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Solar Tadpole-Like Jets Seen With NASA’S IRIS Add New Clue to Age-Old Mystery

February 20, 2019

Scientists have discovered tadpole-shaped jets coming out of regions with intense magnetic fields on the Sun. Unlike those…
September 2017’s Intense Solar Activity Viewed From Space

October 29, 2017

September 2017 saw a spate of solar activity, with the Sun emitting 27 M-class and four X-class flares…
Scientists Uncover Origins of the Sun’s Swirling Spicules

June 23, 2017

At any given moment, as many as 10 million wild jets of solar material burst from the sun’s…
Tracking Waves from Sunspots Gives New Solar Insight

October 22, 2016

While it often seems unvarying from our viewpoint on Earth, the sun is constantly changing. Material courses through…
SOHO Celebrates 20 Years of Space-based Science

December 2, 2015

After 20 years in space, ESA and NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, or SOHO, is still going strong.…
IRIS and Hinode: A Stellar Research Team

August 26, 2015

Modern telescopes and satellites have helped us measure the blazing hot temperatures of the sun from afar. Mostly…
Hinode, IRIS, and ATERUI cooperate on 70 year old solar mystery

August 24, 2015

Solar physicists have captured the first direct observational signatures of resonant absorption, thought to play an important role…
IRIS Celebrates 10,000th Orbit

May 8, 2015

In this photo, NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) spacecraft captured several large solar prominences on the edge of…
Tiny “Nanoflares” Might Heat the Sun’s Corona

October 17, 2014

Why is the Sun’s million-degree corona, or outermost atmosphere, so much hotter than the Sun’s surface? This question…
IRIS Helps Explain Mysterious Heating of the Solar Atmosphere

October 17, 2014

NASA’s newest sun-watcher, the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, launched in 2013 with a specific goal: track how energy…
NASA Spacecraft Provides New Information About Sun’s Atmosphere

October 17, 2014

NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) has provided scientists with five new findings into how the sun’s atmosphere,…
NASA Releases IRIS Footage of X-class Flare

September 18, 2014

On Sept. 10, 2014, NASA’s newest solar observatory, the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, mission joined other…
NASA Telescopes Coordinate Best-Ever Flare Observations

May 8, 2014

To have a record of such an intense flare from so many observatories is unprecedented.  Such research can…
IRIS Spots Its Largest Solar Flare

February 24, 2014

On Jan. 28, 2014, NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, witnessed its strongest solar flare since it…
IRIS Glimpses an Elusive Region of the Sun

December 13, 2013

An innovative solar observatory is adding a key piece to the puzzle of the enigma that is our…
IRIS Provides Unprecedented Images of Sun

December 10, 2013

The region located between the surface of the sun and its atmosphere has been revealed as a more…
IRIS Telescope Offers First Glimpse of Sun’s Mysterious Atmosphere

July 26, 2013

The moment when a telescope first opens its doors represents the culmination of years of work and planning…
Telescope Door on IRIS Opens

July 22, 2013

On July 17 11:14 pm PDT (2:14 pm EDT) the IRIS Lockheed Martin instrument team successfully opened the…
IRIS Solar Observatory Launches, Begins Mission

July 1, 2013

NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) spacecraft launched at 10:27 p.m. EDT Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base,…
IRIS to Take Precise Look at Sun’s Energy

June 27, 2013

Researchers hope NASA’s latest solar observatory will answer a fundamental question of how the sun creates such intense…
NASA Prepares for Launch of Next Solar Satellite IRIS

June 5, 2013

Lying just above the sun’s surface is an enigmatic region of the solar atmosphere called the interface region.…
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