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NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory Sees An Earth Directed Coronal Mass Ejection
2013-08-20 12:53:40

NASA On August 20, 2013 at 4:24 am EDT, the sun erupted with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection or CME, a solar phenomenon which can send billions of tons of particles into space that can reach Earth one to three days later. These particles cannot travel through the atmosphere to harm humans on Earth, but they can affect electronic systems in satellites and on the ground. Experimental NASA research models, based on observations from NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory...

Air Force Scientists Share Insights About Lab-Created Ball Lightning
2013-08-20 13:15:52

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Ball lightning is a phenomenon that has puzzled some of the best minds for generations, including Aristotle and Nikola Tesla. Now, scientists from the US Air Force Academy say they have some new insights into reproducing the rare form of lightning in the laboratory. The phenomenon consists of a floating, glowing ball that drifts eerily through the sky and then explodes violently. It sometimes can injure people and damage buildings....

2013-08-15 23:25:13

NASA’s dramatic video of a black-topped sun on the verge of flipping its magnetic polarity has captivated people. Friends of Science say the current low solar sunspot activity, not seen in 200 years, is a pattern that historically preceded global cooling and that the sun is the main driver of climate change, not carbon dioxide. Calgary, Alberta, Canada (PRWEB) August 15, 2013 Climate change on earth is significantly affected by the changing 11 year solar magnetic cycles, according to...

Has Voyager 1 Finally Left The Solar System? New Analysis Reveals Compelling Evidence
2013-08-15 13:47:59

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a new analysis from scientists at the University of Maryland, NASA's Voyager 1 has finally left the Solar System – marking the first time a man-made object has entered the Milky Way outside of the Sun’s influence. "It's a somewhat controversial view, but we think Voyager has finally left the Solar System, and is truly beginning its travels through the Milky Way," said study author Marc Swisdak, a UMD plasma physicist....

Dwarf Galaxy 'NGC 1232' Caught Ramming Into A Large Spiral
2013-08-14 14:41:32

Chandra X-ray Observatory Observations with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have revealed a massive cloud of multimillion-degree gas in a galaxy about 60 million light years from Earth. The hot gas cloud is likely caused by a collision between a dwarf galaxy and a much larger galaxy called NGC 1232. If confirmed, this discovery would mark the first time such a collision has been detected only in X-rays, and could have implications for understanding how galaxies grow through similar...

Stunning Solar Images From Big Bear
2013-08-07 08:51:48

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New and remarkably detailed photos of the Sun have been obtained by researchers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology's (NJIT) Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO) in Big Bear, California, with the New Solar Telescope (NST). Never-before-seen details of solar magnetism revealed in photospheric and chromospheric features are observed in these new photographs. "With our new generation visible imaging spectrometer (VIS), the solar...

Solar Flip Soon
2013-08-06 13:41:02

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online [ Watch the Video: Preparing For The Solar Max Magnetic Flip ] Solar experts are anticipating a major event that is about to happen within the next three or four months - the sun is going to flip. Every eleven years, the Sun reaches the peak of its cycle and proceeds to switch polarity, making north become south and south become north. NASA scientists said the upcoming change will also mark the halfway point of solar max, a period...

Sounding Rocket Getting Ready To Study Active Regions On The Sun
2013-08-03 07:59:17

NASA At NASA's White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, N.M., a sounding rocket is being readied for flight. Due to launch on Aug. 8, 2013, the VERIS rocket, short for Very high Resolution Imaging Spectrometer, will launch for a 15-minute trip carrying an instrument that can measure properties of the structures in the sun's upper atmosphere down to 145 miles across, some eight times clearer than any similar telescope currently in space. When it comes to observing the sun, different...

New Tool Uses Radio Waves To Predict Climate Change
2013-07-31 11:15:23

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Tel Aviv University (TAU) scientists developed a new tool to measure climate change by using radio waves. The ionosphere is a region in the upper atmosphere that plays a vital role for global communications. This region is used for the transmission of long wave communications, such as radio waves, and now scientists have found waves from the ionosphere offer valuable news about climate change. The team wrote in the Journal of...

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Stellar Astrophysics
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The prominent feature that allows for the existence of life on Earth is the Sun. Radiation from our closest star provides heat and energy to our planet, driving biological processes and providing the necessary conditions for liquid water to naturally exist. But our Sun is only but one star in this vast Universe. And as it turns out, most stars are quite different than the one that illuminates our day. For this reason, scientists have, for hundreds of years, attempted to study the other...

How Solar Cycles Impact Our Weather Here On Earth
2013-01-13 09:10:34

Solar cycles: what are they and why should we care about them? Solar cycles are made up of what are known as solar minimums (min) and solar maximums (max). We refer to a solar min at the time when the sun is not active with many sunspots, while a solar max is just the opposite when we see a large increase in sunspot activity. So how long do solar cycles last? Typically they run on what is known as an 11 year cycle from the max to the min and then start over again anew. As of 2012 we...

Solar Physics
2012-05-02 19:16:53

Solar Physics is a journal for solar and solar-stellar research and the study of solar terrestrial physics. Founded in 1967 by solar physicist Cornelis de Jager and publisher D. Reidel, the journal treats all aspects of solar physics, ranging from the internal structure of the Sun and its evolution, to outer corona and solar wind in interplanetary space. Solar Physics has four more than forty years been the principal journal for publications of fundamental research on the Sun. It is...

2013-03-16 00:00:00

Hannes Olof Gösta Alfvén (May 30, 1908 - April 2, 1995) was a Swedish plasma physicist born in Norrköping, Sweden. Alfvén received his PhD from the University of Uppsala in 1934. His thesis was titled "Investigations of the Ultra-short Electromagnetic Waves." He was originally trained as an electrical power engineer and later moved on to research and teaching in the fields of plasma physics. Alfvén made many contributions to plasma physics, including theories describing the...

Ring Current
2004-10-19 04:45:44

Ring Current -- A ring current is an electric current carried by charged particles trapped in a planet's magnetosphere. It is caused by the longitudinal drift of energetic (10-200 keV) particles. Earth's Ring Current Earth's ring current is responsible for geomagnetic storms. The ring current system consists of a band, at a distance of 3-5 RE(1), which lies in the equatorial plane and circulates clockwise around the Earth (when viewed from the north). The particles of this region...

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