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Favicon6 Science Store Gifts for Everyone on Your List 6 Dec 2017, 7:05 pm

You’ve made your list and checked it twice, but with the flurry of holiday happenings this season, finding the time to figure out what to actually buy your loved ones has been a science experiment all unto itself.

After all, you’d like to strike the right balance of thoughtful and unique—at a great price. And if your giftee can learn a little something along the way, that’s a bonus! Enter: The Science Store at Frost Science. Our resident gift shop is not only a great option for science-themed holiday gear (have you checked out our collection of ornaments and “ugly” sweaters?), but it’s an under-the-radar treasure trove for geeky cool gifts that’re sure to be the talk of the holiday party.

To help you narrow down the plentiful options, we’ve rounded up a list of six gift ideas for explorers and tinkerers of all ages and interests. And remember: Frost Science members receive 10% off all Science Store purchases (and 20% on select Member Hours).

For the love struck

Boutique Academia dopamine necklace

Dopamine, a compound present in the human body as a neurotransmitter, is responsible for creating feelings of desire, pleasure and euphoria. Sound like someone you know? This 18-inch silver chain featuring the molecular structure for the “feel good” hormone is the perfect sentiment for the smitten.

Boutique Academia dopamine necklace, $29.99

For the coffee table book collector

Coffee table books

Whether it’s filling their reading list with a fact-based page-turner or adding a dash of scientific style to their home décor, these oversized glossy tomes are a welcome addition to any bibliophile’s budding book collection.

Star Talk, $30; The Encyclopedia of Animals, $39.95; The Complete Human Body, $50; Ocean, $50

For the mermaid at heart

Mermaid gift ideas

This themed gift package is sure to make a splash with the little mermaid in your life! A blowfish-shaped light illuminates imaginary play during bath time, while the mermaid-themed puzzle and DIY coral reef kit keep idle hands busy. The sleeveless tank with a fun fringe adornment says it all.

Mermaid at Heart fringe tank top, $19.99; Blowfish bath light, $19.99; 64-piece mermaid puzzle/coin bank, $19.99; Crystal Growing Coral Reef Kit, $14.99

For the out-of-this-world explorer

Out-of-this-world explorer gift ideas

Indulge your astronaut-in-training with a collection of gifts they’ll be “over the moon” for. A cheeky long-sleeved NASA raglan tee sets the tone for an afternoon spent building an astronaut-themed puzzle and a rocket model kit. The moon night light will help illuminate the darkest of corners of space… or their bedroom.

NASA raglan top, $22.99; Moon night light, $6.99; 64-piece astronaut-themed puzzle/coin bank, $6.99; InAir E-Z Build Model Kit, $12.99

For the parched

Parched gift ideas

Living with the year-round balmy temps in Miami can easily work up a thirst. We have your thirsty loved ones covered with Frost Science-themed shot glasses and beakers (perfect for holding your home bar’s latest potion or concoction), a calamari-shaped ice cube tray and a ferocious dinosaur who’s on the hunt for a tricky bottle cap it can open with its metal jaws.

Fred Coolamari ice tray, $11.99; Frost Science shot glass, $8.99; Frost Science beaker glass, $14.99; Suck UK’s Dinosaur bottle opener, $49.99

For the gadget guru

Gadget gift ideas

Technophiles will get a kick out of the latest whizzing gadgets and robots in the store. Light up your favorite drone aficionado’s flight path with a glow disk version of the aerial vehicle, or take the action back on the ground with a remote-controlled mini robot. The award-winning Ozobot is also a great choice; it can be customized to perform new tricks and flash different colors through a simple coding program, making it a great tool for your programmer-in-training.

Sky Lighter Glow Disk Drone, $39.99; RC Mini MiP, $24.99; Ozobot, $59.99

Bonus gift idea: For the time-crunched

December gift membership gif

A membership to Frost Science is a gift that will continue giving throughout the year. Simply visit our gift membership site and sign up! You can also take the stress out of the holiday shopping season with our new, easy-to-purchase Frost Science gift cards. Unlock a dazzling journey of discovery for family and friends—gift cards can be used toward Frost Science admission, Science Store souvenirs and filling fare from Food@Science.

For more information on our Science Store, click here or drop in on your next visit!

