New 'retention model' explains enigmatic ribbon at edge of solar system
(Phys.org)—The vast edges of our solar system—the boundary at the edge of our heliosphere where material streaming out from the sun interacts with the galactic material—is essentially invisible. It emits ...
Comet ISON shaping up to be a spectacular display
Solar wind samples give insight into birth of solar system
(PhysOrg.com) -- Two papers in this week's issue of Science report the first oxygen and nitrogen isotopic measurements of the Sun, demonstrating that they are verydifferent from the same elements on Earth. ...
Solar eruption could help Earth prepare for technology melt-down
A sobering study published this month in Space Weather warns why we need to get better prepared for disruptive space weather events – particularly coronal mass ejections. ...
Scientists illuminate cause of sun's 'perfect storm'
In a paper published today in Nature Communications, an international team of scientists, including three from the University of New Hampshire's Space Science Center, uncovers the origin and cause of an ...
'Baby fat' on the young sun?
To deal with the faint young Sun paradox, researchers are taking a fresh look at an old idea: that the Sun started out larger and more luminous than we thought.
Rosetta image demonstrates the unpredictable nature of comets
(Phys.org) —An image snapped earlier this month by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft shows its target comet has quietened, demonstrating the unpredictable nature of these enigmatic objects.
German energy giants pull plug on conventional power
German power company RWE is shutting six domestic plants and rival E.ON is threatening to relocate to Turkey as the sector tots up the cost of the government's energy policy turnaround.
Study suggests space dust carries water and organic compounds
Researchers from the University of Hawaii-Manoa (UHM) School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and University ...
Researchers find planet-sized space weather explosions at Venus
Researchers recently discovered that a common space weather phenomenon on the outskirts of Earth's magnetic bubble, the magnetosphere, has much larger repercussions for Venus. The giant explosions, called ...
Thermosolar power station in Spain works at night
A unique thermosolar power station in southern Spain can shrug off cloudy days: energy stored when the sun shines lets it produce electricity even during the night.
Morocco launches solar mega-project at Ouarzazate
Morocco on Friday officially launched the construction of a 160-megawatt solar power plant near the desert city of Ouarzazate, the first in a series of vast solar projects planned in the country.
How magnetic crustal fields affect planets
If you are ever lost on the surface of Mars, don't count on a compass to help you get home. On Mars, compasses don't work.
Wind farms can provide society a surplus of reliable clean energy, study finds
The worldwide demand for solar and wind power continues to skyrocket. Since 2009, global solar photovoltaic installations have increased about 40 percent a year on average, and the installed capacity of wind ...