Sun

  • The Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) spacecraft has revealed an unexpected structure of the 'tail' that trails behind the Solar System as it moves through interstellar space.
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  • A new study indicates that 2 billion years from now, as the aging Sun heats the Earth, life on our planet will only survive in pockets of liquid water deep below the surface. The findings could have implications in the search for life on distant
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  • As Mars passes almost directly behind the Sun next month, communications with robotic missions at the red planet will be diminished.
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  • Solar astronomers have long wondered why the Sun's atmosphere gets hotter, rather than colder, as you move away from the star's surface. High resolution observations are now revealing the mechanism that pumps energy into the Sun's corona.
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  • This month, a NASA mission will make its third launch into space for a six-minute flight to gather information about the Sun.
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  • Astronaut Don Pettit continues his diary from Expedition 31 on the International Space Station. In this installment he talks about observing solar phenomenon from Earth orbit, and the continued care of the plants he has been caring for on the ISS.
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  • Astrophysicists have created the first online system for predicting and forecasting radiation in near-Earth, lunar, and martian space environments. The tool could be useful in predicting potential hazards for future missions to these locations.
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  • A new study indicates that shockwaves from the young Sun would have caused the planets of our solar system to form at different times.
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  • The Sun is nearly the roundest object ever measured...but why?
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  • Researchers may have discovered a new method to predict solar flares more than a day before they occur.
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