AURORAS AND A FIREBALL: This week, the brightest auroras of the year have been surging around the Arctic Circle. Never one to waste a photo-op, English astrophotographer Pete Lawrence boarded a "Northern Lights flight" on Feb. 15th, and this is what he saw 37,000 ft over the Shetland Islands:
Movie! Massive sun plume. http://www.spaceweather.com/swpod2010/20feb10/Spurts_4.m4v The active region's unstable magnetic field spat more than a dozen plasma plumes into space over a two day period. The temperature of the gas in these plumes was at least 60,000 C. None of the plumes will impact Earth because the sunspot was facing away from us at the time of the eruptions. Nevertheless, it is a compelling reminder that solar activity is on the rise. Stay tuned for more plasma!
**********This crap scares me************* http://www.wnd.com/index.php?pageId=125439 Just admitted.. Hopi Indians (who claimed we all die in a fire on 2012) said there will be a sign from God in the form of a blue cross in the sky that the end is near.
NGC 2440 is one of the hottest white dwarfs known (center) surrounded by its ejected gas shell as the sun dies. Our Sun will eventually become a white dwarf in about 5 billion years. Image credit: H. Bond (STScI), R. Ciardullo (PSU), WFPC2, HST, NASA and false color processed by Forrest Hamilton.
Cassini's Feb. 13, 2010, flyby of Saturn's moon Mimas that resembles the Star Wars “death star.” Cassini was as close as 9,500 kilometers (5,900 miles) to photograph the 88-mile-wide crater on the 246-mile-wide moon's surface. The crater's walls are 3 miles high, and parts of the floor are 6 miles deep. Right: Cassini also got within 22,000 kilometers of Calypso on the way to Mimas. Calypso is only 34 x 22 x 22 kilometers in size. One hypothesis about Calypso's strangely smooth surface is that its in the trailing Lagrangian point (L5) of another moon, Tethys. Emily Lakdawalla at the Planetary Society blog writes: “The Lagrangian points in a system like Saturn's must be akin to a great garbage patch ... where material tends to collect, all floating around at pretty low relative speed. ... in the Saturn system, the “trash” is bits of dusty ice. So I imagine Calypso is as an enormous, barely packed fluffy snowball.” Image credits: NASA and JPL Cassini Mission.
ISS Gets new room. Looks like inside a Tie Fighter.
Re: *The Solar News Thread* 56kers beware..
« Reply #167 on: Feb 26th, 2010, 12:02am »
That long strip of the suns surface that has been floating there for days (which had never been seen before) broke today.. when it falls it may cause a solar tsunami. Massive CMEs have been flying off the sun for days. Due to hit us tomorrow - radios will be effected and Northern lights my be flung south quite far.
MARTIAN CONJUNCTION: When the sun sets tonight, go outside and look south. The nearly-full Moon and Mars are having a close encounter. Red Mars is five times brighter than a first-magnitude star and it looks great only 6o from the Moon: sky map.
AURORAL ROAR: Listen to this http://www.spaceweather.com/swpod2010/21feb10/Track17.wma . The sounds you just heard came from the loudspeaker of a radio receiver tuned to 2.7 MHz during a display of Northern Lights. "We call it 'auroral roar'," says Prof. Jim LaBelle of Dartmouth College. "It's a natural radio emission caused by a cyclotron resonance between auroral electrons and plasma waves in Earth's ionosphere."
And a few weeks ago, SDO was finally launched. SDO will basically X-ray the Sun and re-write text books on how stars do what they do. Interestingly enough, the launch of this probe was not so normal as well! It was launched from an Atlas V and there just so happen to be a Sun Dog above it in the sky.... (Sundogs are caused by ice crystals held into the upper atmosphere. They look like rainbows but only in a ball or a pillar) As the rocket flew through the sundog it broke the sound barrier. The result... was awesome.
NASA Project M Puts Scientists' Avatars On the Moon
NASA can put humanoids on the Moon in just 1000 days. They would be controlled by scientists on Earth using motion capture suits, giving them the feeling of being on the lunar surface. I'd pay to use one.
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« Reply #170 on: Mar 3rd, 2010, 12:58am »
SOLAR ACTIVITY: Old sunspot 1045 still has some life left in it. On March 1st, beginning at 2245 UT, magnetic fields around the much-decayed active region erupted for more than three hours. STEREO-B had an excellent view of the blast, shown here in a snapshot through the spacecraft's extreme ultraviolet telescope
The eruption hurled a billion-ton CME away from the sun (image), but not toward Earth. The blast site is located on the sun's eastern limb where it faces away from our planet. This marks the fourth time in the past two days that a CME has billowed away from the sun without heading in our direction. Earth keeps dodging the bullet.
