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Science|A Solar Forecast With Good News for Civilization as We Know ItSpace weather experts believe the sun has entered a new sunspot cycle, and expect it to be a relatively quiet one.VideoA coronal mass ejection of the sun observed on July 28, 2017.CreditSept. 15, 2020, 6:36 p.m. ETThe sun is beginning to perk up again.An…

(CNN)Every 11 years, the sun completes a solar cycle of calm and stormy activity and begins a new one.It’s important to understand the solar cycle because space weather caused by the sun — eruptions like solar flares and coronal mass ejection events — can impact the power grid, satellites, GPS, airlines, rockets and astronauts in…

High-resolution illustration of the Roman spacecraft against a starry background. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center New simulations show that NASA’s Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope will be able to reveal myriad rogue planets – freely floating bodies that drift through our galaxy untethered to a star. Studying these island worlds will help us understand…

This big lug of a planet (Jupiter) may be why we don’t have more life in our own solar system. NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Image processing by Kevin M. Gill Scientists love to debate and investigate the possibility of life on exoplanets, planets that are located outside our solar system. Maybe intelligent alien civilizations are incredibly rare. Maybe one…

Solar Orbiter spots ‘campfires’ on the Sun. Locations of campfires are annotated with white arrows. Credits: Solar Orbiter/EUI Team (ESA & NASA); CSL, IAS, MPS, PMOD/WRC, ROB, UCL/MSSL The first images from ESA/NASA’s Solar Orbiter are now available to the public, including the closest pictures ever taken of the Sun. Solar Orbiter is an international…

The European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter — or SolO — spacecraft launched in February 2020, beginning a seven-year-long mission to intensively study the Sun. It’s loaded with 10 different scientific instruments to investigate a multitude of solar phenomena, including things that happen on its surface and the inner corona, and will help astronomers understand the…

On Sunday, June 21, the Sun, moon and Earth were aligned in a rare occurrence. The annual solar eclipse took place a day after the celebrated summer solstice, and was visible for those lucky enough to be able to witness it in Central Africa, the Southern Arabian Peninsula, Pakistan, Northern India, and South Central China.A…

Photographer Kristen M Caldon captured this annular solar eclipse sequence at the Grand Canyon National Park in 2012. Kristen M. Caldon/NPS/Grand Canyon National Park The first of two solar eclipses in 2020 will turn the sun into a glowing “ring of fire” on June 21 (or June 20 depending on where you’re located). People along…

(CNN)This weekend, stargazers in the Eastern Hemisphere will be treated to an annular solar eclipse on the heels of the summer solstice. This type of eclipse is characterized by its stunning “ring of fire” since it’s not a total eclipse and edges of the sun can still be seen around the moon.”Annular eclipses are similar…

Science|It Came From Outside Our Solar System and Now It’s Breaking UpComet Borisov, only the second interstellar object spotted by astronomers, shed at least one big chunk as it rounded our sun.The comet 2I/Borisov captured by the Gemini North telescope in Hawaii in September.Credit…Gemini Observatory, via ReutersIt came from beyond our solar system. But the…


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