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Could The Sun Be Extinguished By A Bucket Of Water Just As Big?

The simple answer is probably not. That’s because the sun involves a special type of fire that is able to “burn” water, and so it will just get hotter and six times brighter. Here’s why.


This Ultra-HD Timelapse Shows The Biggest Sunspot In 22 Years

Last month, the biggest sunspot in 22 years traversed across the sun. Labelled AR 2192, it was big enough to see without the need for a telescope. This awesome timelapse animation can show you what you missed.


Watch The Biggest Sunspot In 24 Years Traverse The Sun

You’re looking at the largest sunspot since 1990 as it crossed the surface of the Sun. Captured between October 17th and 29th, the spot was big enough to see without a telescope.


NASA Scans Through Vast Amounts Of Data By Converting It To Sound

NASA has a lot of satellites, and these satellites have collected months, if not years, of data that can take pretty much forever to sift through. But one clever idea is to turn the measurements of space into sound and speed it up; a month of data might be scanned audibly in all of 10 minutes.


Why The Future Of A Solar-Powered Life Isn't Here Yet

You’d think that with all the solar farms we’ve been building up and all those solar panels on people’s roofs we would figure out how to use solar power to replace those old smoking power plants of ours. But we can’t yet.


These Nanoparticle Panels Can Perfectly Mimic The Italian Sky

A new lighting technology that uses a special blend of LEDs and nanoparticle coatings to recreate the concept of Rayleigh scattering — the process that makes the sky appear blue — is currently being used at the Biennale in Venice to bring the Italian sky indoors.


New NASA Video Shows A Massive Sun Explosion Like Never Before

For the first time ever, NASA has been able to capture a massive solar eruption with unprecedented detail using IRIS, a highly sensitive instrument that can only cover a relatively small zone of the sun at any give time. Catching this involved “some educated guesses and a little bit of luck.”


This Is How Light Travels Through The Layers Of The Sun

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center released this pretty neat animation back in 2012, which shows how light streaming up from inside the sun through its many layers. Did you know that the light that shines on our Earth takes some 40,000 years to travel through the sun’s layers? I did not, and now I am amazed.


Would You Trust 'Drinkable' Sunscreen?

There’s a new snake oil sunscreen doing the rounds in the US and making big promises. Osmosis Skincare’s UV Neutraliser Harmonized Water apparently makes the water molecules underneath your skin vibrate, giving you SPF 30 sun protection for three hours. Yep, this is stupid.


NASA Finds Strange, Dark, Square Hole In The Sun

The NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory has found a strange coronal hole in the sun, “almost square in its shape”. I don’t know about you, but this square phenomenon freaks me out a bit. It looks like the sun is some kind of fake LED disco ball and one panel is failing. Here’s the video.


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