Posts tagged with ‘sun

A look at the surface of the sun in different wavelengths

This video of the sun based on data from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, shows the wide range of wavelengths — invisible to the naked eye — that the telescope can view. SDO converts the wavelengths into an image humans can see, and the light is colorized into a rainbow of colors.

The sun will flip upside down “within a couple weeks”, so you have that to look forward to

OMFG WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE! No, not really. It’s a thing the sun does about every 11 years or so, so if you’re older than 13, this has happened before in your lifetime and you didn’t even notice.

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Could the Earth survive the death of the Sun?

It’s generally assumed that when the Sun gets close to death, it’s going to expand and swallow up the inner planets before it contracts and dies. But is that 100%? Not exactly. It is possible our little baked rock could survive the death of the Sun, but it is pretty unlikely. 

Solar Flare Bursts Into Fiery Rain Over The Sun

On the 19th of July a solar flare burst from the surface of the sun. Instead of dispersing, the hot plasma became trapped in the magnetic field emanating from the region of the eruption. Normally invisible to the naked eye, the lines of the magnetic field lit up as it captured the flare and forced it back down to the solar surface in a dazzling phenomenon known as a coronal rain.

Just for fun, scientists vaporize the Earth in a simulation

One day, a long long long time from now, the Sun will expand to many times its current size, engulfing the inner planets, including our own Earth, vaporizing our atmosphere and rocks and trees and cute baby deer. What will that look like? Some astronomers at Washington University St. Louis decided to find out.

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This massive solar eruption could have melted all of our faces off

This “long filament of solar material,” as NASA calls it, was spotted tearing away from the Sun at upwards of 900 miles per second. Yes, per second; this CME, as is typical of super-hot plasma filaments that are flung from the sun, was hauling serious ass. It was also freaking enormous — plenty big enough to wrap itself around the Earth a few times — not to mention a few other planets — and still have some plasma left over.

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So apparently, we were wrong about the shape of the sun until just a few days ago

For all of modern astronomy, we were pretty damn certain about the shape of the sun. It’s a giant ball of hot plasma and gas and magnetism, so it made sense that in test after test, it was an ever-changing, wobbly undulating thing, where the exact shape was never the same. But we were wrong. It’s a near perfect sphere, slightly flat near the poles, but otherwise almost perfectly round.

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Yesterday, the Sun had a 79,000 mile wide sungasm

You may not have noticed, but yesterday, the Sun had a massive coronal mass ejection, erupting some 198,000 miles off the surface and 79,000 miles wide. That’s big enough to fit ten Earths under.

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Watch a giant, Earth-sized tornado moving across the surface of the Sun

So I guess we’re not in Kansas any more…

Comet Lovejoy somehow survived going through the Sun to come out the other side

Normally, when anything crashes into a star, you can pretty much hang it up for that whatever it is. So when astronomers saw a comet named Lovejoy plunge into the Sun’s corona, the assumption was that was the end of the comet.. until the comet came out the other side of the Sun. A giant furnace, where even atoms are stripped down to their base components and yet somehow a comet survived.

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Massive solar flare possibly on its way. Is it going to hit Earth? Eh, who knows?

First off, to be clear, solar flares do not pose any threat to life on Earth. However, a massive solar flare could, and has, disrupted communications by knocking out or disorienting satellites. But ahead of the solar maximum in 2013 or 2014, sun-watchers have been observing the build-up of what could be an incredibly massive flare that could be headed our way.

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Bigfoot spotted strutting across the surface of the Sun
Wow, this sasquatch conspiracy is way bigger than anyone ever imagined. May I be the first to bow down to our new plasma bigfoot overlords.
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Bigfoot spotted strutting across the surface of the Sun

Wow, this sasquatch conspiracy is way bigger than anyone ever imagined. May I be the first to bow down to our new plasma bigfoot overlords.

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The most awesome picture of the Sun you’ll see today
This is from NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory satellite and it says it’s a composite image, but it doesn’t fucking say what wavelengths it’s a composite of. Am I missing something? That seems like helpful information.
Link to lots more photos of the Sun that don’t specify what wavelength they’re taken at

The most awesome picture of the Sun you’ll see today

This is from NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory satellite and it says it’s a composite image, but it doesn’t fucking say what wavelengths it’s a composite of. Am I missing something? That seems like helpful information.

Link to lots more photos of the Sun that don’t specify what wavelength they’re taken at









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