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« Reply #255 on: Dec 20th, 2010, 11:55pm »

One from last week first... last activity by the Sun.

UPWARD BLAST: Magnetic filaments have been erupting on the sun with uncommon frequency these past two weeks. The latest event occurred On Dec. 16th around 0800 UT when a filament lifted off the stellar surface and propelled a coronal mass ejection into space. Coronagraphs onboard the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) recorded the expanding cloud:

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Earth was not in the line of fire; no planets were. The cloud is heading up and away from the plane of the solar system where it will dissipate with little effect a week or two hence

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RARE LUNAR ECLIPSE: The lunar eclipse of Dec. 21st falls on the same date as the northern winter solstice. Is this rare? It is indeed, according to Geoff Chester of the US Naval Observatory, who inspected a list of eclipses going back 2000 years. "Since Year 1, I can only find one previous instance of an eclipse matching the same calendar date as the solstice, and that is Dec. 21, 1638," says Chester. "Fortunately we won't have to wait 372 years for the next one...that will be on Dec. 21, 2094."


WHEN TO LOOK: The total eclipse lasts more than an hour from 02:41 am to 03:53 am EST on Tuesday morning, Dec. 21st. Any time within that interval is a good time to look. For other time zones, consult Shadow & Substance's animated eclipse-
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DRAGON STORM: Saturn's great "Dragon Storm" has returned. The ferocious thunderstorm observed for years by NASA's Cassini spacecraft has recently been hiding under high clouds, but now it is showing itself again. Using an 11-inch Celestron telescope, Christopher Go of the Philippines photographed the white tempest on Dec. 13th:

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"The storm was so bright, I was even able to see it visually [through the eyepiece]," says Go. In years past, the storm was located in Saturn's southern hemisphere, "but images taken by me and other amateur astronomers show that it is now in the northern hemisphere." The shift is consistent with findings that the Dragon Storm is a long-lived disturbance deep within the gas giant's atmosphere that moves around and periodically flares-up to produce large, visible storm regions.



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I'm sure most of you have heard about the Navy making a working Rail Gun by now.. if not, science fiction technology just became a lot more realistic. Check these videos out for more -










Now why would I post this in the solar news? Well.. Naturally - NASA has applications for this technology.


NASA wants to send scramjet spacecraft into space using a railgun
http://gizmodo.com/5714938/nasa-engineers-propose-combining-a-rail-gun-and-a-scramjet-to-fire-spacecraft-into-orbit

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NASA has been working on creating a new, cheaper method to launch spacecrafts. Their latest proposal involves train tracks, a rail gun and a scramjet. Here's what they're trying to do:

In April, President Obama urged NASA to come up with, among other things, a less expensive method than conventional rocketry for launching spacecraft. By September, the agency's engineers floated a plan that would save millions of dollars in propellant, improve astronaut safety, and allow for more frequent flights. All it will take is two miles of train track, an airplane that can fly at 10 times the speed of sound, and a jolt of electricity big enough to light a small town.

The system calls for a two-mile- long rail gun that will launch a scramjet, which will then fly to 200,000 feet. The scramjet will then fire a payload into orbit and return to Earth. The process is more complex than a rocket launch, but engineers say it's also more flexible. With it, NASA could orbit a 10,000-pound satellite one day and send a manned ship toward the moon the next, on a fraction of the propellant used by today's rockets.

It may sound too awesome to ever be a reality. But unlike other rocket-less plans for space entry, each relevant technology is advanced enough that tests could take place in 10 years, says Stan Starr, a physicist at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. NASA's scramjets have hit Mach 10 for 12 seconds; last spring, Boeing's X-51 scramjet did Mach 5 for a record 200 seconds. Rail guns are coming along too. The Navy is testing an electromagnetic launch system to replace the hydraulics that catapult fighter jets from aircraft carriers. "We have all the ingredients," says Paul Bartolotta, a NASA aerospace engineer working on the project. "Now we just have to figure out how to bake the cake."
How To Fly Into Orbit:

Rev Up The Rail Gun
A 240,000-horsepower linear motor converts 180 megawatts into an electromagnetic force that propels a scramjet carrying a spacecraft down a two-mile-long track. The craft accelerates from 0 to 1,100 mph (Mach 1.5) in under 60 seconds- fast, but at less than 3 Gs, safe for manned flight.

Fire The Scramjet
The pilot fires a high-speed turbojet and launches from the track. Once the craft hits Mach 4, the air flowing through the jet intake is fast enough that it compresses, heats to 3,000ºF, and ignites hydrogen in the combustion chamber, producing tens of thousands of pounds of thrust.

Get Into Orbit
At an altitude of 200,000 feet, there isn't enough air for the scramjet, now traveling at Mach 10, to generate thrust. Here spaceflight begins. The two craft separate, and the scramjet pitches downward to get out of the way as the upper spacecraft fires tail rockets that shoot it into orbit.

Stick The Landing
The scramjet slows and uses its turbojets to fly back to Earth for a runway landing. Once the spacecraft delivers its payload into orbit, it reenters the atmosphere and glides back to the launch site. The two craft can be ready for another mission within 24 hours of landing.


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« Reply #256 on: Dec 20th, 2010, 11:55pm »

In a rarity, both lunar eclipse and winter solstice to occur Tonight!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/20/AR2010122006447.html

Lunar Eclipse Tonight + Winter Solstice—First in 372 Years


http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/12/101220-lunar-eclipse-tonight-winter-solstice-2010-total-december-science/

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« Reply #257 on: Dec 21st, 2010, 10:41am »

There's a mini ice age coming, says man who beats weather experts
December 21, 2010 - 4:41PM

http://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/theres-a-mini-ice-age-coming-says-man-who-beats-weather-experts-20101221-1945a.html

Piers Corbyn not only predicted the current weather, but he believes things are going to get much worse, says Boris Johnson, London's mayor

The man who repeatedly beats the Met Office at its own game

Well, folks, it's tea-time on Sunday and for anyone involved in keeping people moving it has been a hell of a weekend. Thousands have had their journeys wrecked, tens of thousands have been delayed getting away for Christmas; and for those Londoners who feel aggrieved by the performance of any part of our transport services, I can only say that we are doing our level best.