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FaviconThink You Know Monster Fish? Think Again 30 Nov 2017, 3:43 pm

Lurking throughout levels two and three of our West Wing is a tale of the rare and colossal fish that call the extraordinary basins of the world’s wildest rivers their home. Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants made its Frost Science debut last month and showcases the biodiversity of these rare giants’ habitats, their extraordinary biology and behavior, and the impact they have on the places that depend on them.

We sat down with our vice president of animal husbandry, Andy Dehart, for a deeper dive into the world of our newest exhibition.

What’s your favorite exhibit inside Monster Fish?

As someone who has spent a lifetime working with sharks and rays, my favorite is the freshwater sawfish, which is a type of ray capable of growing up to 20 feet in length. This species spends a portion of its life in marine and brackish water environments.

Life-size model of fresh water sawfish.

What are you most excited for people to experience?

Monster Fish is a great compliment to our museum as it lets us showcase freshwater environments around the world, while our aquarium focuses on the saltwater environments. These freshwater ecosystems have incredible biodiversity, but are very sensitive and under threat around the globe.

How is this exhibition connected to South Florida’s ecosystems? Are there any messages that we can take from the exhibition and apply to our own backyard?

There are interactives which look at the catch-and-release of a few native species found in Florida waters, but the message of preserving habitats is a universal one. Here in Florida, we have one of the most amazing freshwater habitats on Earth—the Florida Everglades. Like many of the freshwater rivers, streams and lakes featured in Monster Fish, the Everglades is affected by pollution, habitat loss, urban growth, damning, increase in agriculture and climate change. Much of the pollution starts in our very own backyards with the use of fertilizers and plastics. This first affects these fragile freshwater ecosystems long before they make it to the world’s oceans.

Does South Florida have any “monster fish” of its own? If so, which one do you find to be the most impressive?

South Florida has numerous monster fish, although most are marine species that live in the ocean, such as the goliath grouper which can grow to lengths of eight feet and weigh 700 pounds. A true monster fish, the alligator gar lives in the panhandle of Florida. Sadly, South Florida is inundated with exotic fish—many of which grow to large sizes like the bullseye snakehead, peacock bass, oscars and walking catfish. These species out-compete our native species for food and habitat and often prey directly on our native fish.

Man holding Alligator Gar.

What’s your favorite Monster Fish fact?

With all the available water on Earth, only a mere 2.5 percent is considered freshwater and what living organisms need to survive.

What message do you hope people will walk away with?

Whether it be here in the United States or the Mekong River Basin in Asia, freshwater ecosystems are home to a diverse population of monster fish. These fish are often misunderstood and need scientific study to protect them and their fragile ecosystems.

Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants will be on view through spring 2018. For more information, click here or dive into this fascinating exhibition on your next visit. Monster Fish is developed and traveled by National Geographic Society.

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FaviconRewind: A Look Back at Frost Science in October 22 Nov 2017, 9:55 am

Things got down right cerebral at Frost Science last month thanks to the opening of one of our newest exhibitions, Brain: The Inside Story. We also examined how meditation changes the mind, talked about coding with Facebook and welcomed astronaut Scott Kelly to town. Wondering what else happened at Frost Science last month? Here’s the scoop:

Brain: The Inside Story Opens

On October 6, we welcomed over 1,200 of our members for an exclusive preview of Brain: The Inside Story, located in the Hsiao Family Special Exhibition Gallery. Brain, which officially opened to the public the following day, explores how the human brain has evolved, how it works and how it makes us who we are. After exploring the exhibition, members were taken to the MeLaβ for complimentary beverages and liquid nitro ice cream.

Our Giving Circle members and Young Patrons also had an opportunity to explore Brain during an exclusive event on October 11 that included an open bar and a delectable spread by Food@Science featuring a pasta station, sliders and lobster mac and cheese.

Brain: The Inside Story is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with Codice.Idee per la Cultura, Torino, Italy, in association with Comune di Milano—Assessorato Cultura, Italy; the Guangdong Science Center, Guangzhou, China and Parque de las Ciencias, Granada, Spain.

Art Days: Take Flight with Kites

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… a perfectly constructed kite! On October 14 and 15, we celebrated the sixth annual Art Days with a make-your-own kite workshop. Local artist Kerry Phillips was on hand to help guests decorate their flying contraption and make it their own.

