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Space Weather Forecasting Needs An Upgrade To Protect Future Artemis Astronauts

Discover Magazine - Wed 19 Jun 24

"Cosmic rays from distant stars and galaxies and solar energetic particles from the Sun bombard the surface, and exposure to these particles can pose a risk to human health."

Space weather forecasting needs an upgrade to protect future Artemis astronauts, Phys.org - Thu 13 Jun 24
Space weather forecasting needs an upgrade to protect future Artemis astronauts, Astronomy.com - Thu 13 Jun 24

Marsquakes could reveal whether liquid water exists underground on red planet

Phys.org - Tue 18 Jun 24

If liquid water exists today on Mars, it may be too deep underground to detect with traditional methods used on Earth. But listening to earthquakes that occur on Mars—or marsquakes—could ...

A method to reversibly control Casimir forces using external magnetic fields

Phys.org - Tue 18 Jun 24

The so-called Casimir force or Casimir effect is a quantum mechanical phenomenon resulting from fluctuations in the electromagnetic field between two conducting or dielectric surfaces that are ...

Edward Stone, 88, Physicist Who Oversaw Voyager Missions, Is Dead

New York Times - Fri 14 Jun 24

He helped send the twin spacecraft on their way in 1977. Decades and billions of miles later, they are still probing — “Earth’s ambassadors to the stars,” as he put it.

Why a 3-Legged Lion and His Brother Swam Across a Crocodile-Filled River

New York Times - Fri 14 Jun 24

Researchers say the nearly mile-long swim was the longest by big cats ever recorded.

Interstellar winter: Did galactic clouds cause an ice age on Earth?

New Atlas - Fri 14 Jun 24

Earth’s weather changes based on where it is in its annual cycle around the Sun – but is it possible the climate can also be affected by the solar system’s position in its orbit around ...

Godspeed, Ed Stone—the Man Who Showed Us the Solar System

TIME - Fri 14 Jun 24

Steve Synnott never forgot the day Ed Stone let him name a moon. It was 1980 and Synnott was a member of the navigation team for the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft, which had just ...

Mars Got Cooked During a Recent Solar Storm

New York Times - Thu 13 Jun 24

Days after light shows filled Earth’s skies with wonder, the red planet was hit by another powerful outburst of the sun.

Researchers tune Casimir force using magnetic fields

Phys.org - Thu 13 Jun 24

Research teams led by Prof. Zeng Changgan and Zhang Hui from the Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale, the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) of ...

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Captured The Eerie Aftermath of A Solar Eruption Blasting Mars

Inverse - Wed 12 Jun 24

— NASA/JPL-CaltechThe Sun soaked Mars with high radiation last month, which gave way to exciting camera footage. And, perhaps less thrillingly, it also spotlighted one major obstacle for ...

Fish and chips on Mars: Research shows how colonists could produce their own food

Phys.org - Wed 12 Jun 24

Humans can't help being fascinated by space. That interest seems to be making the possibility of moving humanity to another planet, like Mars or the moon, more distinct, with NASA hoping to ...

Sun’s magnetic field may have a surprisingly shallow origin

Physics World - Wed 12 Jun 24

A new mathematical model indicates that the Sun’s magnetic field originates just 20 000 miles below its surface, contradicting previous theories that point to much deeper origins. The model, ...

A Big Whack That Made the Moon May Have Also Created Continents That Move

New York Times - Wed 12 Jun 24

Computer simulations suggest that a collision with another planetary object early in Earth’s history may have provided the heat to set off plate tectonics.

How many moons and moonmoons could we cram into Earth's orbit?

Newscientist - Tue 11 Jun 24

Earth is lagging behind other worlds with its single moon, so on this episode of Dead Planets Society we are giving it more – and giving those moons moonmoons to orbit them

Space weather can affect our daily lives — we need a better warning system

Nature News - Tue 11 Jun 24

Nature, Published online: 11 June 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01715-zCategorizing geomagnetic storms on a scale of one to five leaves no room for once-a-century superstorms.

NASA watches Mars light up during epic solar storm

Phys.org - Mon 10 Jun 24

In addition to producing auroras, a recent extreme storm provided more detail on how much radiation future astronauts could encounter on the Red Planet.

NASA Watches Mars Light Up During Epic Solar Storm, Mirage News - Mon 10 Jun 24
Earth’s Climate May Be Shaped by the Sun’s Galactic Journey, Science Blog - Mon 10 Jun 24
Solar Systems Dense Cloud Passage Altered Earths Climate, Mirage News - Mon 10 Jun 24
Scientists Unsure of Heliosphere's Shape Without Interstellar Probe, Mirage News - Fri 7 Jun 24

The Region of Space Influenced by the Sun Is the Heliosphere

Discover Magazine - Mon 10 Jun 24

"The heliosphere is over a hundred times larger than the distance from the Sun to the Earth."

