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A New Method to Predict Solar Flares and Sunspot Activity

Using acoustic waves to catch sunspots in the early stage of development can give as much as two days warning of disruptions to communication systems, air travel, power grids and satellites and prevent astronauts from getting fried in space. Sunspots develop in active solar regions of concentrated magnetic fields. The magnetic flux gives rise to [...]

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Views of the Whole Solar Corona by the Solar Dynamics Observatory

It is possible to see the solar corona, the Sun’s atmosphere, during an eclipse but only the outer layer. The solar dynamics Observatory (SDO) is now taking images of the innermost solar corona seven days a week 24 hours a day. Normally the solar corona can only be seen by blocking the sun with a [...]

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A Good Year for Japan’s Space Program

Japan has not put a lot of money into their space program but it has nevertheless come up with some good results. JAXA (Japan’s space agency) has had a few firsts including the return of a probe to pick up some dust from an asteroid after a seven-year round-trip. This mission called Hayabusa, which means [...]

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An Earthlike Planet Is Coming Soon …

One day in the future perhaps not 10 years from now we will be able to look up into the night sky at particular stars and know that they have Earth like planets orbiting them. SETI is going to scan the stars with exoplanets for intelligent life in 2011 and you never know do you? [...]

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American Institute of Physics Reveals Core Cost-effective Selenium Solar Cells

Did you know that many scientists would like to discover light-catching substances in order to transform more of the sun’s energy into carbon-free electric power? A new study announced in the magazine Applied Physics Letters in August 2010 (published by the American Institute of Physics), explains how solar power could potentially be collected by using [...]

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Habitable or Goldilocks zone

We live on an Earth that from day to day seems permanent and stable. We go to work, school and perhaps the pub every day and it seems like things will never change dramatically. Unfortunately as we are all beginning to realise things in the universe are forever changing which when looked at from the [...]

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Mars Science Laboratory Arrival Date Set

The Mars science laboratory is set to go to Mars between November 25 and December 18, 2011 which will mean that it lands on Mars in August 2012. Curiosity, as the Mars science laboratory is known, could get their a bit sooner but it all depends on alignments and communication. For maximum information on landing [...]

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Why Won’t That Supernova Go Bang?

A massive old star is about to die… How a supernova explosion will be observed and what with. [podcast]http://www.weirdwarp.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/why wont the supernova explode.mp3[/podcast] By NASA Join the forum discussion on this post – (1) Posts

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Part 1:A Cup of Coffee and a Light Speed Tour around the Solar System

Planet Earth is getting boring. You have seen most of the countries and most of the inhabitants and swam beneath the sea, what else is there to do? Admittedly the oceans haven’t been explored to their full extent and some intense exploration needs to be done but sitting down and watching TV you can see [...]

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Moving the Earth Out Of the Way of That Big Bad Sun

I have always wanted to fly around in a spaceship seeing lots of lovely stars and planets and other curious beautiful things that exist out there. To stop getting too frustrated, I have looked on the Earth as a sort of spaceship travelling around giving everyone an eye on the universe. This is okay until [...]

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Solar Power Beamed To Earth From Space?

There are many renewable, green sources of energy one of them being solar power.  This  can be taken 1 step further by having the solar panels put into space. Obviously that requires a little more, OK a lot more effort than the words imply but would be worth it. There are benefits to outsourcing solar [...]

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All About Sunspots, Are They Good Or Bad?

The Sun is quite a useful piece of the solar system. Without it, let’s face it, we wouldn’t be here, so when it starts doing odd things it is a cause for concern. sunspots appear normally and are a regular feature of the Sun. So how do sunspots affect the Earth? Should we really worry [...]

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