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SpaceWeather.com — Jupiter at Opposition. Today, April 7th, the sun, Earth and Jupiter are almost perfectly aligned

Posted in 2017, astronomy, Galaxy, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 7, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Today, April 7th, the sun, Earth and Jupiter are almost perfectly aligned. Or, as an astronomer would say, “Jupiter is at opposition.”

From our point of view on Earth, Jupiter and the sun are on opposite sides of the sky. At opposition, the giant planet rises at sunset and stays up all night long. 

This is also the time when Jupiter is closest to Earth. Even small telescopes reveal Jupiter’s moons and stormy cloud belts.

Source: SpaceWeather.com — News and information about meteor showers, solar flares, auroras, and near-Earth asteroids

A large canyon-shaped hole in the sun’s atmosphere is facing Earth and spewing a stream of solar wind toward our planet

Posted in 2017, astronomy, Galaxy, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 25, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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GEOMAGNETIC STORM WATCH:

A large canyon-shaped hole in the sun’s atmosphere is facing Earth and spewing a stream of solar wind toward our planet.

Estimated time of arrival: 2 to 3 days from now. This has prompted NOAA forecasters to issue a geomagnetic storm watch for March 28th when storm levels could reach category G2–that is, moderately strong.

Auroras could descend from the Arctic Circle to northern-tier US states from New York to Wisconsin to Washington. Visit Spaceweather.com to learn more about the incoming solar wind stream and what makes it so potent.

Earth-like Planet just 39 light years away with a thick atmosphere, It could mean there’s Water

Posted in 2017, astronomy with tags , , , , , , , on January 24, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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A rocky, oven-hot Earth-sized spotted orbiting a small nearby star just over a year ago is one of the best chances we have of finding alien life outside our solar system.

The planet, named GJ1132b, is around 1.2 times the size of Earth and appears to be predominantly composed of rock and iron.

Now scientists have taken the closest look yet at GJ1132b, confirming the presence of its thick atmosphere and finding hints the planet could be rich in water.

Video and more info on

Is there a ‘water-rich’ alien world lurking nearby? Earth-like planet just 39 light years away has a thick atmosphere

 

12/06/2016 — New Earthquake progression map — Which way does the Earth really “move”?

Posted in 2016, astronomy with tags , , on December 7, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame

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This stream is showing the past 48 hours of USGS reported earthquakes + the last 50 EMSC reported earthquakes internationally.

No voice in this video unless a large earthquake strikes.

Marker height off the globe = depth into the Earth.

The feed may show double earthquakes in some locations due to both USGS + EMSC agencies reporting the events.

When an earthquake strikes, you will hear a rumble, ding, and a bell toll. The bell will toll the number of times = to the earthquake which occurs. (example : M4.0 will ring 4 times).

The most recent earthquake has a green placemark / flag on it.

Download the full version of earthquake3D here (cost: $20 USD):

http://www.wolton.net/quakes.html

Free version here:

http://www.wolton.net/quake.html

Sun: Return of The Big Coronal Hole

Posted in 2016, astronomy, Galaxy with tags , , , , , , , , on November 21, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame

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At the end of October, a hole in the sun’s atmosphere lashed Earth’s magnetic field with solar wind, sparking moderately-strong geomagnetic storms and almost a full week of Arctic auroras.

News flash:  It’s back.  The same “coronal hole” is turning toward Earth again. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory photographed the structure on Nov. 20th.

Coronal holes are regions in the sun’s atmosphere where the magnetic field peels back and allows solar wind to escape.

Since our last encounter with this hole in late October it has been transiting the farside of the sun, carried around by the sun’s 27-day rotation.  Now that it is back we can see that the hole is not quite as large as it was a month ago–but it is still impressive, covering more than 1/4th of the visible solar disk.

More of this article on:

http://spaceweather.com

New Evidence Indicates Mysterious Planet is Tilting the Sun- Causing Solar System Wobble

Posted in 2016, astronomy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 26, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame
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The mysterious, unseen Planet Nine could be causing the sun to tilt and adding a “wobble” to the solar system, according to a new study.

Caltech researchers announced the findings at the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences meeting Wednesday — nine months after the group initially reported about the massive planet lurking at the outer reaches of our solar system.

Planet 9 Effects on our Solar System:

https://youtu.be/h72tABvkLAo

Not every colorful light in the night sky is an aurora

Posted in 2016, astronomy with tags , , , , on October 4, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame

 

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Photo copyright Beletsky

Especially not in the South Pacific. Yuri Beletsky was on a beach in Easter Island, Chile, two nights ago when the starry canopy turned red:

There was no fire,” says Beletsky. “This is an amazing display of airglow.”

Airglow is aurora-like phenomenon caused bychemical reactions in the upper atmosphere. Human eyes seldom notice the faint glow, because it is usually very faint, but it can be photographed on almost any clear dark night, anywhere in the world.

Beletsky is a veteran photographer of airglow, having captured it dozens of times from sites in Chile and the South Pacific. “The intensity of airglow varies, and sometimes it can be more prominent, as it was on Oct. 2nd,” he says.

