solar physics

  • Parker Solar Probe becomes first spacecraft to touch the Sun

    NASA probe has made humanity’s first true visit to a star.

    Astrophysicists have just announced that NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has done what was once thought impossible – touch ...

    Astrophysics December 15, 2021
  • Measuring the Sun’s electric field

    NASA’s solar probe is diving ever closer to our star.

    To the delight of solar physicists, the Parker Solar Probe is taking a page from the story of Icarus and flying too c...

    Astrophysics July 14, 2021
  • Solar flare puzzle solution?

    New theory may explain how stars release bursts of energy.

    Giant sheets of plasma bursting into pieces may help produce high-energy magnetic reconnections that set off the enor...

    Physics December 10, 2017
  • Studying the solar cycle

    Detailed long-term observations of how the Sun changes can help us understand what drives its act...

    Solar cycle changes in the solar corona as viewed by Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) on the Solar Dynamic Observat...

    Space July 16, 2017
  • NASA to make closest approach yet to the Sun

    The Parker Solar Probe to be launched in 2018 will make a closer approach than ever before to our...

    The corona of the Sun – a streaming aura of plasma given complex structure by the star’s magnetic field and extending...

    Space June 1, 2017
  • New mystery on Northern Lights

    New research sends researchers back to the drawing board.

    The aurora borealis. Credit: Frank Olsen, NorwayThe leading hypothesis used to explain why the aurora borealis and ...

    Physics March 13, 2017
  • Sun's own light may be slowing its surface spin

    Is this the answer to a 20-year mystery?

    More than 20 years since mystified solar physicists saw the surface of the sun spinning slower than its insides, we m...

    Physics February 6, 2017
  • Top physics stories of 2016

    This year, we explained a few of the weird, trickier concepts.

    Credit: RACHEL HUSBAND / GETTY IMAGESComputer solves a major time travel problem It is more than 120 years since H....

    Physics December 27, 2016
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