Tag: Sun

The Sun Is Erupting Solar Flares Like Crazy: NASA Recorded Several X-Class Flares Over The Past Week

NASA has just recorded an X8.2 class solar flare on Sept. 10, just one of the many solar flares that occurred over the past week. Is a solar flare a cause of concern, though?

Space September 13, 2017

Oregon Man Partially Blinded By 1962 Eclipse Warns Of Viewing Danger

A man from Oregon is warning people of the possible damage that improperly looking at an eclipse can do to the eyes. Proper equipment usage is advised to enjoy the upcoming total solar eclipse safely.

Public Health August 18, 2017

NASA Captures Sunspot That’s Larger Than Earth: What Are Sunspots And How Do They Form?

What is a sunspot and where does it come from? Learn from this report how sunspots form and the role of magnetic fields of the sun in this fascinating process long studied by scientists.

Space July 14, 2017

NASA Discovers Sunspot That Has A Core Larger Than The Earth

NASA has discovered a massive sunspot that is larger than the Earth itself. While not dangerous, sunspots can cause solar flares which could damage satellites.

Space July 13, 2017

All Stars Including The Solar System's Sun Likely Born With Twin

New analysis strengthens the "born together" hypothesis, which posits that stars are born with companions. Models even back up the idea that the solar system’s sun has a twin.

Space June 16, 2017

Did The Sun Have A Twin? Scientists Say Yes And It May Have Wiped Out The Dinosaurs

Latest study has led researchers to believe that all stars are born with twins. In the sun's case, Nemesis, as it is called, may have been responsible for the end of the dinosaurs.

Space June 14, 2017

NASA Renames Sun Mission To Honor Astrophysicist Who Predicted Solar Wind

NASA's upcoming mission to the sun was renamed Parker Solar Probe in honor of 89-year old Eugene Parker. Here are some of the solar astrophysicist's important contributions to science.

Space May 31, 2017

NASA To Send Spacecraft To The Sun: Here's The Technology That Will Make Solar Probe Plus Mission Possible

NASA will send a spacecraft to the sun by 2018. Here are the technologies that will protect the Solar Probe Plus and its instruments from extreme heat and radiation.

Space May 30, 2017

NASA's Sun Observatory Watches Partial Solar Eclipse From Space: See SDO's Image Of The Sun And Moon

NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory captures stunning images of the moon crossing the sun’s path on May 25. Watch the animated version of the lunar transit.

Space May 27, 2017

Solar Probe Plus: NASA To Announce Its First Mission To Fly Directly Into The Sun's Atmosphere

NASA revealed that it would announce its first mission that would fly directly to the sun's outer atmosphere. The mission is dubbed Solar Probe Plus and the probe would fly within four million miles of the sun to conduct research.

Space May 27, 2017

Astronomers Discover Brown Dwarf Star With Purest Composition, Highest Mass Ever

A newly discovered brown dwarf has astounded researchers through its sheer mass and pristine composition. The celestial body is 90 times bigger than Jupiter and 250 times structurally purer than the sun.

Space March 28, 2017

Largest Artificial Sun Could Be Key To New Method Of Producing Renewable Energy

Hydrogen can be a source of clean and renewable energy. The world's largest artificial sun, the Synlight, could pave the way for a new method of extracting hydrogen fuel.

Energy March 24, 2017

NASA To Send A Probe To The Sun In 2018

NASA is set to launch the Solar Probe Plus mission in 2018. The spacecraft will get within 4 million miles from the sun to gather crucial data about solar activities that can impact life on Earth.

Space February 26, 2017

Scientists To Launch SPECULOOS In Search For Planets Orbiting 1,000 Dwarf Stars

Scientists scramble to launch more planet-hunting projects following the discovery of the seven-planet system in the ultra-cool dwarf star named TRAPPIST-1. The team of scientists behind TRAPPIST-1 will launch SPECULOOS while NASA will have TESS mission next year.

Space February 25, 2017

Ring Of Fire Solar Eclipse: All You Need To Know About The Celestial Event On Feb. 26

NASA confirmed that on Feb. 26, people in the United States will be able to view a rare cosmic event. On that day, a solar eclipse will take place, which scientists are calling the 'Ring of Fire.'

