January Aurora over Norway

Aurora over Norway

A large coronal mass ejection occurred on our Sun few days ago, throwing a cloud of fast moving electrons, protons, and ions toward the Earth.   Image Credit  Bjørn Jørgensen

By |January 27, 2012|Categories: Astronomy, Natural phenomena

Largest Solar storm recorded in eight years (video)

Solar storm on January 22, 2012 with an M8.7 class flare

The largest solar storm recorded in more than eight years is currently affecting our Planet. A giant wave of charged particles from the sun slammed into the planet’s magnetic field on Tuesday morning.  Credit: NASA’s SDO.

By |January 26, 2012|Categories: Astronomy

Saturn’s Hexagon

Hexagon in North Pole of Saturn

This is the North Pole of Saturn. It is unclear how an unusual hexagonal cloud system that surrounds Saturn’s north pole was created, keeps its shape, or how long it will last.

By |January 23, 2012|Categories: Astronomy

Wolf’s Moon

Full moon of January

A Full Moon rising can be a dramatic celestial sight, and Full Moons can have many names. Captured on January 8 from Östersund, Sweden, this evocative moonrise portrait might make you feel the cold of winter in the north. Photographer Göran Strand.

By |January 23, 2012|Categories: Astronomy, Natural phenomena

Triangular UFO incoming on NASA Stereo (video)

Triangular UFO

Some people have noticed a strange triangular shape “object” entering the field-of-view of the HI2 telescope on STEREO Behind around December 26, 2011. You can see the feature in question in this video moving from right-to-left. What is this?

By |January 22, 2012|Categories: Astronomy

For the first time catching a Comet death

Kreutz comet vaporized as it flew too close to the Sun

For the first time, a death-diving comet, from a group known as the Kreutz comets, has been observed as it vaporized as it flew too close to the Sun.

By |January 21, 2012|Categories: Astronomy

Wrinkled Moon

Apollo 15 orbital metric camera, oblique image of the Sea of Rains

Wrinkle ridges have been seen on the surface of the Moon for over a century. Studies of these interesting features began as early as 1885, with telescopic photographs, and continued beyond the Apollo era, with satellite and lander observations. Scientists thought they understood them, but the latest images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbital Camera (LROC) suggest we may not know the whole story.   via universetodayby Irene Antonenko

By |January 20, 2012|Categories: Astronomy

New view of the Helix Nebula (video)

Helix Nebula from ESO’s VISTA telescope in infrared light

A striking new image of the Helix Nebula from ESO’s VISTA telescope (image top), at the Paranal Observatory in Chile. This picture, taken in infrared light, reveals strands of cold nebular gas that are invisible in images taken in visible light (image below), as well as bringing to light a rich background of stars and galaxies.

By |January 20, 2012|Categories: Astronomy

Dione, Epimetheus and Prometheus

Saturn's moon

Flying past Saturn’s moon Dione (left), Cassini captured this view with two smaller moons, Epimetheus and Prometheus, near the planet’s rings. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute.

By |January 19, 2012|Categories: Astronomy

Kepler finds two more Exoplanets orbiting Binary Stars

Kepler-34 b orbits two sun-like stars

Using data from NASA’s Kepler Mission, San Diego State University astronomers announced the discovery of two new transiting “circumbinary” planet systems — planets that orbit two stars.

By |January 16, 2012|Categories: Astronomy