From a floating shed to a vintage taxi: 2018's Shed of the Year shortlist

UNTIL February, when the first of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy lifters was launched, the world’s most powerful rocket was the Delta IV Heavy. On August 11th, if all goes according to plan, one of these will take off from Cape Canaveral carrying a craft called the Parker Solar Probe. This probe, as its name suggests, is designed to get close to the sun. The rules of orbital mechanics mean that requires a lot of energy. Hence the need for a launcher as powerful as the Delta IV Heavy. A combination of rocket thrust and a series of gravitational “assists” from Venus will put the probe in a long, looping solar orbit. At its closest, it will fly within 6m kilometres of the nearest thing the sun has to a surface—the top of the layer known as the photosphere, which the naked eye perceives as the solar disc. That will bring it 85% closer to the photosphere than Mercury, the planet closest to the sun, ever gets. This path will take it through the corona, a shell of superhot plasma...

From a floating shed to a vintage taxi: 2018's Shed of the Year shortlist

A floating shed packed with musical instruments, a vintage taxi used as a spare bedroom, and a luxurious yurt complete with spiral staircase all feature in this year's Shed of the Year ...

Thu 16 Aug 18 from Gizmag

The Science Behind Coincidence

What’s really going on when we encounter uncanny connections?

Mon 13 Aug 18 from Discover Magazine

NASA sending spacecraft straight into sun's glittering crown

NASA is sending a spacecraft straight into the sun's glittering crown, an atmospheric region so hot and harsh any normal visitor would wither.

Fri 10 Aug 18 from Phys.org

NASA counts down to launch of first spacecraft to 'touch Sun'

NASA counted down Friday to the launch of a $1.5 billion spacecraft that aims to plunge into the Sun's sizzling atmosphere and become humanity's first mission to explore a star.

Fri 10 Aug 18 from Phys.org

Parker Solar Probe: Nasa's daring mission to unlock Sun's mysteries

The US space agency is all set to launch one of the boldest missions in its history.

Fri 10 Aug 18 from BBC News

NASA's Parker Solar Probe is about to lift off

At 3:33 a.m. EDT on Aug. 11, while most of the U.S. is asleep, NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida will be abuzz with excitement. At that moment, NASA's Parker Solar Probe, the agency's historic ...

Thu 9 Aug 18 from Phys.org

Ready for its day in the sun—the SWEAP investigation

When NASA's Parker Solar Probe launches into space from the Kennedy Space Center, it will begin its journey to the Sun, our nearest star. The Parker Solar Probe will travel almost 90 million ...

Wed 8 Aug 18 from Phys.org

Red-hot voyage to sun will bring us closer to our star

A red-hot voyage to the sun is going to bring us closer to our star than ever before.

Wed 8 Aug 18 from Phys.org

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