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Voyager cruises final region before leaving the Solar System

The legendary NASA spacecraft enters ‘magnetic highway’

At around 18 billion kilometres (11 billion miles) from Earth, Voyager 1 is the furthest man-made object from

Earth and has been for some time.

It’s also set to become the first manmade object to leave the Solar System, as it enters a region at the outer boundary known as the magnetic highway, a smooth lane along which charged particles can travel, which scientists are only now able to investigate properly.

“This strange, last region before interstellar space is coming into focus, thanks to Voyager 1,” said Voyager project scientist Ed Stone. “If

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The Solar Orbiter

Enduring molten heat and fierce radiation, the Solar Orbiter aims to show us the Sun as we’ve never seen it before.

The Sun has been subject to detailed scientific scrutiny for decades now. The many filtered images from both terrestrial and orbital telescopes aside, NASA launched the Helios spacecraft in the mid-Seventies to enter an elliptical orbit around the Sun, Helios 2 achieving a world speed record (relative to the Sun) at 252,792 kilometres per hour (149,967 miles per hour).

The Helios spacecraft ceased transmitting data in 1985, however, so the European Space Agency is developing its own solar-orbiting spacecraft,

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Our angry, stormy Sun

We know our Sun as a brilliantly bright sphere that rises in the east and sets in the west each day. That’s a simple way to describe it; what really goes on on its surface is far from the impression that it gives as it hangs, almost calmly, in the daytime sky.

While going anywhere near the Sun would be suicide with the searing heat and penetrating radiation combining to fry you alive in your spacesuit, technology has revealed this star to be an angry, bubbling cauldron of solar activity.

First up are solar flares – bursts of radiation from

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Will RENEWABLE ENERGY replace fossil fuels?

This is a huge problem-renewable sources such as wind and tidal force, can provide only a small fraction of the energy required population. If you do not take into account the energy from the nuclear power plant, there is only sunshine.

Sun delivers an hour on Earth more energy than mankind is now spending a year (fossil fuels, nuclear energy and all renewable sources combined). Solar energy is inexhaustible and does not damage the environment and climate. The scientists challenge: to find a cheap, environmentally friendly methods for the collection of this «free» energy. Indirect methods of use of sunlight,

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If Jupiter became a star, what would happen to the Solar System?

It is often said that Jupiter is a failed star – it is regularly mentioned that with a little extra material Jupiter may have started fusing and shining like a star. So what would happen if this occurred? The smallest star we know of is OGLE-TR-122b. This star is around 20% bigger than Jupiter but has around 96 times more mass. So what would happen if we replaced Jupiter with OGLE-TR-122b? Well, the first thing to consider would be how much brighter our skies might get. The answer to that is, not much. OGLE-TR-122b has a luminosity that is equivalent

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What would become of the Earth if a large solar storm was directed our way, and would we be able to survive such an event? We take a look at how the Sun’s activity has threatened life on Earth before, and how it might again.

The Earth is under constant threat from a whole host of things in space, from asteroids to comets. However, the one thing that is essential to life on our planet, the Sun, may also be the most dangerous threat of all to life as we know it. «[A large solar flare] would certainly have a

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Energy house built in Barnaul, a pilot project


A pilot project for the Altai region was implemented within the framework of regional targeted program "Moving people from emergency housing with the need of low-rise construction."

In a residential house has autonomous solar power system of the "San Energy", which is a power saving and provides autonomous operation in case of power failure at the facility. The installed capacity of 1.5 kW of solar modules (9 solar modules FSM 170, 24), power inverter Xantrex XW4024 4 kW. On the perimeter, the house is equipped with a self-contained lighting systems such as "Sunlight", ASO include solar

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The experimental solar power plant built in Yakutia

July 8. To save fuel resources and conducting pilot tests on introduction of renewable energy sources in the far north of Yakutia in the executive management of "Sakhaenergo," a subsidiary of "Yakutskenergo" to build an experimental solar power plant with capacity of 10 kW. The structure of the solar power plant consists of 52 solar panels (each panel power — 195 watts, voltage 36.3 V), three-phase AC inverter (10 kW output, the output voltage of 380 V), as well as auxiliary equipment and materials. Photovoltaic cells installed on the roof of the garage floor and are designed to

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Experiment RIM-PAMELA: the registration of cosmic rays from solar flares

Figure 1. The active region of the sun number 1429 (left) and the number 1430 (right)

On the spacecraft (SC) "Resource-DK1", developed and manufactured in accordance with the Federal Space Program of Russia on behalf of the Federal Space Agency, the continued implementation of the joint Russian-Italian experiment "RIM-PAMELA."

The experiment was conducted in order to explore outer space, designed to search for and study of antimatter (antiprotons, positrons), nuclear and electronic components in the primary cosmic radiation. Carrying out the experiment, according to the scientists, will solve a number of fundamental problems in cosmology (the

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Experiment Plasma-F

Although it is still early humans knew that the sun — the source of all life on Earth, but there are still many invisible threads that bind our star and the Earth, not only is not fully understood, but not even fully investigated. Therefore the study of the diversity of solar-terrestrial relations is of great practical and scientific importance.

Pragmatic interest is, first of all, that side of their interaction, which is the general name of "space weather." It is the constant influence of disturbances coming from the Sun to the Earth space: the generation of

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