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What’s Mars Solar Conjunction, and Why Does It Matter?

August 25, 2019

The daily chatter between antennas here on Earth and those on NASA spacecraft at Mars is about to…
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…
Solar Activity Forecast for Next Decade Favorable for Exploration

June 13, 2019

The last astronauts of the Apollo program were lucky. Not just because they were chosen to fly to…
Sounding Rocket Mission Will Trace Auroral Winds

April 9, 2019

Editor’s note, April 8, 2019: The Auroral Zone Upwelling Rocket Experiment or AZURE mission was successfully conducted April…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
How Scientists Predicted Corona’s Appearance During Aug. 21, 2017, Total Solar Eclipse

August 28, 2018

It was Aug. 14, 2017, just one week before the Moon would cross paths with the Sun and…
Spacecraft to Speed Through Sun’s Atmosphere and Snag Solar Wind

August 18, 2018

One of these mysteries has to do with high-speed solar particles that zip toward Earth at close 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…
Princeton-led instrument prepares to ‘kiss the sun’

August 8, 2018

The car-sized satellite will be carried by a Delta-IV Heavy rocket, one of the tallest rockets launched into…
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 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…
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…
Best Ever Image of a Star’s Surface and Atmosphere

August 24, 2017

First map of motion of material on a star other than the Sun To the unaided eye the…
ESA’s Proba-3 will create artificial solar eclipses

August 18, 2017

Astrophysicists are joining sightseers in watching Monday’s total solar eclipse across North America but, in the decade to…
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…
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…
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,…
NOAA’s GOES-16 EXIS Instrument Observes Solar Flares

February 4, 2017

On January 21, 2017, the GOES-16 Extreme Ultraviolet and X-Ray Irradiance Sensors (EXIS) observed solar flares. Solar flares…
MinXSS CubeSat Brings New Information to Study of Solar Flares

October 9, 2016

Along with the visible light and warmth constantly emitted by our sun comes a whole spectrum of X-ray…
Proba-3: set the controls for the verge of the Sun

September 13, 2016

By converging in orbit, a pair of small satellites will open a new view on the source of…
Images From Sun’s Edge Reveal Origins of Solar Wind

September 3, 2016

Ever since the 1950s discovery of the solar wind – the constant flow of charged particles from the…
Proba-3: seeing through shadow to view Sun’s corona

August 23, 2016

Every 18 months or so, scientists and sensation-seekers gather at set points on Earth’s surface, to await awe-inspiring…
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