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2010-04-22 08:00:00

PALO ALTO, Calif., April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Spectacular "first light" images and data from the three state-of-the art instruments on NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) were unveiled yesterday morning by NASA. The SDO spacecraft was launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on February 11, 2010. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100422/SF91131) Two of the SDO instruments were built at the Solar and Astrophysics...

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2010-04-12 06:51:34

Over the last century, astronomers have become very aware of how just dynamic the Sun really is. One of the most dramatic manifestations of this is a coronal mass ejection (CME) where billions of tons of matter is thrown into space. If a CME reaches the Earth it creates inclement "Ëœspace weather' that can disrupt communications, power grids and the delicate systems on orbiting satellites. This potential damage means there is a keen interest in understanding exactly what triggers a...

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2010-03-04 13:35:00

New satellite imagery of the sun is providing scientists with clues to understanding the long-standing mystery of what is heating up the solar corona The 2006 launch of the multinational Hinode satellite changed the picture of the sun for astrophysicists. For two astrophysicists in particular, the resulting imagery offered a voyage of discovery and the thrill of unraveling a long-held solar mystery. The Earth's atmosphere can obscure the view of unaided ground-based telescopes, but,...

2010-02-19 12:54:00

PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Alan M. Title, physicist at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Advanced Technology Center (ATC) in Palo Alto, was inducted last evening into the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame. The Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame Award recognizes engineers/technologists/scientists in the region who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and have made significant contributions to Silicon Valley and the Greater Bay Area...

2010-02-11 12:57:00

PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Two state-of-the art solar instruments built at the Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory of the Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Advanced Technology Center (ATC) in Palo Alto, were launched this morning at 10:23 a.m. EST aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA), a suite of four telescopes, will provide an unprecedented view of the solar corona, taking images that span at least 1.3 solar diameters in multiple...

2010-02-03 08:00:00

PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Two state-of-the art solar instruments built at the Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory of the Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Advanced Technology Center (ATC) in Palo Alto are awaiting launch on Feb. 9, 2010 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA), a suite of four telescopes, will provide an unprecedented view of the solar corona, taking images that span at least 1.3 solar diameters in multiple wavelengths...

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2009-11-02 12:47:07

Solar wind generated by the sun is probably driven by a process involving powerful magnetic fields, according to a new study led by UCL (University College London) researchers based on the latest observations from the Hinode satellite. Scientists have long speculated on the source of solar winds. The Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrometer (EIS), on board the Japanese-UK-US Hinode satellite, is now generating unprecedented observations enabling scientists to provide a new perspective on the...

2009-08-18 09:14:07

The mystery of why temperatures in the sun's outer atmosphere are higher than near the sun's surface may have been solved by Japan's Hinode satellite. James Klimchuk, an astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center's Solar Physics Laboratory, says new observations by that satellite have revealed why temperatures in the solar corona, the sun's outer atmosphere, soar to several million degrees Kelvin -- much higher than temperatures nearer the sun's surface. The answer is nanoflares --...

2009-08-14 14:44:00

GREENBELT, Md., Aug. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Solar physicists at NASA have confirmed that small, sudden bursts of heat and energy, called nanoflares, cause temperatures in the thin, translucent gas of the sun's atmosphere to reach millions of degrees. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The sun's outer atmosphere, or corona, is made up of loops of hot gas that arch high above the surface. These loops are comprised of bundles of smaller, individual...

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2009-08-14 15:05:22

"Why is the sun's corona so darned hot?" asks James Klimchuk, an astrophysicist at the Goddard Space Flight Center's Solar Physics Laboratory in Greenbelt, Md. The mystery of why temperatures in the solar corona, the sun's outer atmosphere, soar to several million degrees Kelvin (K) "”much hotter than temperatures nearer the sun's surface"”has puzzled scientists for decades. New observations made with instruments aboard Japan's Hinode satellite reveal the culprit to be...


Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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