The infrared Spitzer was one of many telescopes pointed [...]
The Cat's Paw Nebula, imaged here by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope using the MIPS and IRAC instruments, is a star-forming region that lies inside the Milky Way Galaxy. New stars may heat up the surrounding gas, which can expand to form "bubbles." Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech JPL: Newborn Stars Blow Bubbles in the Cat’s Paw Nebula (10/23/2018)- This image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Cat’s Paw Nebula, so named for the large, round features that create the impression of a feline footprint. The nebula is a star-forming region in the [...]
The Grey Area news UFO logo UFO Sightings by US State: August 2018 (9/7/2018)- By Kay Whatley, Editor Across the United States each year, thousands of unidentified flying object (UFO) sightings are reported. UFO reports cover close encounters of various types, range from blinking lights in the sky to [...]
Distribution of surface ice at the Moon's south pole (left) and north pole (right), detected by NASA's Moon Mineralogy Mapper instrument. Blue represents the ice locations, plotted over an image of the lunar surface, where the gray scale corresponds to surface temperature (darker representing colder areas and lighter shades indicating warmer zones). The ice is concentrated at the darkest and coldest locations, in the shadows of craters. This is the first time scientists have directly observed definitive evidence of water ice on the Moon's surface. Source: NASA Ice Confirmed at the Moon’s Poles (8/21/2018)- In the darkest and coldest parts of its polar regions, a team of scientists has directly observed definitive evidence of water ice on the Moon’s surface. These ice deposits are patchily distributed and could possibly [...]
Alberta Aurora Chasers capture STEVE on April 10, 2018 in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada. Aurora Chaser Robert Downie kneels in the foreground. Photo: Ryan Sault New Kind of Aurora Is Not an Aurora at All (8/20/2018)- Thin ribbons of purple and white light that sometimes appear in the night sky were dubbed a new type of aurora when brought to scientists’ attention in 2016. But new research suggests these mysterious streams [...]
National Aeronautics and Space Administration - NASA - logo Students from Missouri, Mississippi to Call International Space Station  (7/15/2018)- Students in St. Louis and southern Mississippi will get to ask questions of NASA astronauts on the International Space Station during two events next week as part of NASA’s Year of Education on Station. These calls connect kids with astronauts to [...]
Notice: 42nd assembly of the Committee on Space Research, COSPAR 2018 in Pasadena, California. “City of Astronomy” to Host COSPAR Gathering of Space Experts (7/11/2018)- From July 14 to 22, 2018, the world’s leading experts in space science, including some from NASA, will gather in Pasadena, California — informally known as the City of Astronomy — for the 42nd assembly of [...]
This artist's illustration shows 'Oumuamua racing toward the outskirts of our solar system, and is annotated with the locations of the planetary orbits. As the complex rotation of the object makes it difficult to determine the exact shape, there are many models of what it could look like. Source: JPL Our Solar System’s First Known Interstellar Object Gets Unexpected Speed Boost (6/28/2018)- Using observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and ground-based observatories, an international team of scientists has confirmed ′Oumuamua (oh-MOO-ah-MOO-ah), the first known interstellar object to travel through our solar system, got an unexpected boost in [...]
This artist's concept shows the InSight lander, its sensors, cameras and instruments. Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA’s First Mission to Study the Interior of Mars Awaits Launch on May 5 (5/4/2018)- All systems are go for NASA’s next launch to the Red Planet. The early-morning liftoff on Saturday of the Mars InSight lander will mark the first time in history an interplanetary launch will originate from the [...]
Uncle Al's Kepler Starwheel Statewide Star Party Is Apr. 20-21, 2018 (4/3/2018)- By Kay Whatley, Editor Looking through a telescope, searching for constellations, and seeking other planets can be a source of amazement for humans of all ages. Evenings when my husband set-up his telescope in the [...]
Source: NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Shapeshifters, Biobots, and Visionary Tech? NASA Says Yes And Invests (3/31/2018)- NASA is investing in technology concepts that include meteoroid impact detection, space telescope swarms and small orbital debris mapping technologies that may one day be used for future space exploration missions. Five of the concepts [...]
