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Farside CME activity continues

Solar Activity continues at fairly low levels with only C-Class activity taking place in the past 24 hours. Sunspot 1271 is the largest visible area and it may pose a small threat for an M-Class event.Farside CME activity continues and you can view all of the action

August 19, 2011

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Spacecraft sees solar storm engulf Earth

For the first time, a spacecraft far from Earth has turned and watched a solar storm engulf our planet. The movie, released today during a NASA press conference, has galvanized solar physicists, who say it could lead to important advances in space weather forecasting.

August 19, 2011

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The SETI Institute's search for extraterrestrial intelligence is back on track!

The SETI Institute's search for extraterrestrial intelligence is back on track, thanks to more than $200,000 in donations from thousands of fans.In April, the institute had to put its big ear for hearing E.T.'s radio call, the 42-antenna Allen Telescope Array in

August 18, 2011

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New sunspots forming, Venus-directed CME

Yesterday, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory witnessed a spectacular explosion on the sun that seemed to pass perilously close to Venus.As the movie shows, the CME passed harmlessly. There was no collision, and it wasn't even close. Although Venus seems to be

August 17, 2011

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New sunspot is emerging over the Sun's northeastern limb

A big new sunspot is emerging over the sun's northeastern limb. AR1271 has at least four dark cores and it is crackling with small flares. The sunspot's entrance was captured in this 24-hour movie from the Solar Dynamics Observatory: NOAA forecasters...

August 16, 2011

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Space junk cleanup poses grand challenge for 21st century

Scientist warn about threat to spacecraft and the enviroment that posses space debris orbiting the Earth. According to J.-C. Liou of the Orbital Debris Program Office at NASA's Johnson Space Center, the space junk trend no longer can be reversed by full compliance with

August 16, 2011

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Sun activity is getting back

After a few days of quiet, the sun is coming alive again. Amateur astronomers around the world report a beautiful complex of prominences dancing along the eastern limb, one of them big enough to swallow Earth:The blue dot is merely a digital image of Earth inserted

August 15, 2011

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Comet Garradd seen in the night sky

 The comet, with the nomenclature C/2009 P1, is now coming into small telescope/binocular view so here’s your chance to see the brightest comet in the current night sky. You can find it in the late evening sky in the constellation Pegasus. Viewing it now,

August 14, 2011

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45P/Honda–Mrkos–Pajdušáková

The comet Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova is expected to brighten rapidly in August as it passes to the south of the Earth. It will be observable from the southern hemisphere for about 2 weeks before getting too close to the Sun.At its closest the comet will be 0.060 AU from

August 13, 2011

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Active sunspot 1263 has left the Earthside of the sun

Active sunspot 1263, which just two days ago produced the most powerful solar flare of the new Solar Cycle (an X7), has left the Earthside of the sun. It is now beginning a two week transit across the solar farside. We can still see signs of its ongoing activity,

August 12, 2011

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Perseid meteor shower on August 12th and 13th

Earth is entering a stream of debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, source of the annual Perseid meteor shower. International observers are now reporting more than a dozen Perseids per hour, a number that will increase as the shower reaches its peak on August 12-13. Full

August 10, 2011

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Largest flare of Solar Cycle 24 occurred today - Non-Earth directed X6.9

This morning at 08:05 UTC, sunspot 1263 produced an X6.9 solar flare, the third X-flare of new Solar Cycle 24 and the most powerful so far. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the explosion's extreme ultraviolet flash:The brunt of the ex

August 09, 2011

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X 6.9 solar flare took place - partialy Earth-directed!!!

The largest solar flare of Cycle 24 just took place at 08:05 UTC and it registered a whopping X6.9. The source was Sunspot 1263 which is nearing the Western Limb. Because of its location, any large explosions may not be fully earth directed. When watching new video

August 09, 2011

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Another M-class solar flare

A second M-Class flare, this time a M2.5 took place at 03:54 UTC Tuesday morning around Sunspot 1263. This is in addition to the earlier M3.5 flare which we reported yesterday. The first flare produced a small, but fast moving (2010 km/s) Coronal Mass Ejection...

August 09, 2011

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Antiproton ring found around Earth

Antiprotons appear to ring the Earth, confined by the planet's magnetic field lines. The antimatter, which may persist for minutes or hours before annihilating with normal matter, could in theory be used to fuel ultra-efficient rockets of the future.Charged particle

August 09, 2011

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An exploding meteor responsible for a huge bang at Niue island in Pacific

An exploding meteor is believed to be responsible for a huge bang that reverberated around the Pacific island nation of Niue last week.Niue police chief Mark Chenery said the loud bang on Wednesday night woke the island's 1200 residents and he initially thought a

August 08, 2011

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M3.5 solar flare took place around Sunspot 1263

At 18:10 UTC Monday, a short duration M3.5 Solar Flare took place around Sunspot 1263. Because of its location, any explosions at this point may not be earth directed.Just when solar activity was slowing down, an M3.5 Solar Flare took place around Sunspot 1263

August 08, 2011