Sunspots To The Rescue / Watch The Eclipse Live Online

Lots of amateur astronomers were hoping the sun wouldn’t be blank during the eclipse. We got our wish. Earlier this week, a lively sunspot group appeared around the eastern limb of the sun. It’s now peppered with about 25 spots and should be near the center of the solar disk on eclipse day. It’s fun…
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What We’ll Learn From Monday’s Eclipse / Safe Filter Update / Weather

It’s been a busy week! If you’re making eclipse plans, much of the total eclipse path looks surprisingly good for weather. Extended forecasts in key places and regions like eastern Oregon, Casper, Wyo., western Nebraska, the Kansas City region, St. Louis, southern Illinois and Nashville all call for sunshine. The weather even looks good where I live…
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August 21 Total Solar Eclipse Compilation And Guide

This isn’t so much a blog as a compilation you can refer to when needed. I’ve included all the eclipse topics I’ve written on below. Click to go to those that interest you. More are in the works. What Will the Weather Be Like On Eclipse Day? Total Eclipse Rewind — July 28, 1851, The First…
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Little Aurora Storm Possible Tonight Aug. 4

A jumbo-sized coronal hole in the sun’s atmosphere showered the Earth with the high-speed plasma (a soup of electrons and protons) earlier this week. The gift is arriving today and tonight and expected to ignite the northern lights to the tune of a G2 or moderate storm during afternoon hours for the Americas. Tonight’s forecast calls…
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How Dark Will It Get During The August Total Eclipse?

Total solar eclipse on the island of Svalbard in 2015. The planet Venus is visible off to the left. Shadow bands flicker across the foreground seconds before totality. They form when the last tiny bit of sun refracts through air pockets of different densities and temperatures, creating a series of undulating bands of light. Toss a…
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