Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2016 April 15 Philips SPC900NC uncovered ToUcam SPC900NC Back to main page With discontinuing the ToUcam Pro II PCVC840 a new camera had to be found to modify. The Philips SPC900NC seems a good new candidate.
More Signs Of The Sun Slowing Down In my post from yesterday, I highlighted a paragraph from a NASA press release which touched on one of the final findings of the soon to be ended Ulysses spacecraft mission to study the sun: “Ulysses ends its career after revealing that the magnetic field emanating from the sun’s poles is much weaker than previously observed. This could mean the upcoming solar maximum period will be less intense than in recent history. SDO - Solar Dynamics Observatory SDO | Data 4096 2048 1024 512 4096 PFSS 2048 PFSS 1024 PFSS 512 PFSS 48 hr MP4 4096 2048 1024 512 4096 PFSS 2048 PFSS 1024 PFSS 512 PFSS 48 hr MP4 4096 2048 1024 512 4096 PFSS 2048 PFSS 1024 PFSS 512 PFSS 48 hr MP4 4096 2048 1024 512 4096 PFSS 2048 PFSS 1024 PFSS 512 PFSS 48 hr MP4
Le Soleil - SpaceWeather live Real-time plots auroral activity Welcome on SpaceWeatherLive! Below you will find the status of the solar wind and the Interplanetary Magnetic Field (IMF) from the past two hours as measured by the ACE spacecraft. These parameters are the first parameters used to predict auroral activity. The redder the plots get, the better it is for auroral activity! The numbers after the word ''ETA'' on each plot shows how long it will take for the solar wind to propagate from ACE to Earth. Kepler discovers 461 new planet candidates NASA's Kepler mission announced January 7 the discovery of 461 new planet candidates. Four of the potential new planets are less than twice the size of Earth and orbit in their sun's "habitable zone" — the region in the planetary system where liquid water might exist on the surface of a planet. Based on observations conducted from May 2009 to March 2011, the findings show a steady increase in the number of smaller-sized planet candidates and the number of stars with more than one candidate.
Strange emissions by sun are mutating matter ~UPDATED 12/01/11 Check links please…This is not a scientific paper…link at bottom for source…Thank you ~jude The angry sun For months mounting fear has driven researchers to wring their hands over the approaching solar storms. Some have predicted devastating solar tsunamis that could wipe away our advanced technology, others voiced dire warnings that violent explosions on the surface of the sun could reach out to Earth, breach our magnetic field, and expose billions to high intensity X-rays and other deadly forms of cancer-causing radiation.
Comet ISON Observing Campaign [Please note: this article was submitted AUGUST 12, 2013... not December 8, 2013. I realize the above mm/dd/yy date format is confusing to those that use the dd/mm/yy format. Sorry!] Sun Unleashes X6.9 Class Flare Sun Unleashes X6.9 Class Flare On August 9, 2011 at 3:48 a.m. EDT, the sun emitted an Earth-directed X6.9 flare, as measured by the NOAA GOES satellite. These gigantic bursts of radiation cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to harm humans on the ground, however they can disrupt the atmosphere and disrupt GPS and communications signals. In this case, it appears the flare is strong enough to potentially cause some radio communication blackouts.
Earth-sized planets: Two super-Earths found orbiting the same star. Image credit: David A. Aguilar (CfA) Scanning the heavens, you might very well miss the star Kepler-62.