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2014-06-11 11:02:39

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Our Sun is constantly cycling between periods of low activity and high activity – known as solar minimum and solar maximum, or Solar Max, respectively. In 2008 and 2009, NASA’s solar experts reported they were surprised to see the Sun descend into one of its deepest solar minimums in recorded history. But now, NASA observers are saying that the solar minimum is almost over. [ Watch the Video: ScienceCasts: Solar Mini-Max ]...

Is The Solar Maximum Peak Upon Us? Increase In Sun's Activity May Tell
2013-10-26 08:22:09

[ Watch the Video: Our Sun Is Flaring Up ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Our sun, the bright yellow disk that sits at the center of the Solar System providing us with light, energy and warmth, has a much darker side that also has the potential to disrupt, rather than preserve, life on Earth. Experts know that the sun goes through a natural solar cycle about every 11 years, marked by an increase and decrease of sunspots – visible blemishes that appear on...

2013-10-02 23:00:28

New science book looks at solar science and dissects it for an easier understanding. Mount Holly, Vt. (PRWEB) October 03, 2013 In “Grand Phases On The Sun: The case for a mechanism responsible for extended solar minima and maxima” (published by Trafford Publishing), author Steven Haywood Yaskell explains distinguished solar scientist Cornelis de Jager’s papers concerning whether or not the solar maximum for the solar cycle will be very strong or very weak. “Is there yet another...

How Solar Activity Affects Our Planet
2013-01-10 11:02:17

NASA Science In the galactic scheme of things, the Sun is a remarkably constant star. While some stars exhibit dramatic pulsations, wildly yo-yoing in size and brightness, and sometimes even exploding, the luminosity of our own sun varies a measly 0.1% over the course of the 11-year solar cycle. There is, however, a dawning realization among researchers that even these apparently tiny variations can have a significant effect on terrestrial climate. A new report issued by the National...

Climatic Effects Of A Solar Minimum On Planet Earth
2012-05-07 05:00:52

Joshua Kelly for RedOrbit.com Researchers with the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers are investigating a link between the massive solar minimum that occurred around 2800 years ago and the effects that it had on the climate of Europe.  They are still researching how the solar minimum could possibly impact the region of Europe in general. One thing they have been researching is information from Lake Maar to see how the sediment in the lake correlates to the solar minimum....

Sun's Impact On Earth: What We Need To Know To Prepare For The Future
2012-03-15 05:17:31

Joshua Kelly, Meteorology Correspondent Redorbit.com If you recall back in the year 2000 we were being filled with this information of “global warming” occurring at record setting levels. However, did you also know that in 2009 there were reports of the glaciers in Montana gaining ground and expanding snow cover? So how is it possible that we are going into global warming and then magically just as of recently we now are being told that it´s “climate change.”...

2012-01-27 16:05:53

Improved Forecasting to Coincide with Peak in Solar Activity After years of relative somnolence, the sun is beginning to stir. By the time it's fully awake in about 20 months, the team at NASA´s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., charged with researching and tracking solar activity, will have at their dispoal a greatly enhanced forecasting capability. Goddard's Space Weather Laboratory recently received support under NASA's Space Technology Program Game Changing Program...

Drop In Radiation Can Trigger Cold Winters
2011-10-11 04:33:48

According to a new study, a drop in the sun's radiation can trigger unusually cold winters in parts of North America and Europe. The scientists said this finding could improve long-range forecasts and help countries prepare for blizzards. Previously, researchers were just able to see a weak link between solar activity and winter weather.  However, the new study used satellite measurements from NASA's Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE) to reveal that differences in UV...

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2011-08-19 07:55:00

Researchers at Reading University said that solar storms are likely to become more disruptive to planes and spacecraft within decades. The team predicts that once the Sun shifts towards an era of lower solar activity, more hazardous radiation will reach Earth. The researchers said in Geophysical Research Letters that the Sun is currently at a grand solar maximum, which is a phase that began in the 1920s. Mike Lockwood, professor of space environment physics at Reading, said in a statement:...

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2011-04-15 09:05:00

By Dr. Tony Phillips - Science@NASA If you've ever stood in front of a hot stove, watching a pot of water and waiting impatiently for it to boil, you know what it feels like to be a solar physicist. Back in 2008, the solar cycle plunged into the deepest minimum in nearly a century. Sunspots all but vanished, solar flares subsided, and the sun was eerily quiet. "Ever since, we've been waiting for solar activity to pick up," says Richard Fisher, head of the Heliophysics Division at NASA...


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How Solar Cycles Impact Our Weather Here On Earth
2013-01-13 09:10:34

Solar cycles: what are they and why should we care about them? Solar cycles are made up of what are known as solar minimums (min) and solar maximums (max). We refer to a solar min at the time when the sun is not active with many sunspots, while a solar max is just the opposite when we see a large increase in sunspot activity. So how long do solar cycles last? Typically they run on what is known as an 11 year cycle from the max to the min and then start over again anew. As of 2012 we...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Sunspot -- A sunspot is a region on the Sun's surface (photosphere) that is marked by a lower temperature than its surroundings, and intense magnetic activity. Although they are blindingly bright, at temperatures of roughly 5000 Kelvin, the contrast with the surrounding material at some 6000 Kelvin leaves them clearly visible as dark spots. Interestingly, if they were isolated from the surrounding photosphere they would be brighter than an electric arc. History Apparent references...

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Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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