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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 RBSP Probes To Study Space Weather Extremes
2012-08-09 08:47:26

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After a 50-year quest to better understand space weather and Earth's Van Allen Radiation Belts, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Distinguished Research Professor and former Bell Labs scientist Louis J. Lanzerotti will once again see his dream rocket into space on August 23, 2012. That is when NASA'S twin Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) begin their mission to study the extremes of space weather. One of the most respected...

2012-08-07 15:25:21

NASA will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EDT, Thursday, Aug. 9 to discuss the upcoming launch of the Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP), a mission to study Earth´s radiation belts. The event will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed on the agency's website. The two-year RBSP mission will help scientists develop an understanding of Earth´s Van Allen radiation belts and related regions that pose hazards to human and robotic explorers. RBSP is scheduled to launch...

Solar Flare Captured By SDO
2012-07-31 13:47:29

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (Solar Dynamics Observatory) captured a mid-level solar flare on Saturday, showing us that the sun is getting prepped for its solar maximum. SDO witnessed the image on the active region of the sun named AR 1532 in the 131 Angstrom wavelength. This wavelength is typically colorized as teal, and is particularly good for catching flares, NASA said. Solar flares emit powerful bursts of radiation, which...

2011-10-06 09:23:37

NASA will begin development and testing of two science instruments, in cooperation with the European Space Agency (ESA), to be placed on ESA's newly selected Solar Orbiter mission. The spacecraft will study the sun from a closer distance than any previous mission. At its closest approach, the European-led project will operate approximately 21 million miles from the sun's surface, near the orbit of Mercury, roughly 25 percent of the distance from the sun to the Earth. This unique vantage...

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
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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