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In the News – Year 2013

NASA's SDO Shows the Sun's Rainbow of Wavelengths
NASA's SDO Shows the Sun's Rainbow of Wavelengths
12.17.13 – A new NASA movie of the sun based on data from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, shows the wide range of wavelengths – invisible to the naked eye – that the telescope can view.
Fire vs. Ice: The Science of ISON at Perihelion
Fire vs. Ice: The Science of ISON at Perihelion
12.10.13 – Comet ISON lost mass in advance of reaching perihelion and eventually broke up completely during its closest approach.
New NASA Visualization Shows Sun's Magnetic Flip
New NASA Visualization Shows Sun's Magnetic Flip
12.06.13 – This visualization shows the position of the sun's magnetic fields from January 1997 to November 2013.
Sun's Magnetic Field is about to Flip
Sun's Magnetic Field is about to Flip
12.06.13 – According to measurements from NASA-supported observatories, the sun's vast magnetic field is about to flip.
New Instrument Continues Gathering Sun's Effects
New Instrument Continues Gathering Sun's Effects
12.05.13 – Maintaining a record of solar measurements is important in understanding the sun's effect on Earth and the Total solar irradiance Calibration Transfer Experiment, or TCTE, is now providing that information.
Van Allen Probes Offer Solution to Radiation Belts Mystery
Van Allen Probes Offer Solution to Radiation Belts Mystery
12.04.13 – Observations from NASA's Van Allen Probes shed light on what accelerates particles in the radiation belts surrounding Earth to near-light speeds.
NASA Investigating the Life of Comet ISON
NASA Investigating the Life of Comet ISON
12.02.13 – After several days of fading for Comet ISON, the question remains as to whether the bright spot we see moving away from the sun is simply debris, or whether a small nucleus of the original ball of ice was still there.
Comet ISON May Have Survived
Comet ISON May Have Survived
11.29.13 – Continuing a history of surprises, material from Comet ISON appeared on the other side of the sun on the evening on Nov. 28, 2013, despite not having been seen in observations during its closest approach to the sun.
Comet ISON Fuzzles as it Rounds the Sun
Comet ISON Fizzles as it Rounds the Sun
11.28.13 – Comet ISON went around the sun on Nov. 28, 2013. While the fate of the comet is not yet established, it is likely that it did not survive the trip.
Comet ISON on Thanksgiving Day
Comet ISON on Thanksgiving Day
11.28.13 – Check back here throughout the day for the latest Comet ISON information and images. Happy Thanksgiving!
SOHO Shows New Images of Comet ISON
SOHO Shows New Images of Comet ISON
11.27.13 – In the early hours of Nov. 27, 2013, Comet ISON entered the field of view of the European Space Agency/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory.
Solar Fleet to Watch Comet ISON's Journey
Solar Fleet to Watch Comet ISON's Journey
11.22.13 – During the last week of its inbound trip, Comet ISON will enter the fields of view of several NASA Heliophysics observatories.
X-Class Solar Flare: Nov. 19
X-Class Solar Flare: Nov. 19
11.19.13 – Adding on to a series of solar flares throughout October and November, the sun emitted another significant solar flare on Nov. 19, 2013, peaking at 5:26 a.m. EST.
Sunspots: Coming and Going
Sunspots: Coming and Going
11.14.13 – Jupiter-sized sunspot AR1980 gave us a lot of activity during its time on the face of the solar disk. As it rotates out of view, it continued to give off low-level flares.
Veteran's Day Solar Flare
Veteran's Day Solar Flare
11.10.13 – The sun emitted a significant solar flare, an X1.1-class, that peaked at 12:14 a.m. EST on Nov. 10, 2013.
Sun Unleashed Another X-class Flare
Sun Unleashes Another X-class Flare
11.08.13 – The sun emitted its sixth significant flare since Oct. 23, 2013. The latest flare, an X1.1, peaked at 11:26 p.m. EST on Nov. 7, 2013.
Sun Sends Out a Significant Solar Flare
Sun Sends Out a Significant Solar Flare
11.06.13 – The sun emitted a significant solar flare, and X3.3-class, peaking at 5:12 p.m. EST on Nov. 5, 2013.
Sun Continues to Emit Solar Flares
Sun Continues to Emit Solar Flares
10.28.13 – After emitting its first significant solar flares since June 2013 earlier in the week, the sun continued to produce mid-level and significant solar flares on Oct. 27 and Oct. 28, 2013.
