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In the News – Year 2013

Fire vs. Ice: The Science of ISON at Perihelion
Fire vs. Ice: The Science of ISON at Perihelion
12.10.13 – Comet ISON lost mass in advance of reaching perihelion and eventually broke up completely during its closest approach.
New NASA Visualization Shows Sun's Magnetic Flip
New NASA Visualization Shows Sun's Magnetic Flip
12.06.13 – This visualization shows the position of the sun's magnetic fields from January 1997 to November 2013.
Sun's Magnetic Field is about to Flip
Sun's Magnetic Field is about to Flip
12.06.13 – According to measurements from NASA-supported observatories, the sun's vast magnetic field is about to flip.
New Instrument Continues Gathering Sun's Effects
New Instrument Continues Gathering Sun's Effects
12.05.13 – Maintaining a record of solar measurements is important in understanding the sun's effect on Earth and the Total solar irradiance Calibration Transfer Experiment, or TCTE, is now providing that information.
NASA Investigating the Life of Comet ISON
NASA Investigating the Life of Comet ISON
12.02.13 – After several days of fading for Comet ISON, the question remains as to whether the bright spot we see moving away from the sun is simply debris, or whether a small nucleus of the original ball of ice was still there.
Comet ISON Fuzzles as it Rounds the Sun
Comet ISON Fizzles as it Rounds the Sun
11.28.13 – Comet ISON went around the sun on Nov. 28, 2013. While the fate of the comet is not yet established, it is likely that it did not survive the trip.
SOHO Shows New Images of Comet ISON
SOHO Shows New Images of Comet ISON
11.27.13 – In the early hours of Nov. 27, 2013, Comet ISON entered the field of view of the European Space Agency/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory.
STEREO Shows Comet ISON Approaching the Sun
STEREO Shows Comet ISON Approaching the Sun
11.26.13 – NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory, or STEREO, is monitoring Comet ISON as it approaches the sun.
Solar Fleet to Watch Comet ISON's Journey
Solar Fleet to Watch Comet ISON's Journey
11.22.13 – During the last week of its inbound trip, Comet ISON will enter the fields of view of several NASA Heliophysics observatories.
STEREO Eyes Comet ISON
STEREO Eyes Comet ISON
11.22.13 – Comet ISON entered the field of view of the HI-1 camera on NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory, or STEREO, on Nov. 21, 2013.
New Digital Resources Teach Students About NASA's MMS Mission
New Digital Resources Teach Students About NASA's MMS Mission
11.20.13 – New iBook called iMAGiNETICspace is helping educators teach science and engineering concepts to middle school students in a fun, interactive way.
Northern and Southern Aurora Seen from Sept. 30, 2013 CME
Northern and Southern Aurora Seen from Sept. 30, 2013 CME
10.18.13 – The Sept. 30, 2013 coronal mass ejection spawned northern and southern aurora upon arrival at Earth.
Another Day, Another Earth-Directed CME
Another Day, Another Earth-Directed CME
08.21.13 – For the second day in a row, the sun has released another slow-moving, Earth-directed coronal mass ejection. {Feature}
NASA's MMS Stacked for Shock Tests
NASA's MMS Stacked for Shock Tests
08.06.13 – NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, mission is undergoing rigorous testing in preparation for a late 2014 launch. {Feature}
Sun's Magnetic Field is about to Flip
Sun's Magnetic Field is about to Flip
08.05.13 – According to measurements from NASA-supported observatories, the sun's vast magnetic field is about to flip. {Feature}
Spacecraft Witness a Coronal Mass Ejection
Spacecraft Witness a Coronal Mass Ejection
07.22.13 – On July 22, 2013, at 2:24 a.m. EDT, the sun erupted with a coronal mass ejection or CME, a solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of solar particles into space that can affect electronic systems in satellites. {Feature}
Large Coronal Hole Near the Sun's North Pole
Large Coronal Hole Near the Sun's North Pole
07.19.13 – The European Space Agency/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, or SOHO, captured an image of a gigantic coronal hole hovering over the sun's north pole on July 18, 2013, at 9:06 a.m. EDT. {Feature}
Comet ISON's Dangerous Journey
Comet ISON's Dangerous Journey
07.16.13 – Comet ISON's journey through the solar system will be perilous and violent. NASA spacecraft will watch to see whether it survives, and learn important science along the way. {Feature}
The Heart of Space Weather Observed in Action
The Heart of Space Weather Observed in Action
07.15.13 – Two NASA spacecraft have provided the most comprehensive movie ever of a mysterious process at the heart of all explosions on the sun: magnetic reconnection. {Feature}
Sun Emits a Solstice CME
Sun Emits a Solstice CME
06.20.13 – On June 20, 2013, at 11:24 p.m., the sun erupted with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection, a solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of particles into space that can reach Earth one to three days later. {Feature}
NASA's MMS Achieves Major Mission Milestone
NASA's MMS Achieves Major Mission Milestone
06.14.13 – This fisheye image shows NASA's four Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, observatories inside the cleanroom at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. {Feature}
