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Solar Orbiter gives scientists unprecedented look at Sun

Paris - Scientists said Thursday they had obtained the closest ever images taken of the Sun as part of a pan-European mission to study solar winds and flares that could have far-reaching impacts back on Earth.

Solar Orbiter's first views of the sun exceed expectations

ESA's Solar Orbiter, launched on February 10, 2020, performed its first close approach to the Sun in mid-June, capturing unique views of our nearest star. No other images of the Sun have been taken from such a close distance.

'Ring of fire' solar eclipse thrills skywatchers on longest day

Fpo - Skywatchers along a narrow band from west Africa to the Arabian Peninsula, India and the Far East witnessed a dramatic "ring of fire" solar eclipse Sunday.

'Ring of fire' solar eclipse thrills skywatchers in Africa, Asia

Nairobi - Skywatchers along a narrow band from west Africa to the Arabian Peninsula, India and the Far East witnessed Sunday a dramatic "ring of fire" solar eclipse.

Rare 'ring of fire' solar eclipse to dim Africa, Asia

Paris - Skywatchers along a narrow band from west Africa to the Arabian Peninsula, India and southern China will witness on Sunday the most dramatic "ring of fire" solar eclipse to shadow the Earth in years.

Advanced telescope reveals Sun's surface in remarkable detail

Special mages from the Daniel K Inouye Solar Telescope, located on Hawaii, show the Sun in superb detail, down to the level of features as small as 30 kilometers across. There are bigger 'cells' too, some as big as Texas.

Sun yields its secrets to Parker Solar Probe

Paris - NASA's Parker Solar Probe, having survived its closest encounter so far with the Sun, has sent back a "spectacular trove" of data on its corona, the super-hot outer edge of its atmosphere, scientists said Wednesday.

New plasma tsunamis dubbed 'Terminators' discovered on the Sun

The solar magnetic activity cycle is a nearly periodic 11-year change in the Sun's activity. Little is known why this happens, although scientists continue to identify new Sun related facts, including 'Terminators' (plasma tsunamis).

NASA spacecraft breaks record for coming closest to Sun

Tampa - NASA's Parker Solar Probe, which launched earlier this year, has set a new record for becoming the closest human-made object to the Sun, the US space agency announced Monday."The spacecraft passed the current record of 26.55 million miles (42.

NASA postpones for 24 hours launch of historic spaceship to Sun

Tampa - NASA postponed until Sunday the launch of the first ever spacecraft to fly directly toward the Sun on a mission to plunge into our star's sizzling atmosphere and unlock its mysteries.

Essential Science: How our Sun went through the 'terrible twos'

Astrophysicists, looking into the early phase of our Sun, have been studying, in conjunction, blue crystals in meteorites. These crystals show that our Sun went through the astronomical equivalent of the 'terrible twos'.

The Sun apologises to Barkley over column

London - Everton star Ross Barkley received an apology from The Sun tabloid newspaper on Saturday over a column that made "unfavourable comparisons" to a gorilla.

The Sun had no sunspots for two weeks

Reading - Astronomers working for NASA regularly monitor the Sun and note down any unusual patterns. Last month the Solar Dynamics Observatory flagged up something unusual: there were no sunspots for a 15 day period.

Sun spins faster on the outside than on the inside

Despite being relatively close to Earth and a well-studied phenomenon there is still much to learn about the Sun. New research by international astronomers has helped to make an important new discovery about our closest star.

Essential Science: Mystery of Mercury’s Great Valley

Mercury has long been regarded as one of the Solar System’s more mysterious planets. Despite decades of observations by astronomers new points of interest appear. The latest is with the planet’s great valley.

Did a solar storm damage Earth’s magnetic field?

A review of data, relating to the summer of 2015, suggests a solar storm struck the Earth’s magnetic field. This unprecedented event lasted a couple of hours, and it could have shrunk the Earth’s magnetosphere.

Weird blue mass detected in front of the Sun

Houston - NASA has reported an unusual phenomenon: a strange blue mass in front of the Sun. The object was detected by the Stereo satellites, and it appeared to pass across the face of the star.

Not all of our suntan comes from the Sun

While the Sun accounts for most of a suntan, new research suggests a very tiny amount of ultraviolet light comes from the Big Bang, as well as other stars and galaxies.

Op-Ed: New planet discovered close to the Sun's closest star

A new planet has been found orbiting within the habitable zone of Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our Sun. This has triggered much media frenzy. However, many of the statements in the media take liberties with the evidence.

How to enjoy the sun but avoid skin cancer risks

As the sun continues to shine down intensely over the northern hemisphere renewed concerns have arisen about skin cancer risks. A German company has recently reiterated best practices for keeping safe during the summer.

NASA may have less than two minutes to rescue lost spacecraft

Twenty-two months ago, NASA lost contact with its Stereo-B spacecraft during a routine 72-hour test. The long silence ended on Sunday, when the probe — some 189 million miles away from Earth — finally said "hello" again to the space agency.

International rates for skin cancer revealed

A new global study has revealed variations in the rate of skin cancer around the world. The key variations relate to geographical and socio-economic factors, which make the disease more or less common.

New research shines light on brown dwarfs

Paris - Brown dwarf stars are rare and remain a mystery to astrophysists. The stars are "brown" when viewed through a telescope because they cannot burn enough nuclear fuel to shine as brightly as other stars. A new study sheds a little more light.

NASA's K2 discovers dead star vaporizing a mini 'planet'

Mountain View - On its second mission, NASA's Kepler space telescope has found something that sounds dire, but is completely amazing: A dead star, known as a white dwarf, cannibalizing a small planet that exists within its solar system.

Sunscreens in concern over effectiveness and safety

Auckland - Jaychem Industries, which manufactures a leading sunscreen, has been criticized over the formulation by U.S. health inspectors.

Ant cooling mechanism avoids desert sun

Ants found in the Sahara have a novel way of keeping cool from the intensity of the sun’s rays. The small, silver-colored hairs on the ant’s body are able to reflect heat back, stopping the insect from becoming too hot.

Bring the sun into your home with the Silk smart lightbulb

A new smart LED lightbulb aims to improve your health, wellness and sleep patterns by providing you with light that is more akin to that of the sun. It slowly shifts from blue to red in the day, allowing your body's circadian rhythm to operate normally.

NASA's Messenger spacecraft takes final plunge into Mercury

Cape Canaveral - NASA’s long-trekking Messsenger spacecraft plunged to its destruction April 30 after running out of fuel on its 4,105th orbit of the planet Mercury.

Sun flare disrupts radio — New geomagnetic storm predicted

The strongest solar explosion this year took down radio communications on Wednesday. Further disruption is expected today and tomorrow when another geomagnetic storm hits.

Dark matter may be inside Sun driving its processes

Scientists believe that dark matter may be present deep inside the sun's interior and could be responsible for processes in the solar body, which astronomers have so far been unable to explain.
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