Sun Emits Third  Flare in 2 Days
Sun Emits Third Flare in 2 Days
10.25.13 – Another solar flare erupted from the same area of the sun on Oct. 25, 2013,which peaked at 11:03 a.m. EDT. This flare is classified as an X2.1 class.
Fast CME Accompanied Mid-level Solar Flare
Fast CME Accompanied Mid-level Solar Flare
10.25.13 – A fast Coronal Mass Ejection, or CME, was associated with the M9.4 class solar flare, which peaking at 8:30 pm EDT on Oct. 23, 2013.
NASA Releases Movie of Sun's Canyon of Fire
NASA Releases Movie of Sun's Canyon of Fire
10.24.13 – A filament of solar material burst off the sun in September 2013, leaving a vast expanse of gases over 200,000 miles long roiling through the sun's atmosphere, the corona, leaving behind what looks like a canyon of fire.
Sounding Rocket to Calibrate NASA's SDO Instrument
Sounding Rocket to Calibrate NASA's SDO Instrument
10.21.13 – At 2 p.m. EDT, Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, NASA successfully launched a sounding rocket experiment to help calibrate the EUV Variability Experiment, or EVE, aboard the Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, satellite.
Northern and Southern Aurora Seen from Sept. 30, 2013 CME
Northern and Southern Aurora Seen from Sept. 30, 2013 CME
10.18.13 – The Sept. 30, 2013 coronal mass ejection spawned northern and southern aurora upon arrival at Earth.
SUNRISE Offers New Insight on Sun's Atmosphere
SUNRISE Offers New Insight on Sun's Atmosphere
09.27.13 – Three months after the flight of the solar observatory Sunrise, carried aloft by a NASA scientific balloon in June 2013, scientists in Germany have presented unique insights into a layer on the sun called the chromosphere.
Ultra-fast Electrons Explain Third Radiation Belt
Ultra-fast Electrons Explain Third Radiation Belt
09.23.13 – Researchers have added a new piece of information to what creates giant doughnuts of radiation surrounding Earth: some electrons reach such enormous energies that they are driven by an entirely different set of physical processes.
Van Allen Probes Mark First Anniversary
Van Allen Probes Mark First Anniversary
08.30.13 – One year after their launch, NASA's twin Van Allen Probes have already fundamentally changed how we understand the Van Allen radiation belts above our planet.
SDO Mission Untangles Motion Inside the Sun
SDO Mission Untangles Motion Inside the Sun
08.28.13 – Using NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, scientists have overturned previous notions of how the sun's writhing insides move from equator to pole and back again, a key part of understanding the sun's 11-year activity cycle.
NASA Spacecraft Capture an Earth Directed Coronal Mass Ejection
NASA Spacecraft Capture an Earth Directed Coronal Mass Ejection
08.20.13 – On August 20, 2013 at 4:24 am EDT, the sun erupted with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection or CME.
Sun's Magnetic Field is about to Flip
Sun's Magnetic Field is about to Flip
08.05.13 – According to measurements from NASA-supported observatories, the sun's vast magnetic field is about to flip.
Van Allen Probes Find Source of Fast Particles
Van Allen Probes Find Source of Fast Particles
07.25.13 – Scientists have discovered a massive particle accelerator in the heart of one of the harshest regions of near-Earth space, a region of super-energetic, charged particles surrounding the globe called the Van Allen radiation belts.
NASA Mission Discoveres Particle Accelerator in Heart of Van Allen Radiation Belts
NASA Mission Discovers Particle Accelerator in Heart of Van Allen Radiation Belts
07.25.13 – Using data from a NASA satellite, scientists have discovered a massive particle accelerator in the heart of one of the harshest regions of near-Earth space, a region of super-energetic, charged particles surrounding the globe and known as the Van Allen radiation belts.
Large Coronal Hole Near the Sun's North Pole
Large Coronal Hole Near the Sun's North Pole
07.19.13 – The European Space Agency/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, or SOHO, captured an image of a gigantic coronal hole hovering over the sun's north pole on July 18, 2013, at 9:06 a.m. EDT.
Comet ISON's Dangerous Journey
Comet ISON's Dangerous Journey
07.16.13 – Comet ISON's journey through the solar system will be perilous and violent. NASA spacecraft will watch to see whether it survives, and learn important science along the way.
