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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...

Sounding Rocket Getting Ready To Study Active Regions On The Sun
2013-08-03 07:59:17

NASA At NASA's White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, N.M., a sounding rocket is being readied for flight. Due to launch on Aug. 8, 2013, the VERIS rocket, short for Very high Resolution Imaging Spectrometer, will launch for a 15-minute trip carrying an instrument that can measure properties of the structures in the sun's upper atmosphere down to 145 miles across, some eight times clearer than any similar telescope currently in space. When it comes to observing the sun, different...

Heavy Metal Stars
2013-08-01 14:00:20

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers from the Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland say they have discovered two unusual, heavy metal stars. The team wrote in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society that they found the stars HE 2359-2844 and HE 1256-2738 to contain extremely high concentrations of lead in their atmospheres. Naslim Neelamkodan, Simon Jeffery, Natalie Behara and Alan Hibbert said these two stars have surfaces containing...

2013-07-25 23:19:58

The NPD Group, Inc., a global information company, reports sales of makeup and skincare with SPF reached $1.1 billion in US prestige department stores from June 2012 – May 2013, a 24 percent increase from three years ago. Port Washington, New York (PRWEB) July 25, 2013 “Whether it is health concerns, or a more superficial fear of looking older, the intensified focus on sun protection from the beauty and health care industries is having a real impact on consumers, and the market,”...

IRIS offers first images of sun atmosphere
2013-07-25 15:10:18

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) has provided scientists with their first look at the Sun's atmosphere. On July 17, an international team of scientists and engineers working on IRIS saw their hard work pay off when the telescope provided its first glimpse, showing unprecedented detail of a little-observed region of the sun. "These beautiful images from IRIS are going to help us understand how the sun's lower...

Complex Origins Of Solar Systems
2013-07-25 11:12:46

John P. Millis, PhD for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Centuries ago, as astronomers began to discover the extent of our solar system, they also began to develop theories on how our Solar System was formed and how it evolved. The challenge was that the only model available was that of our own - other planetary systems would not be discovered until the later part of the 20th century - so researchers assumed that all solar systems would likely look like ours: central star, small rocky...

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...

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...

Planets May Keep Warmer In A Cool Star System
2013-07-19 13:49:17

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a new study published in the journal Astrobiology, planets orbiting cooler stars may be more likely to remain ice-free than planets around hotter stars. Stars emit different types of light, with hotter stars emitting high-energy visible and ultraviolet light, and cooler stars giving off infrared and near-infrared light. A new climate model found that planets orbiting cool stars actually may be warmer and less icy than...

Latest Sun Reference Libraries

Stellar Astrophysics
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The prominent feature that allows for the existence of life on Earth is the Sun. Radiation from our closest star provides heat and energy to our planet, driving biological processes and providing the necessary conditions for liquid water to naturally exist. But our Sun is only but one star in this vast Universe. And as it turns out, most stars are quite different than the one that illuminates our day. For this reason, scientists have, for hundreds of years, attempted to study the other...

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...

Weather Reference Library
2012-07-23 13:36:11

Being a meteorologist for over thirteen years you start to take note of many things in the atmosphere and how they repeat themselves. Our Climate is no different. The definition of climate is stated as: the collective weather data in regards to moisture and temperature for over 30 years for the same location. So to better understand our climate we need to look at this. First, we have average temperatures for given places based on the 30 year average. Some years the temps are warmer or...

Solar Physics
2012-05-02 19:16:53

Solar Physics is a journal for solar and solar-stellar research and the study of solar terrestrial physics. Founded in 1967 by solar physicist Cornelis de Jager and publisher D. Reidel, the journal treats all aspects of solar physics, ranging from the internal structure of the Sun and its evolution, to outer corona and solar wind in interplanetary space. Solar Physics has four more than forty years been the principal journal for publications of fundamental research on the Sun. It is...

2010-10-28 18:40:42

The spectroheliograph captures a photographic image of the Sun at a single wavelength of light. The wavelength chosen usually coincides with a spectral wavelength of one of the chemical elements present in the Sun. George Ellery Hale and Henri-Alexadre Deslandres developed I independently in 1890 and was further refined in 1932 by Robert R. McMath to take motion pictures. It operates by using a prism together with a narrow slit that passes a single wavelength. The light focuses on a...

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