Life as we know it doesn’t thrive on planets without ozone layers. A new instrument slated for launch to the ISS will monitor Earth’s protective ozone shell with greater depth and precision than ever before.
Photo: flickr By Walt Stoneburner It sounds unlikely but it’s true: the magnetic north pole is moving faster than at any time in human history, threatening everything from the safety of modern transport systems to the traditional navigation routes of migrating animals. Scientists say that magnetic north, which for two centuries has been in the icy wilderness of Canada, is currently relocating… Read more →
A comet is heading for Mars, and there is a chance that it might hit the Red Planet in October 2014. An impact wouldn’t necessarily mean the end of NASA’s Mars program. But it would transform the program along with Mars itself.
Forecasters say solar maximum is due in 2013. To prepare, the UN is organizing an international response to stormy space weather.
Something unexpected is happening on the sun. 2013 is supposed to be the year of Solar Max, but solar activity is much lower than expected. At least one leading forecaster expects the sun to rebound with a double-peaked maximum later this year.
Photo Credit: SPACE.com/NASA/SDO/AIA/HMI/Goddard Space Flight Center A colossal sunspot on the surface of the sun is large enough to swallow six Earths whole, and could trigger solar flares this week, NASA scientists say. The giant sunspot was captured on camera by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory as it swelled to enormous proportions over the 48 hours spanning Tuesday and Wednesday (Feb. 19 and 20)…. Read more →
Eruptive events on the sun can be wildly different. Some come just with a solar flare, some with an additional ejection of solar material called a coronal mass ejection (CME), and some with complex moving structures in association with changes in magnetic field lines that loop up into the sun’s atmosphere, the corona. On July 19, 2012, an eruption occurred… Read more →
Despite the huge size of the Russian meteor, its appearance in the skies was a surprise. It entered Earth’s atmosphere completely unnoticed by anyone. <iframe width=”540″ height=”304″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/58KLko50yE4″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>
Fireballs have been reported above Cuba and California in the same week that a meteor streaked across the skies over Russia. In Cuba on Tuesday, residents reported seeing a bright light in the sky and a loud explosion that shook windows and walls, although there were no reports of any injuries or damage. One resident of the city of Rodas,… Read more →
A collection of dashboard camera footage captured, as the fireball skimmed across the skyline in front of motorists. Report by Ashley Fudge.