With solar activity on the rise, it's only a matter of time before a CME hits. And then...be alert for auroras.
Sunspot count: At least 4
By the way, it is high time I addressed this. If you have noticed that the new pictures from the past month of the sun (like that sun image up there with the CME flare) all the NEW pictures look blury and out of focus. This is something new they are doing because of this:
And if this "high political strangeness" was not enough, on January 18th, NASA's latest solar mission, called "STEREO" -- two identical spacecraft, one positioned ahead of the Earth in its annual orbit of the Sun, the other lagging behind -- began streaming some amazing solar images across the Internet (below)-
Images showing strange, identically-sized spherical "objects" -- randomly moving around the constantly updated false-color STEREO images -- in both the "ahead" and "behind" spacecraft cameras.
These sudden appearances caused a flurry of excitement (and apprehension ...) across the "UFO community" on-line ... as some imprudently projected that these "ships" -- compared with the obvious diameter of the near-by Sun itself -- must be--
The size of planets!
In fact, of course -- if real -- they could be much, much smaller ... and simply LOOK "large"--
When projected beside the solar image ... but actually being somewhere much closer to the STEREO spacecraft.
After about 10 days, NASA officially responded--
" ...what you're seeing are compression artifacts, highly magnified. We have to compress the images digitally in order to keep a good rate of taking them and still be able to telemeter them back (across an increasing distance, which weakens the signal and limits how much data we can send per unit time) to earth. The images you are looking at in the video are 'space weather beacon mode' images that are telemetered down nearly continuously ....
(Dr.) Joseph B. Gurman STEREO Project Scientist"
Not unexpectedly, the dominent web reaction to NASA's belated "explanation" was wide skepticism ....
Which seems to have soon prompted another NASA strategy--
The sudden appearance of STEREO images filled with (obvious!) "electronic artifacts" (below) ...,
NASA has been "mudding up" their own images of the sun for what ever reason. Around the time the weird Norway spiral appeared and those odd spheres were seen around the sun. Why this is and what those are are totally unknown. I just waned you guys to know the reason for the muddy pictures of the sun these days.
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NASA is still "mudding up" the images but these suckers are so large they still showed up on both STEREO satellites.
Yah, I know how this sounds but what the heck is out there? Obviously something is going on for NASA to blur out the sun images and these things still show up. Any ideas?
PS. If anyone has a radio and is up at 10pacific -1am eastern time, try to find Coast to Coast AM TONIGHT on the radio. Find your local radio station HERE and what station carries it. I say this because Richard C. Hoagland is going to be on the show tonight and will address this odd thing with NASA. Now he isn't a UFO nut, he is a different kind of nut but not UFOs.lol I think he thinks these odd things out there are actually ours and NASA is trying to cover it up. Might be worth a listen if your up.
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« Reply #173 on: Mar 14th, 2010, 4:45pm »
COMET TOAST: The solar system has one less comet. On March 12th, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) watched as a comet plunged into the sun and disappeared. Fierce solar heating completely destroyed the icy visitor from the outer solar system. Click on the image to see the comet's last hours:
The comet was probably a member of the Kreutz sungrazer family. Named after a 19th century German astronomer who studied them in detail,Dirk Peeters.Kreutz sungrazers are fragments from the breakup of a giant comet at least 2000 years ago. Several of these fragments pass by the sun and disintegrate every day. Most are too small to see but occasionally a big fragment--like this one--attracts attention
UPDATE: Several readers have noticed that the doomed comet was actually a string of doomed comets, plural. Click here for a Youtube video posted by Kurt McNamara,
CHILEAN QUAKE SHIFTS EARTH'S AXIS: Widespread press reports have noted that February's Chilean earthquake might have shortened Earth's day by a small amount. Today's story from Science@NASA explores a more significant effect---how the quake might have shifted Earth's axis. http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2010/11mar_figureaxis.htm
ANOTHER SURPRISE FROM THE SUN: A massive "current of fire" on the sun has started running at high speed, surprising researchers and challenging some models of the solar cycle. Get the full story from Science@NASA.
INCOMING: This morning, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory recorded a halo CME emerging from the vicinity of sunspot 1054: movie. The cloud appears to be heading toward Earth and it could spark geomagnetic storms when it arrives on or about March 17th. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras.
