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Real Science…. Today’s Space Weather & Forecasts

January 8, 2011

Let’s visit a few places that can provide ‘real science’ on the Sun, space weather, and more.

Today’s Space Weather & Forecasts

NOAA/NWS Space Weather Prediction Center

Space Weather Warnings Timeline

SWPC Geomagnetic Indices Updated Every 15 minutes

Solar Cycle 24 Prediction Updated May 2009
Presented by the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC)

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The High Altitude Observatory just two days ago posted this revealing report:

January 06, 2011 — The Origins of Hot Plasma in the Solar Corona

BOULDER—One of the most enduring mysteries in solar physics is why the Sun’s outer atmosphere, or corona, is millions of degrees hotter than its surface. Now scientists believe they have discovered a major source of hot gas that replenishes the corona: narrow jets of plasma, known as spicules, shooting up from just above the Sun’s surface. The finding addresses a fundamental question in astrophysics: how energy moves from the Sun’s interior to create its hot outer atmosphere.

“It’s always been quite a puzzle to figure out why the Sun’s atmosphere is hotter than its surface,” says Scott McIntosh, a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), a coauthor of the study. “By identifying that these jets insert heated plasma into the Sun’s outer atmosphere, we gain a greater knowledge of the corona and possibly improve our understanding of the Sun’s subtle influence on Earth’s upper atmosphere.”

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The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is a federally funded research and development center devoted to service, research and education in the atmospheric and related sciences.

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