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Movie Of Sun's Canyon Of Fire Released By NASA
2013-10-24 14:21:52

[ Watch The Video: Canyon of Fire on the Sun ] NASA A magnetic filament of solar material erupted on the sun in late September, breaking the quiet conditions in a spectacular fashion. The 200,000 mile long filament ripped through the sun's atmosphere, the corona, leaving behind what looks like a canyon of fire. The glowing canyon traces the channel where magnetic fields held the filament aloft before the explosion.  Visualizers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md....

Sounding Rocket Launch To Calibrate NASA's SDO Instrument
2013-10-21 11:50:44

NASA NASA will conduct a sounding rocket launch at 2 p.m. EDT, Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, from the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico carrying an experiment to support the calibration of the EUV Variability Experiment, or EVE, aboard the Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, satellite. EVE measures the total extreme ultraviolet output of the sun, called its irradiance. As part of the planned SDO/EVE program, the rocket calibration flight occurs about once a year to accurately determine...

2013-09-04 11:48:35

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Visitor Center in Greenbelt, Md. will host this month's Sunday Experiment on Sunday, Sept. 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. EDT. The Sunday Experiment is a free afternoon for children of all ages and their families to discover NASA Goddard's exciting missions. The Sept. 15 Sunday Experiment will explore NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) mission. SDO was launched in 2010, and is currently studying solar activity and how it causes space weather. Space weather...

Scientists Observe Magnetic Flow On The Sun
2013-08-28 19:43:38

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory has helped scientists figure out a little more about what is going on inside the sun. The SDO has an instrument onboard known as the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI). This instrument has allowed scientists to observe a two-level system of circulation within the sun. Understanding this circulation will be especially important in the coming months as the sun's magnetic poles flip. The sun is...

SOHO Video Shows Eruptions On Sun
2013-07-22 18:13:12

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new video posted by the European Space Agency (ESA) shows two solar eruptions taking place side-by-side. The video, taken by ESA and NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) on July 1 through 2 this year, shows two coronal mass ejections (CMEs) launching plasma into interplanetary space. CMEs are huge clouds of magnetized plasma ejecting from the Sun's atmosphere, which is known as the corona. These ejections comprise...

Scientists Study Magnetic Reconnection Effects On Space Weather
2013-07-16 16:03:08

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using observations from two different NASA spacecraft, scientists have shed new light on the process behind solar flares and eruptions: magnetic reconnection. Magnetic reconnection occurs when magnetic lines collide and break apart - snapping into new positions and releasing energy in the process. On the sun, magnetic reconnections can result in radiation and solar material being flung across the solar system. These reconnections also...

Solar Tsunami Measures Sun Magnetic Field
2013-07-11 12:19:51

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A solar tsunami has provided scientists with the first accurate estimates of the Sun's magnetic field. Researchers wrote in the journal Solar Physics that solar tsunamis are produced by enormous explosions in the Sun's atmosphere known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs). As these events move through space, the tsunami travels across the Sun at speeds of up to 621 miles per second. Solar tsunamis have a higher speed in regions where the...

Fascinating Features On Sun Captured By Solar Dynamics Observatory
2013-07-05 13:32:39

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists studying the solar atmosphere have spotted some fascinating moving features in the Sun's sky. A team using the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) telescope on board the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) satellite has found unusual solar prominences, including: a giant disc that rotates for several hours; feathery streams as long as fifty Earths; a super-heated jet striking the top of a prominence; and twisted ribbons flowing...

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...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.