Art Days is a collaboration between the Miami Downtown Development Authority (Miami DDA) and the cultural spaces and artists residing in Downtown Miami that promotes fun-filled days of special programs and free events aimed at exploring the arts.

A Conversation with Daniel Goleman with Books & Books

In the last twenty years, meditation and mindfulness have gone from being kind of cool to becoming an omnipresent Band-Aid for fixing everything from your weight to your relationship to your achievement level. And on October 16, we partnered with Books & Books and the Miami Book Fair to host New York Times best-seller Daniel Goleman, author of “Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body,” at Miami-Dade College. Following a short mindfulness activity with Innergy Meditation, Mr. Goleman discussed the cutting-edge research behind this age-old practice and how it can help us.

The Venture City x Facebook Young Patrons Event

On October 18, our Young Patrons were invited to the exclusive launch of Facebook’s first Developer Circle in Miami inside the Frost Planetarium. Developer Circles are forums to share knowledge, collaborate, build new ideas and learn about the latest technologies from Facebook and other industry leaders.

Hosted by The Venture City and Wyncode Academy, guests enjoyed food, drinks, swag, and special presentations with other likeminded technophiles.

Member Morning

This month, we also launched our brand-new Member Hours experience with a special Member Morning! From 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., our members were treated to a meet-and-greet with one of our rehabilitated owls, a special pre-opening viewing of our newest Frost Planetarium show, “To Space & Back,” and early bird shopping hours at the Science Store featuring 20% off their entire purchase. Coffee@Frost Science was also on hand to warm up members with the recently released pumpkin spice latte.

Spooky Science Monster Mash + Monster Fish Opening

On Saturday, October 28, over 4,000 guests celebrated Halloween with us during our Spooky Science Monster Mash. The day was filled with bone-chilling science experiments and creepy, cool encounters, including underwater pumpkin carving in the Aquarium and a thrilling series of hands-on experiments in celebration of National Chemistry Week (NCW), presented by the American Chemical Society of South Florida. Guests also had the opportunity to experience the debut of our newest special exhibition, Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants, which looks at the bizarre and colossal ancient fish that silently roam the depths of the world’s freshwater rivers.

Monster Fish is developed and traveled by the National Geographic Society.

Astronaut Scott Kelly with Books & Books

Winding up the month, we partnered with Book & Books and the Miami Book Fair to welcome astronaut Scott Kelly to the town. On October 30, he came to Miami Dade College to discuss his newest book, “Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery” with our very own Dr. Jorge Perez-Gallego, curator of astronomy and developer of exhibits. Guests were treated to Mr. Kelly’s message of hope for the future and his views on the inevitable human exploration of Mars.

Good news: There’s plenty happening at Frost Science next month, too. Be sure to visit our calendar of events for more details on November’s schedule.

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FaviconHow MUVE at Frost Science is Helping Cities Adapt to Climate Change 15 Nov 2017, 11:26 am

Most science centers are located in urban and suburban areas. As a result, they’re in a unique position to help their cities find ways to cope with climate change. This is more urgent for science centers in coastal areas, like New Orleans, New York and Miami, who are facing threats from sea level rise (SLR) at a rate faster than any of us could have predicted. Miami is one of the areas most at risk due to the fact that the city is low and flat; no area in Miami is higher than four meters above sea level! Already, a phenomenon called “sunny day flooding” is leading to tidal flooding in the lowest parts of Miami Beach. This is a result of the king tides, which are abnormally high tidal events that take place between the months of September and November. Absent of even a drop of rain, streets flood with salt water; in fact, an octopus was recently filmed swimming in a parking garage.

Sea level flooding is only one consequence of urban climate change. As with any city, some areas are more at risk than others. In Miami, those areas with less trees and greater amounts of concrete face a double whammy from flooding due to heavy rain events and the heat island effect. These heavy rain events denote a change in Miami’s climate. Our regular cycle of convection-driven afternoon rain showers has given way to large rains that can last days. This makes us especially vulnerable to flooding. This past summer, the area around the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science received five inches of rain in just two hours, leaving concrete-covered areas flooded and stranding drivers in their cars. Heat island effect occurs when areas with less trees experience an extreme spike in temperatures due to the heat-trapping characteristics of concrete and the lack of vegetative canopy. Both of these phenomenon are most common in lower income neighborhoods, where concrete abounds and trees are scarce.