Almost the entire Tube system was running on Sunday and we would have done even better if it had not been for a suicide on the Northern Line, and the temporary stoppage that these tragedies entail. Of London's 700 bus services, only 50 were on diversion, mainly in the hillier areas. On Saturday, we managed to keep the West End plentifully supplied with customers, and retailers reported excellent takings on what is one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
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We have kept the Transport for London road network open throughout all this. We have about 90,000 tons of grit in stock, and the gritters were out all night to deal with this morning's rush. And yet we have to face the reality of the position across the country.

It is no use my saying that London Underground and bus networks are performing relatively well - touch wood - when Heathrow, our major international airport, is still effectively closed two days after the last heavy snowfall; when substantial parts of our national rail network are still struggling; when there are abandoned cars to be seen on hard shoulders all over the country; and when yet more snow is expected today, especially in the north.

In a few brief hours, we are told, the snowy superfortresses will be above us again, bomb bays bulging with blizzard. It may be that in the next hours and days we have to step up our de-icing, our gritting and our shovelling. So let me seize this brief gap in the aerial bombardment to pose a question that is bugging me. Why did the Met Office forecast a "mild winter"?

Do you remember? They said it would be mild and damp, and between one degree and one and a half degrees warmer than average. Well, I am now 46 and that means I have seen more winters than most people on this planet, and I can tell you that this one is a corker.

Never mind the record low attained in Northern Ireland this weekend. I can't remember a time when so much snow has lain so thickly on the ground, and we haven't even reached Christmas. And this is the third tough winter in a row. Is it really true that no one saw this coming?

Actually, they did. Allow me to introduce readers to Piers Corbyn, meteorologist and brother of my old chum, bearded leftie MP Jeremy. Piers Corbyn works in an undistinguished office in Borough High Street. He has no telescope or supercomputer. Armed only with a laptop, huge quantities of publicly available data and a first-class degree in astrophysics, he gets it right again and again.

Back in November, when the Met Office was still doing its "mild winter" schtick, Corbyn said it would be the coldest for 100 years. Indeed, it was back in May that he first predicted a snowy December, and he put his own money on a white Christmas about a month before the Met Office made any such forecast. He said that the Met Office would be wrong about last year's mythical "barbecue summer", and he was vindicated. He was closer to the truth about last winter, too.

He seems to get it right about 85 per cent of the time and serious business people - notably in farming - are starting to invest in his forecasts. In the eyes of many punters, he puts the taxpayer-funded Met Office to shame. How on earth does he do it? He studies the Sun.

He looks at the flow of particles from the Sun, and how they interact with the upper atmosphere, especially air currents such as the jet stream, and he looks at how the Moon and other factors influence those streaming particles.

He takes a snapshot of what the Sun is doing at any given moment, and then he looks back at the record to see when it last did something similar. Then he checks what the weather was like on Earth at the time - and he makes a prophecy.

I have not a clue whether his methods are sound or not. But when so many of his forecasts seem to come true, and when he seems to be so consistently ahead of the Met Office, I feel I want to know more. Piers Corbyn believes that the last three winters could be the harbinger of a mini ice age that could be upon us by 2035, and that it could start to be colder than at any time in the last 200 years. He goes on to speculate that a genuine ice age might then settle in, since an ice age is now cyclically overdue.

Is he barmy? Of course he may be just a fluke-artist. It may be just luck that he has apparently predicted recent weather patterns more accurately than government-sponsored scientists. Nothing he says, to my mind, disproves the view of the overwhelming majority of scientists, that our species is putting so much extra CO? into the atmosphere that we must expect global warming.

The question is whether anthropogenic global warming is the exclusive or dominant fact that determines our climate, or whether Corbyn is also right to insist on the role of the Sun. Is it possible that everything we do is dwarfed by the moods of the star that gives life to the world? The Sun is incomparably vaster and more powerful than any work of man. We are forged from a few clods of solar dust. The Sun powers every plant and form of life, and one day the Sun will turn into a red giant and engulf us all. Then it will burn out. Then it will get very nippy indeed.
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« Reply #258 on: Dec 26th, 2010, 3:03pm »

The Strangest Telescope On Earth!?

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It’s called ICE CUBE and it’s at the bottom of the World. Actually it’s IN the bottom of the World, and without doubt it’s the strangest telescope on Earth.

Ice Cube is HUGE. The detectors are frozen for centuries in the polar ice cap.

Ice Cube is a neutrino observatory. It’s made up of hundreds of detectors embedded in the ice 1 km beneath the South Pole. My name is on one of those detectors, and it something I am very proud of!

The NSF announced this week that the final detectors have been installed and Ice Cube is officially complete. I visited last January as they were well underway.

Neutrinos are the smallest thing you cannot imagine. They are the tiniest wisp of nothing we humans can contemplate. They are so small that billions are passing through your eyeball right now.

Not to worry, they will likely hit nothing. Most neutrinos pass through the entire Earth and hit nothing. They could pass through a light year thick slab of Lead and still most would not hit anything!

Do you begin to understand what I mean when I say small?

Hoses carrying super hot water are used to melt the ice and make deep holes to hold the detectors.

Neutrinos have no charge like electrons and protons, and they do not interact with matter. The only time we can observe one is when one just happens to crash into the nucleus of an atom.

When that happens in ice, a particle called a muon is ejected at nearly the speed of light. The speed of light is slower in ice than in a vacuum, and if a particle is going faster than the light speed in ice, it produces a flash of blue light called Cherenkov radiation. (Yes, nothing can go faster than the speed of light in a vacuum, but particles can go faster than the speed of light in ice!)

The DOM (Digital Optical Module) I signed. It's now frozen in the ice and a part of Ice Cube.

By tracking the direction of the flashes of Cherenkov light researchers can calculate backwards where the neutrino came from. They can also measure the intensity.

So where are you going to find a 1km thick cube of clear pristine ice with the facilities to house scientists and do research? The answer is easy, Amundsen Scott Station at the South Pole.

This is the hole that holds the detector I signed.

Using very hot water, produced from melted ice, the ice cube folks have drilled a bunch of deep holes in the ice. Then they lowered a string with special detectors on them into the ice. The detectors freeze into the ice and can detect flashes of light when a neutrino hits an atom. There are 80 holes with a string of 60 detectors called DOMS in each hole.

