SpaceWeather.com: THE CHILL OF SOLAR MINIMUM: The sun is entering one of the deepest Solar Minima of the Space Age. – “If current trends continue, the upper atmosphere could soon set a Space Age record for cold.”

Source: http://spaceweather.com/ Saturday, Sep. 29, 2018

Study/Research: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1364682618301354?via%3Dihub

THE CHILL OF SOLAR MINIMUM: The sun is entering one of the deepest Solar Minima of the Space Age. Sunspots have been absent for most of 2018, and the sun’s ultraviolet output has sharply dropped. New research shows that Earth’s upper atmosphere is responding.

“We see a cooling trend,” says Martin Mlynczak of NASA’s Langley Research Center. “High above Earth’s surface near the edge of space, our atmosphere is losing heat energy. If current trends continue, the upper atmosphere could soon set a Space Age record for cold.”


Above: The TIMED satellite monitoring the temperature of the upper atmosphere

These results come from the SABER instrument onboard NASA’s TIMED satellite. SABER monitors infrared emissions from carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitric oxide (NO), two substances that play a key role in the energy balance of air 100 to 300 kilometers above our planet’s surface. By measuring the infrared glow of these molecules, SABER can assess the thermal state of gas at the very top of the atmosphere–a layer researchers call “the thermosphere.”

“The thermosphere always cools off during Solar Minimum. It’s one of the most important ways the 11-year solar cycle affects our planet,” explains Mlynczak, the associate principal investigator for SABER.

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NASA delays next-generation space telescope until 2020 (Update)

NASA delays next-generation space telescope until 2020 (Update):

NASA is delaying the launch of its next-generation space telescope—its highest science priority—until at least 2020.

Top officials said Tuesday that more time is needed to assemble and test the James Webb Space Telescope, which is considered a successor to the long-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope.

It’s the latest in a series of delays for the telescope, dating back a decade. More recently, Webb was supposed to fly this year, but last fall NASA bumped the launch until 2019.

Read moreNASA delays next-generation space telescope until 2020 (Update)

NASA: Cosmic rays hitting Earth are ‘bad and getting worse’

NASA: Cosmic rays hitting Earth are ‘bad and getting worse’:

Astronauts on the International Space Station may be at risk during long missions

THE WORSENING COSMIC RAY SITUATION: Cosmic rays are bad–and they’re getting worse. That’s the conclusion of a new paper just published in the research journal Space Weather. The authors, led by Prof. Nathan Schwadron of the University of New Hampshire, show that radiation from deep space is dangerous and intensifying faster than previously predicted.

A Cosmic Ray Shower in Earth’s atmosphere. Illustration Credit: Simon Swordy (U. Chicago),

The story begins four years ago when Schwadron and colleagues first sounded the alarm about cosmic rays. Analyzing data from the Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation (CRaTER) instrument onboard NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), they found that cosmic rays in the Earth-Moon system were peaking at levels never before seen in the Space Age. The worsening radiation environment, they pointed out, was a potential peril to astronauts, curtailing how long they could safely travel through space.

Read moreNASA: Cosmic rays hitting Earth are ‘bad and getting worse’

Three ‘super-Earths’ orbiting a cool dwarf star discovered

Three ‘super-Earths’ orbiting a cool dwarf star discovered:

Using NASA’s prolonged Kepler mission, known as K2, astronomers have found three new “super-Earth” exoplanets. The newly detected alien worlds orbit the cool dwarf star designated LP415-17. The finding is reported January 18 in a paper published on the arXiv pre-print server.

H/t reader kevin a.

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AND NOW: 2017 Ranked Among Three Hottest Years Ever

What a load of BS.

You can’t make this stuff up!

The crop failures of 2017 due to global warming global cooling and severe weather patterns will be nothing compared to what lies ahead of us, because we are entering into the Grand Solar Minimum.

The people will (maybe) wake up, when there will be no more food, but then it will be way too late.

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Scorcher! 2017 Ranked Among Three Hottest Years Ever

H/t reader eric:

“Presumably on a parallel universe, I wonder which planet they were on.”

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Giant, Dark Hole Opens Up in Sun’s Atmosphere

Giant, Dark Hole Opens Up in Sun’s Atmosphere:

A large, dark “hole” has opened up in the sun’s atmosphere, allowing solar winds to rush out into space — an ordinary occurrence, but a spectacular one to see.

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this ultraviolet image of the coronal hole on Nov. 8, with the space agency releasing the image Monday (Nov. 20).

H/t reader kevin a.

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What global warming? Antarctic ice is INCREASING by 135billion tonnes a year, says NASA

What global warming? Antarctic ice is INCREASING by 135billion tonnes a year, says NASA:

A NEW Nasa study of the Antarctic from space has thrown the case for climate change into disarray after finding that more NEW new ice has formed at the Antarctic than has been lost to its thinning glaciers.

The US space agency research claims an increase in Antarctic snow accumulation that began 10,000 years ago is “currently adding enough ice to the continent to outweigh the increased losses from melting glaciers.

Global warming theories have been thrown into doubt after Nasa also claimed current horror predictions into future sea-level rises may not be as severe.

Read moreWhat global warming? Antarctic ice is INCREASING by 135billion tonnes a year, says NASA