Latest Solar minimum Stories
For NASA, manned missions to Mars and other deep-space destinations remain an essential goal. However, a new study reveals that researchers are only beginning to understand and characterize the radiation hazards such missions would encounter.
Our Sun is constantly cycling between periods of low activity and high activity – known as solar minimum and solar maximum, or Solar Max, respectively.
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.
New science book looks at solar
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.
Researchers 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.
What is actually happening on Earth? Here are some things that you need to understand before we go on. First are terms such as Solar Cycle, Solar Maximum, and Solar Minimum. By understanding these terms, the rest will make more sense.
After years of relative somnolence, the sun is beginning to stir.
According to a new study, a drop in the sun's radiation can trigger unusually cold winters in parts of North America and Europe, a finding that could improve long-range forecasts and help countries prepare for blizzards.
Researchers said that solar storms are likely to become more disruptive to planes and spacecraft within decades.
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...
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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