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September 18, 2014
Solar storm heads Earth's way after double sun blasts
Washington (AFP) Sept 11, 2014
Two big explosions on the surface of the sun will cause a moderate to strong geomagnetic storm on Earth in the coming days, possibly disrupting radio and satellite communications, scientists said Thursday. The unusual storm is not likely to wreak havoc with personal electronics but may cause colorful nighttime auroras, or displays of the Northern Lights, late Friday and early Saturday. "We don't expect any unmanageable impacts to national infrastructure from these solar events at this time but w ... read more

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Researchers Use NASA and Other Data to Look Into the Heart of a Solar Storm
A space weather storm from the sun engulfed our planet on Jan. 21, 2005. The event got its start on Jan. 20, when a cloud of solar material, a coronal mass ejection or CME, burst off the sun and hea ... more
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Detecting neutrinos, physicists look into the heart of the sun
Using one of the most sensitive neutrino detectors on the planet, an international team of physicists including Andrea Pocar, Laura Cadonati and doctoral student Keith Otis at the University of Mass ... more
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NASA Captures Images of a Late Summer Flare
On Aug. 24, 2014, the sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 8:16 a.m. EDT. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of the flare, which erupted on the left side of the sun. ... more
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Spare Off-the-Shelf Instrument Continues Solar Output Data with Excellent Results
When the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, sponsored the Total solar irradiance Calibration Transfer Experiment, or TCTE, project launched November 2013, the solar science co ... more
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Monitoring Solar Activity with SDO
At times, the sun erupts, hurling a magnetic superheated cloud of gas toward Earth. Racing at thousands of miles per second, and hundreds of times bigger than the sun, this cloud of solar particles ... more
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Sun sets for a NASA solar monitoring spacecraft
After 14 years of monitoring Earth's main energy source, radiation from the sun, NASA's Active Cavity Radiometer Irradiance Monitor satellite has lost contact with its ground operations team at NASA ... more
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Northrop Grumman's Scalable SIRU tapped for space mission
Northrop Grumman's space inertial reference system is to be used on NASA's Solar Probe Plus mission to examine the atmosphere of the Sun. ... more
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Step closer to birth of the sun
Researchers are a step closer to understanding the birth of the sun. Published in Science, the team led by Dr Maria Lugaro and Professor Alexander Heger, from Monash University, have investigated th ... more
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Scientist underlines threat of inevitable "solar super-storms"
In this month's issue of Physics World, Ashley Dale from the University of Bristol warns of the "catastrophic" and "long-lasting" impacts of "solar super-storms" and the dangers we face if the threa ... more
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Coronal Heating Theory Tested In NASA Sounding Rocket Mission
Scientists have recently gathered some of the strongest evidence to date to explain what makes the sun's outer atmosphere so much hotter than its surface. The new observations of the small-scale ext ... more
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Solar Probe Plus, Highest Energy Mission Ever
Several years ago, NASA selected the Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) of Johns Hopkins University to develop a most ambitious mission to the Sun. This was dubbed the Solar Probe Plus mission, intend ... more
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Near Miss: The Solar Superstorm of July 2012
If an asteroid big enough to knock modern civilization back to the 18th century appeared out of deep space and buzzed the Earth-Moon system, the near-miss would be instant worldwide Near Miss: The S ... more
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Earth survived near-miss from 2012 solar storm: NASA
Back in 2012, the Sun erupted with a powerful solar storm that just missed the Earth but was big enough to "knock modern civilization back to the 18th century," NASA said. ... more
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Messenger and Stereo Open New Window Into Solar Processes
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A suite of NASA's sun-gazing spacecraft have spotted an unusual series of eruptions in which a series of fast puffs forced the slow ejection of a massive burst of solar material from the sun's atmos ... more
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NASA's IRIS Solar Observatory After 1 Year in Space
On June 27, 2013, NASA's newest solar observatory was launched into orbit around Earth. The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, observes the low level of the sun's atmosphere - a consta ... more
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    The sun spouted another giant solar flare today, its third in two days. And yet again, one of NASA's many satellites was there to capture images. ... more
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