That’s around 4800 detectors! When I was at the Pole, I got to sign one. That detector with my name on it is now in the ice and part of Ice Cube.

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Oh the things that make a science geek smile!

Why are neutrinos so important? To answer that properly requires an expert to write a good book. Fortunately someone did and the book is a really interesting read.

Frank Close of Oxford wrote NEUTRINO. You might think a book about a particle would be boring. It’s not! Frank Close tells an intriguing story of how science finally spotted one!

Neutrinos are made in stars, and they were made in the big bang when the universe was a fraction of a second old. They are kind of like an astronomical X-ray. They allow astronomers to see into stars and through the gas and dust of the universe.


http://blogs.agu.org/wildwildscience/2010/12/22/the-strangest-telescope-on-earth-is-complete/
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Sunspots 1140 and 1146 are mostly quiet. Solar activity remains low. Credit: SDO/HMI

X-RAY ECLIPSE: Japan's Hinode spacecraft has beamed back a unique view of the Jan. 4th partial solar eclipse. While the people of Earth marveled at crescent sunrises and sickle-shaped sunbeams, Hinode's x-ray telescope captured a glorious ring of fire:

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From Hinode's point of view in Earth orbit, the Moon transited the sun almost dead center. The Moon was not, however, wide enough to cover the entire solar disk. Astronomers call this an "annular solar eclipse." Hinode's record of the event has little direct research value, but it does help calibrate Hinode's x-ray telescope and detectors. The apparent sharpness of the Moon's circular edge and the blackness of the lunar disk reveal much about the performance of the system. And, of course, it looks fantastic.

Gallery:
http://www.spaceweather.com/eclipses/gallery_04jan11_page3.htm?PHPSESSID=u608rkm8bjut0omu6s4g23fuo6


WEEKEND AURORAS: "For the third day in a row, the aurora forecast has been correct and just looking out the window is a true pleasure!" reports Fredrik Broms of Kvaløya, Norway. This is what he saw on Jan. 8th:

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TRIPLE PUNCH HOLE CLOUDS: "I've lived by the sea for many years, but never seen anything like this," reports Wesley Tyler of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. "On Friday, Jan. 7th, there were three punch hole clouds in the same place." He grabbed his camera and recorded the phenomenon:

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Recently meteorologists have penetrated the mystery: punch holes form when airplanes fly through thin layers of high altitude clouds. If water droplets in the cloud are supercooled (below freezing but still liquid), they can suddenly turn to snow when shocked by the passage of the plane. This mini-snowstorm occurs over a circular area much wider than the airplane itself.

AURORA WATCH : As expected, a solar wind stream hit Earth's magnetic field during the early hours of Jan. 7th. The impact sparked a G1-class (Kp=5) geomagnetic storm and bright auroras around the Arctic Circle. "It was just amazing," says Kjetil Skogli, who sends this picture from Tromsø, Norway:

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EXPLODING COMET FRAGMENTS: According to counts from around the world, the Quadrantid meteor shower peaked during the early hours of Jan. 4th with nearly 100 shooting stars per hour. The source of the Quadrantids is shattered comet 2003 EH1. During the peak, Mike Hankey watched a fragment explode just above his home in Freeland, Maryland:

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"Here's a video of a Quadrantid fireball and the smoke trail it left behind," says Hankey. "It took 10 minutes for the trail to dissipate." The fireball itself produced a magnitude -9 flash, about ten times brighter than Venus.

Observers say most Quadrantids were faint, but the shower was spiced by occasional fireballs such as the one Hankey recorded.

http://www.spaceweather.com/meteors/gallery_04jan11.htm?PHPSESSID=0vpcs60c2lpt3e26o7fkt8rfc2


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All three visible sunspot groups are quiet, producing only low-level B-class flares. Credit: SDO/HMI


CORONAL HOLE: NASA's STEREO-B spacecraft is monitoring a vast hole in the sun's atmosphere--a "coronal hole." It's the dark region denoted by arrows in this extreme ultraviolet image taken during the early hours of Dec. 30th:

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Coronal holes are places in the sun's atmosphere where the solar magnetic field opens up and allows solar wind to escape. A stream of solar wind flowing from this coronal hole should reach Earth on Jan. 2nd or 3rd--the first solar wind stream of the New Year

GIANT STORM ON SATURN: Got a telescope for Christmas? Point it at Saturn. A giant storm even brighter than Saturn's rings is raging through the planet's cloudtops. "I've never seen anything like this," says veteran planetary photographer Anthony Wesley. "It's possible that this is the biggest storm on Saturn in many decades." Here it is recorded by Wesley's 16-inch telescope on Dec. 22nd:

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Instruments on NASA's Cassini spacecraft are picking up strong bursts of radio static. Apparently, lightning is being generated in multiple cells across the storm front. Cassini's cameras are also beaming back fantastic images of the tempest.

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*more on this later*****



Various news stories:


THUNDERSTORMS MAKE ANTIMATTER: A NASA spacecraft designed to measure high-energy events in the deep cosmos has found them instead right here on Earth. Ordinary thunderstorms, it turns out, produce potent bursts of antimatter hundreds of times a day.
http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2010/11jan_antimatter/

http://gizmodo.com/5724797/the-sun-eclipsed-by-earth-and-the-international-space-station

http://gizmodo.com/5723473/how-this-guy-discovered-four-new-planets-without-a-telescope

http://www.space.com/9673-top-7-space-stories-2010.html

http://www.space.com/10569-lost-space-8-biggest-space-misfires-2010.html

http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/news/newsreleases/newsrelease20101221/

http://news.discovery.com/space/pluto-ocean-radioactive-decay-101221.html

http://www.livescience.com/environment/nasa-balloon-measures-cosmic-rays-cream-101223.html

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/12/photogalleries/101221-mars-pits-pictures-photos-science-nasa-space-caves/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12051167

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/12/photogalleries/101228-sun-end-year-analemmas-solstice-eclipse-pictures/

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2011/01/04/insanely-awesome-solar-eclipse-picture/

http://www2.tbo.com/content/2011/jan/05/060831/shift-of-earths-magnetic-north-pole-impacts-tampa-/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1344980/Moon-liquid-core-just-like-Earth-reveal-sensors-left-lunar-surface-astronauts-40-YEARS-ago.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/8246888/Astronomers-shed-light-on-the-dark-ages-of-the-Universe.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12136190

