Jupiter is bigger than all the other planets combined.
Climate Science Debates Find Their Place in the Sun

Man’s nearest star is less active after scientists noticed a plunge in the number of sunspots. As a result, some say, global temperature levels will not rise as much as predicted, while others insist this will do little to slow climate change. ABU DHABI // August may be its usual sweltering self in the UAE, but it’s not business as … Continue reading

What Would Happen if Earth Stopped Spinning? How Fast are We Really Moving?

What would happen if Earth stopped spinning? There is no chance that you’ll be flung off to space right now (but make sure you read on), because the Earth’s gravity is so strong compared to its spinning motion. (This latter motion is called centripetal acceleration.) At its strongest point, which is at the equator, centripetal acceleration only counteracts Earth’s gravity … Continue reading

Solar Physicist’s Research Discovers Second Solar Cycle – Sees Global Cooling Ahead

Recent research by Professor Valentina Zharkova (Northumbria University) and colleagues has shed new light on the inner workings of the Sun. If correct, this new discovery means that future solar cycles and variations in the Sun’s activity can be predicted more accurately. The research suggests that the next three solar cycles will see solar activity reduce significantly into the middle … Continue reading

1967 Solar Storm Nearly Led to Nuclear War

A powerful solar storm nearly heated the Cold War up catastrophically a half century ago, a new study suggests. The U.S. Air Force began preparing for war on May 23, 1967, thinking that the Soviet Union had jammed a set of American surveillance radars. But military space-weather forecasters intervened in time, telling top officials that a powerful sun eruption was … Continue reading

Jupiter So Massive, It Doesn’t Actually Orbit The Sun

Jupiter, the fifth planet from the Sun, gas giant, and subject of the Juno mission, is huge. Huge. It’s so huge, in fact, that it doesn’t actually orbit the Sun. Not exactly. With 2.5 times the mass of all the other planets in the Solar System combined, it’s big enough that the centre of gravity between Jupiter and the Sun … Continue reading

The Sun’s Dark Companion And The Physics of Equilibrium

by R.F. Astronomers have known about the perturbations in the orbits of Uranus and Neptune for two centuries now, but have yet to come up with a specific cause or explanation, at least officially. The first of these anomalies was observed soon after the discovery of Uranus in 1781, which many thought the later discovery of Neptune in 1846 would … Continue reading

Moon and Sun’s Gravity Causing Shifts in San Andreas Fault

The gravitational tug between the sun and moon is not just a dance of high and low tides: It can also trigger a special kind of earthquake on the San Andreas fault. This phenomenon has fascinated scientists for years. Like sea levels, the surface of the Earth also goes up and down with the tides, flexing the crust and stressing … Continue reading

NASA Discovers Giant Hole Growing on the Sun’s Surface (VIDEO)

A coronal hole appears on the sun’s corona, or atmosphere, when the sun’s magnetic field opens and allows heat from the corona to be expelled. The lower temperature of these areas causes them to appear darker than the rest of the sun’s surface. They also have lower energy and gas levels, adding to its dark appearance. While this sounds pretty … Continue reading

Ultra-Warmist German Solar Physicists Does A U-Turn, Now Warns Of A ‘Mini-Ice Age’

Headline Image Caption: Solar activity has been much lower than predicted earlier. Credit: D. Hathaway/NASA/MSFC The daily Berliner Kurier here writes today that solar physicists at the ultra-warmist Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) are warning that Europe may be facing “a mini ice age” due to a possible protracted solar minimum. The Berliner Kurier writes: “That’s the conclusion … Continue reading

The Deadly Threat Of A Solar Superstorm

A powerful electromagnetic pulse could knock out the power grid and the internet. How serious is the threat? Here’s everything you need to know: What is an electromagnetic pulse? It’s a powerful burst of electromagnetic energy with enormous destructive potential. An EMP can arise from natural phenomena, such as lightning strikes, or from human activity, such as a nuclear explosion. … Continue reading

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Jupiter is bigger than all the other planets combined.