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This is the Sun like you’ve never seen it before

April 20th, 2020

NASA’s Hi-C 2.1 telescope captured the Sun’s tiny plasma threads in never-before-seen detail. The threads make up the coronal loops that twist out of the star, and the smallest of the threads measures around 200 km wide. The researchers say we need a more powerful solar observatory if we are to learn more of the …

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This is actually what the surface of the Sun looks like

January 29th, 2020

The Sun rises and falls every day, giving us plenty of opportunities to see it. From Earth, we can’t really make out what it is since it’s an ultra-bright blob in the sky that will literally damage your eyes if you stare at it for too long, but scientists have tools that can view our …

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The Sun is the best jack-o-lantern

October 28th, 2019

Halloween is rapidly approaching and that means there’s a whole lot of pumpkins meeting their demise at the hands of ambitious carvers. NASA isn’t in the pumpkin carving business, but that doesn’t mean the space agency isn’t celebrating the scariest day of the year. In a timely post on its Facebook page, NASA shared a …

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Scientists think they’ve solved the mystery of sunspots

September 19th, 2019

We owe a lot to our Sun, and without it, well, we wouldn’t be here at all. Scientists have studied our star for a long time, and learned plenty about it over the years, but one of the mysteries that has endured for centuries is the sunspot cycle. Every 11 years, the Sun produces far …

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Astronomers just spotted an asteroid that loves the Sun

July 10th, 2019

Thanks to astronomers and their constant search for new bodies moving throughout our solar system, we know about a lot of asteroids. Many of them have long, elliptical orbits around our Sun, swinging through our system — sometimes making close passes of Earth along the way — around the Sun and then back out again. …

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NASA just approved two new missions to study the Sun

June 27th, 2019

NASA has plenty of projects on its slate at the moment, but that has never stopped the U.S. space agency from looking to the future. Our Sun, which is already a major area of study with missions like the Parker Solar Probe, is about to get even more attention thanks to the approval of two …

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NASA says now is a great time to leave Earth

June 13th, 2019

When you’re planning on taking a trip it pays to plan ahead, and one of the first things you should do is check the weather forecast. The same is true for space travelers, and with so many missions in the works, NASA is now gazing ahead to see what the space weather forecast is looking …