Amateur Astronomers Discover New Variety Of Northern Lights

First it was STEVE. Now it’s “dunes.” That’s the name given to a newly recognized form of aurora that resembles rippled sand dunes at a beach. I see spreading cirrus clouds. The discovery found its way into the world through Taivaanvahti , a Finnish Facebook group devoted to sharing photos and information about astronomical and atmospheric…
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How To See Five Planets In February

Venus occupies center stage in the evening sky but soon gets some company. Mercury enters the scene this week and next, poking a tentative head above the southwestern horizon two-and-a-half fists to the lower right of Venus. The planet will be quite bright at magnitude –1.0 — a near twin to Sirius —  but low…
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Breathtaking New Views Of The Sun’s Boiling Surface

Highest Video Resolution of the sun yet. Made with the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope Nothing short of amazing. Check out this news video created from images taken by the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope, located on the summit of Mt. Haleakala on the island of Maui in Hawaii. The images, just released, are the…
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Parker Solar Probe Shatters Speed Record In Its Race To The Sun

How fast can you go? Intentionally, I mean. Not effortlessly as in getting whisked around the sun at 66,600 mph (107,200 kph) by the orbiting Earth without lifting a finger. If you’ve traveled by air you’ve sped across the sky in a metal tube at around 550 mph (885 kph). The International Space Station zips…
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Starlink Launch A Success, 60 More Satellites In Orbit

Starlink satellite train After a successful Falcon-9 rocket launch, 60 new SpaceX Starlink satellites made it to orbit this morning. You can watch a replay here by clicking the Starlink mission link. Their initial altitude is set at 180 miles (290 km), but each satellite has krypton thrusters that will propel it to an operational altitude…
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