feb 202013
 
A Cool Discovery About a Nearby Sun-Like Star

  ESA’s Herschel space observatory has detected a cool layer in the atmosphere of Alpha Centauri A, the first time this has been seen in a star beyond our own Sun. The finding is not only important for understanding the Sun’s activity, but could also help in the quest to discover protoplanetary systems around other [continue reading]

feb 042013
 
Research Brings Light to Star Mystery

  Scientists at Northumbria University have begun to unlock the mystery of why the outer edge of the Sun is much hotter than its surface for the first time.  Magnetic loop structures in the corona of the Sun. A team led by Northumbria’s Dr Richard Morton, and including researchers from the University of Sheffield and [continue reading]

jul 032012
 
Magnetic Fields on the Sun will be Studied by SUMI

  On July 5, NASA will launch a mission called the Solar Ultraviolet Magnetograph Investigation or SUMI, to study the intricate, constantly changing magnetic fields on the Sun in a hard-to-observe area of the Sun’s low atmosphere called the chromosphere. SUMI’s instruments are designed to study magnetic fields of the sun’s chromosphere — a thin [continue reading]

mei 152012
 
Astronomers finish Europe’s largest solar telescope on Tenerife

  After ten years of development, the new German solar telescope GREGOR will start operating at the Spanish Observatorio del Teide of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias on Tenerife. It is the largest solar telescope in Europe and number three worldwide. GREGOR telescope Credits: AIP   It will provide the German and the international community [continue reading]