News tagged with magnetic poles

What happens when the poles flip?

Have you heard the startling news that the Earth's poles might flip? Perhaps in the response to a close pass from the mysterious Planet X? Are you imagining the entire Earth actually flipping over on its ...

Mar 21, 2014
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Large coronal hole near the sun's north pole

The European Space Agency/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, or SOHO, captured this image of a gigantic coronal hole hovering over the sun's north pole on July 18, 2013, at 9:06 a.m. EDT. Coronal holes ...

Jul 20, 2013
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Star Tau Boo's baffling magnetic flips

(Phys.org) —The first observations of the complete magnetic cycle of a star other than the Sun are proving a puzzle to astronomers. Tau Boötis, known as Tau Boo (τ Boo), is a yellowish star that is a ...

Jul 04, 2013
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Artificial magnetic monopoles discovered

A team of researchers from Cologne, Munich and Dresden have managed to create artificial magnetic monopoles. To do this, the scientists merged tiny magnetic whirls, so-called skyrmions. At the point of merging, ...

May 31, 2013
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NASA's BARREL mission launches 20 balloons

(Phys.org) —In Antarctica in January, 2013 – the summer at the South Pole – scientists released 20 balloons, each eight stories tall, into the air to help answer an enduring space weather question: ...

May 21, 2013
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20 NASA balloons studying the radiation belts

In the bright, constant sun of the Antarctic summer, a NASA-funded team is launching balloons. There are twenty of these big, white balloons, each of which sets off on a different day for a leisurely float ...

Feb 04, 2013
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Chameleon pulsar baffles astronomers

A pulsar that is able, without warning, to dramatically change the way in which it shines has been identified by an international team of astronomers.

Jan 24, 2013
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