Five astronomical events you don’t want to miss

Even though dark places like Sark are becoming more and more rare, when fewer and fewer people seem to take some time to look up at the stars, human beings have always been fascinated by the sky, using it to navigate, measure time or just enjoy the view.
And when it …

Global eruption on the Sun

On August 1, 2010, an entire hemisphere of the sun erupted. It consisted of over a dozen shock waves, flares, filament eruptions, and coronal mass ejections that covered half of the sun’s surface and took place over a period of 28 hours. It was big, really big.
The event was recorded …

Holes in the Sun’s corona

The observations of NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) suggest an upcoming auroral activity. Two holes found in the Sun’s corona could cause this activity.
Coronal holes are areas where magnetic field lines are open. They are the source of accelerated particles forming solar wind. These particles, when entering the Earth’s atmosphere …

The mystery of the solar corona partly solved?

For a few decades, the coronal heating has been a complete mystery to astronomers: why is the Sun’s corona temperature millions of degrees higher than that of the surface?
So far, two theories were the most likely candidates: wave heating (waves carry energy from the solar interior to the solar corona) …

Sunshine [Movie]

Year 2057, the Sun is slowly dying, threatening life on Earth. Seven years ago, a spaceship was sent with a payload to re-ignite it. For unknown reasons, the spaceship and its crew were lost and failed  in their mission. In a last attempt, using all the fissile material left on …

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