NASA Spacecraft Detect a Mars-Directed CME
NASA Spacecraft Detect a Mars-Directed CME
06.12.13 – On June 11, 2013, at 2 p.m. EDT, the sun erupted with a coronal mass ejection or CME, a solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of solar particles into space that can affect electronic systems in satellites. {Feature}
Officials Meet in Washington to Discuss Solar Storms
Officials Meet in Washington to Discuss Solar Storms, Great and Small
06.04.13 – Policy makers and researchers are getting together in Washington to talk about space weather — but the discussion will be a little different. {Feature}
NASA Invites Media to Space Weather Enterprise Forum
NASA Invites Media to Space Weather Enterprise Forum
05.31.13 – NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will deliver the keynote address at the annual Space Weather Enterprise Forum Tuesday, June 4, at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Auditorium and Science Center, located at 1301 East-West Highway in Silver Spring, Md. {Press Release}
NASA's MMS Team Assembles Final Observatory
NASA's MMS Team Assembles Final Observatory
05.30.13 – On May 20, 2013, the MMS mission team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center reached an unprecedented milestone: completing the fourth of four observatories, all built for a single mission. {Feature}
Sun Releases Slow CME
Sun Releases Slow CME
05.26.13 – On May 26, 2013 at 3:24 p.m. EDT, the sun erupted with a non-Earth directed CME traveling at 550 miles per second. {Feature}
NASA's SDO Observes Mid-Level Solar Flare
NASA's SDO Observes Mid-level Solar Flare
05.22.13 – The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, an M7 class, on the morning of May 22, 2013. {Feature}
NASA's STEREO Detects a CME From the Sun
NASA's STEREO Detects a CME From the Sun
05.17.13 – On 5:24 a.m. EDT on May 17, 2013, the sun erupted with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection or CME, a solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of solar particles into space. {Feature}
Impacts of Strong Solar Flares
Impacts of Strong Solar Flares
05.13.13 – Some people worry that a gigantic “killer solar flare” could hurl enough energy to destroy Earth, but this is not actually possible. {Feature}
Local Media Invited to NASA Outreach Activities at Maryland Science Center
03.15.13 – Local news media are invited to the Maryland Science Center on Friday, March 22, to cover hands-on NASA Sun Earth Day activities from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. {Press Release}
Solar Cycle Updated: Twin Peaks?
Solar Cycle Update: Twin Peaks?
03.01.13 – 2013 is supposed to be the year of Solar Max, but solar activity is much lower than expected. At least one leading forecaster expects the sun to rebound with a double-peaked maximum later this year. {Feature}
Deciphering the Mysterious Math of the Solar Wind
Deciphering the Mysterious Math of the Solar Wind
02.21.13 – A NASA Goddard scientist has created a set of necessary equations to describe a kind of magnetic wave, known as an Alfvén wave, in the solar wind. {Feature}
Earth-Directed CME Release by Long Duration Solar Flare
Earth-Directed CME Release by Long Duration Solar Flare
02.09.13 – A Coronal Mass Ejection was released by a long duration solar flare early on February 9, 2013. {Feature}
The Sun Produces Two CMEs
The Sun Produces Two CMEs
02.07.13 – In the evening of Feb. 5, 2013, the sun erupted with two coronal mass ejections or CMEs that may glance near-Earth space. {Feature}
Building Four Spacecraft for One Mission
Building Four Spacecraft for One Mission
01.31.13 – An unprecedented mission is being built at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. The center is simultaneously building four identical spacecraft for the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission due to launch in late 2014. {Feature}
SDO Provides First Sighting of How a CME Forms
SDO Provides First Sightings of How a CME Forms
01.31.13 – On July 18, 20012, scientists used NASA's SDO to see for the first time the formation of something they had long known was at the heart of many eruptive events on the sun: a flux rope. {Feature}
Sun Shoots Out 2 Coronal Mass Ejections
Sun Shoots Out 2 Coronal Mass Ejections
01.24.13 – One of the two slow-moving ejections from Jan. 23 is Earth-directed. In the past, CMEs of this speed have not caused substantial geomagnetic storms. {Feature}
Working on Four Spacecraft Simultaneously
Working on Four Spacecraft Simultaneously
01.24.13 – NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission clean room is buzzing with activity as engineers work on all four observatories at the same time. {Feature}
New Sunspots Producing Space Weather
New Sunspots Producing Space Weather
01.14.13 – On Jan. 13, 2013, at 2:24 a.m. EST, the sun erupted with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection or CME. The CME left the sun at speeds of 330 miles per second and is expected to impact Earth around Jan. 16. {Feature}
Cluster Finds Turbulent Eddies May Warm the Solar Wind
Cluster Finds Turbulent Eddies May Warm the Solar Wind
01.08.13 – A new study of data obtained by the European Space Agency's Cluster spacecraft may help explain why the flow of electrically charged particles and magnetic fields from the sun, the solar wind, is hotter than it should be. {Feature}