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In the News – Year 2012

Heliophysics 2012: Year in Review
Heliophysics 2012: Year in Review
12.31.12 – A year-end review of major news coming from NASA's Heliophysics Division.
Instrument Deck Installed on MMS Observatory #2
Instrument Deck Installed on MMS Observatory #2
12.13.12 – Installation of the instrument deck is complete on the second of four MMS observatories, which are being assembled at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
Sungrazing Comets as Solar Probes
Sungrazing Comets as Solar Probes
12.05.12 – On Dec. 15, 2011, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured footage of Comet Lovejoy approaching the sun. The images and data collected by NASA's solar observing fleet can help scientists learn more about the sun itself.
SOHO: Crucial Space Weather Mission Hits 17 Years
SOHO: Crucial Space Weather Mission Hits 17 Years
12.04.12 – A joint ESA/NASA mission, SOHO has helped revolutionize our understanding of the sun's interior and complex atmosphere since it launched on Dec. 2, 1995.
Continuing Thanksgiving Eruptions On the Sun
Continuing Thanksgiving Eruptions On the Sun
11.24.12 – On Nov. 23, 2012, at 8:54 a.m. EST, the sun released an Earth-directed, slow-moving CME. This is the third Earth-directed CME since Nov. 20.
NASA Spacecraft Observe a Thanksgiving CME
NASA Spacecraft Observe a Thanksgiving CME
11.22.12 – On Nov. 21, 2012, at 11:24 a.m. EST, the sun erupted with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection or CME
NASA Spacecraft Observe Nov. 20 Solar Eruption
NASA Spacecraft Observe Nov. 20 Solar Eruption
11.20.12 – On Nov. 20, 2012, at 7:09 a.m. EST, the sun erupted with a coronal mass ejection.
Hinode Views Two Solar Eclipses
Hinode Views Two Solar Eclipses
11.14.12 – The orbit of Hinode resulted in two eclipses on Nov. 13, 2012, near the time that a total eclipse was visible in Australia.
Total Solar Eclipse Viewed from Australia
Total Solar Eclipse Viewed from Australia
11.14.12 – On Nov. 13, 2012, a narrow corridor in the southern hemisphere experienced a total solar eclipse.
STEREO Reaches Milestone at Sixth Anniversary
STEREO Reaches Milestone At Sixth Anniversary
10.26.12 – On Sept. 1, 2012, the two STEREO spacecraft and Earth were almost exactly equidistant, each with a direct view of a different third of the sun.
NASA's Solar Fleet Peers into Coronal Cavities
NASA's Solar Fleet Peers Into Coronal Cavities
09.20.12 – By understanding the morphology, density and temperature of coronal cavities scientists can better understand eruptions on the sun and the space weather that can disrupt technologies near Earth.
A Taste of Solar Maximum
A Taste of Solar Maximum
07.23.12 – On July 14, 2012 a CME crashed into Earth's magnetic field and triggered the most sustained display of auroras in years, giving the world a taste of things to come when Solar Max arrives in 2013.
Sun Sends Out Mid-Level Solar Flare
Sun Sends Out Mid-Level Solar Flare
07.19.12 – The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare (M7.7) on July 19, 2012, beginning at 1:13 AM EDT and peaking at 1:58 AM.
CME Arrival Results in Aurora Show
CME Arrival Results in Aurora Show
07.15.12 – The arrival of the CME associated with the July 12, 2012 X1.4 class flare, resulted in a geomagnetic storm that caused aurora to appear in lower latitudes than usual.
Sunspot 1520 Releases Strong Solar Flare and CME
Sunspot 1520 Releases Strong Solar Flare and CME
07.12.12 – Huge sunspot AR1520, centered in the Sun's southern hemisphere, has released an X1.4 class flare. There is an Earth-directed CME associated with the…
Hidden Portals in Earth's Magnetic Field
Hidden Portals in Earth's Magnetic Field
07.02.12 – A NASA-funded researcher at the University of Iowa has figured out how to find X-points, places where the magnetic field of Earth connects to the magnetic field of the Sun.
Instrument Integration Begins at Goddard on MMS Spacecraft
Instrument Integration Begins on MMS Spacecraft
06.08.12 – Engineers working on NASA'S Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission have started integrating instruments on the first of four instrument decks in a…
Science Nugget: Catching Solar Particles Infiltering Earth's Atmosphere
Solar Particles Infiltrating the Atmosphere
05.31.12 – An M-class flare on May 17, 2012 shot out a burst of solar particles traveling at nearly the speed of light. When they collided with atoms in Earth's atmosphere they caused a ground level enhancement.
Electric Moon Jolts the Solar Wind
Electric Moon Jolts the Solar Wind
05.30.12 – Spacecraft and computer simulations reveal the moon's extensive but invisible influence.
