First ‘lab in a field’ experiment reveals a sunnier side of climate change

Pioneering experiments using heated field plots to test the responses of crops to temperature have revealed an unexpected plus side of climate change for farmers. The field trial experiment – the first of its kind – was set up to investigate the link between warmer Octobers in the United Kingdom and higher yields of oilseed … Read more First ‘lab in a field’ experiment reveals a sunnier side of climate change

Parker Solar Probe traces solar wind to its source on sun’s surface: coronal holes

A year ago, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe flew closer to the sun than any satellite in history, collecting a spectacular trove of data from the very edge of the sun’s million-degree corona. Now, that data has allowed solar physicists to map the source of a major component of the solar wind that continually peppers Earth’s … Read more Parker Solar Probe traces solar wind to its source on sun’s surface: coronal holes

QUB’s scientist leads international team to crack 60-year-old mystery of Sun’s magnetic waves

A Queen’s University Belfast scientist has led an international team to the ground-breaking discovery of why the Sun’s magnetic waves strengthen and grow as they emerge from its surface, which could help to solve the mystery of how the corona of the Sun maintains its multi-million degree temperatures. For more than 60 years observations of … Read more QUB’s scientist leads international team to crack 60-year-old mystery of Sun’s magnetic waves

New standard of reference for assessing solar forecast proposed

Being able to accurately forecast how much solar energy reaches the surface of the Earth is key to guiding decisions for running solar power plants. While day-ahead forecasts have become more accurate in recent years, the solar community lacks a unified verification procedure, and assessing how one forecast compares to another is difficult. New work … Read more New standard of reference for assessing solar forecast proposed

Researchers recreate the sun’s solar wind and plasma ‘burps’ on Earth

A new study by University of Wisconsin-Madison physicists mimicked solar winds in the lab, confirming how they develop and providing an Earth-bound model for the future study of solar physics. Our sun is essentially a big ball of hot plasma – an energetic state of matter made up of ionized gas. As the sun spins, … Read more Researchers recreate the sun’s solar wind and plasma ‘burps’ on Earth