Category Archives: Space

Solar Storms Are Bombarding Earth Now, Amped-up Auroras Possible

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Author: Space com

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Two waves of solar material blown out by powerful sun eruptions n this week are hitting the Earth now, and could amplify the aurora displays for observers in northern regions. Scientists with NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado, expected the first wave of solar flare particles — unleashed...

Twin Solar Storms Arrive at Earth

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Author: Reuters

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Twin magnetically charged solar storms will arrive at Earth on Thursday and Friday, raising concerns that GPS signals, radio communications and power transmissions could be disrupted, “space weather” officials in the US have said. Individually the storms, known as coronal mass ejections, or CMEs, would not warrant special warnings but...

Extreme’ Solar Storm Heading Straight for Earth

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Author: Adam Withnall

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A massive explosion on the Sun has sent a solar storm heading straight for Earth, experts have said, which may disrupt communications equipment and power grids when it strikes. The solar flare registered in the “extreme” band on the scale used by forecasters – a magnitude not seen by observers...

Astrophysicists Are Turning The Entire Moon Into A Cosmic Ray Detector

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Author: The Physics Blog

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One of the great mysteries in astrophysics surrounds the origin of the highest energy particles ever observed. These particles, called ultra-high energy cosmic rays, come from space and smash into the Earth with so much energy that physicists have struggled to believe, let alone explain, it. An ultra-high energy cosmic...

The Mystery of Saturn’s Expanding F Ring

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Author: The Physics Xblog

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Saturn’s rings are among the most beautiful sights in the Solar System. They have been a source of scientific fascination and puzzlement since they were discovered by Galileo in 1610 although it was Christiaan Huygens who first suggested they were rings in 1655. The great mystery of Saturn’s rings is...

99 Problems and a Wild Gecko Space Orgy

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Author: Amy Shira Teitel

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On July 19, Russia launched a satellite designed to study the effects of microgravity on, among other living beings, geckos. The purpose was to observe the geckos—four females and one lucky male—mating, then study how fertilization in microgravity affected the eggs after the satellite returned to Earth. But there was...

Contradictory Findings on How the Full Moon Affect Our Sleep

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Author: University of Gothenburg

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According to folklore, the full moon affects human sleep. International researchers are trying to determine whether there is any truth to the belief. Studies by a team at Sahlgrenska Academy have found that people actually sleep 20 minutes less when the moon is full. A Swiss research study conducted last...

Earth’s Magnetic Field Is Weakening 10 Times Faster Now

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Author: Kelly Dickerson

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Earth's magnetic field, which protects the planet from huge blasts of deadly solar radiation, has been weakening over the past six months, according to data collected by a European Space Agency (ESA) satellite array called Swarm. The biggest weak spots in the magnetic field — which extends 370,000 miles (600,000...