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

Using observations from two different NASA spacecraft, scientists have shed new light on the process behind solar flares and eruptions: magnetic reconnection.

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

A solar tsunami has provided scientists with the first accurate estimates of the Sun's magnetic field.

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

Scientists studying the solar atmosphere have spotted some fascinating moving features in the Sun's sky.

Scientists Study Coronal Loops To Gain Insight Into Solar Dynamics
2013-07-02 18:21:44

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.

NASA IRIS Launch Successful
2013-06-27 18:15:59

NASA successfully launched its new Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) aboard an Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL rocket at approximately 07:27 pm (PST) tonight.

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

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.

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

NASA has released a video of the unbroken coverage of the sun for the past three years, taken by its Solar Dynamics Observatory.

Late May Launch Planned For NASA's IRIS Sun-Observing Satellite, Now At Vandenberg AFB
2013-04-18 06:40:43

NASA’s next satellite to go into space has just arrived (April 16) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) spacecraft, which will launch no earlier than May 28, will complement the Small Explorer (SMEX) Mission.


Word of the Day
sudarium
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.