The Carrington Event: September 1st, 1859

In fact, it was this same time of year back in 1859 when a super solar storm – now known as the “Carrington Event” – took place during another weak…

Solar Plasma Temperature is plunging – should we worry?

The solar plasma temperature has plunged to a new low for the instrument record. Coincidentally or not, the temperature of the southern hemisphere has also plunged over the last couple…

NASA sun data helps new model predict big solar flares

Using data from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, scientists have developed a new model that successfully predicted seven of the Sun’s biggest flares from the last solar cycle, out…

Squeezing The Sponge

Over in the Tweetosphere, where I’m @WEschenbach, I read that we’re in for rainy times: The atmosphere cools and shrinks when the Sun gets sleepy. Rain is wrung out of…

New ‘Sun clock’ reveals that solar activity turns off and on with surprising precision

NCAR & UCAR News Clock paints picture of a more orderly, predictable Sun Jun 10, 2020 – by Laura Snider Solar scientists have taken a mathematical technique used by Earth…

On 99 year anniversary of huge disruptive solar storm, we are about to enter the deepest period of solar “recession” ever recorded

By Dr. Tony Phillips 99 years ago this week, people around the world woke up to some unusual headlines. “Telegraph Service Prostrated, Comet Not to Blame” — declared the Los…

Solar Cycle 25 Has Started

Guest post by David Archibald The heliospheric current sheet has flattened meaning that Solar Cycle 24 is over and we are now in Solar Cycle 25. Figure 1: Heliospheric current…

IPCC Politics and Solar Variability

By Andy May This post is about an important new paper by Nicola Scafetta, Richard Willson, Jae Lee and Dong Wu (Scafetta, Willson and Lee, et al. 2019) on the…

Solar energy tracker powers down after 17 years

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center After nearly two decades, the Sun has set for NASA’s SOlar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE), a mission that continued and advanced the agency’s 40-year record…

How ESA-NASA’s Solar Orbiter Beats the Heat

From NASA Feb. 4, 2020 When Solar Orbiter launches on its journey to the Sun, there’s one key piece of engineering making this ESA-NASA mission possible: the heat shield. Seeking…