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Holiday lights on the Sun: SDO imagery of a significant solar flare
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The sun emitted a significant solar flare, peaking at 7:28 pm EST on Dec. 19, 2014. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured an image of the event.

UTA physicist offers new research, tool for identifying habitable zones
(University of Texas at Arlington) Research by a University of Texas at Arlington astrophysicist sheds greater light on S-type and P-type binary stars and forms the basis for BinHab, a new online tool that can be used to calculate the regions of binary systems favorable for life, commonly known as habitable zones.

Russian scientists 'map' water vapor in Martian atmosphere
(Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology) Russian scientists from the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, together with their French and American colleagues, have created a 'map' of the distribution of water vapor.

Tales from a Martian rock
(University of California - San Diego) A new analysis of a Martian rock that meteorite hunters plucked from an Antarctic ice field 30 years ago this month reveals a record of the planet's climate billions of years ago, back when water likely washed across its surface and any life that ever formed there might have emerged.

NASA balloons begin flying in Antarctica for 2014 campaign
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's 2014-2015 Antarctic Scientific Balloon Campaign took to the skies Wednesday, Dec. 17, with the successful launch of the Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna from the Long Duration Balloon facility outside of McMurdo Station, Antarctica.

NASA's SDO captures images of 2 mid-level flares
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The sun emitted a mid-level flare on Dec. 18, 2014, at 4:58 p.m. EST. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured an image of the event.

Funding ended for University of California High-Performance AstroComputing Center
(University of California High-Performance AstroComputing Center) Funding has not been renewed for the five-year-old University of California High-Performance AstroComputing Center (UC-HiPACC). UC-HiPACC fostered collaborations of astrophysicists across the UC system and three DOE labs, including attracting students and funding. 'Its loss is devastating,' says director Joel Primack. Alternative funding is now being sought. A No-Cost Extension to the grant through March 31, 2015, will support limited operations: the pioneering AGORA research effort, preparation of a five-year report, and crafting of proposals.

Joachim Kopp receives ERC Starting Grant for research in particle and astroparticle physics
(Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz) Professor Joachim Kopp receives a prestigious Starting Grant worth 800,000 Euros from the European Research Council to help promote his work in the field of theoretical particle and astroparticle physics.

NASA's IMAGE and Cluster missions reveal origin of theta auroras
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Auroras are the most visible manifestation of the sun's effect on Earth, but many aspects of these spectacular displays are still poorly understood. Thanks to the joint European Space Agency and NASA's Cluster mission combined with data from a past NASA mission called the Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration, or IMAGE, a particular type of very high-latitude aurora has now been explained.

NASA/USGS satellite sees green-up along Colorado River's Delta after experimental flow
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) A pulse of water released down the lower reaches of the Colorado River last spring resulted in more than a 40 percent increase in green vegetation where the water flowed, as seen by the Landsat 8 satellite.

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