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/01/solar-eclipse-from-space/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12158718

http://gizmodo.com/5724797/the-sun-eclipsed-by-earth-and-the-international-space-station

http://gizmodo.com/5727485/which-photo-was-shot-by-nasa-and-which-one-is-amateur

http://gizmodo.com/5727605/the-awesomerest-view-of-a-solar-eclipse-ive-ever-seen

http://gizmodo.com/5728200/we-have-to-wait-200-more-years-for-interstellar-travel

http://gizmodo.com/5730245/looks-like-nasa-has-discovered-the-galaxy-where-the-evil-aliens-are-hiding


More on these in the next post:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/post.cfm?id=why-is-the-north-magnetic-pole-raci-2010-12-24

http://www2.tbo.com/content/2011/jan/05/060831/shift-of-earths-magnetic-north-pole-impacts-tampa-/
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FARSIDE ERUPTION: An active region on the far side of the sun erupted this morning, hurling a bright CME into space. The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) saw the cloud emerging over the sun's eastern limb:
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NASA's STEREO-B spacecraft happens to be stationed almost directly over the blast site. The spacecraft's extreme UV telescope caught the explosion from the beginning; this movie shows the eruption and the shadowy shock wave it propelled through the sun's atmosphere.

The source of this activity, probably a big sunspot, is on the farside of the sun now, but won't remain there. The sun's rotation is turning it toward Earth. Geoeffective solar activity could commence within days.

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Today's eruption was almost as dramatic as yesterday's, and suggests that more eruptions are in the offing.

These explosions are occuring almost directly beneath NASA's STEREO-B spacecraft. An onboard telescope has recorded bright flashes of extreme UV radiation and shadowy shock waves emanating from the blast site (Jan. 13th movie). The telescope has also pinpointed the source: It is located just over the sun's eastern limb. Solar rotation is turning the region toward Earth, so geoeffective solar activity could commence within days

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NORTHERN LIGHTS: Last night in Tromsø, Norway, the solar wind combined with moonlight and snow to produce a scene that had onlookers asking themselves, can it get any better than this? One of those onlookers was Thilo Bubek, and he took this picture:

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"The whole evening was a perfect show with strong auroras in many colours," says Bubek. "We were able to capture some fantastic images."

But can it get any better? Maybe later today: A solar wind stream is due to hit Earth's magnetic field on Jan. 14-15, possibly sparking even stronger displays. NOAA forecasters estimate a 30% chance of high-latitude geomagnetic activity when the solar wind stream arrives.



Note* the following story is a work in progress. New data is sill coming in about it. I will give you the links and we can talk about it once all the facts are in.
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http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/post.cfm?id=why-is-the-north-magnetic-pole-raci-2010-12-24

http://www2.tbo.com/content/2011/jan/05/060831/shift-of-earths-magnetic-north-pole-impacts-tampa-/

And:

Dead birds:
http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/health/2011/01/04/fireworks-killed-ark-blackbirds/

there has since been millions all over the world.... what does it mean?


http://www.naturalnews.com/030996_bird_deaths_pole_shift.html


......... need more facts..
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« Reply #261 on: Jan 22nd, 2011, 03:35am »

Listen, first I will do the recent news of the Sun and goings on out there.... but then there is a large story I have written at the bottom. If your one of those casual "Oh look at that pretty picture this guy posted.. I think I'll read this bit and not look at the rest of the wall of text" kind of reader... don't be on this post. Read the last story.. TL;DR? No, read it. srsly....

PLASMA RAIN: A sheet of plasma more than 350,000 km wide is rising and falling along the sun's southwestern limb today. It's so big, it makes an easy target for backyard observatories. Amateur astronomer Michael Buxton sends this time lapse movie from Ocean Beach, California:
http://www.spaceweather.com/swpod2011/19jan11/plasmarain.m4v

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"I made the movie at 1 minute intervals from 1753-1934 UT on Jan. 18th," he explains. "It was a real jaw dropper. Even in my small telescope (a 4-inch Takahashi refractor with a H-alpha solar filter) you could clearly see blobs of plasma falling to the stellar surface."


http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/assets/img/latest/latest_2048_0304.jpg


RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY: The rainstorm is over. A prominence that was raining plasma onto the sun's southwestern limb yesterday erupted during the early hours of Jan. 20th. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the action:
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The prominence hurled part of itself into space, but the resulted plasma cloud was not directed toward Earth. This eruption was merely photogenic, not geoeffective. Now attention turns to the sun's northwestern limb where another eruption is in progress.
http://www.spaceweather.com/images2011/20jan11/nw.jpg

SUNSPOT ACTIVITY: A rash of small spots is rapidly emerging near the main core of sunspot group 1147, and this could herald an increase in solar activity. Click on the image, below, to launch a 9 MB movie from Solar Dynamics Observatory:

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http://www.spaceweather.com/images2011/21jan11/hmi_2day.mpg

The reason this rash is interesting has to do with its magnetic characteristics. It is an evolving jumble of magnetic polarities, with positive (+) pressing against negative (-) in many places. These are favorable condition for magnetic reconnection and solar flares. researchers with solar telescopes are encouraged to monitor the region for further developments.


BIG AND SPOOKY: The largest rocket ever launched from the west coast of the USA blasted off from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base on Jan. 20th at 1:10 pm PST. "The 23 story-high Delta IV Heavy rocket used three boosters, which produced more than two millions pounds of thrust to carry its payload into orbit," says photographer Anthony Galvan III, who recorded the launch on Figueroa Mountain some 40 miles from the Air Force base

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The massive rocket's "spooky" payload was a top-secret spy satellite belonging to the US National Reconaissance Office. Any doubts about the covert nature of the mission were dispelled 10 minutes after liftoff when the rocket's live feed went deliberately black. Only a twisting contrail in the blue Pacific sky reminded onlookers that, yes, it really happened.

