Solar Orbiter launches on mission to reveal Sun’s secrets
The US-European Solar Orbiter probe launched Sunday night from Florida on a voyage to deepen our understanding of the Sun and how it shapes the space weather that impacts technology back on Earth.The mission, a collaboration between ESA (the European Space Agency) and NASA, successfully blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral at 11:03 pm (0403 GMT Monday) and could last up to nine years or even beyond.Scientists say the craft is expected to provide unprecedented insights into the Sun’s atmosphere, its winds and its magnetic fields, including how it shapes the heliosphere, t...
Solar Orbiter set to launch in mission to reveal Sun's secrets
Miami (AFP) - The US-European Solar Orbiter probe launches Sunday night from Florida on a voyage to deepen our understanding of the Sun and how it shapes the space weather that impacts technology back on Earth.The mission, a collaboration between ESA (the European Space Agency) and NASA, is set to blast off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral at 11:03 pm (0403 GMT Monday) and could last up to nine years or even beyond.Scientists say the craft is expected to provide unprecedented insights into the Sun's atmosphere, its winds and its magnetic fields, including how it shapes the helio...
NASA Solar Orbiter: 10 science instruments to transform our understanding of the Sun
NASA's Solar Orbiteris set to launch into space on Sunday, February 9 at 11:03 p.m Eastern. And it packs ten powerful scientific instruments on board that will shed unprecedented light on our Sun.The mission is an ambitious collaboration between the European Space Agency and NASA. It aims to resolve some of the biggest mysteries surrounding the Sun.Scientists have observed the Sun since the dawn of astronomy, but still don't have the answers to questions like how the Sun’s magnetic field operates, how it affects the star’s polar regions, or what drives solar wind.One key question scientists ho...
A spacecraft launching Sunday will take the first-ever images of the Sun's poles
ORLANDO, Fla. — On Sunday night, a $1.5 billion spacecraft is scheduled take off from the Space Coast on a years-long journey that, if successful, will take the first-ever images of the Sun’s poles.It’s data that scientists have been yearning to obtain for years, and it may answer crucial questions about the nature of our Sun and, chiefly, the charged solar particles it spews and their impact across the solar system. The mission will send the European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter on a seven-year journey and help heliophysicists gain a better understanding of the dark spots believed to be on th...
Japan to launch intelligence-gathering satellite on Sun. after delay
Japan has earmarked Sunday as the new launch date for an H2A rocket carrying a government optical intelligence-gathering satellite after the previous launch attempt was scrubbed due to a glitch during the countdown, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. said Thursday.The H2A rocket is scheduled to lift off on Sunday morning from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan. The launch, previously set for Jan. 28, was pushed back due to the discovery during preparations for liftoff of a leak in the piping supplying the rocket with nitrogen gas.Mitsubishi Heavy, which is i...
Solar Orbiter: Launch time, specs, mission goals for the sun-scoping spacecraft
NASA's new Solar Orbiter is set to transform what we know about the Sun — and help protect the technology humans depend on every day in the process.On February 9, NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) are set to launch a mission to the Sun that will go where no other spacecraft has gone before. It will answer some of the unresolved mysteries of heliophysics— that's the science of the Sun — and discover how the Sun controls the space environment around it.The Solar Orbiter, worth $1.5 billion, will travel toward the Sun to measure its magnetic fields — the streams of particles and plasma eje...
Astrology 2020: Why your zodiac sign might be wrong
I was born a Capricorn (please don’t judge me), but the Sun was in the middle of Sagittarius when I was born.As a professor emeritus of astronomy, I am often asked about the difference between astrology and astronomy. The practice of astrology, which predicts one’s fate and fortune based on the positions of the Sun, Moon, stars, and planets, dates back to ancient times. It was intermingled with the science of astronomy back then – in fact, many astronomers of old made scientific observations that are valuable even today. But once Copernicus, Kepler, and Galileo realized the planets orbit the S...
Icicles of Ashigakubo
2020 Dates: Jan. 5 to Feb. 24Mon to Thurs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Fri, Sat, Sun until 8 p.m. The nighttime lights are from sunset on Fri through Sun only.Instead of the usual shimmering Christmas decorations, cold temps and delicate ice are the keys to making this unique winter attraction inSaitamaPrefecture.The Icicles of Ashigakubo (Ashigakubo no Tsurara) in Yokoze Town are the perfect winter getaway from Tokyo. Here, visitors can see amazing artificial ice formations day or night from January to February.It’s one of the three great icicles of Chichibu, which include the Icicles of Onouchi and the...
Interesting Facts About Mars
Have you ever been to Mars and wondered why it is such a difficult question to answer? Mars looks like a slice of the Sun, but there is wateron Mars, it has been there for billions of years, and even our very existence is based on it. If you want to learn about Mars, you may be surprised at how much there is to know.The size of the solar system, all the planets, all the giant gas giants are part of the same solar system, and that is in fact the main body of our solar system. Mars is the smallest of them all. It is a little larger than Neptune and a little smaller than Jupiter. NASA publishes t...
Sun shining after economy's difficult year: World Bank economist
Washington (AFP) - The sun has come out for the global economy, as trade tensions appear to be receding. But whether that leads to a resurgence in investment that can boost growth remains to be seen, a World Bank economist told AFP.Ayhan Kose, who oversees the World Bank's twice-yearly deep dive into the global economy, said the slight acceleration in world growth expected this year but it is not fast enough and the recovery is fragile.In an interview with AFP, he explained the main findings and his main concerns:You've cut GDP forecasts from June. Why is this good news?"I think it's fair to s...