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« Reply #120 on: Jun 10th, 2009, 10:57am »

IMPACT ALERT: Japan's Kaguya spacecraft will crash into the Moon on Wednesday, June 10th, at around 1830 UT. The timing favors telescopic observers in east Asia, Australia and New Zealand, who may be able to see a brief flash of light or a plume of debris rising from the Moon's southeastern limb close to selenographic coordinates 80ºE, 63ºS. The expected impact point is marked by a red dot in this image from astrophotographer Pete Lawrence

http://lpod.wikispaces.com/June+9,+2009

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Kaguya is a big spaceship. It masses 2,900 kg and will hit the Moon at an oblique angle traveling approximately 6,000 km/hr. Whether it tumbles and bounces along the lunar surface or runs headlong into some towering crater wall, no one can say. Clues to the end of Kaguya will come on June 10th in the form of an explosive flash (or lack thereof) and high-res images of the crash site taken by future lunar orbiters.

The impact is not accidental. The Japanese space agency, JAXA, has long planned to end the mission in this fashion. Kaguya has been in lunar orbit since Oct. 2007; it has searched dark craters for evidence of frozen water, mapped the moon's gravitational field, and taken some of the all-time prettiest pictures of Earth's satellite.

Farewell, Kaguya! (And stay tuned for updates.)

http://www.kaguya.jaxa.jp/en/communication/KAGUYA_Lunar_Impact_e.htm

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« Reply #121 on: Jun 11th, 2009, 9:33pm »


It's the vido before impact i think. Enjoy!


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« Reply #122 on: Jun 11th, 2009, 10:53pm »

on Jun 11th, 2009, 9:33pm, JCMDoum wrote:
It's the vido before impact i think. Enjoy!


Video of surface before impact


Ahh! So this is shot before it hit, and soon we will see the same video but with a crater? Awesome!

I found these pix so far:

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http://www.newscientist.com/articleimages/dn17271/1-japanese-probe-set-to-crash-into-moon.html

That ship taking those pix is named Selene, before impact during the full moon the ship took a picture of the Earth. It's an Earth Eclipse!

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I really hope this doesn't hurt our chances of seeing what the impact found out...This leads to a whole host of other issues I'll go into later..

Any photograph of Asteroids/fireballs and other oddities now CLASSIFIED

No kidding, this sucks..

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For 15 years, scientists have benefited from data gleaned by U.S. classified satellites of natural fireball events in Earth's atmosphere – but no longer.

A recent U.S. military policy decision now explicitly states that observations by hush-hush government spacecraft of incoming bolides and fireballs are classified secret and are not to be released, SPACE.com has learned.

The satellites' main objectives include detecting nuclear bomb tests, and their characterizations of asteroids and lesser meteoroids as they crash through the atmosphere has been a byproduct data bonanza for scientists.

Space rocks that explode in the atmosphere are now classified.

"It's baffling to us why this would suddenly change," said one scientist familiar with the work. "It's unfortunate because there was this great synergy...a very good cooperative arrangement. Systems were put into dual-use mode where a lot of science was getting done that couldn't be done any other way. It's a regrettable change in policy."

Scientists say not only will research into the threat from space be hampered, but public understanding of sometimes dramatic sky explosions will be diminished, perhaps leading to hype and fear of the unknown.



Waffles....

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One of the largest stars in the galaxy is Exploding? And at about 20 light years away, could this mean trouble in 2012?

The size of this star is larger than the diameter of Saturn's Orbital Path! shocked
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« Reply #123 on: Jun 22nd, 2009, 11:14pm »

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« Reply #124 on: Jun 23rd, 2009, 12:27pm »

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"Time lapse video of night sky as it passes over the 2009 Texas Star Party in Fort Davis, Texas. The galactic core of Milky Way is brightly displayed. Images taken with 15mm fisheye lens."

Quite a beautiful shot sequence!

I have not seen the Milky Way since I was in the Navy hundreds of miles from land at night....I remember that as one of the most awe inspiring things I have ever seen!

