Big Sunspot Sends Blast Our Way, Storm Expected Sunday

After a few days of all show and no action, that big, scenic sunspot group let loose a powerful M-class flare early yesterday evening. The blast sent a giant cloud of solar plasma — electrons and protons bundled with magnetic energy — in Earth’s direction that’s expected to arrive Sunday (July 16) around lunch time and…
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Try Out Your Eclipse Glasses On This Big Sunspot

A rapidly growing sunspot that rotated around the Sun’s limb several days ago has now expanded to about 78,000 miles (125,000 km) across, only 10,000 miles shy of Jupiter’s girth. It was easy to see with the naked eye as a small, dark imperfection on the sun’s otherwise spotless face through my #14 welder’s glass…
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How To Photograph The August 21 Total Solar Eclipse

As a semi-seasoned eclipse veteran — I’ve traveled to five total eclipses, three of which were clear — I recommend that you take no photos at all. Just watch the spectacle unfold above you. Absorb every second. Total solar eclipses are not only rare for any particular locality, but when they do happen, the weather has…
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Wishing You A Merry Ride On The Solstice Roller Coaster

Happy first day of summer! Last night at 11:24 p.m. CDT, the sun reached the top of its roller coaster ride across the sky, marking the summer solstice. That makes today the first full day of the new season. Around here it coincides with the start of what will soon be a riot of daises.…
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Crescent Supermoon Smiles In The West Tonight

You normally hear the term supermoon applied to an unusually close (and large) full moon, but the truth is, a supermoon can occur during other phases, too. The closest supermoons happen during full and new moon, the two times a month when the sun, Earth and moon are lined up in a row. This month’s supermoon occurred on…
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