The Heart of Space Weather Observed in Action
The Heart of Space Weather Observed in Action
07.15.13 – Two NASA spacecraft have provided the most comprehensive movie ever of a mysterious process at the heart of all explosions on the sun: magnetic reconnection.
How to Share Sun Observations with the World
How To Share Sun Observations With the World
07.12.13 – Just a year after the sounding rocket mission Hi-C launched its observations have fueled three published and seven pending papers. The unusually high numbers are due to sharing the data via NASA's Virtual Solar Observatory.
Movie Making Tool Hits The Million Mark
Movie Making Tool Hits The Million Mark
07.02.13 – A solar movie-making program produced by scientists from NASA and the European Space Agency just hit a major milestone: its millionth movie.
Sun Emits a Solstice CME
Sun Emits a Solstice CME
06.20.13 – On June 20, 2013, at 11:24 p.m., the sun erupted with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection, a solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of particles into space that can reach Earth one to three days later.
The Moon and Sun: Two NASA Missions Join Images
The Moon and Sun: Two NASA Missions Join Images
06.12.13 – NASA visualizers overlay a 3-dimensional model of the moon based on data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter into the shadow of the moon during a lunar transit.
The Sun Emits an M5.9 Solar Flare
The Sun Emits an M5.9 Solar Flare
06.08.13 – The Solar Dynamics Observatory captures the sun emitting a M5.9 class, a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 6:49pm on June 7, 2013.
Officials Meet in Washington to Discuss Solar Storms
Officials Meet in Washington to Discuss Solar Storms, Great and Small
06.04.13 – Policy makers and researchers are getting together in Washington to talk about space weather — but the discussion will be a little different.
NASA Invites Media to Space Weather Enterprise Forum
NASA Invites Media to Space Weather Enterprise Forum
05.31.13 – NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will deliver the keynote address at the annual Space Weather Enterprise Forum Tuesday, June 4, at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Auditorium and Science Center, located at 1301 East-West Highway in Silver Spring, Md.
NASA's SDO Observes Mid-Level Solar Flare
NASA's SDO Observes Mid-level Solar Flare
05.22.13 – The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, an M7 class, on the morning of May 22, 2013.
NASA's BARREL Mission Launches 20 Balloons
NASA's BARREL Mission Launches 20 Balloons
05.21.13 – In Antarctica in January, 2013 scientists released 20 balloons, to study the giant radiation belts surrounding Earth and how they lose particles.
Auroras Visible in Continental U.S.
Auroras Visible in Continental U.S.
05.20.13 – Coronal mass ejections that accompanied X-class flares early last week, arrived at Earth over the weekend and sparked a geomagnetic storm and aurora.
NASA's STEREO Detects a CME From the Sun
NASA's STEREO Detects a CME From the Sun
05.17.13 – On 5:24 a.m. EDT on May 17, 2013, the sun erupted with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection or CME, a solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of solar particles into space.
Impacts of Strong Solar Flares
Impacts of Strong Solar Flares
05.13.13 – Some people worry that a gigantic “killer solar flare” could hurl enough energy to destroy Earth, but this is not actually possible.
Spring Fling: Sun Emits a Mid-Level Flare
Spring Fling: Sun Emits a Mid-Level Flare
04.16.13 – The sun emitted a mid-level flare, peaking at 3:16 a.m. EDT on April 11, 2013. An Earth-directed CME was also released.
NASA's SDO Sees an Eclipse and a Transit
NASA's SDO Sees an Eclipse and a Transit
03.11.13 – On Mar. 11, 2013, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory caught a rare sight on camera: the sun with both Earth and the moon passing in front of it.
Solar Wind Energy Source Discovered
Solar Wind Energy Source Discovered
03.08.13 – Using data from an aging NASA spacecraft, researchers have found signs of an energy source in the solar wind that has caught the attention of fusion researchers.
Solar Cycle Updated: Twin Peaks?
Solar Cycle Update: Twin Peaks?
03.01.13 – 2013 is supposed to be the year of Solar Max, but solar activity is much lower than expected. At least one leading forecaster expects the sun to rebound with a double-peaked maximum later this year.
Val Allen Probes Discover a Surprise Circling Earth
Van Allen Probes Discover a Surprise Circling Earth
02.28.13 – Shortly after the Van Allen Probes launched to study the radiation belts around Earth, they saw something no one had ever seen before: a new configuration, showing an extra, third belt extending out into space.