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Fort Davis is right next to MARFA!

One of the night time events besides watching the Marfa Lights is visiting the Observatory!

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« Reply #125 on: Jul 5th, 2009, 4:26pm »

SUDDEN SUPER SUNSPOT: Sunspot 1024 is crackling with B- and C-class solar flares. The activity is so intense, astronomers can't seem to take a picture of the sunspot without catching a flare in action. Pete Lawrence sends this example from his backyard observatory in Selsey, UK:

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"Active region 1024 is putting on a fantastic show," says Lawrence. "The center of this region is incredibly bright and fluctuating."

Solar observers haven't seen an active region like this one in more than two years. It is big, complex, and rapidly growing: movie. The magnetic polarity of the sunspot, revealed by SOHO magnetograms, show that it is a member of new Solar Cycle 24. This makes sense: New research shows that solar jet streams are beginning to stimulate new-cycle sunspot production. Sunspot 1024 appears to be a sign of the process at work, heralding more to come. Monitoring is encouraged.

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Looks like we are setting up for an even bigger solar storm than last week. Keep an eye on the 7th...
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« Reply #126 on: Jul 21st, 2009, 11:05am »

Happy Anniversary Apollo Moon Walk! Yesterday but was busy

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http://edition.cnn.com/2009/TECH/space/07/16/nasa.videos/index.html


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Jupiter has been hit with a comet or some other LARGE object.

IMPACT EVENT ON JUPITER: Did something just hit Jupiter? On July 19th, a black "scar" appeared in Jupiter's clouds similar to the Shoemaker-Levy 9 impacts of 1994. Veteran Jupiter observer Anthony Wesley photographed the feature from his observatory in Murrumbateman, Australia:


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"The jet-black mark is near Jupiter's south pole (south is up in the image)," says Wesley. "I have imagery of that same location from two nights earlier without the impact mark, so this is a very recent event. The material has already begun to spread out in a fan shape on one side, and should be rapidly pulled apart by the fast jetstream winds. I recorded a lot of footage, and will be generating more images and a rotation animation soon."

Amateur astronomers around the world should train their telescopes on Jupiter tonight to monitor the progress of this possible impact event: sky map. Stay tuned for more images and updates.




JUPITER SMACKED: Evidence is mounting that something hit Jupiter no more than a few days ago. The impact site was discovered by amateur astronomer Anthony Wesley on July 19th. Using a 14.5-inch telescope at his backyard observatory in Murrumbateman, Australia, he photographed a dark scar in Jupiter's clouds. NASA astronomers rushed to confirm the find, and with this photo from the Infrared Telescope Facility in Hawaii, they did:



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The bright spot is near-infrared sunlight reflected from particulate matter floating through the top of Jupiter's atmosphere. These particulates are likely debris from something that hit the planet and exploded. "This has all the hallmarks of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 impacts of 1994," says Leigh Fletcher of JPL who gathered the infrared data along with colleague Glenn Orton.

If the impact hypothesis is indeed correct, the "scar" should become spread out by jet streams in the days ahead. Amateur astronomers can monitor events using mid-sized backyard telescopes: sky map. The spot is located near Jupiter's System II longitude 210°. For the predicted times when it will cross the planet's central meridian, add 2 hours and 6 minutes to Sky and Telescope's predicted transit times for Jupiter's Great Red Spot.


My take on it? I think Yard mentioned something a while back about the "Shiva Hypothesis" Where in 2012 when we align with the galactic plane theres a huge swarm of asteroids/comets hanging out there that might bring destruction to many planets. Well, directionally speaking, Jupiter does dip into the galactic plane before we do. Just saying.. shocked
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« Reply #127 on: Aug 12th, 2009, 11:04am »

PERSEIDS UPDATE: If it's dark where you live, go outside and look for meteors. Earth is still inside the debris stream of Comet Swift-Tuttle and, as a result, the Perseid meteor shower is still active. The show could be even better tonight, Aug. 12th, than it was last night, Aug. 11th, when Jimmy Westlake caught this fireball flying over Steamboat Springs, Colorado:

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"This is one of two Perseid fireballs that fell during a spike in activity between 1:30 and 2:30 o'clock MDT on August 12, 2009," says Westlake. "Moonlight enhances the scene looking out over Stagecoach Lake. It was a good night for Perseids."