Hinode Mission to Capture Annular Solar Eclipse this Weekend
Solar Eclipse, May 20, 2012
05.17.12 – On May 20-21, 2012 an annular eclipse of the Sun will be visible from within a narrow corridor along Earth's northern Hemisphere.
More Eruptions from Active Region 1476
More Eruptions from Active Region 1476
05.17.12 – The sun erupted with an M-class flare that peaked at 9:47 PM EDT on May 17, 2012. A CME also burst from the sun at 9:48 PM EDT, traveling at over 930 miles per second.
Goddard Collaborates on MMS Instrument
Goddard Collaborates on MMS Instrument
04.30.12 – During the last week of March, 2012, researchers from Goddard, Marshall, SWRI and Japan came together to test a key instrument for the Magnetospheric…
ISWI: Global Space Weather Science
ISWI: Global Space Weather Science
04.24.12 – In 2009, a group of scientists at NASA Goddard had an idea to place science instruments all over the globe to encourage research and education in…
Hinode/SOHO Paint Asymmetrical Picture of the Sun
Hinode/SOHO Paint Asymmetrical Picture Of the Sun
04.20.12 – The solar cycle unfolds with seeming regularity every 11 years — magnetic north and south pole flip — now two upcoming papers show that the switch at bottom and top of the sun is not simultaneous.
SDO/STEREO Spot Something New On the Sun
SDO/STEREO Spot Something New On the Sun
04.09.12 – Scientists find giant plumes on the sun, newly named “coronal cells” that are over 18,000 miles across, looking like candlesticks on a birthday cake, and might help explain coronal holes.
Solar Storm Dumps Gigawatts into Upper Atmosphere
Solar Storm Dumps Gigawatts into Upper Atmosphere
03.23.12 – March solar storms dumped enough energy in Earth's upper atmosphere to power every residence in New York City for two years.
Science Nugget: Modeling Extreme Space Weather
Science Nugget: Modeling Extreme Space Weather
03.22.12 – Analysis by Goddard scientists provide basic guidelines to help model some of the largest, most damaging geomagnetically induced currents — damaging currents in power grids caused by solar storms.\
STEREO Far Side Sun Voted Top 2011 NASA Triumph
STEREO Far Side Sun Voted Top 2011 NASA Triumph
03.16.12 – Public votes STEREO mission as NASA's biggest accomplishment of 2011.
Flying through a Geomagnetic Storm
Flying Through a Geomagnetic Storm
03.09.12 – Glowing green and red, shimmering hypnotically across the night sky, an aurora is a wonder to behold. It might be the greatest show in Earth orbit.
Second Biggest Flare of the Solar Cycle
Second Biggest Flare Of the Solar Cycle
03.09.12 – The sun erupted with one of the largest solar flares of this solar cycle on March 6, 2012 at 7PM EST, an X5.4.
Storms from the Sun
Storms From the Sun
03.08.12 – An explanation of potential near-Earth space reactions to various solar events, like flares or coronal mass ejections.
Study the Sun During Solar Week
Study the Sun During Solar Week - March 19-23, 2012
03.08.12 – Solar Week provides a week-long series of web-based educational activities for classrooms about our magnetic variable star, the sun, and its interactions with Earth and the solar system.
Beautifule Aurora Result from Active Solar Weekend
Beautiful Aurora Result From Active Solar Weekend
02.27.12 – The weak CME on February 26, 2012 did produce some amazing aurora for high latitude observers.
The Sun as Art
The Sun As Art
02.06.12 – A new interactive NASA art exhibit opens February 9 at the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore that will showcase stunning images of the sun.
Space Weather Center Adding 'Ensemble Forecasting' Capability
Space Weather Center Adding ‘Ensemble Forecasting’ Capability
01.27.12 – The sun is beginning to stir. By the time it's fully awake in about 20 months, the Goddard team charged with tracking its moods will have deployed a greatly enhanced forecasting capability.
X1.8 Solar Flare and CME - 01.27.12
X1.8 Solar Flare and CME - 01.27.12
01.27.12 – Sunspot 1402 fires a parting shot as it rotates around the edge of the sun -- an X1.8 class solar flare and CME.
Spacecraft Cleanroom Goes Green
Spacecraft Cleanroom Goes Green
01.13.12 – MMS mission requirements lead to construction of a new ‘Green’ cleanroom, where the four identical spacecraft will be assembled and integrated.
SOHO "Pick of the Week" Hits Impressive Milestone
SOHO “Pick of the Week” Hits Impressive Milestone
01.04.12 – In late November, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory's (SOHO) online ‘Pick of the Week’ reached an impressive milestone: its 500th edition.