More:
http://www.spaceweather.com/submissions/large_image_popup.php?image_name=john-boyd-launch1_1295559631.jpg

http://www.spaceweather.com/submissions/large_image_popup.php?image_name=Alfredo-Garcia-launch-1-SWC-submission_1295626157.jpg

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-vandenberg-rocket-20110120,0,2699692.story


Other stories:

http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Forget_Planet_X_New_Technique_Could_Pinpoint_Galaxy_X_999.html

US tax dollars hard at work in NASA
http://www.aolnews.com/2011/01/14/sex-in-space-the-final-frontier/
(that was a horrible pun.. my apologies)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1346222/The-sun-rarely--millions-ice-crystals-called-diamond-dust.html

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2011/01/11/itty-bitty-galaxy-home-to-gargantuan-supermassive-black-hole/





SOLAR SAIL STUNNER: When NASA's prototype solar sail, NanoSail-D, got stuck onboard its FASTSAT mothership in Dec. 2010, most observers figured the mission was lost. Not so fast. On Jan. 17th, NanoSail-D spontaneously ejected itself into Earth orbit, and the sail could be deployed as early as Jan. 20th. NASA is asking amateur radio operators to listen for NanoSail-D's beacon signal at 437.270 MHz to verify that NanoSail-D is operating.


SOLAR SAIL UPDATE: Evidence is mounting that NASA's NanoSail-D spacecraft has successfully unfurled its solar sail in Earth orbit. Radio beacon data picked up on Jan. 20th and 21st by amateur radio operators in Canada and the USA are consistent with an open sail. NASA mission controllers plan to confirm the deployment with additional data in the hours ahead. Radio operators can help by listening for NanoSail-D's beacon signal at 437.270 MHz, which contains information about the status of the spacecraft.

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Alright, now for the bit about you needing a tin foil hat. Here it is. There are several separate stories and they may or may not be related. I have no way to tell if it is or isn't but what I can do is bring it up to you and attempt to connect the dots. Whether you think they are related is up to you, all I can do is tell you about it. So, this might actually be pretty neat! Something no one in history has ever seen and recorded before. First, I think this is a totally natural cycle and the Earth goes through it every X thousand years. Well, lets get down to it... enough beating around the bush.

The Earth's magnetic field is changing. Yes, it has done this in the past, we have evidence to support it. (Forgive my lack of sources on some of this. I know it to be true but I can't find a link. I'll keep looking though) Some thousands of years ago, Alaska somehow either actually was facing south OR The magnetic north pole was located around or below it. They know this because volcano erupted (as they always do) and spew magma down the sides of mountains. This magma had magnetic ions in it - while the magma was still hot and liquidish the magnetic ions aligned themselves with magnetic north. When the magma cooled into rock the ions were stuck that way forever. Today we can find these rocks and see which direction the magnetic north was at that time. We know it was very different thousands of years ago. That being said... it is happening again at a much faster - all of a sudden - "orly? wow that snuck up on us" kinda way. **Note** this site looks bad BUT... I don't think it will be at all like this, I'm just using it for the data. If any of this is wrong do not hesitate to myth bust it and get the actual data on here. Keeping this data accurate is very important and fact checking must be done. I'm trying with the knowledge I have on this subject to not only present the data do you but do it in a way that makes sense. That being said..

http://modernsurvivalblog.com/pole-shift-2/alarming-noaa-data-rapid-pole-shift/

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The new magnetic north pole will be Russia very soon.
http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/post.cfm?id=why-is-the-north-magnetic-pole-raci-2010-12-24

Due to the shift Airport runways will have to be REPAVED because the airplanes autopilot uses the magnetic north pole to land. The shift has been so great and so recently that airplanes would now crash into the dirt after skimming over the runway. In short, the planes GPS will tell it to drive on the sidewalk and through that store over there because the ground isn't where it was when the GPS mapped the area. Story -

http://www2.tbo.com/content/2011/jan/05/060831/shift-of-earths-magnetic-north-pole-impacts-tampa-/

Ok, so is the Earth actually tilting? Well... yes.. but I think it has been gradually doing that for quite some time. It may not be related to the previous story. Know all that astrology mumbo jumbo? There are 12 signs of the zodac, one for each month.... which ever constellation was in the middle of the sky when you were born is what your sign is. Got it? Ok, now forget it. The stars aren't where they were when this whole astronomy thing was made up.
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http://kaaltv.com/article/stories/S1926099.shtml?cat=10217

Ok, so who follows that crap? Lets see something that clearly would indicate the Earth itself has shifted position. How about those places in the North and South poles that a day lasts something like 5 months. You know, the places where half the year is dark and half the year is sunny 24 hours a day because of the curvature of the Earth. If the Earth really has shifted those would be the places to notice the change.. as soon as a day was longer/shorter than it was in previous years.... something would be up!......... Oh, that really happened.. my bad..

http://gizmodo.com/5733751/why-did-the-sun-rise-48-hours-ahead-of-its-usual-date-in-greenland

http://www.livescience.com/environment/early-sunrise-arctic-greenland-110117.html

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For a month and a half, there's absolutely no Sun in Greenland because of Earth's angle in relation to our home star. People there eagerly await for January 13, when the Sun rises again, every year. Except this one.

This year, the Sun rose 48 hours ahead of its projected date. Around 1pm, the first rays appeared on the horizon. The occurrence left everyone baffled, scientists included. But no, this doesn't mean that Earth's inclination has changed or that we are off our orbit or that the Sun has changed its position.


Ok, so there is a few things... but wait, there's more! What about those dead birds that died off earlier this year? Millions of birds simply dropped dead on certain days this month. Not only that but fish as well! (well not "dropped" per say) IMO, (I gotta stress that) IMO these two animals are related to each other in this sense: both use the Earths magnetic field to travel.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfoeFzCWrDE

Fish do as well:
(the little fish, not the big ones)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=rItdHYaCwPM#t=103s

Interestingly, I think BEES do this as well.... and our bees have been dying off for years now. now, perhaps a change in the Earth's magnetic field might kill off the groups of animals that can't adapt to the new magnetic field. You follow? The creatures (even if the same species survives else where, maybe something is just wrong with this certain strain of genetically close related (inbred) groups and they die off.) that can't adjust their GPS to the new location just malfunction and die. Who knows! Thats just a theory of mine. This next article says that the die off is because of these new clouds.
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http://www.naturalnews.com/030996_bird_deaths_pole_shift.html