Here in Miami, our political leaders have been much more cognizant of these risks than other parts of our country, with many of our mayors utilizing financial and personnel resources to combat these threats. Both the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County have created resiliency offices, complete with staff who are making recommendations to local governments on how to adapt. Greater Miami and the Beaches (GMB) is a member of the Rockefeller 100 Resilient Cities Program which is empowering cities to be active agents in adapting to climate change.

A considerable sum of money has been spent trying to combat this issue. The City of Miami Beach recently spent hundreds of millions of dollars on a system of pumps that are designed to keep sea water off the streets of southwest Miami Beach. But there are steps we can take to fortify our coastlines without spending much money, and in the case of Miami, a science center is leading the way.

Working under the leadership of Miami-Dade County’s Department of Environmental Resource Management which has restored hundreds of acres of coastal habitat around the county, Frost Science’s MUVE (Museum Volunteers for the Environment) project helps restore native coastal habitats using a team of dedicated community volunteers. These coastal habitats are also called living shorelines, as they use native vegetation to allay the impacts of SLR. Mangroves (of which Miami has three species), for example, are adapted to salt water. The floating seeds (called propagules) of the red mangrove can colonize new coastal areas and create new habitat. Their stilt-like roots keep the plants above the water. Together, these plants are well-suited to SLR. Using deep roots to stabilize sand and remain above the water line, dunes also serve as a great example of a living shoreline. Both mangroves and dunes do a much better job of withstanding rising waters than sea walls, which can easily overflow.

MUVE’s foremost mission is to teach the community about the environment around them—but it also empowers those same residents to do something about it. By acting together to restore native habitats (and the ecological and economic services they provide), MUVE volunteers are making Miami a more resilient city. Citizen science habitat monitoring allows volunteers to continue their service by ensuring that these areas are serving their ecological and economic functions. Since its inception in 2007, over 8,000 volunteers have restored 25 acres of living shorelines.

In October 2017, Frost Science, in partnership with the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County, received a $287,000 grant from Wells Fargo via the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Resilient Cities program to restore three living shorelines. This will become the first of 100 coastal resilience demonstration sites around the city. In addition, the museum will be creating an original exhibition about SLR that aims to educate residents about how they can adapt to its threats. They will also be working with youth from three communities that are most at risk for SLR, heavy rain flooding and heat island effect to identify local champions and solutions, while creating videos about their experiences. These communities—including Hialeah, Little Haiti and Historic Overtown (located blocks from Frost Science)—are some of the most economically challenged and lowest lying points in the city. They’re places where concrete abounds and tree canopy is scarce.

Frost Science looks forward to making an impact within our community—both in educating visitors about the impacts of climate change and inspiring them to take action to protect our city. We invite you to #getmuving at www.frostscience.org

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FaviconFrost Science Welcomes New Members to the Board of Trustees 1 Nov 2017, 9:32 am

This month, we welcomed three new members to the Frost Science Board of Trustees—Dr. Richard Kurin, Dr. Ioannis (Yannis) Miaoulis and Mr. Jeffrey Russell. Together, they bring a vast amount of knowledge and experience to our museum’s current board in the fields of science, engineering, economics, business and non-profit museum administration.

Dr. Richard Kurin is the Smithsonian Distinguished Scholar and Ambassador-at-Large. He’s the first person to ever receive this prestigious designation in the Institution’s 171-year history. Prior to his current appointment, he served as the Smithsonian’s Under Secretary, overseeing all the institution’s national museums as well as their scientific research centers.

Dr. Kurin is also a Fulbright fellow who taught at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and is the author of six books and more than 100 scholarly articles. He has been honored by Harvard University’s Peabody Museum, the International Council of Museums and the American Anthropological Association.

Dr. Ioannis (Yannis) Miaoulis is currently the president and director of the Museum of Science, Boston. Originally from Greece, Dr. Miaoulis has a long and distinguished history with Tufts University. There, he was dean of the School of Engineering, associate provost, interim dean of the University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and professor of mechanical engineering.

Dr. Miaoulis has also served on the NASA Advisory Council, the NASA Education and Public Outreach Committee, and the National Museum and Library Services Board. A former member of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s Commonwealth Readiness Project Leadership Council and the Executive Committee of Governor Patrick’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Advisory Council, he now serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), which manages the International Space Station. Miaoulis has published more than 100 research papers and holds two patents.

