Latest Space weather Stories

Solar Flip Soon
2013-08-06 13:41:02

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online [ Watch the Video: Preparing For The Solar Max Magnetic Flip ] Solar experts are anticipating a major event that is about to happen within the next three or four months - the sun is going to flip. Every eleven years, the Sun reaches the peak of its cycle and proceeds to switch polarity, making north become south and south become north. NASA scientists said the upcoming change will also mark the halfway point of solar max, a period...

GOES-R Satellite Magnetometer Boom Deployment Test Successful
2013-07-30 10:33:57

NASA [ Watch the Video GOES-R Magnetometer Boom Deployment] The GOES-R Magnetometer Engineering Development Unit made an important development in the construction of the spacecraft recently after completing a successful boom deployment test at an ATK facility in Goleta, Calif. The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite -- R Series advanced spacecraft and instrument technology will result in more timely and accurate weather forecasts. It will improve support for the...

Coronal Mass Ejection Witnessed By NASA's STEREO
2013-07-23 08:59:36

NASA On July 22, 2013, at 2:24 a.m. EDT, the sun erupted with a coronal mass ejection or CME, a solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of solar particles into space that can affect electronic systems in satellites. Experimental NASA research models based on observations from NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory, or STEREO, show that the CME was not Earth-directed, but may pass Mars.  It left the sun at around 715 miles per second, which is a fairly fast speed...

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...

Large Coronal Hole Near the Sun's North Pole
2013-07-22 08:58:30

Karen C. Fox, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. The European Space Agency/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, or SOHO, captured this image of a gigantic coronal hole hovering over the sun's north pole on July 18, 2013, at 9:06 a.m. EDT. Coronal holes are dark, low density regions of the sun's outermost atmosphere, the corona. They contain little solar material, have lower temperatures, and therefore, appear much darker than their surroundings. Coronal holes are a...

2013-07-11 16:18:48

On July 9, 2013, at 11:09 a.m. EDT, the sun erupted with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection or CME, a solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of particles into space that can reach Earth one to three days later. These particles cannot travel through the atmosphere to harm humans on Earth, but they can affect electronic systems in satellites and on the ground. Experimental NASA research models, based on observations from NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations...

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...

Magnetic Waves Responsible For Keeping Sun's Corona Heated
2013-07-09 15:10:08

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers at the 44th meeting of the Solar Physics Division (SPD) of the American Astronomical Society are shedding light on the Sun's coronal heating mystery. The team found evidence magnetic waves in a polar coronal hole contain enough energy to heat the corona and deposit most of their energy at sufficiently low heights for the heat to spread throughout the corona. Their observations help answer a 60-year-old solar physics mystery...

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