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Space Turbulence Measured In The Lab
2012-12-18 05:47:51

[ Watch the Video: Measuring Space Tubulence ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online We all know that turbulence exists on Earth, but does it really exist in outer space? And if it does, how would you prove it? A research team from University of Iowa (UI) and the University of California, Los Angeles reports that they have directly measured space wind for the first time in a laboratory. “Turbulence is not restricted to environments here on Earth, but also...

Solar Wind Storms Earth, Enhances Northern Lights
2012-12-17 15:22:33

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA said on Monday that our planet has entered a stream of high-speed solar wind that "escaped" through a coronal hole on the Sun. The solar wind that Earth is passing through has forecasters from the NOAA estimating a slight 20 percent chance of geomagnetic storms, but NASA says that high-latitude residents could benefit from the event. Sky watchers may want to step out into their backyards for the next few nights to...

New Results Pave Way For Future Of X-ray Astrophysics Research
2012-12-13 17:36:02

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Scientists are paving the way for future X-ray astrophysics research by explaining why observations from orbiting X-ray telescopes do not match theoretical predictions. The team used powerful X-rays from the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to study and measure a key process at work in extreme plasmas like those found in stars, black holes and...

Microquasar Found In Distant Galaxy
2012-12-12 13:35:22

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers have found a microquasar in a galaxy far away for the first time, according to a report in the journal Nature. The discovery of the microquasar gives hope that more objects may be found in nearby galaxies, which could give astronomers the opportunity to study them in detail, unraveling some of their mysteries. In a microquasar, a black hole with a mass several times that of the Sun pulls material from its companion star...

Six Minutes In The Life Of The Sun For NASA's EUNIS Mission
2012-12-12 09:12:37

NASA In December, a NASA mission to study the sun will make its third launch into space for a six-minute flight to gather information about the way material roils through the sun's atmosphere, sometimes causing eruptions and ejections that travel as far as Earth. The launch of the EUNIS mission, short for Extreme Ultraviolet Normal Incidence Spectrograph, is scheduled for Dec. 15, 2012, from White Sands, N.M. aboard a Black Brant IX rocket. During its journey, EUNIS will gather a new...

Approaching 17 Years Of Observations For ESA/NASA’s SOHO Spacecraft
2012-12-05 15:33:27

NASA When the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) launched on Dec. 2, 1995, it provided some of the first high-resolution observations of the sun unobscured by Earth's own atmosphere. A joint ESA/NASA mission, SOHO has helped revolutionize our understanding of the sun's interior and complex atmosphere -- home to a variety of giant explosions, including eruptions of solar material known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs). Indeed, before SOHO there was disagreement over what a CME headed...

Voyager 1 Enters New Region Of Deep Space
2012-12-03 14:41:16

[ Watch the Video ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA announced at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco on Monday that its Voyager 1 spacecraft has reached a region of space no other spacecraft has reached before. After 35 years, the Voyager 1 spacecraft has reached a new region of deep space known as a magnetic highway for charged particles. In this region, our sun's magnetic field lines are connected to interstellar magnetic field lines....

NORUSCA II Camera Examines Auroras
2012-11-29 19:36:55

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Space-weather researchers joined forces to design and build NORUSCA II in order to help expand the understanding of auroras and other atmospheric events. NORUSCA II is a new camera with the capabilities of simultaneously imaging multiple spectral bands. The camera was tested at the Kjell Henriksen Observatory (KHO) in Svalbard, Norway. The camera produced the first-ever hyper spectral images of auroras and may have already...

Chandra Eyes Most Distant X-ray Jet Ever Observed
2012-11-29 10:00:20

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has detected a jet of X-rays from a supermassive black hole 12.4 billion light years from Earth, making it the most distant X-ray jet ever observed. The jet gives astronomers a glimpse into the explosive activity associated with super massive black hole growth in the early universe. A quasar named GB 1428+4217, or GB 1428 for short, produced the jet of X-rays. The black holes at the center of most...

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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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