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Ten Things We’ve Learned About the Sun From NASA’s SDO This Decade

5 days ago

In February 2020, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory — SDO — is celebrating its 10th year in space. Over…
NASA to Broadcast Solar Orbiter Launch, Prelaunch Activities

February 1, 2020

NASA is targeting 11:03 p.m. EST Sunday, Feb. 9, for the launch of Solar Orbiter, an international collaborative…
NASA’s SDO Sees New Kind of Magnetic Explosion on Sun

December 18, 2019

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory has observed a magnetic explosion the likes of which have never been seen before.…
Sun’s close-up reveals atmosphere hopping with highly energetic particles

December 5, 2019

Outbursts of energetic particles that hurtle out from the sun and can disrupt space communications maybe even more…
NASA Selects Proposals to Advance Understanding of Space Weather

September 4, 2019

NASA has selected three proposals for concept studies of missions that could help us better understand the dynamic…
Colorful clouds formed by the release of vapors from the two AZURE rockets allow scientist to measure auroral winds. Credits: NASA/Lee Wingfield
NASA Launches Two Rockets Studying Auroras

April 10, 2019

NASA successfully launched the Auroral Zone Upwelling Rocket Experiment or AZURE mission on April 5 from the Andøya…
NASA Mission Reveals Origins of Moon’s ‘Sunburn’

February 28, 2019

Every object, planet or person traveling through space has to contend with the Sun’s damaging radiation — and…
Earth’s magnetosphere, showing the northern and southern polar cusps (illustration). Credits: Andøya Space Center/Trond Abrahamsen
To Catch a Wave, Rocket Launches From Top of World

January 30, 2019

On Jan. 4, 2019, at 4:37 a.m. EST the CAPER-2 mission launched from the Andøya Space Center in…
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…
NASA’s Mission to Touch the Sun Arrives in the Sunshine State

April 7, 2018

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has arrived in Florida to begin final preparations for its launch to the Sun,…
NASA Powers on New Instrument Staring at the Sun

March 16, 2018

NASA has powered on its latest space payload to continue long-term measurements of the Sun’s incoming energy. Total…
NASA’s SDO Reveals How Magnetic Cage on the Sun Stopped Solar Eruption

February 25, 2018

A dramatic magnetic power struggle at the Sun’s surface lies at the heart of solar eruptions, new research…
Pulsating Aurora Mysteries Uncovered with Help from NASA’s THEMIS Mission

February 21, 2018

Sometimes on a dark night near the poles, the sky pulses a diffuse glow of green, purple and…
NASA’s Newly Rediscovered IMAGE Mission Provided Key Aurora Research

February 5, 2018

On Jan. 20, 2018, amateur astronomer Scott Tilley detected an unexpected signal coming from what he later postulated…
Two Heads Are Better than One: ICON & GOLD Teaming Up To Explore Earth’s Interface to Space

January 6, 2018

Like Earth, space has weather. Except instead of swirling winds and downpours of precipitation, space weather is defined…
Four Decades and Counting: New NASA Instrument Continues Measuring Solar Energy Input to Earth

November 29, 2017

We live on a solar-powered planet. As we wake up in the morning, the Sun peeks over the…
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…
NASA Sounding Rocket Instrument Spots Signatures of Long-Sought Small Solar Flares

October 14, 2017

Like most solar sounding rockets, the second flight of the FOXSI instrument – short for Focusing Optics X-ray…
Active Region on Sun Continues to Emits Solar Flares

September 9, 2017

The sun emitted one mid-level solar flare on Sept. 8, 2017. The flare peaked at 3:49 a.m. EDT.…
NASA’s SDO Captures Image of Mid-level Flare

September 6, 2017

The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 4:33 pm EDT on Sept. 4, 2017. NASA’s Solar…
Tracking a solar eruption through the Solar System

August 16, 2017

15 August 2017 Ten spacecraft, from ESA’s Venus Express to NASA’s Voyager-2, felt the effect of a solar…
NASA Watches the Sun Put a Stop to Its Own Eruption

August 13, 2017

On Sept. 30, 2014, multiple NASA observatories watched what appeared to be the beginnings of a solar eruption.…
ESA, NASA’s SOHO Reveals Rapidly Rotating Solar Core

August 2, 2017

After four decades of searching, solar scientists have at long last found evidence of a type of seismic…
NASA Mission Surfs through Waves in Space to Understand Space Weather

July 25, 2017

The space surrounding our planet is full of restless charged particles and roiling electric and magnetic fields, which…
For Moratorium on Sending Commands to Mars, Blame the Sun

