Holey Sun Could Fire Up Auroras Tonight

In one of the Winnie the Pooh stories I read to my kids, the lovable bear carries around a bag or sock with a hole in it. One day, he and Piglet get lost in the forest, but thanks to the the hole, the crumbs lead them back to safety. The sun’s like that. It…
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Changing Leaves, Slanting Sun, Falls Begins Today

At 3:02 p.m. Central time today falls begins. The moment is also called the autumnal equinox from the Latin “equal night” — on the first day of fall, day and night are equal at 12 hours apiece.  Like the Earth, the sky is divided into hemispheres, north and south. There’s even an equator up there…
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Sunspot’s Parting Gift — A Spectacular Loop Prominence / Aldebaran Goes Bye-Bye

What a sunspot show it was. The huge group, AR 2673, visible with the naked eye, produced an X9.3 flare on September 6th, the most powerful recorded since 2005. For the next few days, it quieted down a bit and then went ballistic again. At 11:06 a.m. Central time Sunday, the region erupted with at the…
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Solar Storm Headed Our Way / Aurora Alert Tonight Sept. 6-7

The large sunspot group, active region 2673, that grew in great haste over the weekend, has proceeded to shoot out flares like a 4th of July fireworks display. Seven moderate or M-class flares erupted Monday and five more on Tuesday. During one of Monday’s flares, the spot group launched a CME or coronal mass ejection toward…
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Grab Those Eclipse Glasses — See These Giant Sunspots!

Last night I called my Mom to talk and mentioned she could use her eclipse glasses to see the huge sunspots that now blotch the sun. Unfortunately, she thought the glasses were for one-time use and threw them out after the eclipse! “No, no, no,” I told her. “They’re good to look at the sun any…
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