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NASA Captures Another Massive Solar Flare On January 27: Video
2012-01-30 10:35:37

[ Watch the Video ] The sun unleashed an X1.8 class flare that began at 1:12 PM ET on January 27, 2012 and peaked at 1:37. The flare immediately caused a strong radio blackout at low-latitudes, which was rated an R3 on NOAA's scale from R1-5. The blackout soon subsided to a minor R1 storm. Models from NASA's Goddard Space Weather Center predict that the CME is traveling at over 1500 miles per second. It does not initially appear to be Earth-directed, but Earth may get a glancing blow....

2012-01-27 08:00:00

The geographical sciences website EurekaMag.com publishes insights into specific subjects of all areas of geographical science. The latest review covers Aurora borealis which are the Northern Lights caused by radiation emitted as light from atoms in the upper atmosphere as they are hit by fast-moving electrons and protons. Two other newly published reviews cover Solar Flare which is a large energy release at the sun's surface, and Solar Storm which is a massive burst of solar wind associated...

2012-01-27 16:05:53

Improved Forecasting to Coincide with Peak in Solar Activity After years of relative somnolence, the sun is beginning to stir. By the time it's fully awake in about 20 months, the team at NASA´s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., charged with researching and tracking solar activity, will have at their dispoal a greatly enhanced forecasting capability. Goddard's Space Weather Laboratory recently received support under NASA's Space Technology Program Game Changing Program...

Solar Flare Collides With Earth Causing Disruptions
2012-01-25 10:51:51

[ Watch the Video ] A solar flare from Sunday collided with Earth on Tuesday, becoming the largest solar radiation storm since October 2003. NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center has categorized the storm as "strong," or an S3, storm.  These storms can affect satellite operations and short wave radio propagation, but do not cause any harm to humans on Earth. Some polar flights, including a dozen Delta Air Lines planes, were re-routed to avoid communications lapses and exposing...

Worst Solar Storm Since 2005 To Hit Earth Tuesday
2012-01-23 16:15:09

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency's (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) issued a geomagnetic storm watch as experts predicted that the biggest solar storm since 2005 is expected to hit Earth Tuesday morning, various media outlets are reporting. According to Fox News reports, at approximately 11pm Eastern time on Sunday night, the sun released an "immense blast of plasma" that has caused authorities to redirect the flight plans of certain high-altitude aircraft. In...

SDO Helps Measure Magnetic Fields On The Sun's Surface
2012-01-19 13:34:38

[ Watch the Video ] A subset of data that helps map out the sun's magnetic fields was recently released from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). Observations that measure the strength and direction of magnetic fields on the solar surface -- known as vector magnetograms -- play a crucial role in understanding how those fields change over time and trigger giant eruptions off the surface of the sun such as solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs). Collecting the information needed...

December 25 Solar Storm Could Knock Out Radio Signals
2011-12-29 04:49:43

Scientists have warned of a major solar storm hitting the Earth that could possibly knock out radio signals. Experts expect radio blackouts for a few days after the radiation from the coronal mass ejection (CME) hits our planet. The flare is part of a larger increase in activity in the Sun, which is expected to peak around 2013. "Category G1 (Minor) geomagnetic storms are expected 28 and 29 December due to multiple coronal mass ejection arrivals," the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

Image 1 - Moon 'Sandblasted' By Solar Storms
2011-12-07 04:25:36

Solar storms and associated Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) can significantly erode the lunar surface according to a new set of computer simulations by NASA scientists. In addition to removing a surprisingly large amount of material from the lunar surface, this could be a major method of atmospheric loss for planets like Mars that are unprotected by a global magnetic field. The research is being led by Rosemary Killen at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., as part of the...

NASA: Killer Solar Flares A Physical Impossibility
2011-11-11 11:09:25

[ Watch the Video ] Given a legitimate need to protect Earth from the most intense forms of space weather — great bursts of electromagnetic energy and particles that can sometimes stream from the sun — some people worry that a gigantic "killer solar flare" could hurl enough energy to destroy Earth. Citing the accurate fact that solar activity is currently ramping up in its standard 11-year cycle, there are those who believe that 2012 could be coincident with such a flare....

Image 1 - STEREO Celebrates Five Years of Science
2011-10-27 04:15:19

[ Watch Video 1 ] | [ Watch Video 2 ] On October 25, 2006 a Delta II rocket launched from Cape Canaveral carrying two nearly identical spacecraft. Each satellite was one half of a mission entitled Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) and they were destined to do something never done before — see the entire sun simultaneously. The sun rotates, of course, so there's no part of the sun we haven't at some point observed from our vantage point on Earth. But watching this...


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  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.