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13 December 2010
X-ray vision: Space weather and the Solar Dynamics Observatory
In February, NASA launched the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), an Earth-orbiting spacecraft, dedicated to investigating the Sun and it’s effect on Earth and space weather. At this AGU meeting, teams are presenting some of the observatory’s early findings.
12 December 2010
A myriad of colors from the Sun
If you passed through Moscone South around lunchtime Sunday after registering for Fall Meeting and heard the dulcet strains of They Might Be Giants: “The Sun is a mass of incandescent gas/A gigantic nuclear furnace/Where hydrogen is built into helium/At a temperature of millions of degrees…” you weren’t flashing back to the 1990s. You were actually hearing snippets of a public lecture that marked the kick-off of AGU’s science sessions.