Cosmic cloud exposed Earth to interstellar space 3 million years ago

Newscientist - Mon 10 Jun 24

The protective bubble around the sun retreated dramatically after colliding with a freezing interstellar cloud, leaving much of the solar system exposed to radiation that shaped our evolution, ...

Astrophysicists calculate the likelihood that Earth was exposed to cold harsh interstellar clouds 2 million years ago

Phys.org - Mon 10 Jun 24

Around two million years ago, Earth was a very different place, with our early human ancestors living alongside saber-toothed tigers, mastodons, and enormous rodents. And, depending on where ...

Our Solar System May Have Passed Through Dense Interstellar Clouds 2 Million Years Ago, Altering Earth’s Climate, Astrobiology - Tue 11 Jun 24

NASA considering an interstellar probe to study the heliosphere, the region of space influenced by the sun

Phys.org - Sat 8 Jun 24

The sun warms the Earth, making it habitable for people and animals. But that's not all it does, and it affects a much larger area of space. The heliosphere, the area of space influenced by ...

Is there liquid water on Mars today? Marsquake data could tell us

SPACE.com - 20 hours ago

Some scientists believe they may be able to find buried liquid water on the Red Planet by studying seismic and magnetic readings to reconstruct the aftermath of ...

The rotation of Earth's inner core is slowing down

SPACE.com - 23 hours ago

The rotation of Earth's inner core began to slow down more than a decade ago, altering the length of our days by fractions of a second. ...

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Popular Mechanics - Wed 19 Jun 24

Voyager 1 resumes messages to Earth from 15 billion miles away, Earth.com - Mon 17 Jun 24
Earth collided with an interstellar cloud millions of years ago, Earth.com - Sat 15 Jun 24
'Solar dynamo' and the secret origin of the Sun's magnetic field, Earth.com - Fri 14 Jun 24
NASA missions witness massive solar storm as it hits Mars, CNN - Fri 14 Jun 24
Massive solar storm strikes Mars, spacecraft capture surface storm and auroras, Earth.com - Mon 10 Jun 24
Largest Flare In This Solar Cycle Was Seen By Spacecraft From Mercury To Mars, IFLScience - Wed 19 Jun 24
Group of What Seems To Be Pyramids on Mars Could Be Evidence of Ancient Civilization on the Red Planet, Expert Claims, The Science Times - Wed 19 Jun 24
Sun’s Magnetic Poles Set To Flip This Year After Reaching Solar Maximum; How Will This Reversal Affect Earth?, The Science Times - Tue 18 Jun 24
Two-day Radio Blackout Triggered by Sunspot AR3664's Solar Flare Radiation Storm: How Will Future Solar Flares Impact Global Com, The Science Times - Sat 15 Jun 24
Explosion on Sun's Far Side Caused Two-Day Radio Blackout, Newsweek - Fri 14 Jun 24
Encounter Between Sun And "Something Outside The Solar System" May Have Dramatically Cooled Earth, IFLScience - Fri 14 Jun 24
MAVEN Orbiter Provides Data on Radiation Environment on Mars, Discovers Red Planet To Be Hit by Intense Solar Storms as Much as, The Science Times - Thu 13 Jun 24
Earth May Have Lost Solar Protection 2 Million Years Ago: Did This Trigger Ice Age?, The Science Times - Wed 12 Jun 24
Martian Auroras Observed: Solar Flares and Coronal Mass Ejections Reach Mars, NASA Reveals, The Science Times - Tue 11 Jun 24
Strongest Solar Flare In Years Affected Curiosity’s Camera On Mars, IFLScience - Tue 11 Jun 24
Massive Sunspot AR3697 Erupts With Powerful Solar Flares: Recent Activity Causes Strongest Radiation Storm Since 2017, The Science Times - Tue 11 Jun 24
Cherenkov Effect: What Happens When a Particle Moves Faster Than Light?, The Science Times - Tue 11 Jun 24
Massive Solar Flares, Storm 'Light Up' Mars: NASA, Newsweek - Mon 10 Jun 24
'Drastic Changes' In Interstellar Space May Have Caused Ice Age, Newsweek - Mon 10 Jun 24
What is an electromagnet?, The Hindu - Sun 16 Jun 24
All Four Instruments on Voyager 1 Transmitting Science Data, Mirage News - Thu 13 Jun 24
Artemis Astronauts Require Enhanced Space Weather Forecasting, Mirage News - Thu 13 Jun 24
Former JPL Director and Voyager Scientist Ed Stone Dies, Mirage News - Tue 11 Jun 24
NASA Backs Research on Space Weather Systems Exploration, Mirage News - Tue 11 Jun 24

GOES-U satellite launch this month will bring a solar activity monitor to space

SPACE.com - Wed 19 Jun 24

Just like with other tools, the more a coronagraph ages, the less reliable it gets. So, next month, NOAA's GOES-U will take to space a brand-new coronagraph which ...

