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GEFS: Searching beyond seismology for earthquake precursors
In this special issue, EPJ Special Topics proposes the Global Earthquake Forecasting System (GEFS): the first collaborative initiative between multi-disciplinary researchers devoted to studying a diverse array of non-seismic earthquake precursors. (2021-01-25)

Earthquake lightning: Mysterious luminescence phenomena
Photoemission induced by rock fracturing can occur as a result of landslides associated with earthquakes. Factors involved in such earthquake lightnings were studied with granite, rhyolite, pyroclastic rock and limestone. (2020-09-28)

Citizen science discovers a new form of the northern lights
Working together with space researchers, Finnish amateur photographers have discovered a new auroral form. Named 'dunes' by the hobbyists, the phenomenon is believed to be caused by waves of oxygen atoms glowing due to a stream of particles released from the sun. (2020-01-28)

For the first time: Mapping the winds of mars' upper atmosphere with MAVEN
NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has allowed researchers to map the winds that blow high above the red planet's surface, reports a new study, which measures the global circulation of Mars' upper atmosphere for the first time. (2019-12-12)

High above the storm clouds, lightning powers gamma-ray flashes and ultraviolet 'elves'
Using instruments onboard the International Space Station, researchers have observed millisecond pulses of gamma-rays produced by thunderstorms, clarifying the process by which these flashes are made, and discovering that they can produce an ultraviolet emission known as an 'Elve.' (2019-12-10)

First measures of Earth's ionosphere found with the largest atmospheric radar in the Antarctic
Using the Program of the Antarctic Syowa Mesosphere-Stratosphere-Troposphere/Incoherent Scatter (PANSY) radar, the largest and fine-resolution atmospheric radar in the Antarctic, researchers performed the first incoherent scatter radar observations in the southern hemisphere. (2019-11-27)

It's not aurora, it's STEVE
Researchers recently confirmed that the aurora-like lights known as STEVE are not actually aurora, but instead a unique phenomenon. The project used a spectrograph to examine the light from the phenomenon and identify what kind of emissions they give and in what patterns and wavelengths. Results could help scientists further understand how space weather affects technology used in processes such as communications between Earth and spacecraft. (2019-09-04)

Northern lights' social networking reveals true scale of magnetic storms
Magnetic disturbances caused by phenomena like the northern lights can be tracked by a 'social network' of ground-based instruments, according to a new study from the University of Warwick. (2019-06-21)

Scientists discover what powers celestial phenomenon STEVE
The celestial phenomenon known as STEVE is likely caused by a combination of heating of charged particles in the atmosphere and energetic electrons like those that power the aurora, according to new research. In a new study, scientists found STEVE's source region in space and identified two mechanisms that cause it. (2019-04-25)

Inert nitrogen forced to react with itself
Direct coupling of two molecules of nitrogen: chemists from W├╝rzburg and Frankfurt have achieved what was thought to be impossible. This new reaction is reported in Science magazine and opens new possibilities for one of the most inert molecules on earth. (2019-03-21)

In solar system's symphony, Earth's magnetic field drops the beat
Inside Earth's magnetic bubble, scientists have long been listening in on space sounds created by various electromagnetic waves, and now they've found one that booms like a drum. (2019-02-12)

Research finds rings of Saturn are dying
New research shows Saturn's rings are dying at a worst-case-scenario rate. (2018-12-18)

NASA research reveals Saturn is losing its rings at 'worst-case-scenario' rate
New NASA research confirms that Saturn is losing its iconic rings at the maximum rate estimated from Voyager 1 and 2 observations made decades ago. The rings are being pulled into Saturn by gravity as a dusty rain of ice particles under the influence of Saturn's magnetic field. (2018-12-17)

Ionosphere plasma experiments reviewed in a new Kazan University publication
There are only a few so-called 'heaters' in the world -- special facilities which create artificial plasma processes in the upper atmosphere by heating them. (2018-12-13)

Earth's magnetic field measured using artificial stars at 90 kilometers altitude
In 2011, researchers proposed that artificial guide stars could be used to measure the Earth's magnetic field in the mesosphere. An international group of scientists has recently managed to do this with a high degree of precision. The technique may also help to identify magnetic structures in the solid Earth's lithosphere, to monitor space weather, and to measure electrical currents in the part of the atmosphere called ionosphere. (2018-11-14)

Fast, accurate estimation of the Earth's magnetic field for natural disaster detection
Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University have applied machine-learning techniques to achieve fast, accurate estimates of local geomagnetic fields using data taken at multiple observation points, potentially allowing detection of changes caused by earthquakes and tsunamis. A deep neural network (DNN) model was developed and trained using existing data; the result is a fast, efficient method for estimating magnetic fields for unprecedentedly early detection of natural disasters. This is vital for developing effective warning systems that might help reduce casualties and widespread damage. (2018-10-13)

Scientists develop a new way to remotely measure Earth's magnetic field
By zapping a layer of meteor residue in the atmosphere with ground-based lasers, scientists in the US, Canada and Europe get a new view of Earth's magnetic field. (2018-10-04)

Impact of WWII bombing raids felt at edge of space
Bombing raids by Allied forces during the WWII not only caused devastation on the ground but also sent shockwaves through Earth's atmosphere which were detected at the edge of space. University of Reading researchers have revealed the shockwaves produced by huge bombs dropped by Allied planes on European cities were big enough to weaken the electrified upper atmosphere -- the ionosphere -- above the UK, 1,000 km away. The results are published today in Annales Geophysicae. (2018-09-25)

Engineers of Samara University presented a propulsion system for nanosatellites
The scientists of the Inter-University Department of Space Research of Samara University presented a prototype of a propulsion system for the maneuvering nanosatellite SamSat-M. The presentation took place at the IV International Conference 'Scientific and Technological Experiments on Automatic Space Vehicles and Small Satellites' (SPEXP) in Samara. (2018-09-07)

Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo caused in part by Indonesian volcanic eruption
Electrically charged volcanic ash short-circuited Earth's atmosphere in 1815, causing global poor weather and Napoleon's defeat, says new research. (2018-08-22)

New kind of aurora is not an aurora at all
Thin ribbons of purple and white light that sometimes appear in the night sky were dubbed a new type of aurora when brought to scientists' attention in 2016. But new research suggests these mysterious streams of light are not an aurora at all but an entirely new celestial phenomenon. (2018-08-20)

Unraveling the nature of 'whistlers' from space in the lab
Scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles present research on a curious cosmic phenomenon known as 'whistlers' -- very low frequency packets of radio waves that race along magnetic field lines. Appearing in the Physics of Plasmas, the study provides new insights into the nature of whistlers and space plasmas and could one day aid in the development of practical plasma technologies with magnetic fields, including spacecraft thrusters that use charged particles as fuel. (2018-08-14)

Huge reservoir of liquid water detected under the surface of Mars
Providing resolution to a decades-long debate over whether liquid water is present on Mars, researchers using radar to probe the planet's polar ice caps have detected a lake of liquid water under the Martian ice. (2018-07-25)

'Ribbon' wraps up mystery of Jupiter's magnetic equator
New data from Jupiter observations is a gift to Leicester astronomers. (2018-07-23)

When spiders balloon through the air, it's (literally) electric
Spiders can travel many hundreds of miles through the air by releasing silk and floating away. Researchers had thought that ballooning behavior required drag forces from wind or thermals. But, now researchers reporting in the journal Current Biology on July 5 show that electric fields at strengths found in nature not only trigger ballooning, but also provide lift, even in the absence of any air movement. (2018-07-05)

Russian and Georgian universities unite to study properties of solitons
Dr. Belashov explains, (2018-06-05)

New network is installed to investigate space weather over South America
Magnetometer network identifies magnetic field disturbances that can cause interference in electronic appliances, power grids and satellite navigation systems. Using the data collected by the network, Brazilian researchers work on the development of a specific magnetic K-index for South America. (2018-05-22)

NASA GOLD Mission to image Earth's interface to space
On Jan. 25, 2018, NASA launches Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk, or GOLD, a hosted instrument aboard SES-14 that will inspect the dynamic intermingling of space and Earth's uppermost atmosphere. (2018-01-24)

Map of ionospheric disturbances to help improve radio network systems
The paper, titled (2018-01-12)

Eclipse 2017: Science from the moon's shadow
While people across North America took in the Aug. 21 eclipse, hundreds of citizen, student, and professional scientists were collecting scientific data, and their efforts are beginning to return results. (2017-12-11)

Saturn's rings cast shadows, affect the planet's ionosphere
Data collected by the Cassini spacecraft, before it was deliberately crashed into Saturn's atmosphere in September 2017, show that the planet's illustrious rings are casting a shadow in ionized particles over the planet. (2017-12-11)

NASA detects solar flare pulses at Sun and Earth
Two recent studies show how solar flares exhibit pulses or oscillations in the amount of energy being sent out. Such research provides new insights on the origins of these massive solar flares and the space weather they produce. This is key information as humans and robotic missions venture out into the solar system, farther and farther from Earth. (2017-11-16)

Kazan Federal University ionosonde registered an earthquake in Chile
The Cyclone ionosonde (creatied by Dr. Akchurin, Head of the Near Space Studies Lab of SAU AstroChallenge) can detect earthquakes at distances as big as 15,000 kilometers. The paper also states that earthquake signatures for mid-latitude KFU ionosonde can be up to 3 times more prominent than on a low-latitude ionosonde in Japan. (2017-10-26)

NASA's ICON explores the boundary between earth and space
On Dec. 8, 2017, NASA launches the Ionospheric Connection Explorer, or ICON, a low-Earth orbiting satellite that will give us new information about how Earth's atmosphere interacts with near-Earth space. (2017-10-18)

International team observes first radio counterpart to gravitational waves
NRL Radio Astrophysics and Sensing Section astronomers join an international collaboration of researchers with the Caltech-led GROWTH project, resulting in the first ever observation of the radio counterpart to a gravitational wave event. (2017-10-16)

An NJIT researcher throws a global ham radio 'party' to study the eclipse
NJIT experts discuss the Aug. 21 eclipse, its impact on Earth's atmosphere and the data they will be gathering as they observe it at different points along its path. (2017-08-11)

Day to night and back again: Earth's ionosphere during the total solar eclipse
Three NASA-funded studies will use the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse as a ready-made experiment, courtesy of nature, to improve our understanding of the ionosphere and its relationship to the Sun. (2017-08-10)

Solar eclipse science along the path of totality
In a briefing today on solar eclipse science, leading US. scientists highlighted research projects that will take place across the country during the upcoming Aug. 21 solar eclipse. The research will advance our knowledge of the sun's complex and mysterious magnetic field and its effects on Earth's atmosphere and land. (2017-07-27)

Recreating interstellar ions with lasers
Trihydrogen, or H3+, has been called the molecule that made the universe, where it plays a greater role in astrochemistry than any other molecule. While H3+ is astronomically abundant, no scientist understood the mechanisms that form it from organic molecules. (2017-07-05)

MAVEN's top 10 discoveries at Mars
Since its launch in November 2013 and its orbit insertion in September 2014, MAVEN has been exploring the upper atmosphere of Mars. MAVEN is bringing insight to how the sun stripped Mars of most of its atmosphere, turning a planet once possibly habitable to microbial life into a barren desert world. (2017-06-16)

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