From what I can understand in this article is that these new clouds existed only in the upper atmosphere some time ago and for what ever reason - just the past few years - they have been getting closer to the surface. Now people noticed these clouds because they glow. Neat! But all the time these clouds glowed (is that a word?) no one was brave enough to climb into a Pilot Wings 64 style Gyro copter and take a sample of whats IN that cloud What was in it, apparently is cyanide. Yes, glowing poison clouds. (I donno about this stuff) and the birds flew into these and dropped dead. Well, that's fine and can be tested but what about the fish? Bah. Anyway, I'm rambling now and I think I've gave you all the info I have on this subject. I know you can easily say this is "2012 stuff man! Its game over! Game over, man!" But I don't think so. Sure the Sun is going through a whopper of a new cycle and the Earth seems to be going through one as well. And from our point of view, our solar system will align with the center of our galaxy. All neat things happening in real time before our eyes! I don't think these things spell doom (at least I hope they don't) but regardless of that.. these events are historic and people should be made aware of it.

Thats just my 2 cents. I hope you can understand that mess of ramblings up there. Heh. I'm out.

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I really didn't expect to be back so soon with big news. I don't think I can get any bigger than this...

Betelgeuse supernova will turn night into day on Earth
http://news1.ghananation.com/international/81811-betelgeuse-to-be-second-sun-for-earth-as-supernova-turns-night-into-day.html

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The Earth could soon have a second sun, at least for a week or two.

The cosmic phenomenon will happen when one of the brightest stars in the night sky explodes into a supernova.

And, according to a report yesterday, the most stunning light show in the planet’s history could happen as soon as this year.

Cosmic phenomenon: The Earth could soon see two suns - just like Luke Skywalker saw on Tatooine in the Star Wars film (pictured)

Earth will undoubtedly have a front row seat when the dying red supergiant star Betelgeuse finally blows itself into oblivion.

The explosion will be so bright that even though the star in the Orion constellation is 640 light-years away, it will still turn night into day and appear like there are two suns in the sky for a few weeks.

The only real debate is over exactly when it will happen.

In stellar terms, Betelgeuse is predicted to crash and burn in the very near future. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to rush out and buy sunglasses.

Brad Carter, Senior Lecturer of Physics at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia, claimed yesterday that the galactic blast could happen before 2012 – or any time over the next million years.

‘This old star is running out of fuel in its centre,’ Dr Carter told te Austalian website news.com.au.

‘This fuel keeps Betelgeuse shining and supported. When this fuel runs out the star will literally collapse in upon itself and it will do so very quickly.

‘This is the final hurrah for the star. It goes bang, it explodes, it lights up - we’ll have incredible brightness for a brief period of time for a couple of weeks and then over the coming months it begins to fade and then eventually it will be very hard to see at all,’ he added.

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Look out: Betelgeuse, which is in the Orion constellation, is set to blow itself into oblivion - which will give the effect of two suns in the sky for us on Earth

The Internet is abuzz with doomsday theories linking the supernova to the Mayan calendar’s prediction of an Armageddon in 2012, fuelled by the association of the word ‘Betelgeuse’ with the devil.

But experts claimed that even if the big bang is looming, it will still happen way too far from Earth to do us any harm.

‘When a star goes bang, the first we will observe of it is a rain of tiny particles called nuetrinos,’ said Dr Carter.

‘They will flood through the Earth and bizarrely enough, even though the supernova we see visually will light up the night sky, 99% of the energy in the supernova is released in these particles that will come through our bodies and through the Earth with absolutely no harm whatsoever.’

When it happens, the Betelgeuse supernova will almost certainly be the most dramatic ever seen.

It is the ninth brightest star in the night sky and the second brightest in the constellation of Orion, outshining its neighbour Rigel – or Beta Orionis – only very rarely.

It’s distinct orange-red colour makes it easy to spot in the night sky.

If it was at the centre of our solar system, its surface would extend past the asteroid belt, wholly engulfing Mercury, Venus, Mars and the Earth.


Giving this only might happen this year... it could still be several thousand... it just might happen soon.. so if you look outside at midnight and it is day light.... you'll know why.


Now the Solar news:

SUNSPOT ACTIVITY: The biggest sunspots of the year are putting on a show for amateur astronomers. From his backyard observatory in Brazil, Rogerio Marcon photographed a maelstrom of hot gas swirling around the dark cores of AR1147-1149 on Jan. 22nd:
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Sunspot 1149 (the southern half of the complex) has a tangled magnetic field that harbors energy for strong flares. NOAA forecasters estimate a 10% chance of M-class eruptions during the next 24 hours. Readers with solar telescopes should continue to monitor the region for explosive developments

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Sunspot 1149 poses a threat for M-class solar flares. Credit: SDO/HMI

Other news:
http://www.space.com/10666-nasa-solar-sail-satellite-success.html

http://www.livescience.com/environment/early-sunrise-arctic-greenland-110117.html

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2011/01/11/itty-bitty-galaxy-home-to-gargantuan-supermassive-black-hole/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12167011

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/01/kepler-rocky-world/
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LMAO!!!!!!!



OMG....that is some accuracy!

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Oh..btw....I might die today...or sometime in the future......


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*Cough, hack, sputter* Almost over the flu now... I'm climbing out of my mech to give you a news update. Boy, there has been a lot of news! I'll post the older SUN news first to build up what has happened recently. Then as always, random space news and articles.

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1-27-11

SPITTING PLASMA: Departing sunspot 1149 is spitting plasma as it rounds the sun's northwestern limb.
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Earth is not in the line of fire. No planet is. The plasma clouds ejected by these blasts will billow approximately midway between Mercury and Venus tomorrow without disturbing either world. After that, the clouds should dissipate harmlessly in the outer solar system. The eruptions are ongoing, so the movie will likely grow longer as the day wears on.

DOUBLE ERUPTION: Jan. 28th began with not one but two major eruptions on the sun. Separated by more than a million kilometers, the two blasts occurred almost simultaneously on opposite corners of the solar disk. Click on the image to view a movie recorded by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory:

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On the lower left, a magnetic filament became unstable and erupted, hurling a portion of itself into space. On the upper right, departing sunspot 1149 produced an M1-class solar flare and a bright coronal mass ejection (SOHO movie). Is this all a big coincidence? Maybe not. New research shows that eruptions on the sun can "go global" with widely separated blasts unfolding in concert as they trigger and feed off of one another.

