Mission studies the Sun in soft X-rays
At any given moment, our sun emits a range of light waves far more expansive than what our eyes alone can see: from visible light to extreme ultraviolet to soft and hard X-rays. Different wavelengths can ...
The mystery of nanoflares
When you attach the prefix "nano" to something, it usually means "very small." Solar flares appear to be the exception.
Ring of light: Total eclipse over Svalbard islands in Arctic (Images)
Sky-gazers looked up in awe Friday as the moon blocked the sun in a total solar eclipse that momentarily darkened a slice of northern Europe.
Researchers study fluctuations in solar radiation
The Sun is the Earth's principal source of energy and climate driver. Yet sometimes it sends more light to the Earth than other times. Astronomers working with Natalie Krivova at the Max Planck Institute ...
Wake up Philae! The world awaits news (Update)
Excitement mounted Thursday as scientists started listening for signs of life from robot lab Philae, hurtling through space perched on a comet some 460 million kilometres (285 million miles) from Earth.
Solar eclipses offer opportunity for science, as well as for awe and wonder
A solar eclipse is a rare event to witness first hand. A wag might add that once you've factored in the British weather they're rarer still, however observers in some areas of the UK managed to peer through ...
Astronaut plus Proba minisats snap solar eclipse
As today's partial solar eclipse crossed Europe, it was also visible from space. ESA's Proba-2 captured a near-total eclipse from orbit, at the same time as its sister minisatellite Proba-V peered down to ...
Selfie generation warned over eclipse peril
An eclipse that will sweep Europe and parts of Africa and Asia on Friday poses a danger to selfie-takers, eye specialists warned on Thursday.
ESA's CHEOPS satellite to hunt transits of suspected exoplanets
Just like the Pharaoh Cheops, who ruled the ancient Old Kingdom of Egypt, ESA's CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite (CHEOPS) could be someday ruling in the field of exoplanet hunting. It will be the first ...
Image: Solar corona viewed by Proba-2
This snapshot of our constantly changing Sun catches looping filaments and energetic eruptions on their outward journey from our star's turbulent surface.
UK skies set to dim in decade's deepest solar eclipse
On 20 March a total eclipse of the Sun will take place, visible from the North Atlantic Ocean. Observers in the UK and Ireland will see a partial solar eclipse, with up to 97% of the Sun blocked out. This ...
Kamikaze comet loses its head
Like coins, most comet have both heads and tails. Occasionally, during a close passage of the Sun, a comet's head will be greatly diminished yet still retain a classic cometary outline. Rarely are we left ...
New method makes space weather easier to predict
Scientists can now gain a better understanding of space weather – the dreaded solar winds and flares – thanks to the development of high spatial resolution observation and computing methods. For the first ...
Solar eclipses and the middle ages
Dr Anne Lawrence from the University of Reading's Department of History examines what solar eclipses meant to our ancestors.