Space February 25, 2017

'Hot Jupiters' Can Grow In Size As They Age, Claim Scientists

A new study reveals that 'hot Jupiters' may increase in size as they grow older. HAT-P-65b and HAT-P-66b are the two exoplanets that the researches have studied.

Space January 28, 2017

Excellent Navigators: Ants Use Celestial, Terrestrial Cues To Find Their Way

A new research has revealed that ants use celestial cues and memorize their surroundings to navigate their movements. The study also said ants decouple their direction of travel from the body orientation.

Animals January 22, 2017

Carrington-Like Solar Storm That Could Hit Earth Within Next Decade May Cost US More Than $40 Billion Daily

A powerful solar storm that may hit Earth within the next decade may cost the United States $41.5 billion in daily economic losses. What are the industries that will be most affected by solar-induced blackouts?

Space January 22, 2017

Groundbreaking Optical Device Built For Widest Real-Time Views Of Vast Sun Regions

The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) has developed an advanced optical device capable of correcting images of the Sun that are distorted by turbulence from the different layers of the atmosphere. Under the new device, real-time pictures are now delivered to the scientists on the activity of the star’s surface.

Space January 12, 2017

Winter Solstice 2016: When’s The Shortest Day Of The Year And How Long Will It Last?

Dec. 21 will be this year's winter solstice, as Wednesday will mark the North Pole tilting 23.5 degrees away from the sun. It is also the first day of winter officially and will yield the longest night and shortest day of the year.

Life & Style December 20, 2016

More Time Outdoors Early In Life May Prevent Nearsightedness

People who spent more time outdoors when they were between the ages 14 and 29 years had reduced risk for nearsightedness. How does sunlight help ward off the condition also known as myopia?

Healthy Living/Wellness December 2, 2016

Distant Star Kepler 11145123 Is Roundest Object In The Universe

The star Kepler 11145123, located about 5,000 light-years away from Earth, is the roundest object measured in the universe. What influences the star's roundness?

Space November 17, 2016

Stanford Solar Physicist Discovers Easier Way To Observe Neutrinos: Study The Sun’s Inner Workings

Two scientists have discovered a less costly and more effective way of researching the sun's anatomy. The star's core is, for the most part, subject of scientific mystery, and this method would significantly improve the conditions of the neutrinos research.

Space November 12, 2016

Unusual Moon Orbit Explained: Impact That Formed The Moon Also Made It Tilt

A new research paper, “Tidal Evolution of the Moon from a High-Obliquity High- Angular-Momentum Earth,” has explained the mystery behind the moon’s surprisingly large orbital tilt. The study also reveals the impact Earth faced that led to its faster spinning.

Space November 2, 2016

Planet Nine May Be Responsible For Curious Tilt Of Sun In The Solar System

The sun's odd tilt relative to the orbital plane of the other planets could be attributed to a massive object lying in the far outer solar system. The findings support the idea of the existence of the theoretical Planet Nine.

Space October 20, 2016

Red Dwarf Star Proxima Centauri Has Regular Starspots Cycle, More Sun-Like Than Earlier Thought

New research has challenged past assumptions that red dwarf star Proxima Centauri has no sun-like properties as it found a regular cycle of starspots. The finding has cast doubts about the habitability of the planet Proxima b hosted by it.

Space October 14, 2016

NASA, Hubble Capture Sun-Like Star’s Colorful End

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured colorful images of a dying star. The sun-like heavenly body was seen peeling off gas layers while spewing mass in many directions.

Space September 26, 2016

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory Captures Rare Double Eclipse Of Sun By Moon And Earth

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory witnessed the Earth completely eclipse the sun just as the moon started to cross the face of the star. The observatory was able to capture the event known as ring of fire eclipse.

Space September 5, 2016

Lost Spacecraft Regains Contact With NASA After Nearly 2 Years Of Silence

After nearly two years alone on the other side of the sun, a lost spacecraft has finally regained contact with Earth. Mission scientists are planning to perform further recovery processes to save the spacecraft.

Space August 22, 2016

NASA Climate Model Suggests Planet Venus May Have Been Livable

Planet Venus is now a hellish world. Simulations using NASA's climate model, however, revealed that the second planet from the sun may have once been habitable.