These blasts are going to miss in concert, too. Plasma clouds ejected by the two eruptions will sail wide of our planet, one on the left and one on the right. No Earth-effects are expected

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AURORA BOREALIS: Earth's magnetic field is mostly quiet. Nevertheless, some bright auroras were caught swirling around the Arctic Circle on Jan. 28th. Military satellites photographed the lights from above, while sky watchers in Canada saw them from ground level. An even bigger display is expected on Feb. 3-4 when an incoming solar wind stream reaches Earth.

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CORONAL HOLE: A dark croissant-shaped hole has opened up in the sun's atmosphere, and it is spewing a stream of solar wind into space. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory took this picture of the vast opening during the early hours of Jan. 30th:

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Researchers call this a "coronal hole." Solar rotation is turning the coronal hole toward Earth. The stream of solar wind pouring from it will swing around and hit our planet in early February, possibly sparking polar magnetic storms. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras between Feb. 2nd and 4th.

AURORA-BURST: According to the official forecast, the odds of geomagnetic activity on Jan. 31st were less than 10%. That was good enough for Kjetil Skogli of Troms, Norway. "We went out to look in spite of the low expectations--and there it was!" An aurora-burst was in progress directly overhead:

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http://www.spaceweather.com/aurora/images2011/31jan11/Kjetil-Skogli1.jpg

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The unexpected display was caused by a disturbance in the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) near Earth. The IMF tilted south,
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opening a hole in Earth's magnetosphere. Solar wind poured in and ignited the auroras.

More auroras are in the offing. A solar wind stream is heading for Earth, due to arrive on Feb. 2nd and 3rd. NOAA forecasters peg the chances of geomagnetic activity on those dates at 20% to 35%--much better odds than Skogli had. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras.

(IMF = http://www.spaceweather.com/glossary/imf.html?PHPSESSID=vc5k4s2vj29548fi6ngptt69e7)


AND NOW THE NEWS!

NO LEGS, NO PROBLEM: NASA's Robonaut 2 ("R2") doesn't have legs yet, but that isn't stopping the humanoid robot. R2 is set to leave Earth in February to join the crew of the International Space Station. Legs will follow R2's busy torso on a later flight. Get the full story from Science@NASA.

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2011/31jan_r2/
Check a few pages back on my post on R2 and how that robot came to be. Good read!


http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-01-team-asteroid-deflection.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1351458/Asteroid-size-Titanic-caused-giant-crater-Jupiter-spotted-amateur-astronomer.html

http://www.space.com/10706-mysterious-night-shining-clouds-brighter.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/31/science/space/31planet.html


http://gizmodo.com/5747691/what-if-you-put-jupiter-where-the-moon-is
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Awesome video^

http://gizmodo.com/5748473/nasa-wants-to-add-an-inflatable-bounce-house-module-to-the-international-space-station

http://gizmodo.com/5750396/this-planet-is-not-in-another-solar-system

http://gizmodo.com/5748771/this-is-the-apocalyptic-storm-hitting-the-us

A FIZZY OCEAN ON ENCELADUS: Evidence is mounting that Saturn's moon Enceladus harbors a bubbly subterranean ocean where conditions might be friendly to life. Get the full story from Science@NASA.
http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2011/26jan_fizzyocean/


And I leave you with this:
http://gizmodo.com/5745977/remembering-the-challenger
(I would have posted this sooner but I've had the flu and not been able to get on here)

They did a good job of summing that day up. I'd say I was the youngest here (if even alive) when it happened... I was almost 6 and was watching Bugs Bunny Cartoons when the news interrupted the cartoons to show the live launch. That was back when launching the Shuttle meant something HUGE, a shining achievement of humanity. They interrupted tv shows all the time to show those launches. I remember sitting there in front of that huge wooden tv set and seeing the explosion. As a kid, I thought it looked cool. I was just watching Bugs Bunny and I couldn't help but think that the explosion resembled the head of a rabbit. I thought it was just staged and was part of the "show". It took awhile for my parents to tell me what happened and that people actually just died on live tv. I remember I cried and thought how horrible it was and that I saw it. My parents told me there was a teacher on board, just like the teachers I saw in school everyday... I can remember that day as if it were yesterday... even at just 5 years old...

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SOLAR ACTIVITY HEATS UP: Formerly quiet sunspot 1153 is suddenly crackling with C- and M-class solar flares. NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded this eruption during the waning hours of Feb. 8th:
http://www.spaceweather.com/swpod2011/08feb11/ipad/cflare.m4v

Because sunspot 1153 is rounding the sun's western horizon, these eruptions are not Earth-directed. They are, however, Venus-directed. The second planet from the sun could receive glancing blows from solar plasma clouds in the days ahead. Readers with solar telescopes are encouraged to monitor the action.





CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH A VW-BUG: Newly-discovered asteroid 2011 CA7 is flying past Earth today only 63,000 miles away, or 1/4th the distance to the Moon. At closest approach around 1700 UT on Feb. 9th, the VW-Bug-sized space rock will zip through the constellation Orion glowing like a 17th magnitude star.

http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=2011%20CA7&orb=1




STORM ON SATURN: A vast thunderstorm that erupted on Saturn during the closing weeks of 2010 is still going strong. "It looks like a comet plowing through Saturn's northern hemisphere," reports amateur astronomer Christopher Go. He took these pictures on Feb. 5th using an 11-inch Celestron telescope in Cebu City, the Philippines:

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"The storm is very bright," says Go. "I spent a few minutes observing it visually (through the eyepiece) and it is very prominent."

Researchers call the storm the "northern electrostatic disturbance" because (1) it is in Saturn's northern hemisphere and (2) it is strongly charged with lightning. Receivers onboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft are picking up radio crackles each time a bolt discharges--much like the static you hear on a car radio when driving through an electrical storm on Earth.

The storm is stretching around much of Saturn's northern hemisphere--and growing longer. This means there a good chance of catching it no matter when you look. Amateur astronomers are encouraged to monitor developments. Saturn may be found high in the southern sky before dawn shining like a yellow 1st-magnitude star.



