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 discuss new observations of a large active region in the sun’s 1- million-degree atmosphere called the corona.

Researchers have been studying detailed images from the High Resolution Coronal (Hi-C) Imager telescope with its 9.5-inch diameter mirror. The instrument was launched aboard a sounding rocket in July 2012 from the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

The media teleconference participants are:

— Jeff Newmark, sounding rocket program scientist, Heliophysics Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington

— Jonathan Cirtain, Hi-C mission principal investigator, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

— Karel Schrijver, senior fellow, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center, Palo Alto, Calif.

— Amy Winebarger, senior astrophysicist, Marshall Space Flight Center

Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live at:

Related images for the teleconference will be available at:

For more information about NASA’s sounding rocket program, visit:

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G. Karst
January 23, 2013 8:30 am

What does the sun matter when CO2 is so much more powerful? The sun may affect a few things but CO2 affects EVERYTHING, up, down, sideways… GK /sarc off

January 23, 2013 9:25 am

Solar coronal mass ejections CMEs in the even-numbered solar cycles tend to hit Earth with a leading edge that is magnetized north. Such CMEs open a breach and load the magnetosphere with plasma starting a geomagnetic storm, causing strong ripple on the Earth’s magnetic field. To compare two events the SSN cycle are given polarity to form SSNmc.

January 23, 2013 10:19 am

How ’bout them sunspots…and Ap index.

January 23, 2013 10:22 am

Well, we already know that the sun is going to take a nap
and earth will get a lot cooler soon

January 23, 2013 10:44 am

This should be interesting. I wonder if they will crack the door open a bit more for a greater influence by the sun.

January 23, 2013 10:53 am

It’s a sad fact, but NASA like NOAA, EPA. Can no longer be trusted to deliver truthful, honest science. These Gov’t organizations have become political shills to the CAGW conspiracy.
Ask yourself why TWO climate observing satellites have been lost in the launch phase. These satellites were capable of falsifying the party line on CAGW. That cannot be allowed.
It looks to me as if sabotage is another sin that is acceptable as long as it furthers “The Cause”

john robertson
January 23, 2013 11:51 am

@Rob Roy,If one is willing to admit they will lie to further their cause, integrity and lawful behaviour can not be expected.
The failure at launch of both earth sensing systems, coincidence, no more meaningful than the observation that all climatology corrections of the temperature data are to the hot side.
Or CRU, Phil Jones, accidentally erasing the raw data base.

John F. Hultquist
January 23, 2013 12:10 pm

HenryP says:
January 23, 2013 at 10:22 am
“Well, we already know that the sun is going to take a nap
and earth will get a lot cooler soon

Who is we? In the first half of the last century the concept of continental drift was contentious, not because of a lack of correlations, but because a mechanism that moved continents around could not be demonstrated. I recognize the correlations you infer. Now what is the mechanism?

January 23, 2013 4:12 pm

Angry sun, spotless sun, spotty sun, CMES, no CMES, Minimum, maximums: makes no difference to temperature flux on earth as the variation between whatever is the high TSI and what is the low TSI, is negligible. That’s what i take from Leif’s postings since i’ve been over here since 2006. I still find the notion shocking: And my observation, and i read this threads studiously, is no one has got one past him, as far as i can tell, including Nicola. Can anyone tell me one theory that is pier reviewed and properly published and accepted by portions of the solar folks that challenge our resident wise wizards views!?!?!?!?!?!?

G. Karst
January 23, 2013 10:58 pm

John F. Hultquist says:
January 23, 2013 at 12:10 pm
HenryP says:
January 23, 2013 at 10:22 am
I recognize the correlations you infer. Now what is the mechanism?

Leif Svalgaard provides one with the cloud/ CR mechanism:
However, like CO2’s climate sensitivity, it will be hard to quantify. GK

January 23, 2013 11:03 pm

Orbital resonance causes the planets to move the sun and our moon (and us) in sync. So the solar changes are synchronized with all the other movements. These folks, peer reviewed, think that the mechanism is lunar, via tidal mixing of the ocean surface:
This one:
finds a 60 (ish) year period in tidal gages:
And I explain why that 60 (ish) year cycle is caused by an 18+ a bit year lunar cycle:
(it has a 1/3 day remainder so you only get the same ocean under the moon / tides force every 3rd cycle)
I look at it (and some others) here:
Yes, my bits are “speculative”, but the foundation paper that caused my muse is peer reviewed.
Hope that helps.
(BTW, there is still room for solar involvement via things like Svensmark and clouds and all, and UV changed atmospheric height and warming. But as these area all coordinated to arrive at the same time via orbital resonance; assigning percentages to each will be, er, complicated… 😉

January 24, 2013 12:54 am

So did anyone watch the NASA presentation? Anything exciting? Leif?

January 24, 2013 1:04 am

Tim Channon has posted an excellent analysis of the solar linkage with HADcruT 4

January 24, 2013 6:23 am

The NASA release claims “solar braids” raise the temperature of the corona by thousands of times. Where is the lab experiment to back this up?
There is still a serious lack of explanation here. The magnetic field needs to be defined in such a way as to justify the huge temperatures. What is the substance of the magnetic field that it could generate such intense heat just by forming a special shape?
My bullshit meter tops out when an article leads with the usual NASA baffle-speak, “‘With potential annual economic impacts of tens to hundreds of billions of dollars domestically during periods of high solar activity, accurate forecasts of the local space weather environment can possibly save billions for power systems, commercial aircraft and a number of other economic sectors,’ said study author Jonathan Cirtain, who led the Hi-C sun corona mission.”
I would like to hear the science. I would like to know what the specific mechanism involved is and how they replicated it in a lab to support the theory. It is way too premature to talk about the fantastic benefits of taking pictures of what might be an interesting magnetic structure. They are selling us hope, rather than science. This is the stuff of dictatorial regimes trying to baffle the masses with bullshit in order to preserve their position of power.

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