Tag: sun

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is now the closest to the Sun that any spacecraft has ever been

NASA’s much-hyped mission to “touch the Sun” has only been underway for a couple of months, but it’s already achieved something that no other spacecraft before it has. The plucky Parker Solar Probe is now closer to the Sun than any other spacecraft before it, coming within 26.55 million miles of our star on October […]

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Trilobites: The Young Sun’s Outbursts Were Trapped in Blue Crystals From Outer Space

Advertisement Trilobites Gases trapped inside a meteorite that fell to Earth offer the first physical clues of the “terrible twos” phase of our star early in the life of the solar system. July 30, 2018 ImageMicroscopic hibonite crystals found inside a meteorite that crashed in 1969 in Australia are a “a real record of the […]

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Trilobites: Never Mind the Summer Heat: Earth Is at Its Greatest Distance From the Sun

Advertisement During aphelion, our planet receives 7 percent less sunlight than in January, but changes in the planet’s orbit are not what causes our seasons. By Shannon Hall July 5, 2018 ImageSweltering temperatures on the surface of Earth’s northern hemisphere notwithstanding, the sun and Earth are currently three million miles farther from each other than […]

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The Summer Solstice and the Search for Life in the Cosmos

Advertisement As you mark the longest day of the year, consider the debate among astronomers over whether Earth’s tilt toward the sun helps make life on our world and others possible. By Shannon Hall June 20, 2018 ImageAn artist’s rendering of an Earthlike exoplanet orbiting another. Scientists haven’t been able to measure an exoplanet’s tilt […]

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A Brief History of Intel CPUs, Part 1: The 4004 to the Pentium Pro

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 8086 and the debut of the x86 architecture, we’re launching a new retrospective on some of Intel’s most important CPU designs. In this article, we’ve rounded up the first decades of history, from […]

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