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The Sun is super chill right now

September 16th, 2020

Scientists predict that the upcoming solar cycle will be calm, as was the previous one. Fewer solar storms and less material flowing out from the Sun toward the Earth and Moon is advantageous for space exploration. The Sun operates on an 11-year cycle between high and low activity. Just like everything else, the Sun goes …

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Get ready to see the Sun like you’ve never seen it before

July 16th, 2020

The Solar Orbiter mission was launched in February, but it’s already providing some stunning images of our star. The spacecraft snapped images so detailed that scientists are already spotting interesting things on the Sun’s surface. Small “campfires” on the Sun were spotted, and researchers are eager to learn more about them. The Solar Orbiter — …

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The International Space Station looks awesome in front of the Sun

June 29th, 2020

A new photo released by NASA shows the International Space Station transiting in front of the Sun’s disk. The image captures the space station as it travels nearly five miles per second while speeding around Earth. The ISS completes roughly 16 orbits of Earth every single day. The International Space Station is an incredible machine …

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Stunning time lapse features a decade of the Sun

June 25th, 2020

A new video released by NASA crunches 10 years of Sun observations by the Solar Dynamics Observatory down into just over one hour. The video shows the Sun moving between its maximum and minimum phases. Solar storms can affect Earth, satellites, and even spacecraft, so keeping an eye on solar activity is a must. The …

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Get ready to see the Sun as you’ve never seen it before

June 17th, 2020

NASA’s Solar Orbiter, a mission conducted in partnership with the European Space Agency, made its first close approach observations of the star. The spacecraft is roughly halfway between the Earth and the Sun, and it will send back photos of the star’s surface that could answer some burning questions.  NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is much …