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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 6:27 am 
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I think I made one of these before, but I can't find it and Don or PHPbb says "sun" and "solar" are too common to be searched.

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Scientists Think They've Finally Identified the Trigger for Solar Eruptions

https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists ... -eruptions

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Thanks to the new models, the team was able to show that both sizes of jet are triggered to erupt when the magnetic field lines in the surface of the Sun above them break and rejoin - a process known as magnetic reconnection.

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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2017 4:19 pm 
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Space Weather Model Simulates Solar Storms From Nowhere

http://www.astrowatch.net/2017/05/space ... solar.html

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The model showed differential rotation causes the sun’s magnetic fields to stretch and spread at different rates. The scientists demonstrated this constant process generates enough energy to form stealth CMEs over the course of roughly two weeks. The sun’s rotation increasingly stresses magnetic field lines over time, eventually warping them into a strained coil of energy. When enough tension builds, the coil expands and pinches off into a massive bubble of twisted magnetic fields — and without warning — the stealth CME quietly leaves the sun.

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Solar Probe Plus: NASA To Announce It's First Mission To Fly Directly Into The Sun's Atmosphere

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/20842 ... sphere.htm

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"Solar Probe Plus will swoop to within 4 million miles of the sun's surface, facing heat and radiation like no spacecraft before it," the space agency noted.

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Our Sun Could Have Been Born With an Evil Twin Called "Nemesis"

https://www.sciencealert.com/all-stars- ... rs-nemesis

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The Sun – our steady, reliable companion – tells a very different story up close

https://aeon.co/videos/the-sun-our-stea ... y-up-close

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Created using footage captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft between 2011 and 2015, Sun is a mesmerising, perspective-shaking glimpse at Earth’s life-giving star. While seemingly immutable in the daytime sky, a closer look at the Sun reveals a dynamic and unpredictable body, blotted with sunspots and regularly spewing violent plasma eruptions far into interplanetary space.

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Solving the Scorching Mystery of the Sun’s Erupting Plasma Jets

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/23/scie ... cules.html

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The density in the chromosphere is significantly lower than in the sun’s interior, so the magnetic fields are no longer suppressed and are able to straighten out. As they unwind and release their tension, they fling hot plasma at incredible speeds, creating the spicules. The spicules surge thousands of miles high, passing through the chromosphere and into the sun’s corona before collapsing.

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The Sun in transition? Persistence of near-surface structural changes through Cycle 24

https://academic.oup.com/mnras/article- ... ar-surface

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We examine the frequency shifts in low-degree helioseismic modes from the Birmingham Solar-Oscillations Network covering the period from 1985 to 2016, and compare them with a number of global activity proxies well as a latitudinally resolved magnetic index. As well as looking at frequency shifts in different frequency bands, we look at a parametrization of the shift as a cubic function of frequency. While the shifts in the medium- and high-frequency bands are very well correlated with all of the activity indices (with the best correlation being with the 10.7-cm radio flux), we confirm earlier findings that there appears to have been a change in the frequency response to activity during solar Cycle 23, and the low-frequency shifts are less correlated with activity in the last two cycles than they were in Cycle 22. At the same time, the more recent cycles show a slight increase in their sensitivity to activity levels at medium and higher frequencies, perhaps because a greater proportion of activity is composed of weaker or more ephemeral regions. This lends weight to the speculation that a fundamental change in the nature of the solar dynamo may be in progress.


tl;dr: The upcoming solar minimum of 2019 may cause Earth's thermosphere to retract with unexpected consequences.

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Researchers Find a Connection Between the Northern Lights and Whales Beaching Themselves

http://dailygrail.com/Fresh-Science/201 ... s-Beaching

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The Mysterious Connection Between Solar Storms and Stranded Whales

http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/so ... ded-whales

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Microexplosions on the Sun's Surface Are Superheating the Solar Corona

https://www.seeker.com/space/astronomy/ ... lar-corona

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Researchers have pinpointed a "smoking gun" behind the phenomenon of the sun's atmosphere being thousands of degrees hotter than the solar surface.

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The sun's rotation: 8/14/2017 - 10/8/2017.

https://i.imgur.com/KfNtpKd.mp4

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This Japanese ‘hidden figure’ enlightened the world with her sunspot sketches

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/ja ... t-sketches

Ms. Hisako Koyama: From Amateur Astronomer to Long-Term Solar Observer

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1 ... 01704/full

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The path to science for a girl of any nationality born in the early twentieth century was formidable-to-nonexistent. Yet paths were forged by a few. We present the little-known story of one of Japan's premier solar observers and her contribution to the world's understanding of sunspots and space weather cycles. Ms. Hisako Koyama, born in Tokyo in 1916, became a passionate amateur astronomer, a dedicated solar observer, and a long-serving staff member of the National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo. As a writer for amateur astronomy journals she advised many on the details and joys of sky viewing. She created a consistent, extended record of sunspots. Her multidecade archive of sunspot drawings is one of the “backbones” for the recent international recalibration of the sunspot record that provides insight into space weather reaching back to the early 1600s. We detail her contributions to the citizens of Japan as an ambassador of astronomy and her international contribution to understanding the symmetries and asymmetries of the solar cycle. We comment on the value of her continuous record of sunspots and on her tenacity in promoting a science that links to space weather.

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A Solar Flare Recorded from Spain in 1886

http://www.astrowatch.net/2017/10/a-sol ... in-in.html


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Solar Minimum Surprisingly Constant

http://www.astrowatch.net/2017/11/solar ... stant.html

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A research group led by Masumi Shimojo (Assistant Professor at NAOJ Chile Observatory), including members from Nagoya University, Kyoto University, and Ibaraki University, analyzed the more than 60 years of solar microwave data from these telescopes. They found that microwave intensities and spectra at the minimums of the latest five cycles were the same every time. In contrast, during the periods of maximum solar activity, both the intensity and spectrum varied from cycle to cycle.

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Solar Silliness: The Heart-Sun Connection

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/neuro ... onnection/

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Spoiler warning: (Neuroskeptic) doesn’t think this is true. In fact, (He) thinks the whole paper is based on a simple statistical error.

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The Department of Unexpected Questions: Is the Sun One Sided? (1878)

http://longstreet.typepad.com/thescienc ... -1878.html

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(JF Ptak) found--or bumped into--the following short note in Nature (September 5, 1878) . At first glance it has a flat-earthy/Nazis-on-the-dark-side-of-the-Moon quality to it, or at least to me it did. It is a very unexpected question, though it isn't quite what it seems at the outset before you try to think about what part of one-sidedness the author, Balfour Stewart, is addressing. Read the note, and then the title will make sense.

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The Sun Is Spitting Out Strange Patterns of Gamma Rays—and No One Knows Why

https://www.scientificamerican.com/arti ... knows-why/

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Are We Headed Towards Another Deep Solar Minimum?

https://www.universetoday.com/139189/ar ... r-minimum/

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