The curious thing about Beletsky’s photo is not the intensity of the airglow, but rather its color–red. Airglow is usually green, the color of light from oxygen atoms some 90 km to 100 km above Earth’s surface.

Where does the red come from? Instead of oxygen, OH can produce the ruddy hue. These neutral molecules (not to be confused with the OH- ion found in aqueous solutions) exist in a thin layer 85 km high where gravity waves often impress the red glow with a dramatic rippling structure.

Read about

SPRITES ABOVE HURRICANE MATTHEW

http://www.spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=04&month=10&year=2016

A high-speed stream of solar wind is buffeting Earth’s magnetic field today & Strange Sunset

Posted in 2016, astronomy with tags , , , , , on September 28, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame

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GEOMAGNETIC STORM TODAY: As predicted, a high-speed stream of solar wind is buffeting Earth’s magnetic field today. Since it arrived on Sept. 27th, the stream has sparked G1- and G2-classgeomagnetic storms and bright auroras around the Arctic Circle.

NOAA forecasters say the storms could intensify on Sept. 28th as the stream reaches peak speeds in excess of 700 km/s. High-latitude sky watchers should remain alert for auroras. Free: Aurora Alerts

“I can’t get enough of these lights,” says Katarina Srsenova, who took this picture last night in Iceland’s Thingvellir National Park

http://spaceweather.com

More photos are pouring in. Browse the gallery for the latest sightings:

Realtime Aurora Photo Gallery

THE STRANGE THING ABOUT THIS SUNSET….Yesterday at sunset, Mila Zinkova was looking west from Pacifica CA when “something strange happened,” she reports. The sun split into multiple layers and a green flash appeared. But, that wasn’t the strange thing.

Temperature inversions above the ocean surface frequently distort the setting sun off the Califonia coast. “Take a closer look at the picture,” urges Zinkova. “Where did that vertical pillar of light at the bottom come from?” Scroll down for the answer:

“It’s the spout of a whale,” she explains.

In the complete video she recorded, multiple spouts can be seen grazing the bottom of the miraged sun. “Of course the sunset was unusual not because of whales, but because of some very complex temperature inversions in the atmosphere. While the lowest sun was setting, producing green flashes, the upper suns were not in a hurry to leave. They kept disappearing and reappearing.”

Just another evening on the California coast…. Turn up the volume and watch it again.

http://spaceweather.com

As solar activity declines, cosmic rays intensify

Posted in 2016, astronomy with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 29, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Researchers have long known that solar activity and cosmic rays have a yin-yang relationship. As solar activity declines, cosmic rays intensify.

Lately, solar activity has been very low indeed. Are cosmic rays responding? The answer is “yes.” Spaceweather.com and the students of Earth to Sky Calculus have been using helium balloons to monitor cosmic rays in the stratosphere over California. Their latest data show an increase of almost 13% since 2015.

Cosmic rays, which are accelerated toward Earth by distant supernova explosions and other violent events, are an important form of space weather. They can seed clouds, trigger lightning, and penetrate commercial airplanes. Furthermore, there are studies (#1, #2, #3, #4) linking cosmic rays with cardiac arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death in the general population.

Why are cosmic rays intensifying? The main reason is the sun. Solar storm clouds such as coronal mass ejections (CMEs) sweep aside cosmic rays when they pass by Earth. During Solar Maximum, CMEs are abundant and cosmic rays are held at bay. Now, however, the solar cycle is swinging toward Solar Minimum, allowing cosmic rays to return. Another reason could be the weakening of Earth’s magnetic field, which helps protect us from deep-space radiation.

TO BE CONTINUED ON

http://spaceweather.com

West Coast orcas experienced 100% infant mortality rate as radiation from Fukushima drifted across ocean

Posted in 2016, animals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 25, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame
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This image provided by SeaWorld San Diego shows mom and baby killer whales swimming together at SeaWorld San Diego’s Shamu Stadium, Thursday Feb. 14, 2013, in San Diego. Kasatka, a killer whale who is approximately 37 years old, gave birth to the calf Thursday under the watchful eyes of SeaWorld’s zoological team. The calf is estimated to weigh between 300 and 350 pounds and measure 6 to 7 feet. The gender of the calf is not yet known. (AP Photo/SeaWorld San Diego, Mike Aguilera)

The tragedy of Fukushima has been on going since 2011, but the death of our oceans has been oa slow burn for decades. In 2008, the Scientific American reported that there were 406 dead zones — meaning there was not enough oxygen to support life — worldwide.

At that time, the blame was from fertilizer and pesticide runoff. In 2010, scientists lamented the stunning amount of toxic and heavy metals — including aluminum, chromium, titanium, mercury, silver and lead — discovered in whales that lived thousands of miles away from civilization.

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According to a report by Common Dreams, these “pollutants were threatening the human food supply.”

Fast forwarding to today, five years past that fateful day in Fukushima, the struggling orca (killer whale) population is in even worse shape.

Are they headed for extinction?

FIND OUT MORE ON

http://newstarget.com/2016-08-23-west-coast-orcas-experiencing-100-infant-mortality-rate-as-radiation-from-fukushima-drifts-across-ocean.html

 

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