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Learning from Commercial Analysis to Search Solar Data
NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Tracks Sunspots
Scientists Simulate the Space Environment During NASA's New Horizons Flyby

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Learning from Commercial Analysis to Search Solar Data

When large supercomputers are used to simulate the Sun, producing massive data, a needle in a haystack situation is created. What if you could scan the entire haystack at once to find the needle?

Cluster Data Leads to First Ever Models of Generation of Equatorial Magnetosonic Waves

We used the ESA/NASA Cluster mission to study a kind of magnetospheric wave called equatorial magnetosonic waves (EMW).

RHESSI Spots an Unexpected X-ray Flare In a Quiet Region of the Sun

On Sept. 29, 2013, a giant filament on the sun, stretching some 200,000 miles long across the northwest quadrant of the sun, erupted in a spectacular fashion, earning the nickname "Canyon of Fire."
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The Heliophysics Science Division conducts research on the Sun, its extended solar-system environment (the heliosphere), and interactions of Earth, other planets, small bodies, and interstellar gas with the heliosphere. Division research also encompasses geospace -- Earth's uppermost atmosphere, the ionosphere, and the magnetosphere -- and the changing environmental conditions throughout the coupled heliosphere (solar system weather).

Scientists in the Heliophysics Science Division develop models, spacecraft missions and instruments, and systems to manage and disseminate heliophysical data. They interpret and evaluate data gathered from instruments, draw comparisons with computer simulations and theoretical models, and publish the results. The Division also conducts education and public outreach programs to communicate the excitement and social value of NASA heliophysics.

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