Source: snopes.com | Oct. 15, 2016

President Obama Issues Order to Help Prepare Nation for Solar Flares

On 13 October 2016, President Barack Obama issued an executive order aimed at preparing the nation's infrastructure for "extreme space weather events" that could potentially be powerful enough to wreak havoc on essential electrical grids.

Source: sciencedaily.com | Aug. 27, 2014

Detecting neutrinos, physicists look into the heart of the sun

Using one of the most sensitive neutrino detectors on the planet, physicists have directly detected neutrinos created by the 'keystone' proton-proton fusion process going on at the sun's core for the first time.

Source: spaceflightnow.com | June 4, 2015

ESA reveals candidates for new space science missions

Earth’s protective barrier – the magnetosphere – shields it from some of the effects of the supersonic solar wind. Studying the interaction between this wind and the magnetosphere is important for our understanding of space weather.

Source: sci.esa.int | April 13, 2015

Solar Orbiter launch moved to 2018

The launch of Solar Orbiter, an ESA mission to explore the Sun in unprecedented detail, is now planned to take place in October 2018. The launch was previously targeted for July 2017.

Source: arrl.org | Dec. 17, 2013

Solar Scientists Say Cycle 24 is the Weakest in More than a Century

Four leading solar scientists on December 11 told journalists attending the American Geophysical Union (AGU) fall conference in San Francisco that current solar Cycle 24 has demonstrated extremely low sunspot activity and appears to be the weakest cycle of the past 10 cycles — more than 100 years. This already has resulted in milder “space weather” and less-intense geomagnetic storms and “energetic particle events,” such as coronal mass ejections (CMEs), NASA scientist Nat Gopalswamy said.

Source: sciencedaily.com | July 8, 2013

Matter-antimatter asymmetry: Using the sun to illuminate a basic mystery of matter

Antimatter has been detected in solar flares via microwave and magnetic-field data, according to researchers. The finding sheds light on the puzzling strong asymmetry between matter and antimatter by gathering data on a very large scale using the Sun as a laboratory.

Source: nasa.gov | Aug. 27, 2012

PhoneSat Flight Demonstrations

NASA's PhoneSat project will demonstrate the ability to launch the lowest-cost and easiest to build satellites ever flown in space – capabilities enabled by using off-the-shelf consumer smartphones to build spacecraft.

Source: nasa.gov | Feb. 6, 2011

First Ever STEREO Images of the Entire Sun

Latest image of the far side of the Sun based on high resolution STEREO data, taken on February 2, 2011 at 23:56 UT.

Source: science.nasa.gov | June 4, 2010

As the Sun Awakens, NASA Keeps a Wary Eye on Space Weather

Earth and space are about to come into contact in a way that's new to human history. To make preparations, authorities in Washington DC are holding a meeting: The Space Weather Enterprise Forum at the National Press Club on June 8th.

Source: astronomynow.com | June 19, 2009

Sunspot detail revealed by supercomputers

A comprehensive computer model of sunspots unveiled by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Germany will advance research into the inner workings of our Sun and its impact on the Earth.

Source: insidegnss.com | Nov. , 2007

GNSS and Space Weather

When the solar winds come around, you’d better hang onto your GNSS receiver, not your hat. That’s because satellite signals propagating through the Earth’s atmosphere can be profoundly affected when the Sun acts up, as it does periodically in 11-year cycles — the upward trajectory of which is just beginning. But a U.S. federal agency now offers help for users to minimize the effects on their GNSS-dependent activities.

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