Another look at the stronger of the two flares but in a different wavelenght of ultraviolet light shows an interesting double-loop structure. Credit: NASA

Departing Sunspot Group Delivers Biggest Flare Of Year

Side-by-side sunspot groups 2565 and 2567 erupted twice with powerful flares overnight. The first occurred at 9:11 p.m. (Central Daylight) yesterday evening and the second at 12:15 a.m. this morning. Both were M-class or moderate intensity, but the second, rated at M7.6,  verged on strong and proved to be the most powerful flare yet of…
Read More

Credit: Bob King

Experience The Spinning Earth, Watch A Sunrise

We can’t directly sense the spinning Earth but every sunrise and sunset, we get an inkling. The Earth rotates once every 24 hours but it does so soundlessly because everything — our friends, our homes, the ground, the atmosphere and us — are all moving at the same speed in the near-vacuum of space. Imagine taking an airplane…
Read More

Credit: NASA/SDO

Big Sunspot Group Heats Up

(Update: The aurora’s active tonight. Not a big storm, but if you live in the northern U.S. and the sky’s clear, head out for a look. A G1 storm (Kp=5) is underway with arcs and faint rays low in the northern sky. The activity, spawned by a coronal mass ejection (CME) from the sun earlier…
Read More

Moonrise over Lake Superior from Duluth, MInn. Click the image to find when the Full Strawberry Moon rises for your town on the solstice on Monday (June 20). Credit: Bob King

Wow — First Day Of Summer And A Full Moon Too!

Stealthy summer has been advancing this way since December 22. That date marked the winter solstice or first day of winter, when the sun reached its lowest point in the sky in the northern hemisphere. Monday June 20th it will reach its highest point in the sky, officially marking the start of summer. Meteorological summer may have…
Read More

element117 LawLivNatLab_FEA

In The Search For New Elements, Look No Further Than Earth

Elements are well, elementary. Each is a substance composed of the same kind of atoms and no others. Copper is made only of copper atoms, all of which have 29 protons — no more or less — in their nuclei. If an atom has 30 protons, it’s not copper but zinc. And if it has…
Read More