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NAM 19: Rotating sunspots spin up a super solar flare
 The largest solar flare recorded in nearly five years was triggered by interactions between five rotating sunspots. Researchers at the University of Central Lancashire studied observations of the flaring region of the Sun taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory over a period of five days. Dr Daniel Brown will present... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 20 April 2011 09:59
Published on Friday, 15 April 2011 17:44
 
NAM 18: Pluto has carbon monoxide in its atmosphere
A British-based team of astronomers has discovered carbon monoxide gas in the atmosphere of Pluto, after a worldwide search lasting for nearly two decades. Team leader Dr Jane Greaves of the University of St Andrews will present the new discovery in her talk on Wednesday 20 April at the National Astronomy Meeting in Venue... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 19 April 2011 17:08
Published on Friday, 15 April 2011 16:44
 
NAM 17: School pupils to study space radiation belts
 The Van Allen radiation belts are a hazardous environment, full of 'killer' electrons that can be lethal to orbiting satellites. And when those electrons sometimes hit the atmosphere, they alter its chemistry with implications for climate variation. Now students at a school in Yorkshire are set to help scientists better... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 20 April 2011 09:58
Published on Friday, 15 April 2011 16:36
 
NAM 16: Astronomers find ‘smoking gun’ of compact galaxy formation
 A team at Bristol University have found irrevocable evidence that explains how an unusual type of galaxy, so-called compact ellipticals (cEs), are formed and have discovered two examples in which they see the process of formation in action. Team leader Dr Avon Huxor will present their work on Wednesday 20 April at the... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 20 April 2011 09:58
Published on Friday, 15 April 2011 16:32
 
NAM 15: New tools to tackle a solar data storm
So great is the wealth of data about the Sun now being sent back by space missions such as SOHO, STEREO and the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) that scientists back on Earth can struggle to keep pace. To combat this data overload, scientists from the Visual Computer Centre at Bradford University are developing advanced imaging... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 19 April 2011 08:17
Published on Saturday, 16 April 2011 15:17
 
NAM 14: Could black trees blossom in a world with two suns?
A sky with two suns is a favourite image for science fiction films, but how would a binary star system affect life evolving on an orbiting planet? Jack O'Malley-James of the University of St Andrews has studied what plants might be like on an Earth-like planet with two or three suns and found that they may appear black or... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 20 April 2011 09:56
Published on Saturday, 16 April 2011 15:08
 
NAM 13: Far sighted space technology finds practical uses on Earth
Technology developed for space missions to study the most distant objects in the Universe is now finding a host of practical applications back on Earth. QMC Instruments Ltd., in partnership with the Astronomical instrumentation Group at Cardiff University, has built instruments for many major space missions, including Herschel... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 20 April 2011 16:26
Published on Sunday, 17 April 2011 09:33
 
NAM 12: Scientists see solar outburst in exquisite detail
 The largest disturbances to the Earth's geomagnetic environment occur when it is buffeted by solar material hurled in our direction by explosive changes in the Sun's atmosphere. These Coronal Mass Ejections or CMEs contain approximately a billion tonnes of ionized gas or plasma and can have a dramatic and damaging impact... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 19 April 2011 08:13
Published on Friday, 15 April 2011 15:39
 
NAM 11: STEREO turns its steady gaze on variable stars
Researchers have discovered 122 new eclipsing binary stars and observed hundreds more variable stars in an innovative survey using NASA's two STEREO solar satellites. The survey has been carried out by team from the Open University, University of Central Lancashire and the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. Dr Danielle... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 19 April 2011 08:11
Published on Friday, 15 April 2011 12:28
 
NAM 10: The shocking environment of hot Jupiters
  Artists impression of the WASP-12 system. Credit: © ESA/C Carreau Jupiter-like worlds around other stars push shock waves ahead of them, according to a team of UK astronomers. Just as the Earth's magnetic "bow-shock" protects us from the high-energy solar wind, these planetary shocks protect their atmospheres from... More
Last updated on Monday, 18 April 2011 08:56
Published on Friday, 15 April 2011 14:25