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Sun Emits Mid Level Solar Flare Jan. 7, 2014
2014-01-07 12:11:43

NASA The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 5:13 a.m. EST on Jan. 7, 2014. Images of the flare were captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory and showed that it came from an active region on the sun that currently sports one of the largest sunspots seen in the last 10 years. Sunspots are regions of strong and complex magnetic fields on the sun's surface. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere...

Sun Emitted Two Solar Flares Saying Goodbye To 2013 And Hello To 2014
2014-01-03 07:27:26

NASA The sun ushered out 2013 and welcomed 2014 with two mid-level flares on Dec. 31, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however -- when intense enough -- they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel. This disrupts the radio signals for as long as the flare is ongoing, anywhere from minutes to hours....

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory Shows the Sun's Rainbow Of Wavelengths
2013-12-18 09:54:43

[ Watch the Video: SDO’s View Of Our Jewel Box Sun ] NASA Telescopes help distant objects appear bigger, but this is only one of their advantages. Telescopes can also collect light in ranges that our eyes alone cannot see, providing scientists ways of observing a whole host of material and processes that would otherwise be inaccessible. A new NASA movie of the sun based on data from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, shows the wide range of wavelengths – invisible to...

NASA's Solar Observing Fleet Will Be Watching Comet ISON's Journey Around The Sun
2013-11-23 08:07:02

NASA It began in the Oort cloud, almost a light year away. It has traveled for over a million years. It has almost reached the star that has pulled it steadily forward for so long. On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 2013, Comet ISON will finally sling shot around the sun. Here its inward journey through the solar system will end -- either because it will break up due to intense heat and gravity of the sun, or because, still intact, it speeds back away, never to return. Catalogued as C/2012...

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...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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