Van Allen Probes Discover a New Radiation Belt
Van Allen Probes Discover a New Radiation Belt
02.28.13 – Earth's radiation belts were one of the first discoveries of the Space Age. A new finding published in today's issue of Science shows that we still have much to learn about them.
NASA Announces Media Briefing on New Van Allen Probes Results
NASA Announces Media Briefing on New Van Allen Probes Results
02.25.13 – NASA will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EST, Thursday, Feb. 28, to discuss new observations from NASA's twin Van Allen Probes, which are studying Earth's radiation belts. The briefing will be held at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Kossiakoff Center, 11100 Johns Hopkins Rd., in Laurel, Md.
Deciphering the Mysterious Math of the Solar Wind
Deciphering the Mysterious Math of the Solar Wind
02.21.13 – A NASA Goddard scientist has created a set of necessary equations to describe a kind of magnetic wave, known as an Alfvén wave, in the solar wind.
SDO Shows A Little Rain On The Sun
SDO Shows A Little Rain On the Sun
02.20.13 – On July 19, 2012, the sun treated viewers to one of its dazzling magnetic displays — a phenomenon known as coronal rain.
Tiny CREPT Instrument to Study the Radiation Belts
Tiny CREPT Instrument to Study the Radiation Belts
02.14.13 – A smaller version of an instrument now flying on NASA's Van Allen Probes has won a coveted spot aboard an upcoming NASA-sponsored Cubesat mission — the perfect platform for this pint-size, solid-state telescope.
UN Braces for Stormy Space Weather
UN Braces for Stormy Space Weather
02.13.13 – The United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space has a new item is on the agenda: space weather.
Year Three: NASA SDO Mission Highlights
Year Three: NASA SDO Mission Highlights
02.11.13 – In its third year in space, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has also offered several new, unexpected doors to scientific inquiry.
The Sun Produces Two CMEs
The Sun Produces Two CMEs
02.07.13 – In the evening of Feb. 5, 2013, the sun erupted with two coronal mass ejections or CMEs that may glance near-Earth space.
Twenty NASA Balloons Studying the Radiation Belts
Twenty NASA Balloons Studying the Radiation Belts
02.04.13 – Just 96 days since launch, the Van Allen Probes have already provided new insights into the structure and behavior of the radiation belts that surround Earth.
SDO Provides First Sighting of How a CME Forms
SDO Provides First Sightings of How a CME Forms
01.31.13 – On July 18, 20012, scientists used NASA's SDO to see for the first time the formation of something they had long known was at the heart of many eruptive events on the sun: a flux rope.
Our Eruptive Sun: Free Lecture at NASA Goddard
Our Eruptive Sun: Free Lecture at NASA Goddard
01.30.13 – The public is invited to a free event on Feb. 13 to experience ‘Our Eruptive Sun: The Causes and Consequences of Space Weather,’ by Dr. Phillip Chamberlin, Research Astrophysicist in the Solar Physics Laboratory at Goddard.
NASA Telescope Observes How Sun Stores and Releases Energy
01.23.13 – A NASA suborbital telescope has given scientists the first clear evidence of energy transfer from the sun's magnetic field to the solar atmosphere or corona. This process, known as solar braiding, has been theorized by researchers, but remained unobserved until now.
Why NASA Observes the Sun in Different Wavelengths
Why NASA Observes the Sun in Different Wavelengths
01.22.13 – Specialized instruments in ground-based and space-based solar telescopes, observe light far beyond the ranges visible to the naked eye. Different wavelengths convey information about different components of the sun.
NASA's SDO Has Plenty of Content for Ultra HD TVs
NASA's SDO Has Plenty of Content for Ultra HD TVs
01.14.13 – A new kind of television made headlines at the 2013 annual Consumer Electronics Show in early January: Ultra High Definition TV. The TV needs content and NASA's SDO has four months worth of sun movies for them.
Solar Variability and Terrestrial Climate
Solar Variability and Terrestrial Climate
01.08.13 – Researchers now realize even tiny solar variations can have a significant effect on Earth's terrestrial climate.
Solar Ballet on the Sun
Solar Ballet on the Sun
01.03.13 – NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this solar eruption on Dec. 31, 2012, as it rises and falls with the grace and polished movement of a ballet dancer.
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