Unexpected Solar Wind Stream Hits Earth at 372 Miles Per Second

Unexpected Solar Wind Stream Hits Earth at 372 Miles Per Second

On Sunday, Earth’s magnetic field was pelted by a solar wind stream reaching velocities of more than 600 kilometers (372 miles) per second. While that’s nothing too alarming – solar storms often pummel our planet triggering spectacular auroras – what is weird is that this storm was totally unexpected. “This event was not in the … Read more

A powerful solar storm could take Earth to dark ages by pushing satellites off their orbits

A powerful solar storm could take Earth to dark ages by pushing satellites off their orbits

As the Sun reaches its peak solar activity, it is scary to imagine the destruction a powerful solar storm can do to the Earth. Notably, it can even destroy communication systems by shifting satellites out of their orbit. The first half of 2022 was packed with solar storms that struck the Earth. Some of them … Read more

This Record-Breaking ‘Black Widow’ Pulsar Is The Most Massive Neutron Star Yet

This Record-Breaking 'Black Widow' Pulsar Is The Most Massive Neutron Star Yet

One of the most extreme stars in the Milky Way just got even more wack. Scientists have measured the mass of a neutron star named PSR J0952-0607, and found that it’s the most massive neutron star discovered yet, clocking in at a whopping 2.35 times the mass of the Sun. If true, this is very … Read more

NASA Reveals Ambitious New Plan to Detect Signs of Life on Distant Planets

NASA Reveals Ambitious New Plan to Detect Signs of Life on Distant Planets

NASA’s Institute for Advanced Concepts is famous for supporting outlandish ideas in the astronomy and space exploration fields. Since being re-established in 2011, the institute has supported a wide variety of projects as part of its three-phase program. However, so far, only three projects have gone on to receive Phase III funding. And one of … Read more

Near-Earth Asteroids We’ve Never Seen Before Lurk Hidden in The Glare of The Sun

Near-Earth Asteroids We've Never Seen Before Lurk Hidden in The Glare of The Sun

The Sun’s glare is the main reason telescopes tend to look outwards from Earth, away from the center of our Solar System. New research reveals that for telescopic surveys prepared to peer in the other direction, there’s lots to be found. In particular, recent surveys are revealing near-Earth objects or NEOs, including asteroids we’ve never … Read more

Geomagnetic storms: Will you lose power where you live?

Geomagnetic storms: Map of the United States with colored dots on the upper tier and stretching east down into Florida.

This map shows the peak calculated 1-min-resolution horizontal-component geoelectric field amplitude during the March 1989 geomagnetic storm. In other words, the dots show where the geomagnetic storm induced the most currents in North America, resulting in corresponding power disruptions. The greatest concentration was over the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and upper Midwest. A new study looks at … Read more

A Giant Sunspot Doubled in Size in 24 Hours, And It’s Pointing Right at Earth

A Giant Sunspot Doubled in Size in 24 Hours, And It's Pointing Right at Earth

A gigantic sunspot has swelled to twice Earth’s size, doubling its diameter in 24 hours, and it’s pointed right at us. The sunspot, called AR3038, grew to 2.5 times Earth’s size – making the sunspot roughly 19,800 miles, or 31,900 kilometers, in diameter – from Sunday (June 19) to Monday night (June 20), according to … Read more

Pluto’s Moon Has a Mysterious Red North Pole, And We May Finally Know Why

Pluto's Moon Has a Mysterious Red North Pole, And We May Finally Know Why

Pluto’s life partner, Charon, has a disarming red ‘cap’. Ever since New Horizons snapped the moon‘s rust-tinted north pole on its 2015 flyby, scientists have pondered the planetary processes responsible for leaving such a bold landmark. Scientists initially suspected the iron-colored smear (nicknamed Mordor Macula) was methane captured from Pluto’s surface, its red color the … Read more

A Dead Star Has Been Caught Ripping Apart Its Planetary System

A Dead Star Has Been Caught Ripping Apart Its Planetary System

When a star dies, what happens to its planets? Well, if that star is a certain white dwarf 86 light-years away, those planets are currently in the process of being torn apart and eaten by the star, like some grotesque cosmic performance of Kronos devouring his children. This is not entirely unusual for white dwarfs. … Read more

We Know Blue Light Masses With Our Internal Clocks, But What Can It Do to Our Skin?

We Know Blue Light Masses With Our Internal Clocks, But What Can It Do to Our Skin?

Take a wander down the skincare aisle of any health and beauty retailer and you’ll be met with a bewildering array of creams and sprays, promising to protect you from various threats to your skin. You might have noticed skincare companies claiming their products can protect you from the effects of blue light. If you … Read more