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December 21, 2014
NASA Satellites Measure Increase of Sun's Energy Absorbed in the Arctic
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 18, 2014
NASA satellite instruments have observed a marked increase in solar radiation absorbed in the Arctic since the year 2000 - a trend that aligns with the steady decrease in Arctic sea ice during the same period. While sea ice is mostly white and reflects the sun's rays, ocean water is dark and absorbs the sun's energy at a higher rate. A decline in the region's albedo - its reflectivity, in effect - has been a key concern among scientists since the summer Arctic sea ice cover began shrinking in rece ... read more

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NASA-funded FOXSI to Observe X-Rays From Sun
An enormous spectrum of light streams from the sun. We're most familiar with the conventional visible white light we see with our eyes from Earth, but that's just a fraction of what our closest star ... more
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DSCOVR to Observe Space Weather and Earth from Afar
News reports of hurricanes forming and predictions about storm paths are familiar occurrences. Less familiar are reports about solar wind and magnetic fields from the sun which can also have an impa ... more
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Sun's rotating magnetic field may pull lightning toward Earth
The push and pull of the sun's magnetic field may encourage lightning strikes by bending the Earth's own magnetic field, allowing an influx of electric particles. Over a five-year period, researchers at the University of Reading recorded a 50 percent increase in lightning strikes when the Earth's magnetic shield was manipulated by the sun. ... more
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Sun's rotating 'magnet' pulls lightning towards UK
The Sun may be playing a part in the generation of lightning strikes on Earth by temporarily 'bending' the Earth's magnetic field and allowing a shower of energetic particles to enter the upper atmo ... more
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Interaction of Solar Wind and Earth Atmosphere Studied
Northern Norway in December? It may not be your ideal spot to visit, but for NASA sounding rocket teams and university scientists, this is the ideal place to conduct experiments to increase the unde ... more
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NASA-Funded Sounding Rocket to Gather 1,500 Sun Images in 5 Minutes
A sounding rocket outfitted with technology to gather 1,500 images of the sun over its five-minute mission is preparing to launch in early November 2014. Capturing five images per second, the ... more
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New insights into the physics of space weather
Each second, the sun hurls millions of tons of hot, charged plasma gas into space. This volatile "solar wind" buffets the magnetosphere, the magnetic field that surrounds the Earth, and can whip up ... more
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Spotlighting the sun
Astronomers with the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) captured pictures not only of Thursday's partial solar eclipse, but also of the "monster" ... more
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Sunspot continues to shoot out solar flares
It's no longer just the largest sunspot in more than 20 years; it's the sunspot that just won't quit. The solar region, known as Active Region 12192 (or AR 2192), has been ripping off solar flares for more than a week now, and has shown no signs of slowing down. ... more
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NASA uses ultra-black nano-coating for solar coronagraph
An emerging super-black nanotechnology that is to be tested for the first time this fall on the International Space Station will be applied to a complex, 3-D component critical for suppressing stray ... more
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NASA's SDO Observes Largest Sunspot of the Solar Cycle
On Oct. 18, 2014, a sunspot rotated over the left side of the sun, and soon grew to be the largest active region seen in the current solar cycle, which began in 2008. Currently, the sunspot is ... more
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Largest sunspot in 20 years facing planet Earth
Sunspot region AR2192 on the solar surface is currently both massive and active, scientists with NASA say. So big, in fact, that the sunspot is visible - with a properly protected eye - from the Earth's surface. ... more
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'Twisted rope' clue to dangerous solar storms
A "twisted rope" of magnetically-charged energy precedes solar storms that have the potential to damage satellites and electricity grids, French scientists said on Wednesday. ... more
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Sunset Solar Eclipse
Sunsets are always pretty. One sunset this month could be out of this world. On Thursday, Oct. 23rd, the setting sun across eastern parts of the USA will be red, beautiful and ... crescent-shaped. ... more
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Tiny "Nanoflares" Might Heat the Sun's Corona
Why is the Sun's million-degree corona, or outermost atmosphere, so much hotter than the Sun's surface? This question has baffled astronomers for decades. Today, a team led by Paola Testa of the Har ... more
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NASA Spacecraft Provides New Information About Sun's Atmosphere
NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) has provided scientists with five new findings into how the sun's atmosphere, or corona, is heated far hotter than its surface, what causes the su ... more
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    First space weather forecast center opens in Britain
    The first space weather forecast center opened Wednesday in Exeter, southwestern England. With a funding of 4.6 million pounds (7.4 million U.S. dollars) from the British government, the Met Office ... more
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    Nitrogen fingerprint in biomolecules could be from early sun
    Chemical fingerprints of the element nitrogen vary by extremes in materials from the molecules of life to the solar wind to interstellar dust. Ideas for how this great variety came about have includ ... more
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    Solar explosions inside a computer
    Strong solar flares can bring down communications and power grids on Earth. By demonstrating how these gigantic eruptions are caused, ETH physicists are laying the foundations for future predictions ... more
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    CME Week: The Difference Between Flares and CMEs
    There are many kinds of eruptions on the sun. Solar flares and coronal mass ejections both involve gigantic explosions of energy, but are otherwise quite different. The two phenomena do sometimes oc ... more
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    Solar storm heads Earth's way after double sun blasts
    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. ... more
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    PPPL scientists take key step toward solving a major astrophysical mystery
    Magnetic reconnection can trigger geomagnetic storms that disrupt cell phone service, damage satellites and black out power grids. But how reconnection, in which the magnetic field lines in plasma s ... more
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    Check out the massive solar flare the sun had today
    The sun was pretty active Wednesday, unleashing a huge solar flare toward the Earth. ... more
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    Researchers Discover New Clues to Determining the Solar Cycle
    Approximately every 11 years, the sun undergoes a complete personality change from quiet and calm to violently active. The height of the sun's activity, known as solar maximum, is a time of numerous ... more
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