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  • First results from close to the Sun

    Parker Solar Probe data paint a complex picture.

    By Richard A LovettThe first results from NASA’s sun-diving Parker Solar Probe are in, and already they are revealing...

    Space December 4, 2019
  • Superflares don’t go away entirely

    They still pose a risk, so it would be wise to make some contingency plans.

    Living with a star is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, our Sun provides us with light, warmth, and the e...

    Space December 3, 2019
  • Big Red Ball gives clues to the sun’s wind

    Insight into the largest magnetic field in the solar system.

    A three-metre diameter artificial sun has been used to model the massive and spiralling magnetic field that emanates ...

    Astrophysics July 29, 2019
  • Astronomers see the Sun’s future in a dying star

    T UMi’s convulsion a rare dynamic event.

    Astronomers have witnessed a rare dynamic event - a dying star - they say reinforces predictions about the Sun’s ulti...

    Space July 27, 2019
  • Seeing the Sun’s future in a dying star

    T UMi’s convulsion a rare dynamic event.

    Astronomers have witnessed a rare dynamic event they say reinforces predictions about the Sun’s ultimate demise.The...

    Astronomy July 26, 2019
  • Earth: a less volatile version of the sun

    A ‘universal process’ governing rocky planets across the universe.

    A detailed comparison of the chemical make-up of the Earth and the sun provides insight into how rocky planets form a...

    Physics March 19, 2019
  • Mechanics of coronal mass ejections revealed

    The genesis of enormous explosions on the sun has long been a mystery, but no more.

    A coronal mass ejection captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory in September, 2017.Credit: NASA/SDO  An in...

    Space March 6, 2019
  • Observations reveal new 'shape' for coronal mass ejections

    Radiation signatures produced by giant solar storms more complex than previously thought. Phil Do...

    Astronomers using one of the most sensitive arrays of radio telescopes in the world have caught a huge storm erupting...

    Space February 18, 2019
  • Did solar eruptions detonate a minefield in the Vietnam War?

    A declassified US Navy document records the apparently spontaneous explosion of as many as 30 mar...

    An extraordinary account of the impact space weather had on military operations in Vietnam in 1972 was found buried i...

    Space November 9, 2018
  • Heated by the sun, cooled by space

    Scientists demonstrate that the hot sun and the chilly expanse of space can both be exploited for...

    Radiative cooling and solar heating can happily co-exist and even make each other more efficient, according to scient...

    Technology November 8, 2018
  • The sun, two ways

    NASA captures simultaneous images using different wavelengths.

    NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, launched in 2010 and orbiting 36,000 kilometres above the Earth, views the sun thr...

    Space October 22, 2018
  • Solar magnetism

    Scientists sketch the contours of the Sun’s magnetic field.

    NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) scientists used their computer models to generate a view of the Sun's magneti...

    Space August 26, 2018
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