July 16, 2017

This month, movements of the planets will put Mars almost directly behind the sun, from Earth’s perspective, causing…
NASA’s SDO Watches a Sunspot Turn Toward Earth

July 13, 2017

An active region on the sun — an area of intense and complex magnetic fields — has rotated…
Musical Sun reduces range of magnetic activity

July 4, 2017

A study of the Sun using sound waves suggests that the layer in which the significant magnetic activity…
NASA Renames Solar Probe Mission to Honor Pioneering Physicist Eugene Parker

June 1, 2017

NASA has renamed the Solar Probe Plus spacecraft — humanity’s first mission to a star, which will launch…
NASA’s SDO Sees Partial Eclipse in Space

May 27, 2017

On May 25, 2017, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, saw a partial solar eclipse in space when…
Space Weather Model Simulates Solar Storms From Nowhere

May 9, 2017

Our ever-changing sun continuously shoots solar material into space. The grandest such events are massive clouds that erupt…
Sun’s eruptions might all have same trigger

May 1, 2017

Large and small scale solar eruptions might all be triggered by a single process, according to new research…
Taking AIM at Night-Shining Clouds: 10 Years, 10 Science Highlights

April 26, 2017

Launched on April 25, 2007, NASA’s Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere, or AIM, mission, has provided a…
When Swarm met Steve

April 21, 2017

Thanks to social media and the power of citizen scientists chasing the northern lights, a new feature was…
Living with a Star: NASA and Partners Survey Space Weather Science

April 20, 2017

NASA has long been a leader in understanding the science of space weather, including research into the potential…
Solar Storms Can Drain Electrical Charge Above Earth

April 11, 2017

New research on solar storms finds that they not only can cause regions of excessive electrical charge in…
Here comes the sun in first-time images

April 5, 2017

The first images (link is external) from the Solar Ultraviolet Imager (SUVI) instrument aboard the National Oceanic and…
NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory Captured Trio of Solar Flares

April 4, 2017

The sun emitted a trio of mid-level solar flares on April 2-3, 2017. The first peaked at 4:02…
Waves on Sun Give NASA New Insight into Space Weather Forecasting

March 31, 2017

Our sun is a chaotic place, simmering with magnetic energy and constantly spewing out particles. Sometimes the sun…
NASA’s SDO Sees a Stretch of Spotless Sun

March 23, 2017

For 15 days starting on March 7, 2017, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, returned visible light images…
Relativistic Electrons Uncovered with NASA’s Van Allen Probes

March 16, 2017

Earth’s radiation belts, two doughnut-shaped regions of charged particles encircling our planet, were discovered more than 50 years…
Studying Magnetic Space Explosions with NASA Missions

March 10, 2017

Every day, invisible magnetic explosions are happening around Earth, on the surface of the sun and across the…
NASA Scientists Demonstrate Technique to Improve Particle Warnings that Protect Astronauts

March 3, 2017

Our constantly-changing sun sometimes erupts with bursts of light, solar material, or ultra-fast energized particles — collectively, these…
First Solar Images from NOAA’s GOES-16 Satellite

February 28, 2017

The first images from the Solar Ultraviolet Imager or SUVI instrument aboard NOAA’s GOES-16 satellite have been successful,…
One Down, 3 to Go … Sounding Rocket Flies in Alaska to Study Auroras

February 23, 2017

The first of four sounding rockets scheduled for launch from the Poker Flat Research Range in Alaska to…
10 Years Strong with NASA’s THEMIS Mission

February 22, 2017

On Feb. 17, 2017, NASA’s Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms, or THEMIS, mission marked…
NASA Scientist Studies Whether Solar Storms Cause Animal Beachings

February 3, 2017

long-standing mystery among marine biologists is why otherwise healthy whales, dolphins, and porpoises — collectively known as cetaceans…
3, 2, 1… Aurora! 2017 Rocket Campaign Begins in Alaska

January 19, 2017

NASA sounding rocket campaign during January through March 2017, at the Poker Flat Research Range in Alaska will…
NASA Study Finds Solar Storms Could Spark Soils at Moon’s Poles

January 8, 2017

Powerful solar storms can charge up the soil in frigid, permanently shadowed regions near the lunar poles, and…
NASA’s SDO Watches Magnetic Arches Tower Over Sun’s Surfacew

October 7, 2016

Credits: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/SDO/Steele Hill Massive arches of solar material brighten and stream over an active…
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