NASA SEES THE ENTIRE SUN: On Super Sun-day (Feb. 6), for the first time ever, NASA's STEREO spacecraft moved into position to photograph the entire sun--front and back. Researchers say this is a transforming moment in solar physics that could lead to big advances in space weather forecasting. Get the full story from Science@NASA.
http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2011/06feb_fullsun/


And now the news:

http://gizmodo.com/#!5753813/space-shuttle-may-fly-without-nasa
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Sam Biddle — Space Shuttle May Fly Without NASAAlready missing the soon to be shelved Space Shuttle? You might not have to, with private contractor United Space Alliance considering a $1.5 billion a year proposal to take the fleet private.

"It is safe. We have a lot of history, we understand how to operate it," explains United Space Alliance's chief. We're not so sure about that first part—since, you know, the shuttle is being retired in part because it's sort of falling apart. What could go wrong?

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"United Space....... Who? We'd better get out of here.."

Yes, you read that right, United Space Alliance! Spooky!
http://www.unitedspacealliance.com/about/default.asp



http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2011/0207/Apophis-asteroid-will-probably-almost-certainly-not-smash-into-Earth-say-scientists

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12365083

http://www.salem-news.com/articles/february042011/global-superstorms-ta.php
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EARTH-DIRECTED SOLAR FLARE: On Feb. 13th at 1738 UT, sunspot 1158 unleashed the strongest solar flare of the year so far, an M6.6-category blast. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded an intense flash of extreme ultraviolet radiation, circled below:

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The eruption produced a loud blast of radio waves heard in shortwave receivers around the dayside of our planet. In New Mexico, amateur radio astronomer Thomas Ashcraft recorded these sounds at 19 to 21 MHz. "This was some of the strongest radio bursting of the new solar cycle," he says. "What a great solar day."
http://www.spaceweather.com/swpod2011/13feb11/ashcraft.mp3

Preliminary coronagraph data from STEREO-B and SOHO agree that the explosion produced a fast but not particularly bright coronal mass ejection (CME). The cloud will likely hit Earth's magnetic field on or about Feb. 15th. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras.

The source of this activity, sunspot 1158 is growing rapidly. Click on the image to launch a 2-day movie:

Barely visible when the weekend began, the active region is now more than 100,000 km wide with more than half-a-dozen Earth-sized dark cores scattered beneath its unstable magnetic canopy. More Earth-directed eruptions are likely in the hours ahead.

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http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/02/12/earths-wandering-magnetic-poles-cause-deadly-superstorms/

http://gizmodo.com/#!5759765/arthur-c-clarkes-31+word-universe+ending-sci+fi-story

http://www.space.com/10841-hold-sun-mock-mars-explorers-land-red-planet-set-mars-walks.html

http://gizmodo.com/#!5758405/how-to-build-a-space-elevator-and-become-an-interplanetary-civilization

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FIRST X-FLARE OF THE NEW SOLAR CYCLE: Sunspot 1158 has unleashed the strongest solar flare in more than four years. The eruption, which peaked at 0156 UT on Feb. 15th, registered X2 on the Richter scale of solar flares. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded an intense flash of extreme ultraviolet radiation, circled below:
*here we go folks... here comes the fireworks we've been waiting on this whole thread...

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X-flares are the strongest type of solar flare, and this is the first such eruption of new Solar Cycle 24. In addition to flashing Earth with UV radiation, the explosion also hurled a coronal mass ejection (CME) in our direction. The expanding cloud may be seen in this movie from NASA's STEREO-B spacecraft. Geomagnetic storms are likely when the CME arrives ~48 hours hence

****This movie is filmed BEHIND the Sun... The Earth is in a direct firing line from the Sun.***
http://stereo.gsfc.nasa.gov/browse/2011/02/15/behind_20110215_cor2_512.mpg

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Sunspot AR1158 is growing rapidly and poses a threat for Earth-directed X-flares. Credit: SDO/HMI



Effects so far:

ACTIVE AURORAS: Solar wind buffeting Earth's magnetic field is sparking bright Valentine's auroras around the Arctic Circle. Øystein Lunde Ingvaldsen sends this picture of the sweet lights over Bø in Vesterålen, Norway

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**Massive Resolution Images from SDO**

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Current Auroral Oval:
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Feb. 14, 2011
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A good site on Auroras.
http://aurorahunters.co.uk/



And now the news:

http://www.space.com/10858-nasa-valentines-comet-success.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1356748/Search-Tyche-believed-largest-planet-solar-system.html

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Largest planet in the solar system could be about to be discovered - and it's up to four times the size of Jupiter

Scientists believe they may have found a new planet in the far reaches of the solar system, up to four times the mass of Jupiter.

Its orbit would be thousands of times further from the Sun than the Earth's - which could explain why it has so far remained undiscovered.

Data which could prove the existence of Tyche, a gas giant in the outer Oort Cloud, is set to be released later this year - although some believe proof has already been garnered by Nasa with its pace telescope, Wise, and is waiting to be pored over.

Prof Daniel Whitmire from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette believes the data may prove Tyche's existence within two years.

He told the Independent: 'If it does, [fellow astrophysicist Prof John Matese] and I will be doing cartwheels. And that's not easy at our age.'


He added he believes it will mainly be made of hydrogen and helium, with an atmosphere like Jupiter's, with spots and rings and clouds, adding: 'You'd also expect it to have moons. All the outer planets have them.'

He believes the planet is so huge, it will have a raised temperature left from its formation that will make it far higher than others, such as Pluto, at -73C, as 'it takes an object this size a long time to cool off'.

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Isolated: The Oort Cloud, where Tyche is believed to be, is a sphere with a radius of one light year



He and Prof Matese first suggested Tyche existed because of the angle comets were arriving, with a fifth of the expected number since 1898 entering higher than expected.

However, Tyche - if it exists - should also dislodge comets closer to home, from the inner Oort Cloud, but they have not been seen.

If confirmed, the status and name of the new planet - which would become the ninth and potentially the largest - would then have to be agreed by the International Astronomical Union.

Currently named Tyche, from the Greek goddess that governed the destiny of a city, its name may have to change, as it originated from a theory which has now been largely abandoned.




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