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NASA’s Next Space Weather Satellite To Be Built By UC Berkeley
2013-04-17 14:32:11

University of California, Berkeley NASA has awarded the University of California, Berkeley, up to $200 million to build a satellite to determine how Earth´s weather affects weather at the edge of space, in hopes of improving forecasts of extreme “space weather” that can disrupt global positioning satellites (GPS) and radio communications. The satellite mission, called the Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON), will be designed, built and operated by scientists at UC...

NASA Wind Discovers SLAMS Magnetic Waves
2013-04-17 11:48:16

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Analysis of data collected by NASA´s Wind spacecraft as it traveled through the front of the Earth´s magnetosphere from 1998 through 2002 has revealed a special type of magnetic pulsations, scientists from the US space agency revealed on Tuesday. The magnetosphere, a giant area of space created by the Earth´s magnetic fields as it travels around the sun, produces a standing bow wave or bow shock as is travels...

NASA's CINDI Celebrating Fifth Anniversary
2013-04-15 15:10:13

NASA On April 16, 2008, a suite of NASA instruments was launched into space to study a unique region of Earth´s upper atmosphere: the electrically charged region called the ionosphere. The instruments, known collectively as CINDI (Coupled Ion-Neutral Dynamics Investigation), fly aboard an Air Force Research Laboratory satellite called C/NOFS (Communications/Navigation Outage Forecasting System) to study this region that hovers some 60 to 400 miles above Earth. The ionosphere is...

Aurora Illuminates Sky Near Tromsø, Norway
2013-04-15 10:19:28

ESA These colorful displays are produced when electrically charged particles traveling from the Sun in the solar wind are channeled along Earth´s magnetic field lines and strike atoms high in the atmosphere. Collisions with oxygen atoms typically generate green aurora, as seen here. The link between auroras and solar activity has been apparent for centuries, but only with the aid of satellites can scientists begin to decipher the physical mechanisms causing this spectacular...

Project Analyzing Impact Of Space Weather On Satellites Gets NASA Grants
2013-04-14 07:18:25

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online The University of Central Florida (UCF) has received a $55 million grant from NASA toward the development and operation of an instrument that will investigate the impact of space weather on orbiting communication and navigation satellites, the Orlando-based institution announced Friday. The mission is known as the Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) project, and it will monitor Earth´s upper...

Mid-Level Flare Emitted By The Sun
2013-04-11 14:08:16

NASA The M6.5 flare on the morning of April 11, 2013, was also associated with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection (CME), another solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of solar particles into space and can reach Earth one to three days later. CMEs can affect electronic systems in satellites and on the ground. Experimental NASA research models show that the CME began at 3:36 a.m. EDT on April 11, leaving the sun at over 600 miles per second. Earth-directed CMEs can cause a...

ESA Opens New Space Weather Center In Brussels To Keep Their Eyes On Our Sun
2013-04-05 13:48:27

ESA This week, ESA opened a new Space Weather Coordination Centre to gather up-to-date information on our Sun. It is the first such data coordination center opened under the Agency´s Space Situational Awareness Programme. The new Space Situational Awareness (SSA) Space Weather Coordination Centre (SSCC) will serve as the central access point to a portfolio of European space-weather expertise for customers, including satellite operators, industrial sectors including...

Noctilucent Clouds Observed By NASA Sounding Rocket
2013-04-04 14:55:35

NASA A constant stream of space debris flows toward Earth from the rest of the solar system. Large meteors can sometimes survive the intense friction and heat upon entering Earth´s atmosphere, but by and large the meteors evaporate and reform into tiny particles that are left to whiz through the atmosphere. Such particles are so light and so ubiquitous that scientists refer to them as smoke. Tracking how this smoke swirls around Earth has implications for understanding weather and...

Powerful Coronal Mass Ejection Erupts On Sun's Earth-Facing Side
2013-03-15 13:42:58

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A powerful solar eruption occurred on the surface of the sun at 2:54 a.m. (EDT) this morning. The eruption, called a coronal mass ejection (CME), occurred on the Earth-facing side of the sun and may have released billions of tons of solar particles into space racing their way toward Earth, potentially making impact within three days. Once particles from this CME event hit Earth, electrical systems in orbit, in the sky and on...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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