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Process Linked To Northern Lights Observed
2012-06-04 04:38:00

A University of Iowa researcher wants you to visualize a plate of spaghetti when you think of the northern lights. That´s because Jack Scudder, UI professor of physics and astronomy, and his colleagues have reached a milestone in describing how the northern lights work by way of a process called “magnetic reconnection.” The details are contained in a paper published in the June 5 issue of the journal Physical Review Letters; however, the process is best imagined as...

pamela_sm
2012-06-03 07:50:39

When the sun launched a moderate, or M-class, solar flare May 17, 2012, it was still one of the largest eruptions seen since late January when our star began to rouse from an anomalously long quiet period. But the event was not just an additional solar wake-up call; it produced something that has the solar physics community puzzled and scientists from the University of New Hampshire poised to analyze a singular dataset gathered during the event by a European satellite called PAMELA - short...

Some Sun-like Stars Put Off Superflares
2012-05-17 13:32:04

New research shows that other sun-like stars in the universe can send off flares much larger than those seen on our sun. Solar flares are the result of broken magnetic-field loops as they pass through sunspots. As these loops become twisted and contorted, the flares occur, sending enormous amounts of charged particles, energy and radiation outward. So far, the largest solar flare ever measured on our sun happened on September 1, 1859, by British astronomer Richard Carrington. He simply...

Medium-Class Solar Flare Erupts On Tuesday
2012-05-08 10:14:19

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com [ Watch the Video ] A medium-class solar flare erupted from the Sun on Tuesday, prompting scientists to keep their eye on the region for a space weather impact on Earth. NASA said its Solar Dynamics Observatory (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sdo/main/index.html) caught the Sun pumping out an M1.4-class solar flare on the large active region 1476. According to the space agency, the images seen by SDO unveil temperatures of around 10 million degrees...

Rubber Chicken Flies Into Solar Radiation Storm
2012-04-21 06:13:25

[ Watch the Video ] Last month, when the sun unleashed the most intense radiation storm since 2003, peppering satellites with charged particles and igniting strong auroras around both poles, a group of high school students in Bishop, California, knew just what to do. They launched a rubber chicken. The students inflated a helium balloon and used it to send the fowl, named "Camilla," to an altitude of 120,000 ft where she was exposed to high-energy solar protons at point blank range....

NASA Satellite Captures Spectacular Solar Eruption
2012-04-17 06:43:52

[ Watch the Video ] A NASA satellite yesterday captured spectacular images and video of a massive solar flare erupting from the eastern side of the Sun. The M1.7 (medium intensity) class solar “prominence eruption” produced a coronal mass ejection (CME) that was captured by NASA´s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). The event occurred at 1:45 p.m. EDT on April 16, 2012. The ejection, impressive as it was, was only a moderate event by astronomy standards. Such flares...

2012-03-25 23:01:03

Massive solar flares could bring down the national electrical grid and affect power in the U.S. “for a period of years,” according to a 2009 NASA report. On March 27th Jack Jobe, Emmy-nominated journalist and survival teacher, shows how to prepare yourself and your family on National Geographic´s “Doomsday Preppers.” Aurora, Colorado (PRWEB) March 24, 2012 National Geographic takes viewers inside the world of Jack Jobe, a “Common Sense Survival...

Image 1 - The Surprising Power Of A Solar Storm
2012-03-23 09:52:15

[ Watch the Video ] Solar storm dumps gigawatts into Earth's upper atmosphere A recent flurry of eruptions on the sun did more than spark pretty auroras around the poles.  NASA-funded researchers say the solar storms of March 8th through 10th dumped enough energy in Earth´s upper atmosphere to power every residence in New York City for two years. “This was the biggest dose of heat we´ve received from a solar storm since 2005,” says Martin Mlynczak of...

Researchers Document Auroral Turbulence Using Nanosatellite Radar Receiver
2012-03-23 07:20:41

Researchers from SRI International and the University of Michigan have taken the first-ever measurement of naturally occurring auroral turbulence recorded using a nanosatellite radar receiver. The research was done with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NASA's Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) Initiative. The distinctive radar echoes recorded on March 8 were taken with the Radio Aurora Explorer (RAX) CubeSat. The RAX nanonsatellite measured turbulence over...

Image 1 - NASA Chief Technologist Praises Solar Sail Mission
2012-03-19 05:30:50

R Darrah for RedOrbit.com [ Watch the Video ] NASA chief technologist Mason Peck and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) met with executives and engineers at L´Garde Inc. on Thursday, March 15 to see the company´s progress on providing an in-space demonstration of a large, mission-capable solar sail. L´Garde was one of only a handful of companies to have been awarded a NASA Technology Demonstration Mission (TDM) contract last year.  The program calls for the...


Latest Solar flare Reference Libraries

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2004-10-19 04:45:42

Photosphere -- The photosphere of an astronomical object is the region at which the optical depth becomes one. In other words, the photosphere is the place where an object stops being transparent. It is typically used to describe the Sun or another star. Because stars are large balls of gas, they have no solid surface. However, there is a depth at which the gas stops being transparent to photons, and this depth provides a visual surface to the star. The Sun's photosphere has a...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Corona -- The corona is the luminous "atmosphere" of the Sun extending millions of kilometers into space, most easily seen during a total solar eclipse. An interesting feature of the corona is the fact that it is much hotter than the visible "surface" of the Sun; the photosphere is approximately 6000°C compared to the corona at over one million °C. The corona is much less dense than the photosphere, however, and so produces less light. The exact mechanism by which the corona is...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Chromosphere -- The chromosphere (literally, "color sphere") is a thin layer of the Sun's atmosphere just above the photosphere, roughly 10,000 kilometers deep. The chromosphere is more visually transparent than the photosphere. The most common solar feature within the chromosphere are spicules, long thin fingers of luminous gas which appear like the blades of a huge field of fiery grass growing upwards from the photosphere below. Spicules rise to the top of the chromosphere and then sink...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Solar Wind -- Solar wind, a stream of particles (mostly high-energy protons ~ 500 Kev) that is continually ejected from the surface of the Sun. The composition of this plasma is identical to the Sun's corona, 73% hydrogen and 25% helium with the remainder as trace impurities, and is ionized. Near Earth, the velocity of the solar wind varies from 200km/s-889km/s. The average is 450 km/s. Approximately 3000 tons of material is lost from the Sun every hour as solar wind. Since solar...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Solar Maximum -- The Sun, a roiling ball of plasma, occupies its place in space approximately 93 million miles from Earth. Though it seems simple to inhabitants of this planet -- the Sun shines, giving light and heat -- the processes occurring in the Sun are so complex that many scientists devote their careers to just one aspect of solar activity. Changes in the activity of the Sun particularly engage solar scientists. Whether fluctuations in the solar magnetic field, expulsions of...

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cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
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