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Scientists Study Coronal Loops To Gain Insight Into Solar Dynamics
2013-07-02 18:21:44

John P. Mills, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com -- Your Universe Online Solar flares and the even more violent Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) are spectacular events, driving enormous amounts of energy and streams of charged particles into space. While researchers have had the opportunity to study these events for decades, we are still learning about what initiates these explosions. Previous studies have revealed that twisted magnetic field lines within the solar structure will pierce the surface...

CME Headed Toward Mercury And Venus
2013-07-02 16:01:43

NASA On July 1, 2013, at 6:09 p.m. EDT, the sun erupted with a coronal mass ejection, or CME, a solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of solar particles into space that can affect electronic systems in satellites. Experimental NASA research models based on NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory show that the CME was not Earth-directed and it left the sun at around 570 miles per second. The CME may, however, pass by NASA's Messenger, Spitzer and STEREO-B satellites, and...

Science Experiment Requires New Altitude For Space Station
2013-07-02 10:44:28

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Crew members aboard the International Space Station (ISS) had to add a little more distance between the orbiting laboratory and Earth on Sunday for a science experiment. NASA said astronauts raised the space station's altitude to accommodate a research project aimed at learning about Earth's atmosphere and climate change. "The European scientists requested that we reposition the station slightly because by having this period of time...

New Program Aims To Understand Effects Of Space Weather
2013-07-01 19:10:36

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com -- Your Universe Online Scientists are working on a program to better understand how national grids could be affected by space weather. British Geological Survey (BGS) researchers are conducting continuous measurements of the background electric field in the UK to better understand how the UK National Grid can be interrupted by the Sun. Space weather can take place when the ejection of material from the Sun, or coronal mass ejection (CME), shoots towards...

Solar Corona Captured In New Hi-C Images
2013-07-01 04:40:35

[ Watch the Video: Stunning New Solar Atmosphere Images Could Help Solve Longstanding Mysteries ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Thanks to an innovative new camera on board a sounding rocket, an international team of scientists has managed to capture pictures of the sun's outer atmosphere that are five times sharper than any previous images. The images, which were scheduled to be presented by University of Central Lancashire professor Robert Walsh at the...

NASA IRIS Launch Successful
2013-06-27 18:15:59

[ Watch the Video: IRIS Launch ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online NASA successfully launched its new Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) aboard an Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL rocket at approximately 7:27 pm (PST) tonight. IRIS and the Pegasus rocket were both flown aboard Orbital's Stargazer L-1011 commercial transport aircraft, which has been modified to serve as the launch platform. This launch design helps to keep the cost low for smaller missions,...

Voyager 1 Still Within The Confines Of Solar System
2013-06-27 15:36:08

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists are split on exactly where NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft is sitting within the Solar System, but new research from the space agency suggests it is on the last frontier out. A team of scientists wrote in Geophysical Research Letters in March that the spacecraft had already left our Solar System. However, the latest intel from NASA shows that the spacecraft is still sitting just within the edge of our "Solar Bubble."...

NASA’s IRIS Solar Mission Launch Moved To Thursday
2013-06-25 03:10:20

[ Watch the video IRIS Science Overview ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Update (June 25, 2013 3:10 p.m.) NASA announced on Tuesday that its planned launch for its Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) mission has been moved due to the "recent central California power outage." The launch window has moved from Wednesday, June 26 to Thursday, June 27. Stay tuned for further updates. Main Story (June 24, 2013 12:43 p.m.) NASA's Interface...


Latest Plasma physics Reference Libraries

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...

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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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