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SDO watches giant filament on the Sun

A snaking, extended filament of solar material currently lies on the front of the sun— some 1 million miles across from end to end. Filaments are clouds of solar material suspended above the sun by powerful magnetic forces. ...

dateOct 03, 2014 in Space Exploration
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Is the sun at solar minimum?

We generally think of the Sun as a constant in our lives. It rises and sets regularly, and seems to be an unchanging sphere of brilliant light. In fact the Sun has a turbulent surface with prominences that fly off its surface, ...

dateOct 03, 2014 in Space Exploration
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Astronomical measurements must account for gravity

One of the consequences of general relativity is that light can be deflected by nearby masses. Mass curves space, and this curvature causes light to bend slightly. It was first observed during a total eclipse in 1919. The ...

dateSep 25, 2014 in Astronomy
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Coronal mass ejections at Mars

Looking across the Mars landscape presents a bleak image: a barren, dry rocky view as far as the eye can see. But scientists think the vista might once have been quite different. It may have teemed with water and even been ...

dateSep 24, 2014 in Space Exploration
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The difference between CMEs and solar flares

This is a question we are often asked: what is the difference between a coronal mass ejection (CME) and a solar flare? We discussed it in a recent astrophoto post, but today NASA put out a video with amazing graphics that ...

dateSep 23, 2014 in Space Exploration
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