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Igniting the air for atmospheric research

Scientists from Vienna and Moscow have created a high-energy mid-infrared laser powerful enough to create shining filaments in the air. Such devices could be used to detect chemical substances in the atmosphere.

dateFeb 18, 2015 in Optics & Photonics
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Image: Giant filament seen on the sun

A dark, snaking line across the lower half of the sun in this Feb. 10, 2015 image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) shows a filament of solar material hovering above the sun's surface. SDO shows ...

dateFeb 12, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Image: DSCOVR on the launch pad

This photo shows the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket set to launch NOAA's Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft, or DSCOVR, at the Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

dateFeb 10, 2015 in Space Exploration
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