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Solar Spacecraft Celebrate Six Years In Service
2012-10-29 03:50:29

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online On Thursday, October 25, NASA's twin Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) program celebrated its sixth anniversary orbiting the sun, the US space agency announced on Friday. The twin orbiting probes were launched on that date in 2006, and ultimately entered into similar but separate orbits around the sun. STEREO-A's orbit is slightly smaller and faster, while STEREO-B's is larger and slower, they said, and those subtle...

Could Our Sun Eventually Devour Earth?
2012-10-26 14:50:20

NASA Science [ Watch The Video ] An international team of astronomers has caught a star in the act of devouring one of its planets. BD+48 740, a red giant they observed using the 9.2-meter Hobby-Eberly Telescope at the McDonald Observatory in Texas, appears to have the fumes of a scorched planet in its atmosphere. This is consistent with a rocky world, recently destroyed. Could the same thing happen to Earth? Yes indeed, says Alex Wolszczan, a member of the research team from Penn...

NASA Observatory Captures Another X-Class Solar Flare
2012-10-23 15:32:34

[WATCH VIDEO: Active Region On The Sun Emits Another Flare] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA said its Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) captured the sun erupting with an X1.8 class solar flare on Monday. The solar flare came from an active region on the left side of the sun known as AR 1598, which has been the source of weaker flares. The "X-class" solar flares are the most intense flares, with the number near the X representing its intensity. An X2...

Solar Plasma Wave Unleashed
2012-10-21 08:45:32

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA´s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured a spectacular solar eruption on Friday. A giant super-hot wave of solar plasma larger than the planet Earth erupted from the Sun at 4:15 a.m. EDT and was caught in amazing high-definition detail by the NASA spacecraft. "Once it started breaking away, the process only took 10 hours before it was out of sight," NASA media specialist Steele Hill explained in a photo description. "The...

New Cobalt-graphene Performs Nearly As Well As Precious Metal Catalysts
2012-10-17 15:44:32

There's a new contender in the race to find an inexpensive alternative to platinum catalysts for use in hydrogen fuel cells. Brown University chemist Shouheng Sun and his students have developed a new material – a graphene sheet covered by cobalt and cobalt-oxide nanoparticles – that can catalyze the oxygen reduction reaction nearly as well as platinum does and is substantially more durable. The new material "has the best reduction performance of any nonplatinum catalyst,"...

Sunblock For The Earth
2012-10-12 09:46:48

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When you want to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the Sun, you employ some sort of sun block. It might be a lotion or a cream; it might even be a shirt or an umbrella to filter the effects. But what would you use to protect the entire planet from the Sun? Apparently that is the question that an increasing number of scientists are trying to answer; ways to temporarily reduce the amount of sunlight reaching the Earth to stave...

Interstellar Travel May Be Easier Thanks To New Findings
2012-10-10 09:04:25

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Last month in Houston, Texas, Former President Bill Clinton addressed the 100 Year Starship Symposium to express his support for interstellar travel. The Symposium is an international event advocating for human expansion into other star systems. Interstellar travel for humans will depend upon extremely precise measurements of every factor of the mission, and the knowledge of these factors may be improved by the solution to a puzzle...

Coronal Mass Ejection Captured By SOHO
2012-09-29 08:20:34

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online At 10:23 pm EDT on September 27, 2012, NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) captured an image of a particularly wide coronal mass ejection (CME) that erupted from the Sun. SOHO is an international collaborative effort between NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) to study the Sun from its deep core to the outer corona. The SOHO spacecraft also studies the solar winds generated by solar events. The sun erupted in a...

Astronomers Look Long At Coronal Mass Ejections
2012-09-20 18:54:36

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Astronomers reported in The Astrophysical Journal they have a better understanding of the temperatures of the coronal cavities in Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs). Terry Kucera, a solar scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, along with colleagues, set out to understand the structure of CMEs, even before they erupt. CMEs are eruptions that take place on the sun that can travel toward Earth and...

2012-09-19 23:01:29

Time magazine has called Byron Katie “a spiritual innovator for the new millennium,” and her School for The Work of Byron Katie teaches a simple yet powerful method of turning lives around. Unlike every other school on earth, this one isn´t for learning–it´s for unlearning. The nine days are focused on unraveling the fear-based stories people innocently cling to all their lives–stories like ”I´m not good enough,” “My husband should...


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...

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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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