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New Program Aims To Advance Scientific Understand Of Sun and Space Weather
2012-08-16 06:47:12

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new report from the National Research Council lays out four scientific goals for the next 10 years along with guiding principles and recommended actions. The prioritized program of basic and applied research for 2012-2022 is meant to advance scientific understanding of the sun, sun-Earth connections, the origins of space weather, and the sun's interactions with other bodies in the solar system. This second decadal survey is the...

NASA's Kepler Mission Wins Aviation Week Award
2012-03-09 04:06:04

NASA's Kepler mission has been named the winner of the 2012 Aviation Week Laureate Award in the Space category, announced last night at the 55th annual black-tie awards dinner in Washington. Accepting the award on behalf of the Kepler mission team were Roger Hunter, Kepler project manager at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.; and James Fanson, who was the Kepler project manager during mission development at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. Fanson is...

Drop In Radiation Can Trigger Cold Winters
2011-10-11 04:33:48

According to a new study, a drop in the sun's radiation can trigger unusually cold winters in parts of North America and Europe. The scientists said this finding could improve long-range forecasts and help countries prepare for blizzards. Previously, researchers were just able to see a weak link between solar activity and winter weather.  However, the new study used satellite measurements from NASA's Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE) to reveal that differences in UV...

Image 1 - Scientists To Study Indian Ocean Oscillation For Long-Term Weather Forecasting
2011-09-23 06:05:47

  Scientists from all over the world will be gathering in the Indian Ocean starting next month to study the Madden-Julian Oscillation. This disturbance originates in the equatorial Indian Ocean every 30 to 90 days and is part of the Asian and Australian monsoons, can enhance hurricane activity in the northeast Pacific and Gulf of Mexico, trigger torrential rainfall along the west coast of North America and affect the onset of El Nino. The campaign, known as DYNAMO (Dynamics of the...

The Secret Lives Of Solar Flares
2011-09-20 09:12:45

  [ View the Video ] One hundred and fifty two years ago, a man in England named Richard Carrington discovered solar flares. It happened at 11:18 AM on the cloudless morning of Thursday, September 1st, 1859. Just as usual on every sunny day, the 33-year-old solar astronomer was busy in his private observatory, projecting an image of the sun onto a screen and sketching what he saw. On that particular morning, he traced the outlines of an enormous group of sunspots. Suddenly,...

Solar Dynamics Observatory Observes New Solar Flare Characteristics
2011-09-08 06:06:56

  NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, has provided scientists new information about solar flares indicating an increase in strength and longevity that is more than previously thought. Solar flares are intense bursts of radiation from the release of magnetic energy associated with sunspots. They are the solar system's largest explosive events and are seen as bright areas on the sun. Their energy can reach Earth's atmosphere and affect operations of Earth-orbiting...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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