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M5.9 Solar Flare Emitted By The Sun
2013-06-11 09:18:19

The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 6:49 p.m. on June 7, 2013.

Black Holes Abundant Early Universe
2013-06-06 14:16:28

New data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and NASA’s infrared Spitzer Space Telescope, has revealed that the early Universe may have contained more black holes than previously expected.

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

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.

Balloon Solar Observatory Sunrise Ready To Launch
2013-06-04 11:52:36

The Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Germany has announced the upcoming launch of its balloon-based solar observatory Sunrise after its team performs one last ground-based test.

Star Songs Plucked From The Cosmos
2013-06-01 05:44:51

Researchers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have blended science, technology and art to create a unique new website that allows people to listen to original musical compositions crafted from cosmic x-rays.

2013-05-28 23:27:56

New trucks for CAB law in Corona, California.

Magnetic Field Model Of Sun Explains Solar Activity Cycles
2013-05-23 08:32:58

Since the 18th Century, scientists have been aware that the Sun oscillates between periods of high and low solar activity in an 11-year cycle. So far, though, they have been unable to fully explain how this cycle is generated.

M-Class Solar Flare And Two Coronal Mass Ejections Detected Mid-Week
2013-05-23 07:00:42

As the peak year of the solar maximum picks up in intensity, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) observed yet another solar flare and two coronal mass ejections (CMEs) mid-week.

NASA Is Readying IRIS Spacecraft For Launch In June
2013-05-21 15:40:18

IRIS will help advance scientists understanding of the interface region, which is an area in the lower atmosphere of the sun where most of the sun's ultraviolet emissions are generated. Emissions from this area impact the near-Earth space environment and Earth's climate.


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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