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One mystery in our universe is a step closer to being solved. NASA's Parker Solar Probe launched last year to help scientists understand the sun. Now, it has returned its first findings. Four papers were published in the journal Nature detailing the findings of Parker's first two flybys. It's one small step for a solar probe, one giant leap for mankind.

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Five Years Of Beautiful Solar Activity Condensed Into One Spectacular Time-Lapse Video

Stare at the sun for as long as you want (well, three minutes) without burning out your eyes.

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To celebrate five years since the launch of their Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), NASA released this hypnotically beautiful time-lapse video, allowing us to finally scratch that compulsive itch we’ve all had since childhood (admit it...) when we were told by an adult not to stare at the sun.

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Intermission: NASA Captures Stunning 'Rain' on the Sun

On July 19th, 2012, an eruption occurred on the surface of the sun, which NASA recorded through the Solar Dynamics Observatory's AIA instrument.

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On July 19th, 2012, an eruption occurred on the surface of the sun, which NASA recorded through the Solar Dynamics Observatory's AIA instrument.

Each second of this video corresponds to 6 minutes in real time!

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A Cooler Sun Won't Stop Climate Change

Those headlines are misleading you. Scientists think the sun may go through a dormant period, but that won't stop the rise in global temperatures.

There are those in this country that would like nothing more than to be able to stick their fingers in their ears, hum a little tune, and hope that climate change will go away. We’re all guilty of it sometimes, particularly in the summer, when that blast of 55-degree climate-controlled air hits our skin. It’s tempting to glom on to any hint that we’re not going to have to deal with this problem, because solving it is going to be hard and expensive and involve sacrifices bigger than turning the air conditioner up to 78 degrees.

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