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“solar wind”

Oct 6, 2015 01:24 AM ET // Ian O'Neill
Yes, that's right, there's a hole in the sun, but it's not a sign of anything scary, it's actually a wonderful insight to some pretty 'cool' solar dynamics.
Sep 21, 2015 10:37 PM ET // Elizabeth Howell
In 'The Martian', Mark Watney deals with a lot of dangerous situations -- food and communications being a couple of them. But what if his camp got hit by a solar storm? How could he protect himself?
Aug 18, 2015 12:18 PM ET // Jason Major
Finally, we have proof of the moon's 'noble' heritage!
Jul 30, 2015 04:38 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
As Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko approaches perihelion, the sun is heating up its nucleus and the solar wind is causing its tail to evolve. And the Rosetta mission has a ringside seat.
Jul 29, 2015 03:58 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
For the first time, astronomers have detected an aurora erupting beyond the solar system, giving us a profound glimpse at the magnetism surrounding a brown dwarf, or 'failed star.'
Jul 20, 2015 05:30 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
Not only has NASA’s New Horizons mission confirmed that Pluto has an extended atmosphere, after its historic flyby on July 14, the spacecraft observed a “cavity” in the solar wind, revealing a long plasma tail reminiscent of a comet’s ion tail.
Jul 13, 2015 02:24 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
Pluto may be, on average, 40 times further away from the sun than Earth, but that doesn't mean it doesn't experience the sun's outbursts.
Jun 1, 2015 03:00 PM ET // Charles Q. Choi,
A giant eruption from the sun that scientists thought would hit Earth in 2014 missed because the sun's magnetic field channeled it away from the planet in an unexpected way.
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