Superflares are often linked to younger, more volatile stars, but new research showed that it can also occur in mature stars like the sun. If this happens, it could have grave consequences for Earth.
Space June 13, 2019
The outer atmosphere of the Sun is far hotter than the surface, a phenomenon that scientists can't explain yet until now. The Parker Solar Probe will be able to solve the mystery in two years' time.
Space June 5, 2019
Studying how plasma behaves in the sun's atmosphere may help researchers learn how to control this exotic matter on Earth. This could pave way for more efficient and safer nuclear energy generators
Energy May 26, 2019
By studying decades-old data, NASA discovered unusual but consistent patterns in the Sun. The center of the solar system emits lava like-lamp blobs that can be as much as 500 times larger than Earth.
Space April 15, 2019
The Parker Solar Probe is beginning its second approach to the sun. The encounter will last until April 10, during which all four instruments will be collecting data.
Space April 4, 2019
The sun's magnetic field is more powerful than scientists initially thought. By observing a particularly strong solar flare that occurred in 2017, a team of researchers achieved the most accurate measurement of the sun's magnetic field yet.
Space April 1, 2019
Scientists found that contrary to popular belief, the Earth's closest neighbor is not Venus. The formula used to measure distances between planets were not as accurate as people thought it was.
Space March 16, 2019
A pair of solar scientists found Mercury's dust ring while searching for the dust-free region around the sun. The study could aid scientists to understand how planets formed in the solar system billions of years ago.
Space March 13, 2019
Analysis of ice cores from Greenland showed a massive solar storm known as solar proton event hit Earth in 660 BC. How strong was it and what could happen if it occurs today?
Space March 12, 2019
NASA's Parker Solar Probe will get closer and closer to the sun in its future orbits around the star. It will have its final flyby in 2025 when it will dive within just 3.83 million miles of the sun.
Space January 31, 2019
The sun will collapse into a white dwarf when it dies. Data from ESA’s Gaia spacecraft show that white dwarfs eventually solidify into a crystal ball. How does this cosmic crystallization work?
Space January 9, 2019
NASA's daring spacecraft flew closer to the sun from Oct. 31 to Nov. 11 and reached the outer atmosphere of the star. The Parker Solar Probe will continue making close encounters with the sun until its mission ends in 2024.
Space December 13, 2018
On Monday, NASA announced that the Parker Solar Probe broke the record for becoming the first man-made object to make its nearest approach to the sun. It broke the record set by the Helios 2 probe in 1976.
Space October 31, 2018
The BepiColombo Mercury Transfer Module took a photo from its first day in its seven-year journey to Mercury. The spacecraft was launched on Friday night and is expected to arrive at its destination by 2025.
Space October 22, 2018
Scientists found a dwarf planet at the outer edge of the Solar System, far beyond Pluto. They believe that it might lead to the discovery of the mysterious Planet X.
Space October 3, 2018
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe successfully launched on Aug. 12 after it had been delayed due to weather problems. The spacecraft victoriously separated and the probe was launched into space.
Space August 14, 2018
A team of scientists confirmed that the sun was once a juvenile being just like the other stars. The confirmation came after analysis of ancient blue crystals called the hibonite.
Space August 1, 2018
Parts of Yakutia region in Siberia were blanketed in a chilling darkness for three hours when the sun disappeared from view. No explanations have been offered as to what could have caused this mysterious event.
Earth/Environment July 30, 2018
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe was designed to withstand the extreme heat and temperatures of the sun. The spacecraft is set to go into orbit in the summer of 2018 and provide unprecedented detail about the corona of the sun.
Space July 20, 2018
Hawaii just banned sunscreens containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate for their coral-damaging effects. Here are alternatives available, namely mineral sunscreens that can also be used on babies and toddlers.
Earth/Environment July 10, 2018
NASA announced its final and full installation of a heat shield on its Parker Solar Probe that will fly its closest distance to the sun. The heat shield is called the Thermal Protection System.
Space July 8, 2018
A new study shows that people who have higher levels of vitamin D are less likely to develop colon cancer. Researchers of the study suggest that more vitamin D could help strengthen resistance from stomach tumors, particularly in women.
Healthy Living/Wellness June 14, 2018
Parents looking forward to summer adventures with their toddlers or babies should remember to always protect their kids from the sun. Here are some tips, including the preferred fluid for hydration and sunscreen use.
Healthy Living/Wellness June 13, 2018
The sun will turn into a luminous planetary nebula when it dies in approximately 5 billion years. As the sun ages, its temperature will reach up to 30,000 degrees Celsius, eventually engulfing Mercury and Venus.
Space May 14, 2018
Scientists were able to finally characterize the solar Rossby waves that had been the subject of debates for 40 years. The team found that these waves are similar to the Rossby waves that control weather condition on Earth.
Space May 10, 2018
Researchers just discovered why the sun's corona is 1 million degrees Fahrenheit and hotter than the surface. They captured photos of the corona from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
Space May 9, 2018
A new study reveals what will happen to the sun after it dies in 10 billion years from now. Researchers believe it will become a planetary nebula as bright as other stars.
Space May 7, 2018
Stars have DNA, which can help astronomers search for the sun's long-lost siblings. The GALAH survey matches the DNA between stars to find their missing brothers and sisters.
Space April 18, 2018
Even if you read sensationalist reports about the coronal holes on the sun, don’t panic. These are actually fairly common and pose no great risks, other than some slight disturbances and pretty magnificent auroras.
Space April 12, 2018
NASA's Parker Solar Probe, humanity's first mission to the sun, is now at the Sunshine State to prepare for its launch. Here's what the solar probe would go through over the next several months.
Space April 8, 2018
Data from SOHO and the twin STEREO satellites helped scientists recreate the 3D structures of CMEs and interplanetary shocks. The models can provide scientists with information crucial for space weather forecasting.
Space March 12, 2018
The NASA Parker Solar Probe, which will launch this summer, will be the first spacecraft that Earth will send to the sun. You can send your name to the sun through the solar probe by signing up for a promotion.
Space March 7, 2018
Due to a phenomenon called Grand Minimum, the sun will be unusually cooler by the mid-century. Global temperatures are expected to drop but will this end global warming?
Earth/Environment February 11, 2018
Physicist predicted that the sun will emit less radiation by the mid-century because of an event known as Grand Minimum. What happens when the sun emits less UV radiation than normal?
Space February 8, 2018
This summer, the atmosphere of the sun will get a visitor from Earth. The Parker Solar Probe by NASA will set on a close solar journey to investigate the sun's mysteries.
Space January 23, 2018
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
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
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 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
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
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'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 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 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
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