Mars Was Hit With a Solar Storm Days After Earth's Aurora Light Show, NASA Says

Smithsonian Magazine - Mon 17 Jun 24

Studying this event could hold lessons for scientists about how to protect astronauts from radiation on future trips to the Red Planet

The sun's magnetic field is about to flip. Here's what to expect.

Livescience - Mon 17 Jun 24

When the sun reaches its period of peak activity, known as solar maximum, our star's magentic field will suddenly reverse. But why does it happen, and will it impact ...

The sun's magnetic field is about to flip. Here's what to expect. , SPACE.com - Fri 14 Jun 24

Solar storm slams Mars in eerie new NASA footage

Livescience - Sat 15 Jun 24

A powerful solar storm in May 2024 created auroras on Mars and provided scientists with crucial information that could aid future crewed missions to the Red Planet. ...

Radiation will be a real challenge for Mars colonists, powerful solar storm shows , SPACE.com - Thu 13 Jun 24

Space weather forecasting needs an upgrade to protect future Artemis astronauts

SPACE.com - Sat 15 Jun 24

Cosmic rays from distant stars and galaxies and solar energetic particles from the Sun bombard the moon's surface, and exposure to these particles can pose a risk ...

Earth Possibly Exposed to Interstellar Anomaly Millions of Years Ago

ScienceAlert - Sat 15 Jun 24

Did a freak event alter our destiny?

Voyager 1 is back online! NASA's most distant spacecraft returns data from all 4 instruments

SPACE.com - Fri 14 Jun 24

Following a technical error in November 2023, NASA's deep-space explorer has resumed full science operations. ...

A Giant Interstellar Cloud May Have Once Enveloped Earth, Potentially Causing Ice Ages

Smithsonian Magazine - Fri 14 Jun 24

Astronomers suggest this cold, dense cloud compressed our sun's protective field between two and three million years ago, leaving the Earth exposed to cosmic material

An encounter with 'something outside of the solar system' may have triggered an ice age on Earth

Livescience - Thu 13 Jun 24

Two million years ago, an encounter with a cold cloud of gas and dust could have caused our planet's "protective giant bubble" to draw back, potentially cooling ...

Mars Hit by Intense Solar Storms Just as Epically as Earth

ScienceAlert - Wed 12 Jun 24

This impacts future human exploration.

Ed Stone, who led NASA's iconic Voyager project for 50 years, dies at 88

SPACE.com - Wed 12 Jun 24

Ed Stone, who for 50 years served as the project scientist for NASA's iconic Voyager mission, died June 9 at the age of 88. ...

Interstellar Cloud May Have Triggered Last Ice Age

Extremetech - Wed 12 Jun 24

The cloud could have shrunken the heliosphere and exposed Earth to interstellar space.

Ed Stone, JPL director and top scientist on Voyager mission, dies at 88

L.A. Times - Tue 11 Jun 24

Ed Stone, who guided NASA's breakthrough Voyager mission to the outer planets and led the Jet Propulsion Laboratory when it landed its first rover on Mars, has died.

Solar storm douses Mars in radiation as auroras flicker in the Red Planet sky (video)

SPACE.com - Tue 11 Jun 24

NASA's fleet of robotic Martian explorers measured the effects of May's dramatic solar storms, experiencing the equivalent of undergoing about 30 chest X-rays all ...

India's Aditya-L1 solar probe snaps shots of our hyperactive sun during May outburst (photos)

SPACE.com - Tue 11 Jun 24

India's Aditya-L1 spacecraft imaged the sun a week after it unleashed the rare G5 geomagnetic storm that sparked some of the strongest auroras in centuries. ...

An interstellar cloud may have caused an ice age on Earth. Here's how

SPACE.com - Tue 11 Jun 24

The sun protects our solar system's planets from the harsh environment of interstellar space; 2 million years ago, a dense cloud of matter could have curtailed ...

