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Scientists Spots Giant Space Weather Effects At Mercury
2014-06-16 03:32:22

Karen C. Fox, NASA The solar wind of particles streaming off the sun helps drive flows and swirls in space as complicated as any terrestrial weather pattern. Scientists have now spotted at planet Mercury, for the first time, a classic space weather event called a hot flow anomaly, or HFA, which has previously been spotted at Earth, Venus, Saturn and Mars. "Planets have a bow shock the same way a supersonic jet does," said Vadim Uritsky at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in...

NASA Wind Discovers SLAMS Magnetic Waves
2013-04-17 11:48:16

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Analysis of data collected by NASA´s Wind spacecraft as it traveled through the front of the Earth´s magnetosphere from 1998 through 2002 has revealed a special type of magnetic pulsations, scientists from the US space agency revealed on Tuesday. The magnetosphere, a giant area of space created by the Earth´s magnetic fields as it travels around the sun, produces a standing bow wave or bow shock as is travels...

Far Out Dude! Zeta Ophiuchi Making Waves In Space
2012-12-20 06:34:42

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured an infrared image of the glowing waves given off by a giant star that was sent hurtling through space after its companion star exploded. Zeta Ophiuchi, the star which is currently speeding through the universe and leaving what is known as a bow shock in its wake, is 20 times more massive and 80,000 times brighter than our sun, according to the US space agency. Scientists believe that...

New Hubble Image Shows Space Geyser
2012-07-03 14:32:32

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Hubble Space Telescope has unleashed a new image of a geyser of hot gas flowing from a newborn star. In the new image, Herbig-Haro 110 is seen showing off a turbulent streamer of gas, streaking across the picture. "Resembling a Fourth of July skyrocket, Herbig-Haro 110 is a geyser of hot gas from a newborn star that splashes up against and ricochets from the dense core of a cloud of molecular hydrogen," NASA said....

Speed Of The Sun 'Shockingly' Slower Than Believed
2012-05-11 04:06:18

[ Watch the Video ] A team of NASA researchers has uncovered new data showing that the sun is moving more slowly through our galaxy than previously believed -- a discovery that suggests a shock wave believed to precede the heliosphere might not actually exist, the US space agency revealed on Thursday. According to Andrew Fazekas of National Geographic News, NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) satellite measured the speeds of various interstellar particles along the outer edges...

Hubble Provides Unprecedented View Of Supersonic Jets From Young Stars
2011-09-01 05:50:01

  Astronomers have combined two decades of Hubble observations to make unprecedented movies revealing never-before-seen details of the birth pangs of new stars. This sheds new light on how stars like the Sun form. Stars aren´t shy about sending out birth announcements. They fire off energetic jets of glowing gas travelling at supersonic speeds in opposite directions through space. Although astronomers have looked at still pictures of stellar jets for decades, now they can...

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2011-07-15 08:10:00

Those who study the sun face an unavoidable hurdle in their research "“ their observations must be done from afar. Relying on images and data collected from 90 million miles away, however, makes it tough to measure the invisible magnetic fields sweeping around the sun. Scientists must learn more about these fields because they are crucial to understanding how coronal mass ejections, or CMEs, travel through space -- sometimes toward Earth where they can damage satellites. Now NASA...

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2011-04-18 09:40:00

Jupiter-like worlds around other stars push shock waves ahead of them, according to a team of UK astronomers. Just as the Earth's magnetic "bow-shock" protects us from the high-energy solar wind, these planetary shocks protect their atmospheres from their star's damaging emissions. Team member Dr Aline Vidotto of the University of St Andrews will present a new model based on observations made with the SuperWASP (Wide Angle Search for Planets) project on Monday 18 April at the National...

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2011-03-14 06:55:00

Just as some drivers obey the speed limit while others treat every road as if it were the Autobahn, some stars move through space faster than others. NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, captured this image of the star Alpha Camelopardalis, or Alpha Cam, in astronomer-speak, speeding through the sky like a motorcyclist zipping through rush-hour traffic. The supergiant star Alpha Cam is the bright star in the middle of this image, surrounded on one side by an arc-shaped cloud...

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2011-01-25 08:15:00

A massive star flung away from its former companion is plowing through space dust. The result is a brilliant bow shock, seen here as a yellow arc in a new image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. The star, named Zeta Ophiuchi, is huge, with a mass of about 20 times that of our sun. In this image, in which infrared light has been translated into visible colors we see with our eyes, the star appears as the blue dot inside the bow shock. Zeta Ophiuchi once orbited around...


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  • Having so marked an appearance as easily to be recognized.
This word may come from the Swedish 'kanspak,' quick at recognizing persons or things, or else from confusion with 'conspicuous.'