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The Sun Wakes Up: What Will Happen to Us?

A series of solar flares will hit the Earth over the next few days, which could cause disruptions in satellite transmissions, such as satellite TV, cell phone and GPS systems. Airplanes may have to change routes in order to continue to receive control tower transmissions....
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Sun Rises in Greenland 2 Days Early

In winter, Greenland is dark for months and this year the first, brief sunrise was expected on January 13. Instead, the sun rose at 12:56 PM on January 11. The precise reason for this remains unknown. There is no apparent astronomical cause, as the constellations, the moon and the sun appear to be in their usual positions in relation to earth. One...
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Sun Twin

Throughout his long career, Zechariah Sitchin maintained that Nibiru existed, and now a new NASA probe seems about to prove him right. Our sun may have a companion that disturbs comets from the edge of the solar system--a giant planet with up to four times the mass of...
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Protect Us from the Sun

Climate change is causing changes in our weather, but that's nothing compared to what's happening on the sun. Solar scientists say that the sun's magnetic field is weakening, and we are going to go into a long period of solar inactivity, but NASA remains worried enough about massive solar flares to begin working on a solar shield that will protect...
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What's Going on with the Sun?

We need to go see - A researcher is helping to design instruments for a robotic space probe that will go where no other has gone before: The sun (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show) because we need to figure out what's going on up there.

Astrophysicist William Matthaeus is involved in NASA's Solar Probe...

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Nemesis

We may actually be warmed by TWO suns (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show).

The second one could be hidden beyond the edge of our solar system. The astronomers who are studying it called it "Nemesis."

Binary star systems are common in the Milky Way, and astronomers say that one-third of the stars out there in the...

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Solar Winds at Record Low

Not only are sunspots at a record low, so is the solar wind. The stream of charged particles blowing out of the sun is at its lowest point for 50 years.

In BBC News, Jonathan Amos quotes researcher Dave McComas as saying, "This is a whole sun phenomenon. The entire Sun is blowing significantly less hard?about 20-25% less hard?than it was...

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'Jaw Dropping' Solar Eruption

Astonished scientists have never seen anything like it. - A solar eruption has appeared that scientists are describingas "jaw dropping" and "amazing." The activity, on the sun'seastern limb, has the appearance of a gigantic volcano andmay be a precursor to a major sunspot. For some months now,solar scientists have been...

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Sun Burps

The sun is acting strangely lately, which may be endangering the earth we are celebrating today. Now the sun is throwing off huge "burps" of burning debris called Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), which NASA has observed ripping the tail off of a comet. They may also affect satellite communications and power grids here on earth, as well as the...

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Major Sunspots on the Way

We recentlywrote that "After a period of exceptionally high activityin the 20th century, our sun has suddenly gone exceptionallyquiet?Astronomers are waiting for the sunspots to return andmark the start of the next, the so-called cycle 24. Theyhave been waiting for a while now with no sign it's on itsway any time soon." Well, solar cycle 24 has...

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Will the Sun Save Us?

The "Earth moon machine" may be the reason there is life on this planet. Now astronomers have discovered that the sun may save us from extinction. Can all this be an accident?

The moon came about after a gigantic collision with the earth during the formation of the solar system, when a huge object struck the planet, leaving...
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How Sunshine Protects Us from Cancer

The sun's warm rays can not only give you skin cancer, they can also PEVENT it! Now that fall is here, if you're not getting out in the sun as much as you did in the summer, you also may not be getting enough vitamin D. A recent study shows a direct link between vitamin D and cancer prevention.

Researcher Joan Lappe warns that this is a...

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Sun Vibrations

Cell phone not functioning? It could be due to vibrations on the sun?or maybe right here on Earth. And did you know that psychologists have decided that cell phones cause a SPECIAL KIND of anxiety?

We all know about sunspots and solar flares, but for the first time, scientists have observed more subtle oscillations in the Sun's corona...

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Sun Going to Sleep Soon

The next sunspot cycle begins in 2011 and is expected to beamong the most powerful in recent memory, but after that,the sun is going to sleep. Should it remain quiescent, thiscould mean that, by 2015, we'll be heading for anotherperiod similar to the 'Maunder Minimum,' or Little Ice Age,that affected the world from roughly 1550 to 1850....

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The Coming Solar Superstorm

Whitley and Art warned about a possible superstorm here on earth, caused by global warming. It turns out that a solar superstorm may be on the way as well. NOAA warns that a solar storm could affect our technology here on earth, especially our satellites, and therefore our television and cell phone reception. Astronomers are researching what...

