Sun

  • 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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  • Space Tornadoes on the Sun
    Super tornadoes on the Sun may one day help scientists develop ways of produce clean, free energy here on Earth.
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  • Electric Moon Jolts the Solar Wind
    New research shows that the Moon has a far-reaching influence on the solar wind.
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  • A new study shows how the solar storms of March 8th through 10th dumped enough energy in Earth's upper atmosphere to power every residence in New York City for two years. Studying how the Sun affects the Earth is important in understanding our planet's habitability.
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