NASA News conference on the Sun’s corona today

NASA will present new discoveries, made by the Hi-C space telescope, of the sun’s corona today in a media teleconference at 1pm EST (1800 GMT) that will be webcast online. NASA Hosts Jan. 23 Media Teleconference on Sun Observations WASHINGTON — NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EST Wednesday, Jan. 23, to…

Solar corona revealed in super-high-definition

From the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Today, astronomers are releasing the highest-resolution images ever taken of the Sun’s corona, or million-degree outer atmosphere, in an extreme-ultraviolet wavelength of light. The 16-megapixel images were captured by NASA’s High Resolution Coronal Imager, or Hi-C, which was launched on a sounding rocket on July 11th. The Hi-C telescope…

Homeland Security takes on The Carrington Event

While we worry about future threats like global warming, and present threats like Iran’s escalating nuclear program, the sun’s propensity for belching out monstrous solar flares (like the Carrington event of 1859) could almost instantly create a world without modern conveniences, or even electricity.  The sun could literally “bomb us back to the stone age”.…