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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

An exclusive look at Jeff Bezos’s plan to set up Amazon-like delivery for ‘future human settlement’ of the moon!

Posted in 2017, Galaxy with tags , , , on April 2, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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More than four decades after the last man walked on the lunar surface, several upstart space entrepreneurs are looking to capitalize on NASA’s renewed interest in returning to the moon, offering a variety of proposals with the ultimate goal of establishing a lasting human presence there.

The commercial sector’s interest comes as many anticipate support from the Trump administration, which is eager for a first-term triumph to rally the nation the way the Apollo flights did in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The latest to offer a proposal is Jeffrey P. Bezos, whose space company Blue Origin has been circulating a seven-page white paper to NASA leadership and President Trump’s transition team about the company’s interest in developing a lunar spacecraft with a lander that would touch down near a crater at the south pole where there is water and nearly continuous sunlight for solar energy. The memo urges the space agency to back an Amazon-like shipment service for the moon that would deliver gear for experiments, cargo and habitats by mid-2020, helping to enable “future human settlement” of the moon. (Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, owns The Washington Post.)

“It is time for America to return to the Moon — this time to stay,” Bezos said in response to emailed questions from The Post. “A permanently inhabited lunar settlement is a difficult and worthy objective. I sense a lot of people are excited about this.”

TO BE CONTINUED ON THEIR WEBSITE

Source: An exclusive look at Jeff Bezos’s plan to set up Amazon-like delivery for ‘future human settlement’ of the moon – The Washington Post

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.

10 Things NASA Doesn’t Want You To Know

Posted in 2017, astronomy, Galaxy, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on March 14, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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From the minuscule Operation PAPERCLIP, to the secret place NASA trains for Mars, these are 10 Things NASA Doesn’t Want You To Know !

NASA astronaut & Princeton physics professor Dr. Brian O’Leary: “There’s abundant evidence that civilizations have been visiting us for a very long time”

Posted in 2017, Galaxy, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 13, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

Space Weather: Last night in Otago, New Zealand, Ian Griffin counted more than a dozen “Aurora Sprites”

Posted in 2017, astronomy, Galaxy with tags , , on March 5, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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New Zealand, Ian Griffin counted more than a dozen “aurora sprites” dancing over Hoopers Inlet.  “The display was very beautiful,” says Griffin, “with ghostly auroral sprites putting on a display that lasted for several hours.”

Also known as “picket fence auroras,” these vertical rays trace lines of magnetic force connecting Earth to space. The luminous columns show where beams of energetic particles are being guided toward Earth’s upper atmosphere by magnetic fields.

The solar wind stream that instigated the display has produced many enchanting auroral forms since March 1st.  Browse the realtime gallery for more:

Realtime Aurora Photo Gallery

Sunday, Feb. 26th: Something strange is about to happen in the southern hemispher

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

On Sunday, Feb. 26th, the Moon will pass in front of the sun, covering as much as 99% of the solar disk.

It’s an annular solar eclipse, shown here in an animation from ShadowandSubstance.com

Annular eclipses occur when the Moon passes dead center in front of the sun, but does not completely cover it. At maximum eclipse, an intense “ring of fire” surrounds the mountainous limb of the Moon.

The narrow path of annularity snakes across five countries: Chile and Argentina in South America; Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Zambia in Africa. People in those countries can see the ring of fire for almost a minute and a half. Outside that path, the eclipse will be partial.  This means the sun will turn into a crescent—a slender one near the path of annularity and a fatter one away from it. Caution: Always use safe solar filters to observe the sun.

Observers in the eclipse zone are encouraged to look down as well–for instance, at the sun-dappled ground beneath leafy trees.  The sight of a thousand crescent-shaped sunbeams swaying back and forth on a grassy lawn or sidewalk is unforgettable.

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