A research team at the Chinese Academy of Sciences has discovered evidence that there is a mysterious barrier at the center of the galaxy that appears to block the passage of cosmic rays, yet paradoxically can also accelerate those same charged particles back nearly to the speed of light. Cosmicread more

The Sun is awakening from its long slumber, and has released an X-class solar flare that resulted in a coronal mass ejection (CME) being cast in the direction of Planet Earth. Although the flare itself was a relatively strong one, the geomagnetic effects from the charged particles are expected toread more

Researchers believe they have discovered the cause behind a mysterious, yet beautiful, aurora-like phenomenon named STEVE. Their findings confirm that STEVE is not only a phenomenon distinct from the more familiar Aurora borealis and Aurora australis that extend from the Earth’s Arctic and Antarctic regions, respectively, but also that STEVEread more

Early last year, a little-regarded atmospheric phenomenon gained the attention of researchers when citizen scientists drew attention to it on social media: Giving it the highly-scientific name of "Steve", this luminous purple ribbon that occasionally streaks across the sky is a fast-moving stream of hot gases that occurs high in the atmosphere. Initially assumed to be part of the aurora borealis, a recent study of the phenomenon has found that it has nothing to do with the display of charged particles that light up the polar atmosphere — so, just what is Steve?
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