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Pressure Runs High at Edge of Solar System

2 days ago

Out at the boundary of our solar system, pressure runs high. This pressure, the force plasma, magnetic fields…
Rocket Team: Are Solar Eruptions Messy, or Neat?

September 25, 2019

Seen from Earth, solar flares put on an elegant show. But these dancing plasma ribbons are the shrapnel…
One Year, 2 Trips Around Sun for NASA’s Parker Solar Probe

August 13, 2019

Since NASA’s Parker Solar Probe launched on Aug. 12, 2018, Earth has made a single trip around the…
NASA’s MMS Finds First Interplanetary Shock

August 10, 2019

The Magnetospheric Multiscale mission — MMS — has spent the past four years using high-resolution instruments to see…
KWISP detector searches for dark energy from the Sun

July 3, 2019

First results are in for the KWISP detector’s hunt for hypothetical dark-energy particles from the Sun. Astronomers observe…
Solving the sun’s super-heating mystery with Parker Solar Probe

June 5, 2019

It’s one of the greatest and longest-running mysteries surrounding, quite literally, our sun—why is its outer atmosphere hotter…
Scientists uncover exotic matter in the Sun’s atmosphere

May 29, 2019

Scientists from Ireland and France today announced a major new finding about how matter behaves in the extreme…
Unexpected Rain on Sun Links Two Solar Mysteries

April 5, 2019

For five months in mid 2017, Emily Mason did the same thing every day. Arriving to her office…
How The Sun’s Scorching Corona Stays So Hot

February 6, 2019

We’ve got a mystery on our hands. The surface of the sun has a temperature of about 6,000…
Preparing for Discovery With NASA’s Parker Solar Probe

December 13, 2018

Weeks after Parker Solar Probe made the closest-ever approach to a star, the science data from the first…
Astronomers Find One of the Sun’s Sibling Stars. Born From the Same Solar Nebula Billion of Years Ago

November 22, 2018

According to current cosmological theories, the Milky Way started to form approximately 13.5 billion years ago, just a…
Small satellites tackle big scientific questions

November 16, 2018

CU Boulder will soon have new eyes on the sun. Two miniature satellites designed by researchers at the…
Parker Solar Probe Reports Good Status After Close Solar Approach

November 8, 2018

Parker Solar Probe is alive and well after skimming by the Sun at just 15 million miles from…
‘Ghost’ particles, gliding through sun, reveal inner workings of solar furnace

October 30, 2018

In results published in the journal Nature, investigators of the Borexino collaboration report the most detailed record to date of neutrinos produced…
Parker Solar Probe Breaks Record, Becomes Closest Spacecraft to Sun

October 30, 2018

Parker Solar Probe now holds the record for closest approach to the Sun by a human-made object. The…
Counting Down to ICON’s Launch

October 17, 2018

In October 2018, we’re launching the Ionospheric Connection Explorer, or ICON, to study Earth’s dynamic interface to space.…
Parker Solar Probe Changed the Game Before it Even Launched

October 6, 2018

On Oct. 3, 2018, Parker Solar Probe performed the first significant celestial maneuver of its seven-year mission. As…
JPL Roles in NASA’s Sun-Bound Parker Solar Probe

August 28, 2018

The navigation for NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is led by the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California,…
NASA, ULA Launch Parker Solar Probe on Historic Journey to Touch Sun

August 12, 2018

Hours before the rise of the very star it will study, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe launched from Florida Sunday to…
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is About to Lift Off

August 10, 2018

At 3:33 a.m. EDT on Aug. 11, while most of the U.S. is asleep, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center…
It’s Surprisingly Hard to Go to the Sun

August 9, 2018

The Sun contains 99.8 percent of the mass in our solar system. Its gravitational pull is what keeps…
Mars is at opposition, so what does that mean?

August 8, 2018

You may have heard that Mars reached opposition. But what does that mean? It means that Mars is bright and…
Space probe to plunge into fiery corona of the sun

August 7, 2018

NASA plans to launch Earth’s first spacecraft to venture inside the orbits of Venus and Mercury to touch…
Meet ISʘIS, heading to touch the sun

August 2, 2018

McComas, a professor of astrophysical sciences and the vice president of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, is the principal investigator for…
Parker Solar Probe and the Birth of the Solar Wind

July 31, 2018

This summer, humanity embarks on its first mission to touch the Sun: A spacecraft will be launched into…
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe and the Curious Case of the Hot Corona

July 28, 2018

Something mysterious is going on at the Sun. In defiance of all logic, its atmosphere gets much, much…
NASA Prepares to Launch Parker Solar Probe, a Mission to Touch the Sun

July 23, 2018

Early on an August morning, the sky near Cape Canaveral, Florida, will light up with the launch of…
Traveling to the Sun: Why Won’t Parker Solar Probe Melt?

July 22, 2018

This summer, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will launch to travel closer to the Sun, deeper into the solar…
Sounding Rocket Takes a Second Look at the Sun

June 21, 2018

The EVE sounding rocket successfully launched at 1 p.m. local time on Monday, June 18, from White Sands…
As Solar Wind Blows, Our Heliosphere Balloons

June 7, 2018

What happens when the solar wind suddenly starts to blow significantly harder? According to two recent studies, the…
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