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Solar antics

The sun's recent activity has caught the interest of scientists and space weather forecasters worldwide, highlighting the need to keep a watchful eye on our star and its awesome power.

dateSep 20, 2017 in Space Exploration
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Astronomers probe origin of Planet 9

Astronomers at the University of Sheffield have shown that 'Planet 9' – an unseen planet on the edge of our solar system – probably formed closer to home than previously thought.

dateSep 14, 2017 in Astronomy
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Sun erupts with significant flare

The sun emitted a significant solar flare, peaking at 12:06 p.m. EDT on Sept. 10, 2017. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured an image of the event. Solar flares are powerful bursts ...

dateSep 11, 2017 in Space Exploration
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Close encounters of the stellar kind

The movements of more than 300 000 stars surveyed by ESA's Gaia satellite reveal that rare close encounters with our sun might disturb the cloud of comets at the far reaches of our solar system, sending some towards Earth ...

dateAug 31, 2017 in Astronomy
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