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In the News – Year 2009

Mystery of the Solar Tsunami-Solved
Mystery of the Solar Tsunami-Solved
11.19.09 – Sometimes you really can believe your eyes. That–s what NASA–s STEREO is telling researchers about a controversial phenomenon on the sun known as the “solar tsunami.”
Flares Responsible for Outsized Heat of Sun’s Corona
Flares Responsible for Outsized Heat of Sun’s Corona
08.14.09 – New observations made with instruments aboard Japan’s Hinode satellite reveal the answer to why the Sun’s corona is so darned hot.
NASA’s Magnetospheric MultiScale Mission Takes a Step Closer to Solving the Mystery Behind Magnetic Reconnection
NASA’s Magnetospheric MultiScale Mission Takes a Step Closer to Solving the Mystery Behind Magnetic Reconnection
07.21.09 – NASA is designing a mission to investigate one of the most fundamental and explosive physical processes in the universe - magnetic reconnection. Known as the Magnetospheric MultiScale (MMS) mission, it was approved for implementation on June 18, 2009 following a successful Preliminary Design Review in May 2009.
Solar Cycle Prediction: Fewer Sunspots, a Year of Calm
Solar Cycle Prediction: Fewer Sunspots, a Year of Calm
05.27.09 – An international panel of experts has released a new prediction for the next solar cycle, stating that Solar Cycle 24 will peak in May 2013 with a below-average number of sunspots.
STEREO Spies First Major Activity of Solar Cycle 24
STEREO Spies First Major Activity of Solar Cycle 24
05.15.09 – NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) spacecraft has spotted the first major activity of the new solar cycle.
STEREO Reveals the Anatomy of Solar Storms
STEREO Reveals the Anatomy of Solar Storms
04.14.09 – STEREO spacecraft images and in situ measurements combine to show a complete picture of CMEs that paves the way for predicting solar storms like meteorologists predict hurricanes.
Sun Plunges to Quietest Solar Minimum in a Century
Sun Plunges to Quietest Solar Minimum in a Century
04.01.09 – The sunspot cycle is behaving a little like the stock market. Just when you think it has hit bottom, it goes even lower.
NASA-Funded Study Reveals Hazards of Severe Space Weather
NASA-Funded Study Reveals Hazards of Severe Space Weather
01.05.09 – A NASA-funded study describes how extreme solar eruptions could have severe consequences for communications, power grids and other technology on Earth.