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Venus Caught Looking Like A Comet
2013-01-30 04:35:17

[ Watch the Video: What is Venus? ] John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online At the very edges of the Earth´s atmosphere, where the Earth´s magnetic field begins, solar radiation strips electrons from the tenuous gas that is slowly leaking into space. This region, known as the ionosphere is famously responsible for allowing terrestrial radio transmissions over great distances. During World War II, for example, radio operators would...

2013-01-28 11:54:59

Geometric pattern maximizes time light is trapped in solar cell The sun´s energy is virtually limitless, but harnessing its electricity with today´s single-crystal silicon solar cells is extremely expensive – 10 times pricier than coal, according to some estimates. Organic solar cells – polymer solar cells that use organic materials to absorb light and convert it into electricity – could be a solution, but current designs suffer because polymers have...

Sun Unleashes Two Coronal Mass Ejections On January 23
2013-01-25 05:43:18

[ Watch the Video: SOHO Captures CME On January 23, 2013 ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The sun showed off its strength on Wednesday with two coronal mass ejections (CME), observed by both NASA and the European Space Agency instruments. NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) and both of the space agencies' Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) helped to unveil the activity during the solar maximum cycle. The CME seen at 9:55 a.m. EST on...

SORCE Satellite Outlasts Mission Life And Keeps On Truckin'
2013-01-24 13:13:38

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Some missions in space complete their operations just after predicted, while others earn the Iron Man award for outlasting their primary mission. In the case of SORCE--a satellite designed to study solar storms--it's earned itself an Iron Man. Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE), designed and built by the University of Colorado, is a NASA satellite that gives scientists a look at some of the most intense solar...

changing face of the sun
2013-01-23 18:53:22

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online When we take a glance at the sun, or sit down with paint to color the sky, we always see our home star as yellow, but the sun is full of much more diversity. The reason we only see yellow is because it is the brightest wavelength of light from the sun, but with special instruments, NASA is able to see all the wavelengths. With these instruments, whether they are in ground-based or space-based telescopes, we can observe light...

Energy Bursts Boost Temperature Of The Solar Corona
2013-01-23 12:11:30

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists say they have solved a piece of the puzzle as to why the farther away you get from the surface of the Sun, the hotter you get. The visible surface, or photosphere, on the Sun is 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit, but as you move away from it, you pass through a layer of hot, ionized gas or plasma called the corona. Scientists have been puzzled for a while about how the solar atmosphere can get hotter, rather than colder, the farther...

NASA IRIS Spacecraft
2013-01-19 08:48:07

NASA NASA's next Small Explorer (SMEX) mission to study the little-understood lower levels of the sun's atmosphere has been fully integrated and final testing is underway. Scheduled to launch in April 2013, the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) will make use of high-resolution images, data and advanced computer models to unravel how matter, light, and energy move from the sun´s 6,000 K (10,240 F / 5,727 C) surface to its million K (1.8 million F / 999,700 C) outer...


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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...

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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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Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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