Mr. Jeffery Russell is a Senior Managing director for Accenture’s Products Operating Group in North America. He is responsible for working with a wide range of top clients across several industries—including Life Sciences, Industrial, Consumer Goods, Retail and Travel—to help them compete and win in the market.

With more than 30 years of consulting and industry experience in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America, Jeffrey has held a variety of leadership roles, including Products Operating Group lead in the United Kingdom & Ireland (UKI), Lead of the Life Sciences business in North America, Global Client Services account lead for several strategic clients and Managing Partner for Supply Chain in Asia Pacific. He joined Accenture in 1998 in Melbourne, Australia and has been based in Australia, Singapore, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Mr. Russell serves on Junior Achievement USA’s Board of Directors and actively supports several client teams who help non-government organizations around the world through the Accenture Development Program (ADP).

We’re looking forward to working with these distinguished individuals and having them help chart the course for our museum’s future.

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StarDate Online - Your guide to the universe

FaviconHorsehead Nebula 15 Dec 2017, 1:00 am

A cloud of cosmic gas and dust known as the Horsehead Nebula stands just below Orion’s Belt, a line of three bright stars that rises almost straight up from the southeastern horizon by 8 p.m. The Horsehead is visible in fairly small telescopes.

FaviconEarly Light 15 Dec 2017, 1:00 am

Some of the earliest galaxies were small, faint “puffballs” that nonetheless contained many hot, bright stars. And astronomers at the University of Texas at Austin are using light from those galaxies to learn about a key era in the universe’s evolution.

A few hundred thousand years after the Big Bang, protons and electrons began linking up to make hydrogen atoms. The atoms had no electric charge, so they emitted no energy. The first stars and galaxies began to form then, but they were embedded within this “fog” of neutral gas — an epoch known as the Dark Ages.

By a billion years after the Big Bang, though, the gas in the early galaxies had been “reionized” — the atoms were split apart by light from hot stars inside the galaxies.

One tool for studying this process is the galaxies themselves. After the hydrogen atoms were split apart, some of them linked back up. When they did, they emitted a wavelength of light known as lyman alpha. It can be very bright, but it’s easily blocked by neutral hydrogen.

Because they’re from the early universe, the galaxies are billions of light-years away. That means their light has to pass through a lot of hydrogen on its way to Earth. If the hydrogen has been ionized, the lyman alpha passes through easily. If not, then the light is blocked. So by measuring light from galaxies at different distances, the Texas astronomers hope to find out when the universe became reionized — ending the cosmic dark ages.


Script by Damond Benningfield

Friday, December 15, 2017
Looking for “fog” in the early universe

FaviconMore Moon and Companions 14 Dec 2017, 1:00 am

A bright arrow lines up in the south and southeast at dawn tomorrow. The crescent Moon forms the arrow’s feathers, with the shaft outlined by the equally spaced planets Jupiter and Mars, to the upper right of the Moon. The star Spica is the arrow’s tip.

FaviconColorful Demise 14 Dec 2017, 1:00 am

A dying star surrounds itself with a colorful bubble of gas and dust in this recently released image from the XMM-Newton X-ray telescope in space. The bubble, known as the Crescent Nebula, consists of material blown off the outer layers of the dying star, which is many times more massive than the Sun. The blue shows where strong winds of charged particles have overtaken a shell of gas that was expelled about 200,000 years ago. This collision heats the shell, producing X-rays. Green shows oxygen atoms, where the star's wind is interacting with interstellar gas. The star is about 5,000 light-years away, in the constellation Cygnus. It probably will explode as a supernova, creating a new and brighter bubble. [ESA/XMM-Newton, J. Toalá & D. Goldman]

The Crescent Nebula

FaviconMore Moon and Companions 14 Dec 2017, 1:00 am

A bright arrow lines up in the south and southeast at dawn tomorrow. The crescent Moon forms the arrow’s feathers, with the shaft outlined by the equally spaced planets Jupiter and Mars, to the upper right of the Moon. The star Spica forms the arrow’s tip.

Spacecraft have successfully visited the Moon and the two planets — dozens to the Moon, a couple of dozen to Mars, and almost 10 to Jupiter.

