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  1. Depiction of model-produced meridional circulation beneath solar surface

    Next step toward predicting Sun’s cycles

    A leading goal of solar scientists is to improve predictions of the Sun's approximately 11-year cycle. New research led by scientists from NCAR and Sweden shows how solar predictions can borrow from weather forecasting techniques in order to predict the timing and extent of the solar cycle.

    • Sun + Space Weather

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  2. Space junk: Artist's depiction of space debris circling Earth

    Helping satellites dodge space junk

    Space debris poses serious risks to a wide array of satellites critical to society. NCAR is part of a collaborative effort to help reduce those risks by modeling the effects of space weather on satellite orbits, helping operators steer spacecraft more accurately around debris.

    • Sun + Space Weather

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  3. Predicting solar superstorms: image of coronal mass ejection on August 31, 2012

    On the watch for solar superstorms

    While the current peak in the 11-year cycle of sunspot activity is on the weak side, the Sun might still produce a major storm at any point. The most dangerous storms are most likely during the waning part of the solar cycle, which will unfold later this decade.

    • Sun + Space Weather

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  4. sunrise over the Atlantic

    Turning down the heat

    A grand solar minimum would slow global warming but not stop it.

    • Climate,
    • Sun + Space Weather

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  5. Extracting clues from solar cavities

    New observations of the magnetic field on the Sun are providing an unprecedented glimpse into solar eruptions that have serious impacts on Earth.

    • Sun + Space Weather

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