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Update: Sunspot More Active

An exceptionally large sunspot has appeared on our side ofthe sun. Sunspot 875 is already the size of the planetNeptune and is continuing to grow. It has a "beta gamma"magnetic field and as of April 26 harbors energy for X Class, orstrong, solar flares.

The spot has appeared during the solar minimum, and thepresence of such a large spot...

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The Sun Saved Us?But Now It's Our Turn

When it comes to global warming, the earth is being battered by a series of unfortunate blows. Besides the increase in greenhouse gases, which is leading to glacier melt and the dropping down of the Gulf Stream which warms Europe, the amount of sunlight reaching the earth is increasing, accelerating the pace of global warming.

A group...

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More Sunspots to Come

A stunning new scientific report predicts that the next sunspot cycle will be massively more powerful than the one just past, which was among the most powerful on record. This is going to cause intense climate disruptions on earth, including surface heating from coronal mass ejections, which is believed to have caused numerous forest fires...

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The Sun Has a Twin?Does the Earth Have One Too?

NASA has discovered that our sun has a twin that is nearly identical in temperature, rotation and age. Scientists hunting for extraterrestrial life hope to find planets orbiting around it.

Tariq Malik writes in the NASA website space.com that the star, called 18 Scorpii, is less than 50 light-years away in the constellation Scorpio. It...

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Seven Huge Solar Flares in Seven Days

The sun is extremely active right now. Between September 7 and September 10, there were no fewer than 7 X-class solar flares, including one monster, an X-17, which was the 8th largest ever recorded. The Space Weather Observatory estimates that there is a 75% chance of more X-class flares emerging from extremely active sunspot 798. This gigantic...

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Solar Fireworks Jar Scientists

NASA - The most intense burst of solar radiation in five decadesaccompanied a large solar flare on January 20. It shookspace weather theory and highlighted the need for newforecasting techniques, according to several presentationsat the American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting this week inNew Orleans.

The solar flare,...

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Sun Goes Wild--Again!

A geomagnetic storm that took place on the sun yesterday hasbeen classified by the NOAA Space Environment Center inBoulder, Colorado as an "extreme event," measuing G-5, whichis the highest level on the NOAA Space Weather Scale.

The K-Index, which measures the degree of deviation ofEarth's magnetic field over three-hour periods,...

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Large Sunspot 4 Years After the Max

A sunspot that appeared on April 25 has grown to five timesthe size of the earth as it transits the solar disk. It isunusual for large sunspots to continue to appear so longafter a solar max. The peak of the eleven year solaractivity cycle was 11 years ago.

At present, this sunspot appears capable of producingM-class solar flares, but...

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Satellite Mysteriously Quits

In an extremely rare event, a communications satellite hasstopped communicating, resulting in no telephone service for10 South Pacific nations. The hundred million dollar IS-804satellite stopped relaying phone calls on Saturday. It'sprobably still in orbit, but no longer pointing its antennaetoward Earth. This could have been caused by the...

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The Sun is Getting Dimmer

Scientists have noticed that the sun is getting dimmer. Airpollution is the problem--but if we clean up the pollutionthat cools down the Earth by dimming the sun, will weincrease global warming? The answer, alas, is yes.

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Strangeness Near Sun?

On January 21, 2004, Unknowncountry.com published a storyabout a strange object that appeared near the sun in animage taken by NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory.The object was dismissed by NASA first as a system artifact,then as a star or space debris.

Now, almost exactly a year later, another such object hasappeared in a new...

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Sun Continues Active After Solar Max

A large and moderately complex sunspot group, NOAA Region696, wasresponsible for a series of eruptions on the surface of theSun knownas solar flares, including a significant eruption on 7November 2004 at9:06 a.m. MST. A radiation storm, currently at the moderate(S2)level, began soon after the eruption was observed on theSun. Solarflare...

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Stay Away From the Beach

If you're getting ready for a final trip to the beach inAugust, be prepared. Researchers have found that it can beeasier to get sunburned when standing up than while lyingdown sunbathing. And a "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico iscausing shark attacks along the Texas coast.

The dead zone has appeared in the gulf every year for thelast 30...

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Sun Can't be Blamed for Global Warming

People who don't want to face having to clean up theenvironment like to blame global warming on the increasedsunspot activity. But researchers who have studied theincidence of sunspots since 850 AD have shown that whileglobal warming correlates with increased solar activity,warming has increased dramatically in the last 30 years,while the sun...

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Wacky Weather on the Sun

One reason for the wild summer weather around the globecould be that the sun is experiencing it as well. July of2004 has seen some unusual solar weather. The sunspot countas of July 17 was 142. A few daysago, sunspot 649, larger than Jupiter emitted an X-3 classsolar flare and sent a coronal mass ejection toward earth.

Scientists are...

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