The "spike" Westlake mentions was anticpated by forecasters. A filament of dust shed by Perseid parent Comet Swift-Tuttle in 1610 drifted across Earth's path and Earth ran into it around 0800 UT (1 am PDT, 2 am MDT) on August 12, 2009. Anecdotal evidence is mounting that there might have been an uptick in Perseid meteor rates at that time. Stay tuned for updates!

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TOP SECRET: Not every light that streaks across the night sky is a Perseid. Some of them are spy satellites. Here's one gliding over Maghaberry, Northern Ireland, on August 10th:

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"It was Lacrosse 3," reports photographer John McConnell. "Spaceweather's Simple Satellite Tracker predicted a flyby and there it was."

Lacrosse 3 is a top-secret yet easily observed US National Reconnaissance Office spy satellite. It often attracts attention when sunlight glints brightly from its solar panels, rumored to span 45 meters from tip to tip. The solar arrays power a synthetic aperture radar, which can image Earth's surface with meter-resolution even through clouds. Some web sites claim that the radar can also sense objects underground, but that's just speculation.

"I couldn't mistake Lacrosse 3 because it was so bright," says McConnell. "This is even better than Perseids!"










First Jupiter, then Venus and now Saturn? Whats going on out there?

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Deep in the outer realms of our solar system, well over a billion kilometers away, something bizarre happened at Saturn’s F ring.

I mean, seriously: what the hell happened here?

http://ciclops.org/view/5683/Punching_through_the_F_Ring?js=1

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« Reply #128 on: Aug 15th, 2009, 11:01am »

Well, due to clouds I never saw anything, but lots of folks DID get a good show!

GOOD SHOW: Veteran meteor watchers say the Perseids of 2009 were the best in years. One look at this photo shows why:

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NASA astronomers Danielle Moser and Bill Cooke made the composite of 130+ Perseids that flew over the Marshall Space Flight Center on August 12th. "We recorded a bright meteor or fireball every 3 minutes--a fabulous rate," says Cooke. Their meteor detection system consists of two cameras separated by 100 miles--one in Alabama and one in Georgia. The wide baseline allows Cooke and his team to triangulate the trajectory of meteoroids with some accuracy. Here is a geographic map of the Perseids they saw.
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"The stars really did fall on Alabama!" he says.

Worldwide, observers counted as many as 200 Perseids per hour. Some of the prettiest may be found in the photo gallery.
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« Reply #129 on: Aug 18th, 2009, 11:08am »

JUPITER AT OPPOSITION: This month, the sun, Earth and Jupiter are almost perfectly aligned. An astronomer would say "Jupiter is at opposition," because Jupiter and the sun are on opposite sides of the sky. This arrangement has a rare and beautiful effect on Jupiter's moon shadows. Consider the following photo taken Aug. 15th by David Leong of Hong Kong:

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"The shadow of Jupiter's moon Io fell almost directly beneath Io, giving the scene a 3D appearance," says Leong. "This was my first time watching a shadow transit at opposition. It was amazing." Even more amazing is the movie. Click here to set the scene in motion.

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Another benefit of opposition: Jupiter is as close to Earth as it gets. The giant planet rises in the east at sunset and outshines the stars all night long. Train a backyard telescope on Jupiter to see the Great Red Spot, Jupiter's moons, moon shadows, and debris from a mystery impact spreading around Jupiter's south pole.


Usually Earthquakes happen when there is an alignment like this. Lets wait and see!

