Articles tagged "visualizations"

moon impacts converted into music by system sounds

1 billion years of Moon impacts converted into music

Scientists have recently been able to determine the age of 111 of the Moon's larger impact craters that are younger than about 1 billion years. Here you can listen to these impacts occur within 1 minute with larger craters producing louder and deeper notes. The...

January 22, 2019


Moon sheds light on Earth’s impact history

By analyzing data on lunar craters provided by the Diviner instrument aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, scientists have made a fascinating discovery about the history of impacts on both the Earth and the Moon. According to the first comprehensive timeline of...

January 22, 2019

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Comprehensive simulation of a solar flare

A team of scientists has, for the first time, used a single, cohesive computer model to simulate the entire life cycle of a solar flare: from the buildup of energy thousands of kilometers below the solar surface, to the emergence of tangled magnetic field lines, to...

January 21, 2019

2017 hurricanes and aerosols

Currents in the atmosphere and 2017 Atlantic hurricanes

Tracking the aerosols carried on the winds let scientists see the currents in our atmosphere. This visualization follows sea salt, dust, and smoke from July 31 to November 1, 2017, to reveal how these particles are transported across the map. The first thing that is...

November 15, 2017

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The changing colors of our living planet

Life. It's the one thing that, so far, makes Earth unique among the thousands of other planets we've discovered. Since the fall of 1997, NASA satellites have continuously and globally observed all plant life at the surface of the land and ocean. During the...

November 15, 2017

3d meteor shower streams model

3D animated visualization of meteoroid streams

The International Meteor Organization (IMO) has just added a new feature to their online meteor shower calendar - a 3D animated view of the meteoroid streams the Earth will encounter all along its journey around the Sun. The model was created by Ian Webster, and...

January 05, 2017

earthquakes first 15 years of 21st century

Earthquakes of the first 15 years of the 21st century

This animation shows every recorded earthquake in sequence as they occurred from January 1, 2001, through December 31, 2015, at a rate of 30 days per second. This time period includes some remarkable events. Several large earthquakes caused devastating tsunamis,...

December 02, 2016


Our violent universe

Our universe is more than a serene landscape of stars - it is teeming with activity from some extremely violent events. In a presentation at the IMAX theatre at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. on September 30, scientists take us...

December 31, 2015


Synthesis: NASA data visualizations in Ultra-HD

Our senses tell us about the natural world, but our senses cannot tell us everything. That’s why we use tools, and NASA develops some of the most sophisticated, most exciting tools of all. Designed to reveal aspects of the Earth, the Sun, The Moon, these tools...

December 31, 2015