All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Sun’

Scientist Warns of Possible Space Weather Disasters

For the past few months the sun has been blasting out a series of massive solar flares. The behavior is in line with predictions for the current solar maximum – a period every 11 years when greater solar activity can be measured due to a shift in the sun’s magnetic poles. Though this year’s flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs) …

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Comet ISON Moving Closer to Sun for Thanksgiving

Many are preparing to draw closer together on Thanksgiving, and that includes space interaction as well. Comet ISON, which has more popularly been referred to as the “comet of the century” is currently continuing on the pathway to approach the sun’s vicinity. The closest encounter will be on November 28th, which just happens to also be Thanksgiving. The comet is …

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NASA Launches IRIS to Study Sun’s Atmosphere

After being delayed for one day over a power outage at Vandenberg Air Force Base, NASA‘s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) spacecraft was successfully launched on Thursday evening. The satellite will help researchers on Earth study the sun‘s lower atmosphere. “Congratulations to the entire team on the successful development and deployment of the IRIS mission,” said Gary Kushner, IRIS project …

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NASA Video Shows Sun’s Rise in Activity

The sun. We see it nearly every day, and yet most of us spend a considerable amount of time trying to keep it out of our eyes or off our skin. NASA, on the other hand, has been staring straight into the sun for years now. The agency launched the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) in 2010 to capture images of …

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NASA Telescope Finds Evidence of Solar Braiding

NASA this week announced that it has found the first clear evidence of energy transfer from the sun’s magnetic field to its corona. Called “solar braiding,” the process was only a theory until these new observations. The evidence comes from the highest resolution images of the sun‘s corona ever taken. The photos were taken by NASA’s High Resolution Coronal Imager …

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NASA Shows Off Its 4K Sun Images

There’s a cost associated with being an early adopter, and it’s not just the higher prices. New media formats consistently outpace the rate at which content creators can adapt to the new formats. As a result, early adopters pay exorbitant sums for tech to display boring demo footage for months before ESPN finally updates its broadcast technology, which happens coincide …

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Solar Eruption Rang in the New Year, Shows NASA Video

While people across the world were celebrating or preparing to celebrate the arrival of the year 2013, the sun was putting on a New Year’s show of its own. On December 31, a massive solar eruption twisted up from the surface of the sun, propelled by swirling magnetic forces. The eruption extended around 160,000 miles out from the surface of …

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Close Star Could Have up to Five Planets

A new study by an international team of scientists has discovered that the star Tau Ceti may have five planets orbiting it. Tau Ceti is the 20th closest star to the sun, and the nearest star to have sun-like properties. The star has the same spectral classification as the sun, with a mass 78% that of the sun’s. It lies …

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Massive Solar Eruption Spotted by NASA Observatory

NASA announced this week that a coronal mass ejection (CME) erupted on the sun early Tuesday morning. The phenomenon can send solar particles flying into space, some of which can affect electronic systems in satellites orbiting Earth. The particles can reach Earth one to four days after the eruption. A CME is not a solar flare, and occurs when the …

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UFO By The Sun Gets More Proof It’s Real

Two weeks ago I reported on a story about the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spotting a possible UFO next to the Sun. NASA, as usual, blamed it on some smudge, or left over cosmic rays that leave a streak in an image. Youtube user rob19791 has a much different idea about whats going on and he has some video …

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“Deathstar”-Like Object Discovered Near Sun

A NASA video showing a mysterious black spherical object hovering near the sun has set off a firestorm of web speculation this week, prompting guesses as to how it was formed and where it came from. Of course, the resemblance to the Deathstar is only coincidental, but many people are wondering if perhaps it isn’t something from another planet/universe rather …

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Solar Storm 2012 Not So Bad: No Power Outages Yet Reported

We warned you yesterday of a coming solar storm, one of the largest to hit Earth in several years. Some forecasters predicted that the storm–about 10 times more powerful than the solar winds that usually reach us–could cause power outages and disrupt satellites and other technologies, as well as increase the frequency and visibility of the Northern Lights. So far …

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