Solar Astronomy

Slip-Sliding Away: Solar Flare’s Magnetic Lines Go For A Loop In This Video

by Elizabeth Howell March 28, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter When will the next big solar flare occur? How much damage could it cause to power lines and satellites? These are important questions for those looking to protect our infrastructure, but there’s still a lot we need to figure out concerning […]

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BUDGET 2015: Flying SOFIA Telescope To Be Shelved For ‘Higher-Priority’ Programs Like Cassini

by Elizabeth Howell March 4, 2014

NASA is prepared to axe an airborne telescope to keep “higher-priority” programs such as the Saturn Cassini mission going, according to budget documents the agency released today (March 4). We have more information about the budget below the jump, including the rationale for why NASA is looking to shelve its Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). […]

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Yesterday’s Mammoth Solar Flare Is The Biggest Of 2014 So Far

by Elizabeth Howell February 25, 2014

She’s a rainbow! You can see the first moments of a huge flare belching off the sun in the picture above. The so-called X-class flare erupted a few hours ago (at 7:25 p.m. EST Feb. 24, or 12:25 a.m. UTC Feb. 25) and was captured by several spacecraft. If you have a pictures of the […]

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A Secret Solar Eclipse from Outer Space

by Bob King January 30, 2014

Call it the eclipse nobody saw. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) got its own private solar eclipse showing from its geosynchronous orbital perch today. Remove this ad

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Watch: An Amazing, Mesmerizing Full Rotation of Jupiter

by David Dickinson January 23, 2014

Jupiter is a happening place in the solar system. While bashful Mars only puts on a good show once every two year opposition period, and inner worlds such as Mercury and Venus yield no surface details to backyard observers at all, the cloud tops of Jupiter display a wealth of changing detail in even modest […]

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