Spica, on the other hand, is a different story. It’s about 250 light-years away — millions of times farther than Mars and Jupiter. At that distance, it would take millions of years for a conventional spacecraft to reach Spica. In fact, it would take hundreds of thousands of years to reach even the closest star system.

That doesn’t mean that no one is trying to get there, though. A project called Breakthrough Starshot is working on plans to send a postage-stamp-sized craft to the Alpha Centauri system, our closest stellar neighbors. Although tiny, the craft would carry a camera, a radio transmitter, and other key equipment.

The project launched some test probes in July. They remained in Earth orbit, attached to larger satellites. They consisted of single circuit boards that measured about an inch-and-a-half on each side. They carried their own power systems, transmitters, solar panels, and sensors.

Known as Sprites, they mark a beginning in the effort to leave our own solar system — and take the first big step toward the stars.


Script by Damond Benningfield

Thursday, December 14, 2017
Stepping toward the stars

ESOcast HD

ESOcast is a video podcast series dedicated to bringing you the latest news and research from ESO, the European Southern Observatory. Here we explore the Universe's ultimate frontier with our host Doctor J, a.k.a. Dr. Joe Liske.

FaviconESOcast 143 light: ELT Testing in a Wind Tunnel (4K UHD) 15 Dec 2017, 6:00 am

This ESOcast Light explores how and why engineers are undertaking wind tunnel tests for ESO’s Extremely Large Telescope.

FaviconESOcast 142 Light: Stellar Nursery Blooms into View (4K UHD) 13 Dec 2017, 6:00 am

The OmegaCAM imager on ESO’s VLT Survey Telescope at the Paranal Observatory in Chile has captured a glittering view of the stellar nursery called Sharpless 29. Many astronomical phenomena can be seen in the giant image, including cosmic dust and gas clouds that reflect, absorb, and re-emit the light of hot young stars within the nebula.

FaviconESOcast 141 Light: ESPRESSO — the Next Generation Planet Hunter 6 Dec 2017, 6:00 am

The Echelle SPectrograph for Rocky Exoplanet and Stable Spectroscopic Observations (ESPRESSO) successfully made its first observations in November 2017. Installed on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile, ESPRESSO will search for exoplanets with unprecedented precision by looking at the miniscule changes in the properties of light coming from their host stars.

FaviconESOcast 140 Light: MUSE Dives into the Hubble Ultra Deep Field 29 Nov 2017, 6:00 am

Astronomers using the MUSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile have conducted the deepest spectroscopic survey ever. They focused on the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, measuring distances and properties of 1600 very faint galaxies including 72 galaxies that have never been detected before, even by Hubble itself. This wealth of new information is giving astronomers insight into star formation in the early Universe, and allows them to study the motions and other properties of early galaxies — made possible by MUSE’s unique spectroscopic capabilities.

FaviconESOcast 139: ALMA​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Cold​ ​Interstellar Clouds 27 Nov 2017, 4:00 am

Your home and the Universe have at least one thing in common: they can be very dusty places! When you get back after a very long vacation, it may happen that the windows in your home are so full of dust that you can’t see through them anymore. Surprisingly, astronomers have a similar problem!

HD - NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

High-definition (HD) videos from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory feature the latest news on space and science findings from JPL and NASA. Topics include discoveries made by spacecraft studying planets in our solar system, including Mars, Saturn and our home planet, Earth. Missions also study stars and galaxies in our universe.

FaviconThe Bright Stuff: New NASA Dawn Findings at Ceres 12 Dec 2017, 3:00 am

More than 300 bright spots have been located on the surface of Ceres. Scientists with NASA's Dawn mission say the bright material indicates the dwarf planet is an active, evolving world.

FaviconWhat's Up - December 2017 1 Dec 2017, 3:00 am

Geminids, Ursids, winter constellations

FaviconVoyager Images from the Odysseys 1 Dec 2017, 3:00 am

Sit back and enjoy the view from the Voyagers' epic journey through the solar system. See iconic images of planets and moons, set to music.

FaviconDIY Glacier Modeling with Virtual Earth System Laboratory 30 Nov 2017, 3:00 am

A new NASA sea level simulator allows anyone with a home computer to try their hand at do-it-yourself glacier modeling.

FaviconNASA Begins Building its Next Mars Rover Mission 28 Nov 2017, 3:00 am

In just a couple of years, NASA's newest rover will be flying to Mars.