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SOLAR MINIMUM VS. GLOBAL WARMING: From 2002 to 2008, decreasing solar irradiance has countered much anthropogenic warming of Earth's surface. That's the conclusion of researchers Judith Lean (NRL) and David Rind (NASA/GISS), who have just published a new analysis of global temperatures in the Geophysical Research Letters. Lean and Rind considered four drivers of climate change: solar activity, volcanic eruptions, ENSO (El Nino), and the accumulation of greenhouse gases. The following plot shows how much each has contributed to the changing temperature of Earth's surface since 1980



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Volcanic aerosols are a source of cooling; ENSO and greenhouse gases cause heating; the solar cycle can go either way. When added together, these factors can account for 76% of the variance in Earth's surface temperature over the past ~30 years, according to the analysis of Lean and Rind.

Several aspects of their model attract attention: "The warmest year on record, 1998, coincides with the 'super-El Nino' of 1997-98," points out Lean. "The ESNO is capable of producing significant spikes in the temperature record." Solar minimum has the opposite effect: "A 0.1% decrease in the sun's irradiance has counteracted some of the warming action of greenhouse gases from 2002 - 2008," she notes. "This is the reason for the well-known 'flat' temperature trend of recent years."

What's next? Ultimately, the authors say, temperatures will begin rising again as greenhouse gases accumulate and solar activity resumes with the coming of the next solar cycle. Of course, the solar cycle could be out of whack; if solar minimum deepens and persists, no one is certain what will happen. Lean and Rind reveal their predictions for the future here.

Reference: Lean, J. L., and D. H. Rind (2009), How will Earth's surface temperature change in future decades?, Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L15708


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GEOMAGNETIC MEGA-STORM: On Sept. 2nd, a billion-ton coronal mass ejection (CME) slammed into Earth's magnetic field. Campers in the Rocky Mountains woke up in the middle of the night, thinking that the glow they saw was sunrise. No, it was the Northern Lights. People in Cuba read their morning paper by the red illumination of aurora borealis. Earth was peppered by particles so energetic, they altered the chemistry of polar ice.

Hard to believe? It really happened 150 years ago. This map shows where auroras were sighted in the early hours of Sept. 2, 1859

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GEOMAGNETIC MEGA-STORM: On Sept. 2nd, a billion-ton coronal mass ejection (CME) slammed into Earth's magnetic field. Campers in the Rocky Mountains woke up in the middle of the night, thinking that the glow they saw was sunrise. No, it was the Northern Lights. People in Cuba read their morning paper by the red illumination of aurora borealis. Earth was peppered by particles so energetic, they altered the chemistry of polar ice.

Hard to believe? It really happened 150 years ago. This map shows where auroras were sighted in the early hours of Sept. 2, 1859:


Above: Aurora sightings, Sept. 2, 1859. Image courtesy J.L. Green, NASA

As the day unfolded, the gathering storm electrified telegraph lines, shocking technicians and setting their telegraph papers on fire. The "Victorian Internet" was knocked offline. Magnetometers around the world recorded strong disturbances in the planetary magnetic field for more than a week.

The cause of all this was an extraordinary solar flare witnessed the day before by British astronomer Richard Carrington. His sighting marked the discovery of solar flares and foreshadowed a new field of study: space weather. According to the National Academy of Sciences, if a similar flare occurred today, it would cause $1 to 2 trillion in damage to society's high-tech infrastructure and require four to ten years for complete recovery.

A repeat of the Carrington Event seems unlikely from our low vantage in a deep solar minimum--but don't let the quiet fool you. Strong flares can occur even during weak solar cycles. Indeed, the Carrington flare itself occured during a relatively weak cycle similar to the one expected to peak in 2012-2013. Could it happen again? Let's hope not.




Sunspots?
Only one. Actually, its been the only one in over 40 days! @_@ It lived for nearly a week before falling apart.

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Andromeda: The cannibal galaxy

The Andromeda galaxy, which borders our own Milky Way, may have expanded through acts of "cannibalism." In a new mapping of Andromeda, researchers found evidence of stars that were the "remnants of dwarf galaxies," like Triangulum, which grazed Andromeda around 2.5 billion years ago. More at BBC News and New Scientist.

