Sunday, April 19, 2009

Mixed space news

The Surprising Shape of Solar Storms
''Researchers studying data from NASA's twin STEREO probes have found that ferocious solar storms called CMEs (coronal mass ejections) are shaped like a French pastry. The elegance and simplicity of the new "croissant model" is expected to dramatically improve forecasts of severe space weather.'' [source]

Planet-Hunting Spacecraft Beams Home First Images
''The planet-seeking Kepler spacecraft has beamed home its first images of a patch of the sky where NASA hopes to find Earth-like planets circling distant, alien stars'' [source]

A new solar dynamo mechanism discovered
''The Sun has strong magnetic fields as represented by sunspots. The mechanism to create such strong magnetic fields is still a mystery, and is one of the most important problems in astronomy.'' [source]

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