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"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.
PALO ALTO, Calif., July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is a major corporate sponsor of Forum on Earth Observations III: The Environmental Information Revolution, which will convene in Washington, D.C. on July 30, 2009.
PALO ALTO, Calif., June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Space Systems Company, the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, and a national and international team of co-investigators have been selected by NASA to develop a new Small Explorer Mission (SMEX) called the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS).
'Sigmoids' are S-shaped structures found in the outer atmosphere of the Sun (the corona), seen with X-ray telescopes and thought to be a crucial part of explosive events like solar flares.
Japan's Hinode spacecraft is beaming back must-see movies of a spectacular solar phenomenon known as 'polar crown prominences.'
A new cycle of solar activity, which will reach its peak in 2011-2012, will bring large emissions of radiation and cause social unrest on the Earth.
The sun has been laying low for the past couple of years, producing no sunspots and giving a break to satellites.
On April 9, the Sun erupted and blasted a bubble of hot, ionized gas into the solar system. The eruption was observed in unprecedented detail by a fleet of spacecraft, revealing new features that are predicted by computer models but difficult to see in practice.
A plethora of latest results from the Hinode solar observatory contains a wealth of new discoveries. This includes the discovery of a source of the slow solar wind and the observation of a superhot micro flare.
Powerful magnetic waves have been confirmed for the first time as major players in the process that makes the sun's atmosphere strangely hundreds of times hotter than its already superhot surface.