Heliophysics Science Division (670) Highlights

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Parker Solar Probe Reports Good Status After Close Solar Approach

11.07.2018
Parker Solar Probe is alive and well after skimming by the Sun at just 15 million miles from our star's surface. This is far closer than any spacecraft has ever gone. Mission controllers received the status beacon from the spacecraft at 4:46 p.m. EST on Nov. 7, 2018. The beacon indicates status "A" — the best of all four possible status signals.

NASA Team to Fly First-Ever Coronagraph Capable of Determining the Formation of the Solar Wind

11.06.2018
An observational technique first proposed more than four decades ago to measure the physical parameters of the corona that determine the formation of the solar wind — the source of disturbances in Earth’s upper atmosphere — will be demonstrated for the first time next year.

NASA Brings its Science and Supercomputing Advances to SC18

11.05.2018
From designing rocket launch pad components and safer rotorcraft to improving flood and drought forecasts to modeling the formation of planetary disks, NASA will highlight supercomputing advances at SC18, the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, Nov. 12 to 15 in Dallas.
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Alex Young to receive 2018 AGU Athelstan Spilhaus Award

09/10/2018
photo of Alex speaking The Associate Director of Science in the Heliophysics Division, Alex Young, has been selected to receive the 2018 AGU Athelstan Spilhaus Award! This award is given in recognition for “enhancement of the public engagement with Earth and space sciences, through devoting portions of their career conveying to the general public the excitement, significance, and beauty of the Earth and space sciences.”
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Images

Spots Galore

07/23/2014
The Sun sported a whole slew of substantial sunspots over the period July 1-10, 2014.

Dark Lift-Off

05/29/2014
A small, hovering mass of twisted strands of plasma shifted back and forth before erupting into space (Apr. 29-30, 2014) over a period of just one day.

March 29 X-class Flare

05/12/2014
This combined image shows the March 29, 2014, X-class flare as seen through the eyes of different observatories.
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