Space August 11, 2016

NASA Astronomers Witness Death Of Kreutz Comet As It Zoomed Toward The Sun At Incredible Speed

Astronomers at NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory observed a Kreutz sungrazer comet as it plunged to its death. The object zoomed toward the sun at incredible speed.

Space August 7, 2016

Study Reveals How And Why Sunflowers Follow The Sun

The sunflower seems to follow the sun as it moves across the sky during the day. Researchers of a new study identified the mechanisms behind this movement.

Earth/Environment August 5, 2016

Planet Jupiter's Great Red Spot Heats Up Upper Atmosphere Of Gas Giant

The Great Red Spot on planet Jupiter is likely behind the high temperature in the gas giant's upper atmosphere. How does the hurricane produce the hot spot?

Space July 28, 2016

NASA Finds Massive Hole Growing On Sun's Surface

A massive hole is growing on the sun's surface and it looks scary. A coronal hole is an astronomical event that pops up on the star's surface every now and then, but it can still cause problems back on Earth.

Space July 14, 2016

Astronomers Spy Water Snowline Around Young Sun-Like Star For The First Time

An outburst of brightness and heat in the young star V883 Orionis allowed scientists to see a stellar water snowline for the first time. What does the observation reveal about planet formation?

Space July 13, 2016

Seasons Last Longer: Newly Discovered Exoplanet Experiences Triple Sunsets, Sunrises

Imagine being able to watch three suns rise and set every day, or even watch as one sun sets and another rises in exactly the same moment. Such are the conditions in an exoplanet detected by University of Arizona scientists.

Space July 8, 2016

Kepler Finds Youngest Planet Around Alien Star: Neptune-Size K2-33b Exoplanet Is Only 10 Million Years Old

The infant super-Neptune K2-33b is the youngest fully formed planet found orbiting an alien star. The exoplanet is estimated to be only between 5 to 10 million years old.

Space June 21, 2016

Kepler Finds Biggest Real-Life Tatooine: Jupiter-Size Planet Orbits Two Suns And May Have Habitable Moon

The Kepler space telescope discovered another circumbinary planet that orbit two stars. What makes the exoplanet Kepler-1647b special?

Space June 14, 2016

Is PTFO 8-8695b A Planet? How To Classify A Planet

A 2-million-year-old planetary candidate in our own galaxy is being stripped of its gaseous atmosphere by its own star due to its tight orbit. But astronomers have yet to confirm if it’s actually a planet.

Space June 14, 2016

Early Death For A Giant Alien World: Baby Planet PTFO 8-8695 b Being Destroyed By Host Star

The exoplanet PTFO 8-8695 b orbits a young star estimated to be between 2 million and 3 million years old. The Jupiter-like planet is one of the youngest alien worlds ever found, but it is dying.

Space June 11, 2016

Study Reveals Why Robins Lay Blue Eggs

The answer behind why birds lay blue eggs lie in the sun's varying effects, including its harmful ultraviolet radiation. A light blue tint, for instance, allows the eggs to warm without overheating.

Animals May 30, 2016

Manhattanhenge To Light Up New York City On Memorial Day

Manhattan will be bathed in red light this Memorial Day as Manhattanhenge takes place in the Big Apple and around the world. What is this phenomenon, and what does it have to do with Druids?

May 28, 2016

Faint Young Sun Paradox: Why Young Earth Did Not Freeze Despite Dimmer Sun

Scientists were able to solve the faint young sun paradox. Superflares still exist, but the numerous changes on Earth may signify why it did not freeze over time.

Space May 25, 2016

Superflares From Young Sun May Have Seeded Life On Earth: Study

Superflares from the young sun blasted powerful coronal ejections that could have made the Earth suitable for life. The star's violent behavior 4 billion years ago may shed light on the Faint Young Sun Paradox.

Space May 24, 2016

How Can Humans Survive Doomsday? Scientists Prepare 500-Million-Year Plan

The Sun's expansion may obliterate the Earth in 500 million years. Astrophysicists have proposed extreme plans on how humanity can survive doomsday.

Earth/Environment May 11, 2016

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