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Solar Maximum Is Coming
2012-12-18 19:23:59

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The sun is revving up and preparing for a new cycle next year, reaching solar maximum during the summer and fall months of 2013. Our star goes through 11-year cycles, roughly. Some cycles can last as long as 14 years or as brief as nine. Despite what the cycle's name suggest, solar storms could be mild during a solar maximum, or severe during a minimum. The sun's cycle is marked from minimum to minimum, making the maximum...

Upcoming Total SOlar Eclipse To Be Documented
2012-11-05 13:25:40

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Australians will have the privilege of witnessing a total solar eclipse about an hour after sunrise on November 14. The eclipse will be visible from the northeastern Australia coast, along the Great Barrier Reef, during which astronomers will be working on scientific observations. Jay Pasachoff, Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy at Williams College, will be viewing his 56th solar eclipse, along with colleagues and...

2012-09-07 23:00:45

For over 15 years Dr Ian Johnson of Molescreen has been removing pre-cancerous sunspots from patients using Photo Dynamic Therapy. Having seen how successful it has been he has decided to launch the service to the skin cancer capital of the world, Brisbane in Queensland,Australia. Brisbane,Queensland,Australia (PRWEB) September 06, 2012 Molescreen,a specialised Skin Cancer treatment and removal clinic in Brisbane,Queensland is now launching an extension of their current services to include...

Solar Activity Linked To Colder European Winters
2012-08-24 05:50:24

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have long suspected that the Sun's 11-year cycle influences climate of certain regions on Earth. Records of average, seasonal temperatures do not date back far enough to confirm any patterns, though. An international team of researchers, armed with a unique proxy, show that unusually cold winters in Central Europe are related to low solar activity — when sunspot numbers are minimal. Germany's Rhine River freezing is...

Some Sun-like Stars Put Off Superflares
2012-05-17 13:32:04

New research shows that other sun-like stars in the universe can send off flares much larger than those seen on our sun. Solar flares are the result of broken magnetic-field loops as they pass through sunspots. As these loops become twisted and contorted, the flares occur, sending enormous amounts of charged particles, energy and radiation outward. So far, the largest solar flare ever measured on our sun happened on September 1, 1859, by British astronomer Richard Carrington. He simply...

Image 1 - 'Cool' Gas May Form And Strengthen Sunspots
2012-02-01 05:19:44

Hydrogen molecules may act as a kind of energy sink that strengthens the magnetic grip that causes sunspots, according to scientists from Hawaii and New Mexico using a new infrared instrument on an old telescope. "We think that molecular hydrogen plays an important role in the formation and evolution of sunspots," said Dr. Sarah Jaeggli, a recent University of Hawaii at Manoa graduate whose doctoral research formed a key element of the new findings. She conducted the research with Drs....

SDO Spots Largest Sunspots In Years
2011-11-04 11:20:44

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) spotted one of the largest new sunspots to have appeared on the surface of the sun in years. The area is nearly 25,000 miles wide, which is over three times larger than the Earth. NASA said the region has already experienced about eight solar flares, including an M-class flare on November 2. The space agency also said that X-class flares are possible, which includes the largest possible solar flares. The sun shot off a flare from this region...

solar flare
2011-09-09 06:33:33

  A third and fourth flare have erupted from sunspot 1283. The third came on September 7 at 6:36 PM ET, and was categorized as an X1.8 by the GOES spacecraft, making it the second X-class flare within 24 hours. There was a coronal mass ejection (CME) associated with all three of the recent flares, but none of them are expected to travel directly toward Earth, and the first two were unlikely to cause aurora. NASA computer models suggest that the latest CME may give a glancing...

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2011-08-26 07:12:15

  Imagine forecasting a hurricane in Miami weeks before the storm was even a swirl of clouds off the coast of Africa–or predicting a tornado in Kansas from the flutter of a butterfly's wing(1) in Texas. These are the kind of forecasts meteorologists can only dream about. Could the dream come true? A new study by Stanford researchers suggests that such forecasts may one day be possible–not on Earth, but on the sun. "We have learned to detect sunspots before they are...


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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Solar Maximum -- The Sun, a roiling ball of plasma, occupies its place in space approximately 93 million miles from Earth. Though it seems simple to inhabitants of this planet -- the Sun shines, giving light and heat -- the processes occurring in the Sun are so complex that many scientists devote their careers to just one aspect of solar activity. Changes in the activity of the Sun particularly engage solar scientists. Whether fluctuations in the solar magnetic field, expulsions of...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Sunspot -- A sunspot is a region on the Sun's surface (photosphere) that is marked by a lower temperature than its surroundings, and intense magnetic activity. Although they are blindingly bright, at temperatures of roughly 5000 Kelvin, the contrast with the surrounding material at some 6000 Kelvin leaves them clearly visible as dark spots. Interestingly, if they were isolated from the surrounding photosphere they would be brighter than an electric arc. History Apparent references...

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  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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