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Parker Solar Probes sends back first observations

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has sent back its first observations to the earth for scientists to decode the mysteries about the sun. The spacecraft was launched in August of 2018. It has completed 3 of the 24 planned passes by the sun’s unexplored regions. No other spacecraft has flown as close as the Parker probe ..

Beryllium-7identified for predicting monsoon

Lucrezia Terzi, a researcher at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCKCEN), has come up with a new way of predicting the monsoon at a science and technology conference organised in Vienna by the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO). The new method measures how much Beryllium-7 (an isotope of the element Beryllium) is present in the ..

Dipankar Banerjee selected as Co-Investigator for NASA’s PUNCH mission

NASA has selected Texas-based Southwest Research Institute to lead its PUNCH mission which will image the Sun. This is a landmark mission that will image regions beyond the Sun’s outer corona. Prof. Dipankar Banerjee, solar physicist from Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) is also a Co-Investigator of the PUNCH mission. The acronym ‘PUNCH’ stands for ..

UK researchers uses 1m Solar Telescope telescope to determine that Sun’s magnetic field is 10 times stronger than thought

According to a new collaborative study by the Queen’s University Belfast and Aberystwyth University in the UK, the sun’s magnetic field is ten times stronger than previously thought. Using the Swedish one-metre Solar Telescope at Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, in the Canary Islands, David Kuridze studied a particularly strong solar flare which erupted near ..

Solar storm headed to earth

A geomagnetic storm from the sun might bring the aurora borealis, the northern lights as far south as Colarado. If the storm does not change its course which it usually does, the shift can prevail for a longer period. The northern lights are formed due to the collision between the gaseous particles in the Earth’s ..

NASA launches Parker Solar Probe mission to touch Sun

On August 12, the US space agency NASA has successfully launched the Parker Solar Probe mission to send a satellite closer to the Sun than any before. The rocket carrying the Parker Solar Probe lifted off from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida in the US. It is the world’s ..

HINODE

Hinode formerly known as Solar-B is an international mission to study our nearest star, the sun. The mission was launched by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Solar mission with United States and United Kingdom collaboration. The main aim of the mission is to explore the magnetic fields of the sun. To accomplish this, the Hinode mission includes a suite of three science ..

Solar flare reaches earth caused no damage

Earth recently embraced a power solar storm in last 5 years but caused no damage. What are Solar flares? A solar flare or solar storm is a abrupt brightening observed over the Sun’s surface or the solar limb, which is understood as a huge energy release of up to 6 × 1025 joules of energy ..