NASA's powerful Solar Dynamics Observatory may seem to have a boring job: staring at the sun as a space weather sentinel. But every now and then, the observatory gets a lunar surprise to break up the routine.
Over 700 volunteer citizen scientists have helped identify more than 30,000 celestial objects, including a star explosion that occurred 970 million years ago, hundreds of millions of years before dinosaurs emerged on Earth.
The "worm" is back at NASA, sort of. Twenty-five years after the agency unceremoniously retired the iconic logotype, the retro logo has fallen back into NASA's good graces, at least when it comes to new merchandise.