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Just Witnessed The Most Intense Solar Storm Ever Recorded On Mars

HotHardware - Tue 11 Jun 24

While Elon Musk pushes forward with plans for humans to one day inhabit Mars, NASA scientists are busy researching what those future inhabitants may incur during massive solar storms reaching ...

Solar flare blasts out strongest radiation storm since 2017

SPACE.com - Mon 10 Jun 24

The sunspot that produced the historic geomagnetic storm that led to May's global auroras has made headlines again, producing the strongest radiation storm since ...

Earth from space: Mysterious, slow-spinning cloud 'cyclone' hugs the Iberian coast

Livescience - Mon 10 Jun 24

This 2017 satellite photo shows an unusual cloud "cyclone" nestled up against the coastline of Spain and Portugal. Researchers are unsure what caused the strange ...

Can't stop won't stop: Solar Orbiter shows the Sun raging on

ESA - Tue 18 Jun 24

The hyperactive sunspot region responsible for the beautiful auroras earlier in May was still alive and kicking when it rotated away from Earth’s view. Watching from the other side of ...

Better space weather forecasting may protect future astronauts on the moon

UPI - Thu 13 Jun 24

NASA has set its sights on the moon, aiming to send astronauts back to the lunar surface by 2026 and establish a long-term presence there by the 2030s. But the moon isn't exactly a habitable ...

Scientists don’t know much about the heliosphere’s shape. An interstellar probe could change that

Fastcompany Tech - Sat 8 Jun 24

No probe has ever gotten a good look at the heliosphere from the outside or properly sampled the local interstellar medium. The Sun warms the Earth, making it habitable for people and animals. ...

Marsquakes may help reveal whether liquid water exists underground on red planet

SpaceDaily - Thu 20 Jun 24

University Park PA (SPX) Jun 21, 2024 If liquid water exists today on Mars, it may be too deep underground to detect with traditional methods used on Earth. But listening to earthquakes that ...

Radiation Surge on Mars: NASA Watches Red Planet Light Up During Epic Solar Storm

SciTechDaily - Mon 17 Jun 24

In addition to producing stunning auroras, a recent extreme storm provided more detail on how much radiation future astronauts could encounter on the Red Planet....

NASA Selects Proposals for Space Weather Study

SpaceDaily - Thu 13 Jun 24

Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 12, 2024 NASA has selected three proposals for concept studies of missions to investigate the complex system of space weather that surrounds our planet and its connection ...

Blue Canyon to supply spacecraft buses for NASA's PolSIR mission

SpaceDaily - Thu 13 Jun 24

Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 13, 2024 RTX's (NYSE: RTX) small satellite manufacturer and mission services provider, Blue Canyon Technologies, has been chosen to construct two 12U CubeSat buses ...

NASA Observes Mars Illuminated During Major Solar Storm

SpaceDaily - Mon 10 Jun 24

Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 11, 2024 In addition to producing auroras, a recent extreme storm provided more detail on how much radiation future astronauts could encounter on the Red Planet. ...

Solar System Passed Through Cold Interstellar Cloud About 2 Million Years Ago, Study Suggests

Sci.News - Mon 10 Jun 24

Cold, dense clouds in the interstellar medium of our Milky Way Galaxy are around four-five orders of magnitude denser than their diffuse counterparts. The post Solar System Passed Through Cold ...

The solar system may have passed through dense interstellar clouds 2 million years ago, altering Earth's climate

ScienceDaily - Mon 10 Jun 24

Astrophysicists calculate the likelihood that Earth was exposed to cold, harsh interstellar clouds, a phenomenon not previously considered in geologic climate models.

The solar system may have passed through dense interstellar clouds 2 million years ago, altering Earth’s climate, Scienmag - Mon 10 Jun 24
The solar system may have passed through dense interstellar clouds 2 million years ago, altering Earth’s climate, Eurekalert - Mon 10 Jun 24

Earth's Climate May Have Been Affected by Interstellar Clouds 2 Million Years Ago

SpaceDaily - Mon 10 Jun 24

Boston MA (SPX) Jun 10, 2024 Around two million years ago, Earth experienced multiple ice ages, coinciding with significant climatic changes. Scientists propose that these ice ages were caused ...

ISRO releases images of Sun captured by Aditya-L1 during May solar storm

The Hindu - Mon 10 Jun 24

According to ISRO, these images will help in studying solar flares, energy distribution, sun spot, understanding and predicting space weather, monitoring solar activity and UV radiation over ...

Interstellar Intruder: The Cosmic Event That Rewrote Earth’s Climate History

SciTechDaily - Mon 10 Jun 24

New astrophysical research highlights a significant cosmic event two million years ago when the solar system passed through a dense interstellar cloud. This possibly altered...