NASA: Brown Dwarf star may EXIST half a light year away from us. Pulling in Comets into our Sun. (Big story, folks...) Quote:
AN invisible star may be circling the Sun and causing deadly comets to bombard the Earth, scientists said yesterday.
The brown dwarf - up to five times the size of Jupiter - could be to blame for mass extinctions that occur here every 26 million years.
The star - nicknamed Nemesis by Nasa scientists - would be invisible as it only emits infrared light and is incredibly distant.
Nemesis is believed to orbit our solar system at 25,000 times the distance of the Earth to the Sun.
As it spins through the galaxy, its gravitational pull drags icy bodies out of the Oort Cloud - a vast sphere of rock and dust twice as far away as Nemesis.
These "snowballs" are thrown towards Earth as comets, causing devastation similar to the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.
Now Nasa boffins believe they will be able to find Nemesis using a new heat-seeking telescope that began scanning the skies in January.
The Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer - expected to find a thousand brown dwarfs within 25 light years of the Sun - has already sent back a photo of a comet possibly dislodged from the Oort Cloud.
Scientists' first clue to the existence of Nemesis was the bizarre orbit of a dwarf planet called Sedna.
Boffins believe its unusual, 12,000-year-long oval orbit could be explained by a massive celestial body.
Mike Brown, who discovered Sedna in 2003, said: "Sedna is a very odd object - it shouldn't be there.
"The only way to get on an eccentric orbit is to have some giant body kick you - so what is out there?"
Professor John Matese, of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, said most comets come from the same part of the Oort Cloud.
He added: "There is statistically significant evidence that this concentration of comets could be caused by a companion to the Sun."
Looks like those Nibiru nuts might have been onto something. Only logical though. over 90% of stars in the Milky Way/Sagittarius dwarf galaxies are double star systems. Logical to assume that our solar system is no different. I would be willing to bet -off the record- that WISE, the new space telescope has been the one to discover this.
And now, allow me to be political for a moment. As many of you know, Obama has pulled the plug on NASA (or so it seems) He seems to have decided this just after that weird Norway spiral (which set into motion lots of odd space news) Under the new budget, no manned trips to the moon or Mars. During this time of announcements INDIA announced that they found millions of TONS of frozen water on the north pole of the moon. As a further slap in the face, India did it with a ship that WE SOLD THEM. We had a 50-/50 shot at finding lots of frozen water last year what that mission where we flung the ship into the south pole... India found the goods! I can't begin to tell you the importance of finding water on the moon in that volume. This water can be used to keep astronauts alive if stationed there, use it for rocket fuel and a whole host of other reasons. It frees up lots of cash for future missions to space (because we can make fuel and water on the moon rather than fight gravity and haul it off planet) In doing this, world economies can get stinking rich by going out there and MINING resources from the Moon (helium -3, a mineral that doesn't exist on Earth and a single truck load of it could be ran in nuclear power plants and power ALL of the US for a year... just a truck load..) and other heavy metal minerals... and GOLD.. thare be lots of gold out there, folks. So in that, the Obama administration is basically saying "we are too hard up for cash and we arn't going out there but wow! Look at India, they could get rich out there with those findings... wow... sucks it isn't us..) You really think that anyone is going to sit by and let others beat us to riches? No! The current NASA budget is only half complete! Obama seems to want the republicans to finish the other half. Not only looking by-partisan by doing this but he really seems to want to take his name OFF of anything NASA related. He said during campaigns he wanted a space program that JFK would be proud of... then pulls the plug on NASA.. JFK would roll over in his grave at this (I know Obama also promised many many other things and then did the exact opposite of... and this may fall right into the category of no new taxes for middle class while raising taxes for middle class and "I'll get rid of the patriot act" and then making it even stronger.. but hey, there actually is something to this one) One reason for this is jobs! NASA is set to retire the shuttle in the next few years... leaving the US with no way into space. This will make something like 300k people JOBLESS that work on the shuttle and the solid rocket boosters! That is just madness.... one solution? RE MAKE THE SHUTTLE WITH EXISTING TECH. The Aries rockets were scrapped.. (too heavy to get off the ground) and the Orion modules were also scrapped. The easy button for the US to get into space? Here ya go.. Ditch the shuttle, it makes no sense to slap a ship ON THE SIDE of solid rockets. Apollo got it right. Stick the damn orbiters on THE TOP of the rockets. That way if something goes wrong under it, the module can separate and the astronauts would be safe! The shuttle could be dismantled and the parts could be RE MADE into new orbiters! Keeping 300k+ people working at NASA (dollar for dollar, NASA helps the economy more than most people realize. Like your microwave ovens? Developed during the NASA days, as with solar energy,wind energy turbines,food preservation techniques, WIRELESS CELL PHONES, internet communications, High Def cameras and photos, bio research which lead to many new treatments from heart disease, diabetes, and sickle cell anemia and many others, LIFE RAFTS, air purifiers, And I'll run out of characters if I keep going, Get the picture? A dollar for NASA in the budget gets multiplied over 50+ times on the RETURN! Tell me another agency run by the government that gives us that big of a return? Srsly! There isn't! Cutting NASA is like cutting off your legs. But I have gotten side tracked. THERE IS PLANS THAT WORK that can be done to save NASA!
