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NASA Prepares IRIS Satellite For Solar Observing Mission
2013-06-05 06:37:32

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scheduled to launch June 26, NASA´s newest scientific satellite will provide the most detailed look ever at the sun´s lower atmosphere, called the interface region. The interface region is located between the sun´s visible surface and upper atmosphere. This is where most of the sun´s ultraviolet emissions, which impact the near-Earth space environment and Earth´s climate, are generated. NASA´s new...

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2011-06-11 09:30:00

The far side unveiled! This is the first complete image of the solar far side, the half of the sun invisible from Earth. Captured on June 1, 2011, the composite image was assembled from NASA's two Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) spacecraft. STEREO-Ahead's data is shown on the left half of image and STEREO-Behind's data on the right. The STEREO spacecraft reached opposition (180° separation) on February 6 but part of the sun was inaccessible to their combined view until...

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2011-01-04 10:10:00

During a total eclipse of the Sun, skywatchers are awed by the shimmering corona -- a faint glow that surrounds the Sun like gossamer flower petals. This outer layer of the Sun's atmosphere is, paradoxically, hotter than the Sun's surface, but so tenuous that its light is overwhelmed by the much brighter solar disk. The corona becomes visible only when the Sun is blocked, which happens for just a few minutes during an eclipse. Now, an instrument on board NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory...

2010-04-15 06:15:04

NASA will hold a news briefing and unveil initial images from the Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, at 2 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 21, in the atrium of the Newseum. The Newseum is located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, in Washington. NASA Television and the agency's Web site will provide live coverage of the briefing. Launched on Feb. 11, 2010, SDO is the most advanced spacecraft ever designed to study the sun and its dynamic behavior. The spacecraft will provide images with clarity ten...

2009-12-17 10:30:00

PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) team, awarded a contract by NASA in 2007 to design and build the agency's Solar Ultraviolet Imager (SUVI) for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES)-R Series, has met the requirements of a Critical Design Review. The review was conducted last week at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Advanced Technology Center (ATC) in Palo Alto by a group of multi-disciplinary experts from NASA and...

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2005-01-06 07:34:41

NASA -- The Sun started the new year with fireworks of its own: in the first minute of 2005, this large X1.7 flare erupted in sunspot AR 10715. Both the Transition Region and Coronal Explorer (TRACE) and Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spacecraft observed the event. The flare was on the eastern side of the solar disk so there was no direct effect on the Earth's magnetosphere (events on the western side will intersect our path in orbit). It's crucial to have a good understanding...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'