JAXA’s new Venusian orbiter may answer questions

From Science @NASA Japanese Spacecraft Approaches Venus For the next few months, Venus will be softly resplendent in the evening sky, a treat for stargazers – but looks can be deceiving. An artist’s concept of Akatsuki at Venus. Credit: Akihiro Ikeshita Consider this: The Venusian surface is hot enough to melt lead. The planet’s 96%…

NCAR’s Dikpati on the extended solar minimum

From UCAR: Extended solar minimum linked to changes in Sun’s conveyor belt BOULDER—A new analysis of the unusually long solar cycle that ended in 2008 suggests that one reason for the long cycle could be a stretching of the Sun’s conveyor belt, a current of plasma that circulates between the Sun’s equator and its poles.…