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Some Comets Like It Hot
2012-01-13 11:08:23

[ Watch the Video ] Comets are icy and fragile. They spend most of their time orbiting through the dark outskirts of the solar system safe from destructive rays of intense sunlight.  The deepest cold is their natural habitat. Last November amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy discovered a different kind of comet.  The icy fuzzball he spotted in the sky over his backyard observatory in Australia was heading almost directly for the sun.  On Dec. 16th, less than three weeks...

First Comet Spotted By Ground-Based Telescope In Almost 40 Years
2011-12-14 11:19:11

[ Watch the Video ] Australian astronomer Terry Lovejoy spotted a Kreutz family comet by using a ground-based telescope for the first time since the 1970s. Lovejoy announced he discovered C/2011 W3, or comet Lovejoy, from the ground on December 2, 2011. NASA's Solar Heliophysics Observatory (SOHO) has spotted over 2100 comets, most of which are from the Kreutz family.  This family of comets graze the solar atmosphere where they usually evaporate completely. Discovering a...

Image 1 - Hinode's First Light And Five More Years
2011-11-01 12:55:16

On October 28, 2006, the Hinode solar mission was at last ready. The spacecraft launched on September 22, but such missions require a handful of diagnostics before the instruments can be turned on and collect what is called "first light." Hopes were high. Hinode had the potential to provide some of the highest resolution images of the sun the world had ever seen -- as well as help solve such mysteries as why the sun's atmosphere is a thousand times hotter than its surface and how the...

2011-01-06 14:09:23

Observations from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and the Japanese satellite Hinode show that some gas in the giant, fountain-like jets in the sun's atmosphere known as spicules can reach temperatures of millions of degrees. The finding offers a possible new framework for how the sun's high atmosphere gets so much hotter than the surface of the sun. What makes the high atmosphere, or corona, so hot "“ over a million degrees, compared to the sun surface's 10,000 degrees...

2010-09-13 14:20:00

WOODLAND, Calif., Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- SunFoods, LLC announced today that Matt Alonso has been named Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. operation as it continues its expansion under the HINODE brand name. Matt will report directly to current CEO, Thomas Atkinson II, and oversee the operations based in Woodland, CA. Matt comes to SunFoods, LLC after 14 years with Pacific International Rice Mills, LLC (PIRMI) and Busch Agricultural Resources Inc. Over the last five years, Matt has...

2010-07-01 08:12:55

The sun is the largest and most important object in our solar system, containing 99.8% of the solar system's mass, or quantity of matter. Among that remaining 0.2% are hot planets, icy moons, asteroid belts, chunks of rock, rings of ice, and over 100 worlds -- including our Earth. The "space" in between is a mesmerizing mix of the push-and-pull of gravity, solar winds, particle radiation, and magnetospheres. Not bad for a mere 0.2%! On Thursday, July 1, scientist Jonathan Cirtain from NASA's...

2010-06-14 10:35:00

PALO ALTO, Calif., June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The Solar X-ray Imager (SXI) instrument aboard the NOAA GOES-15 spacecraft has seen "first light." SXI was designed and built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), at its Space Systems Advanced Technology Center (ATC) in Palo Alto, for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, Md. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100614/SF20376) (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100614/SF20376) GOES-15 launched on March 4, 2010...

2010-05-26 10:00:00

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The immense volume of data generated by the suite of instruments on NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) requires new tools for efficient identifying and accessing data that is most relevant to research investigations. Scientists at the Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory of the Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Advanced Technology Center (ATC) in Palo Alto have developed the Heliophysics Events Knowledgebase (HEK) to fill this need. The HEK system...

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  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.