What does the data tell us about the sun, and should we be worried?
Conspiracy theorists believe a UFO the size of Jupiter has crashed into the sun. Bizarre images captured by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spacecraft, which is jointly run by Nasa and the European Space Agency, appear to show and object hovering close to the surface. Russian website Pravadu.ru describes the UFO as being made up of a transparent
If you still have your solar viewing glasses from the eclipse, now is a good time to slap them on and look up at the sun.
On Sept. 6th at 1202 UT, sunspot AR2673 unleashed a major X9.3-class solar flare–the strongest solar flare in more than a decade. X-rays and UV radiation from the blast ionized the top of Earth’s atmosphere, causing a strong shortwave radio blackout over Europe, Africa and the Atlantic Ocean: Link to blackout map. Above: The extreme
In Morocco, a big new solar-powered plant for turning seawater into drinking water is being built. Is the business case for renewable-energy-powered desalination technology becoming strong enough to unleash a boom?
The sun’s core rotates nearly four times faster than the sun’s surface, according to new findings by an international team of astronomers. Scientists had assumed the core was rotating like a merry-go-round at about the same speed as the surface.