This image, captured on February 28th by the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager on NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, shows just a few small sunspots. Typically, there are many sunspots during peak solar activity. Below, view a video of February's full solar rotation showing relatively few sunspots. (Photo: NASA)
This year’s solar maximum may be the minimum maximum of the century.
Every 11 years or so, there is a peak in solar activity, such as sun spots, flares and solar winds. For the past eight years, scientists have predicted 2013 to be the maximum of the current solar cycle, but the number of sunspots during these peaks can vary.
Imagine yourself at the age of 10. You're playing hide-and-seek with your friends and you end up hiding behind your mother's old jackets in a dark, mothball closet. You hear the seeker count down from 100 and when they reach the 'ready or not, here I come' part, you hold your breath.
That closet can become tight while you're waiting to be found. It is small, dingy and claustrophobic. At the last second, as it seems the seeker will never find you, you open the closet door for fresh air and give ...
The Large Hadron Collider at the European Centre for Nuclear Research broke a new barrier Tuesday. They snapped particles together at record speeds — 7 tera-electron volts(TeV) — bringing us one step closer to recreating the conditions at the time of the Big Bang.
The point of recreating the Big Bang is to produce massive particles that have never been observed before, says Kevin Graham, a physics professor at Carleton University.
One of the main particles they’re looking for, Graham says, ...