Stephen Hawking NASA 50th NASA Honors Legacy of Astrophysicist Stephen Hawking (3/14/2018)- On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, the following statement was released by acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot on the passing of visionary physicist Stephen Hawking. Hawking died at his Cambridge, England home early Wednesday morning. “Today, the [...]
The Strange-ness -- The Grey Area News -- greyareanews.com US UFO Sightings by US State: February 2018 (3/12/2018)- By Kay Whatley, Editor Across the United States each year, thousands of unidentified flying object (UFO) sightings are reported. UFO reports cover close encounters of various types, range from blinking lights in the sky to [...]
NASA Pi Day Challenge 2018, to be released on March 9, features the agency's InSight Mars lander, Kepler space telescope, and Juno spacecraft at Jupiter -- plus a visit from an interstellar object. Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech Celebrate March 14 “Pi Day” The NASA Way (3/7/2018)- March 14 is Pi Day, a celebration of the beloved number known as pi. JPL is celebrating Pi Day with the fifth annual “Pi in the Sky” illustrated math challenge, featuring pi-related space problems that [...]
Asteroid 2018 CB will pass closely by Earth on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, at a distance of about 39,000 miles. Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech (cropped) Near-Earth Object to Fly By on Feb. 9 (2/6/2018)- Two Small Asteroids Safely Pass Earth This Week Two small asteroids recently discovered by astronomers at the NASA-funded Catalina Sky Survey (CSS) near Tucson, Arizona, are safely passing by Earth within one lunar distance this [...]
The Grey Area news - The Strange-ness 2 US UFO Sightings by State January 2018 (2/4/2018)- By Kay Whatley, Editor Across the United States each year, thousands of unidentified flying object (UFO) sightings are reported. UFO reports cover close encounters of various types, range from blinking lights in the sky to [...]
This picture of the International Space Station was photographed from the space shuttle Atlantis. Source: NASA NASA Announces Space Station Mission Crew Updates (1/22/2018)- On January 18, 2018, NASA announced an addition to the NASA lineup for upcoming launches, and changes to some assignments for International Space Station missions in 2018. Serena Auñón-Chancellor, who previously was assigned to Expedition 58/59, has [...]
John Young on the Moon, with the Lunar Module and Lunar Rover in the background. Credit: NASA RIP, NASA Astronaut John Young (1/6/2018)- NASA Remembers Agency’s Most Experienced Astronaut The following is a statement from acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot on the passing of John Young, who died Friday night, January 5, 2018, following complications from pneumonia at [...]
Dragonfly is a dual-quadcopter lander that would take advantage of the environment on Titan to fly to multiple locations, some hundreds of miles apart, to sample materials and determine surface composition to investigate Titan's organic chemistry and habitability, monitor atmospheric and surface conditions, image landforms to investigate geological processes, and perform seismic studies. Credits: NASA NASA Invests in Concepts for Missions to Titan And A Comet (12/21/2017)- NASA has selected two finalist concepts for a robotic mission planned to launch in the mid-2020s: a comet sample return mission and a drone-like rotorcraft that would explore potential landing sites on Saturn’s largest moon, [...]
National Aeronautics and Space Administration - NASA - logo Watch Space Station Crew on NASA-TV Dec. 13-19 (12/12/2017)- Three crew members on the International Space Station are scheduled to end their mission and return to Earth on Thursday, December 14, 2017, just days before another three space travelers begin their mission. Live coverage will air [...]
Get Outdoors & Watch The Geminid Meteor Shower Dec. 13-14 (12/10/2017)- Maybe you’ve already seen a bright meteor streak across the December sky? The annual Geminid meteor shower has arrived. It’s a good time to bundle up, go outside and let the universe blow your mind! [...]
Voyager 1 photo of the solar system taken in 1990 showing Earth as a pale blue dot. Source: NASA/JPL NASA Fires Up Voyager 1’s TCM Thrusters after 37 Years (12/4/2017)- By Kay Whatley, Editor My son’s old car sat on the driveway for two months before I tried to move it. Starting the car took me three tries and the engine growled at the effort [...]