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« Reply #131 on: Sep 7th, 2009, 01:33am »

This just in:

ROCKETING PLASMA BLOB: Solar activity is low, but it's not zero. Consider the following: On Sept. 5th, Jean-Paul Godard of Paris, France, was watching some prominences gently wave over the edge of the sun when, suddenly, a plasma blob rocketed into view:

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"I've never seen a fast ejection like this before," says Godard. "I recorded the action using a 3-inch refracting telescope and a Coronado SolarMax filter."

The blob does not appear to have escaped the sun. Indeed, it might not have been a blob at all, but rather a plasma wave traveling up a magnetic flux tube--and 'breaking' when it reached the top. Whether it was a rocketing blob or breaking wave, it shows that even the quiet sun is worth watching.

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« Reply #132 on: Sep 11th, 2009, 12:09am »

New images from Hubble!
Glad that thing is working better than before!

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,548361,00.html

STUCK IN SPACE: Bad weather in Florida has forced space shuttle Discovery to remain in orbit for at least one more day. The shuttle will attempt to land at Kennedy Space Center on Friday afternoon, but if bad weather persists, Discovery could be redirected to Edwards Air Force Base in California for a beautiful nighttime landing at 8:53 pm or 10:28 pm PDT





STUCK IN SPACE: Bad weather in Florida has forced space shuttle Discovery to remain in orbit for at least one more day. The shuttle will attempt to land at Kennedy Space Center on Friday afternoon, but if bad weather persists, Discovery could be redirected to Edwards Air Force Base in California for a beautiful nighttime landing at 8:53 pm or 10:28 pm PDT. [ground tracks] [updates]

WHAT WAS THAT? Sky watchers across North America witnessed a strange event on Wednesday night. As space shuttle Discovery glided silently overhead, the orbiter sprouted a flamboyant comet-like tail. Clair Perry sends this picture from Prince Edward Island, Canada:

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The shuttle put on a major light show," says Perry.

In Madison, Wisconsin, photographer Abe Megahed witnessed a similar display: "The shuttle was sporting a massive curved plume. What could it be? Something venting? Reaction Control System thrusters? A massive, record-breaking urine dump?"

Stop laughing. Shuttle pilot Kevin Ford was indeed scheduled to carry out a number of "waste water" dumps over a several hour period around the time of these observations. Pristine water supplies and condensates were also dumped overboard in preparation for landing on Thursday




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A solar wind stream flowing from the indicated coronal hole should reach Earth on or about Sept. 13th. Credit: SOHO Extreme UV Telescope
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« Reply #133 on: Sep 16th, 2009, 10:58am »

Remember that solar wind stream?

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"I had 8 people with me for an Aurora Photography Tour in Yellowknife on Sept. 12th," writes Yuichi Takasaka from the Northwest Territories of Canada. "Northern Lights started to appear from 10pm local time and stayed well after 4am!"

At this time of year, the interplanetary magnetic field near Earth tends to point south, an orientation that weakens Earth's magnetic defenses against the solar wind. Under such conditions, the slightest gust of solar wind can fuel a lovely display. Polar sky watchers should be alert for Northern Lights in the weeks ahead.







SOLAR ACTIVITY: Today, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) is monitoring an enormous prominence on the sun's southeastern limb. Behold three hours of fiery action:
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The prominence has been growing for more than a day. As it towers higher and higher above the surface of the sun, the odds increase that it will erupt and come crashing down--a must-see. Readers, if you have a solar telescope, train your optics on the sun's southeastern limb.


FARSIDE SUNSPOT: A big sunspot appears to be growing on the far side of the sun. Yesterday, the National Solar Observatory's GONG network detected helioseismic echoes from the sunspot's gathering magnetic field. Today, NASA's STEREO-B spacecraft is beaming back images of an active region peeking over the sun's far-eastern limb--exactly where GONG data predicted it would be

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Irene Gonzalez-Hernandez, a solar physicist working on the GONG project, says "I believe this is a large active region belonging to new Solar Cycle 24. The sun's rotation should turn it toward Earth for direct viewing on Sept. 20th."

