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  1. EVERYONE PANIC! Solar Panels Will Drain the Sun of Its Power! Internet Freaks Out Over Fake National Report Article

    Good. Something else for gullible idiots to believe.

    The National Report is a satirical website that publishes fake stories the Internet loves falling for. Its latest hit is an article claiming solar panels drain the Sun's energy and that they could kill the Sun within a few hundred years. THAT IS NOT TRUE, but it sure hasn't stopped the story from spreading.

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  2. Use Drinkable Sunscreen and Ya Might Get Burnt

    At least your esophagus will be smooth as a baby's!

    Drinkable sunscreen is actually not a new product, but the company behind it recently launched a renewed publicity campaign that's been hard for many medical professionals to swallow--so maybe don't invest in the vibrating magical water just yet.

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  3. The Sun Is Beautiful on Every Wavelength in This Gorgeous Video from NASA

    Just this once, look directly at the Sun.

    This video shows the Sun opening its mouth like Pac-Man. Instead of eating ghosts, it shows you what its surface looks like at different wavelengths of light, and it looks gorgeous. NASA is calling it the "Jewel Box Sun" and throwing around the word "rainbow" a lot, but we'll stick with our Pac-Man analogy, thank you very much.

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  4. AsapSCIENCE Explains What it Would Take To Survive the Sun’s Death in New Video

    NBD. Just have to figure out how to move our entire planet.

    The Sun is going to die. We have a billion years before that starts to happen, so how about we start planning for it now. In this video by AsapSCIENCE they explain what it would take for not only humanity, but the planet itself to survive the death of the Sun. They also introduced us to the Juno Mission, but more on that tomorrow.

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  5. Check Out the First Amazing Pictures of the Sun from NASA’s IRIS

    NASA stares into the Sun so you don't have to.

    NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) satellite has been open for less than two weeks, and already it's returned the first images from its mission to study the Sun's atmosphere. The combined ultraviolet telescope and spectrograph is pulling in amazing views as well as valuable data on energy transfer in the Sun's interface region.

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  6. Voyager 1 Reaches Edge of Our “Solar Bubble”

    It's not quite out of the solar system yet, but at 11 billion miles from the Sun it's certainly getting there.

    The Voyager 1 spacecraft was in the news a few months ago when it was falsely reported that it had left the solar system. It still hasn't left the Sun's magnetic field, but NASA says it is at the final barrier of the heliosphere. It could still be months or years before Voyager 1 crosses that barrier, but when it does it will be the first human-made craft to enter interstellar space.

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  7. NASA Announces New Satellite To Study Sun’s Mysterious Interface Region

    The ill-understood area of the Sun could be responsible for keeping it -- and by extension, us -- hot.

    Later this month, NASA is set to launch their spanking new solar study satellite, the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS), a tool meant to capture data about the interface region, an area that lies just above the surface of the sun that plays a key role in intensifying the incredible temperatures of the corona, the Sun's outer atmosphere. Just how it accomplishes that, though, is unclear -- that's why we're sending a satellite, guys!

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  8. Twinsies! Alpha Centauri A Has A Cool Outer Layer, Just Like Our Sun

    The Sun, it will surprise no one, is very, very hot. What is surprising -- and consistently baffling to researchers -- is that there are certain parts of the sun that are actually rather chilly. You know, in comparison to the rest of the Sun, which, as we've covered, is just exceedingly warm. The European Space Agency's (ESA) Herschel observatory may have made a stride or two towards understanding the strange phenomenon, though, as it has recorded the first evidence of a similar cool outer layer in a star that isn't the Sun. The same cool layer has been observed for the first time in Alpha Centauri A, a relatively nearby star noted for its similarities to our own Sun.

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  9. Watch How NASA Turns Atmospheric Data From the Sun Into Abstract Art [Video]

    I know, I know -- I don't get modern art, either. Luckily, the picture above isn't a painting -- it's a visualization of the heating and cooling of plasma erupting from the sun in solar flares. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory took images and gathered data on the plasma from a particularly active sunspot on six wavelengths over a twenty four hour span, then processed the data and recorded it's hating and cooling history -- one pixel at a time. The result is this amazing image and plenty of others like it, and you can check them all out -- and learn more about how they're made -- in the video below.

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  10. Astronomic Unit Simplified So Astronomy Won’t Be So Confusing For Freshmen

    The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has voted to officially change the Astronomical Unit (AU) -- a measure of the distance from the Earth to the Sun -- from a variable value to a more convenient constant. Because if you're the IAU and you have a meeting without voting on anything, it looks kind of bad, we guess? Kidding! It's because the IAU is made up largely of people who teach astronomy for a living, and people who teach astronomy for a living are, as a whole, just sick to death of teaching a new legion of bong-addled freshmen a mostly obsolete equation that most of them will never use outside of scribbling it on their hand to pass their astronomy final.

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