Virgin Galactic announced today that VSS Enterprise has completed her inaugural captive carry flight from Mojave Air and Spaceport.
This very first captive carry was a huge success and both the mothership and spaceship looked absolutely stunning against the blue back drop of the Mojave skies.
Commenting on the historic flight, Burt Rutan said: “This is a momentous day for the Scaled and Virgin Teams. The captive carry flight signifies the start of what we believe will be extremely exciting and successful spaceship flight test program.”
Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Galactic added: “Seeing the finished spaceship in December was a major day for us but watching VSS Enterprise fly for the first time really brings home what beautiful, ground-breaking vehicles Burt and his team have developed for us. It comes as no surprise that the flight went so well; the Scaled team is uniquely qualified to bring this important and incredible dream to reality. Today was another major step along that road and a testament to US engineering and innovation.”
The VSS Enterprise test flight programme will continue though 2010 and 2011, progressing from captive carry to independent glide and then powered flight, prior to the start of commercial operations.
EMERGING SUNSPOT 1057: New sunspot 1057 is big and beautiful, and it has already unleashed a coronal mass ejection (CME, movie). The cloud is not heading toward Earth but future CMEs could be as the sunspot turns to face our planet this week. Readers with solar telescopes are encouraged to monitor developments.
MOON AND MARS: Looking for Mars? Tonight the Red Planet is easy to find. It's that orange-colored "star" right beside the Moon. Look south after sunset: sky map.
Re: *The Solar News Thread* 56kers beware..
« Reply #176 on: Mar 26th, 2010, 12:47am »
SUNSPOT 1057: New sunspot 1057 has almost doubled in area since it first appeared yesterday. With a pair of dark cores each larger than planet Earth, the growing active region is an easy target for amateur solar telescopes:
Rogerio Marcon took the picture on March 24th from his backyard observatory in Campinas, Brazil. The swirling magnetic fields evident in the image harbor energy for C-class eruptions. The active region has already hurled one coronal mass ejection (CME, movie) into space and more could be in the offing. Stay tuned
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« Reply #178 on: Apr 13th, 2010, 1:38pm »
Today for the first time in TN history... we have an Ozone warning. "Do not be out doors for longer than 2 hours"
Why? I'm guessing this has something to do with it... OMG! HUGE PROMINENCE: One of the biggest prominences in years erupted from the sun's northwestern limb today. The massive plasma-filled structure rose up and burst during a ~2 hour period around 0900 UT. Mark Townley sends this freeze-frame from his backyard observatory in Brierley Hill, West Midlands, UK
The eruption hurled a bright coronal mass ejection (CME) into space: SOHO movie. The cloud is not heading toward Earth, at least not directly. A glancing blow from the outskirts of the CME is possible two to three days from now, but any impact is likely to be mild. The eruption was more photogenic than geoeffective.
NORTHERN LIGHTS IN THE USA: On Saturday, April 11th, a coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth's magnetic field. The impact caused a G2-class geomagnetic storm and, for the first time this year, ignited auroras over the continental United States. "The lights were bright enough to produce a reflection from the surface of Lake Superior," says photographer Shawn Malone, who recorded the scene from a beach in Marquette, Michigan:
Northern Lights were also spotted in Maine, Vermont, Wisonsin and Minnesota. Mostly the lights were dim and required a photographic exposure of some tens of seconds for full effect. Nevertheless, they were there.
"Lower 48" sightings of auroras are a sign: The deep solar minimum of 2008-2009 has come to an end and a new solar cycle is gaining strength. If forecasters are correct, Solar Max is just two to three years away.
Seems they think there is gonna be an earthquake there......hmmmmmm
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