Until then, the sunspot number remains pegged at zero. Why? Because farside sunspots do not count. Back in the 19th century when the sunspot number was invented, astronomers had no way of monitoring events on the farside of the sun, so no provision was made for adding farside spots to the total. Fast forward to 2009: NASA has two spacecraft (STEREO-A and -B) maneuvering for a 360o view of the entire sun, and by the year 2011 no sunspot will escape their detection. A more modern way of counting sunspots may soon be required.


Coronal Holes:
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A solar wind stream flowing from the indicated coronal hole could reach Earth as early as Sept. 17th. Credit: SOHO Extreme UV Telescope




Other News:
Jupiter Turned Comet Into "Moon" for 12 Years

This story might explain what Jupiter was hit with 2 months ago. If Shoemaker-Levy 9 was actually a MOON that we just didn't notice then what ever hit 2 months ago was probably a moon that fell out of orbit and crashed into the planet. Kinda freaky!
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SOLAR ACTIVITY: "Finally, the sun seems to be waking up," says astrophotographer Pete Lawrence. "There is a lot going on around new sunspot 1026. The spot's dark core is surrounded by active fibrils and a swirling magnetic filament that gives the region a nice 3D appearance." He took this picture using a Solarscope SF70


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"Moreover," he adds, "a second sunspot has appeared, number 1027, and it is growing rapidly."

Two big sunspots in one day? That hasn't happened in more than a year. Two is not enough to end the deepest solar minimum in a century; nevertheless, it is a welcome interruption

According to this recent SOHO image the sunspots to the north are splitting.

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Sunspots 1026 and1027 are members of new Solar Cycle 24. Photo credit: SOHO/MDI

This is big folks, This hasn't happened in about 2 years or so. Looks like the Sun is in an upswing. So much for the global cooling idea!

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Asteroid Approaching:

Name:1998 FW4 Date:Sept. 29 Miss Distance: 8.6 LD Magnitude:14 Size:550 m

Notes: LD means "Lunar Distance." 1 LD = 384,401 km, the distance between Earth and the Moon. 1 LD also equals 0.00256 AU. MAG is the visual magnitude of the asteroid on the date of closest approach

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New Satellite to begin gravity quest
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A European spacecraft will begin its quest this week to make the most detailed global map of the Earth's gravity field



Radar map of buried Mars layers matches climate cycles

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PASADENA, Calif. -- New, three-dimensional imaging of Martian north-polar ice layers by a radar instrument on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is consistent with theoretical models of Martian climate swings during the past few million years.






What was that in the sky?
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Everyone has the same description: a bright light, shaped like a cone, that shined for a short time, and then moved upwards and vanished.

Turns out it was some NASA rocket armed with strobe lights to see how noctilucent clouds form. lol


$21 Billion Orbiting Solar Array will Beam Electricity to Earth
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(PhysOrg.com) -- The Japanese are preparing to develop a two trillion yen (approximately $21 billion USD) space solar project that will beam electricity from space in the form of microwaves or lasers to around 300,000 homes in Japan within three decades.

21 Billion? Why, that's enough to build the Dallas Cowboys 21 new football stadiums!






And Finally:

LAST SUNSET OF SUMMER: Last night in Florida, summer came to an end in a flash of green. "My wife and I drove to Clearwater Beach beach to photograph the sunset," says Don Roberts. "I had never seen a green flash before and was excited to see and shoot a real beauty as my first." He used a Canon 50D to record the moment
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The green flash is a mirage. It occurs when there is warm air immediately over the ocean waters and the air temperature changes rapidly with height. These conditions magnify the usually-subtle prismatic refraction of the low atmosphere into an exuberant explosion of emerald green.


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