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First exposed planetary core discovered allows glimpse inside other worlds

The surviving core of a gas giant has been discovered orbiting a distant star by University of Warwick astronomers, offering an unprecedented glimpse into the interior of a planet. The team from the University of Warwick’s Department of Physics reports the discovery today (1 July) in the journal Nature, and is thought to be the first time the exposed core of a planet has been observed.

Wed 01 Jul 2020, 16:00 | Tags: Physics, Astrophysics, research, astronomy

Revealing the Magnetic Nature of Tornadoes in the Sun’s atmosphere

The first direct measurements of the magnetic field in the chromosphere of the Sun by a team including University of Warwick physicists has provided the first observational evidence that huge tornadoes in our Sun’s atmosphere are produced by swirling magnetic fields.

Tue 30 Jun 2020, 12:01 | Tags: Physics, research

New ‘sun clock’ quantifies extreme space weather switch on/off

Extreme space weather events can significantly impact systems such as satellites, communications systems, power distribution and aviation. They are driven by solar activity which is known to have an irregular but roughly 11 year cycle. By devising a new, regular ‘sun clock’, researchers have found that the switch on and off of periods of high solar activity is quite sharp, and are able to determine the switch on/off times. Their analysis shows that whilst extreme events can happen at any time, they are much less likely to occur in the quiet interval.

Wed 10 Jun 2020, 10:45 | Tags: Physics, research, Space

Winter warm spells see a two- to three- fold increase in duration and frequency in UK temperature records

Warm winter spells have increased in frequency and duration two- to three times over since 1878, according to scientists led by the University of Warwick.

Wed 06 May 2020, 11:39 | Tags: Physics, climate change, research

X-ray analysis of artefacts from Henry VIII’s warship, the Mary Rose, sheds new light on their construction and conservation

21st century X-ray technology has allowed University of Warwick scientists to peer back through time at the production of the armour worn by the crew of Henry VIII’s favoured warship, the Mary Rose.

Tue 28 Apr 2020, 10:30 | Tags: Physics, research

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