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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...

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,...

Comet Lovejoy Provides Rare Data
2013-06-07 14:36:43

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The intrepid comet Lovejoy flew right into the Sun's violent atmosphere and lived to tell scientists the story and help them understand more about our local star. In December 2011, comet Lovejoy plowed into the Sun's atmosphere, withstanding temperatures that would have obliterated any man-made object. Telescope images taken of the comet's miraculous feat showed how the comet's tail was pulled about by an intense magnetic field. This...

SDO Captures 3 Years Of Sun Activity In Spectacular Video
2013-04-22 19:09:25

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA has released a video of the unbroken coverage of the sun for the past three years, taken by its Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). The spacecraft's Atmospheric Imaging Assembly snaps a shot of the sun every twelve seconds in ten different wavelengths. The latest video shows the past three years of the sun at a pace of two images per day. [ Watch the Video: Three Years With Solar Dynamics Observatory ] The video,...


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