New Solution to Old Mystery: Why Doesn’t the Inside of the Solar System Spin Faster?

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New research from Caltech proposes a new solution to a longstanding mystery about thin gas disks rotating around young stars. The key to solving a longstanding mystery about thin gas disks rotating around young stars: the motion of a tiny number of charged particles. This is according to a new study from the California Institute … Read more

Enphase sees strong solar growth in Europe as natural gas prices soar

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Workers install solar panels on the roofs of homes under construction south of Corona, California. The California Energy Commission in May 2018 adopted new energy building standards requiring solar panels for virtually all new homes built in the state starting in 2020. MediaNews Group/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin via Getty Images | Digital First Media | … Read more

Solar Leader Jumps As Earnings Double

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Enphase Energy (ENPH) easily beat second-quarter estimates with Tuesday afternoon with earnings more than doubling and the solar power firm guiding higher for the current quarter.  ENPH stock jumped in overnight trade. X Enphase Earnings Estimates: Wall Street expected Enphase earnings per share of 85 cents and $508 million in revenue. Results: Enphase Energy earnings … Read more

Satellites can get lost in major solar storms and it could take weeks to find them

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In October 2003 satellite controllers lost track of hundreds of spacecraft for days after a major solar storm hit Earth. Experts worry that with the increase in the number of satellites and debris orbiting the planet in the nearly twenty years since, the next big solar storm could throw the near-Earth space into chaos for … Read more

Mercedes EQXX drive, hypermiling the 750-mile solar prototype engineers want to build

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There’s exactly one Mercedes EQXX in existence, and we had the good fortune to be able to drive it around a test track in Southern Germany this week. This is a special car for a number of reasons, but in a nutshell, it is a 100kWh ultra high efficiency EV with a slippery .17 coefficient … Read more

NASA Reveals Ambitious New Plan to Detect Signs of Life on Distant Planets

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NASA’s Institute for Advanced Concepts is famous for supporting outlandish ideas in the astronomy and space exploration fields. Since being re-established in 2011, the institute has supported a wide variety of projects as part of its three-phase program.   However, so far, only three projects have gone on to receive Phase III funding. And one … Read more

The “Grandest Canyon” in the Solar System: Mars Express Captures Stunning Images of Massive Martian Canyon

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Ius and Tithonium Chasmata on Mars. This image from ESA’s Mars Express shows Ius and Tithonium Chasmata, which form part of Mars’ Valles Marineris canyon structure. This image comprises data gathered by Mars Express’ High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on April 21, 2022. Credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO ESA’s

The Mars Express Delivers Truly Epic Views of The Solar System’s Biggest Canyon

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The biggest known canyon in the Solar System is getting the star treatment in new images from the European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter. As it whooshed by in Martian orbit, the spacecraft captured a pair of gouges in the planet’s surface that make up part of the Valles Marineris, a system of canyons known … Read more

‘Twilight telescopes’ are finding ‘city-killer’ asteroids in an unexplored region of our solar system

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When it comes to looking for asteroids, we have a blind spot. It may seem counterintuitive, but the most important asteroid discoveries are now being made in twilight, when astronomers are able to look close to the horizon — and close to the sun — for little-known asteroids that orbit inside the orbits of Earth, … Read more

Solar storm to hit Earth’s magnetic field on July 21

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The sun at 13:32 on July 15, 2022, just as the filament that resulted in the solar flare begins to detach. Credit: Helioviewer Something is happening to the sun. One of the regions of the solar atmosphere currently exhibiting sunspots caught the attention of observatories on July 11, when there was a sudden increase in … Read more