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There's aurora in the forecast again tonight. Use Aurorasaurus to see if it's visible near you but if it's not, check out the live and recorded feeds from YellowKnife: http://astronomynorth.com/auroramax/.
Friends, see my real-time #aurora report on the aurorasaurus.org map! Follow us on www.facebook.com/aurorasaurus.org. Reporting #northernlights and #citizenscience from the ground up since 2012!
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wow just magnificent
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“You start with a random clump of atoms, and if you shine light on it for long enough, it should not be so surprising that you get a plant.”
 
Given that physical laws are universal, yet another reason to search for extraterrestrial life.
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Jupiter as seen from below its south pole, 14 years ago by Cassini.
This Cassini image shows Jupiter from an unusual perspective. If you were to float just beneath the giant planet and look directly up, you would be greeted with this striking sight: red, bronze and white bands encircling a hazy south pole. The multicoloured concentric layers are broken in…
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Not quite what you'd see--Half of it would actually be the dark night side.
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Did you see the aurora? Tell Aurorasaurus! Aurorasaurus (www.aurorasaurus.org) has just gone into public beta release and is on Google+ (https://plus.google.com/u/0/114947805252550640792/).
Friends, see my real-time #aurora report on the aurorasaurus.org map! Follow us on www.facebook.com/aurorasaurus.org. Reporting #northernlights and #citizenscience from the ground up since 2012!
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The huge sunspot group that made the news a couple of weeks (e.g. http://wapo.st/1swQUGH) ago seems to have grown while on the far-side of the Sun and is about to rotate back into view. Hold on to your hats...

The video shows a component of the magnetic field of the Sun, in blue for the near-side and yellow for the far-side. The sunspot group (a.k.a. AR 2192) is the blob near the equator at 240. How do we "see" on the far-side of the Sun? Helioseismology!
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Tonight is shaping up to be a great night for viewing the aurora over Canada, and possibly the US. You can check the odds of seeing aurora at your location by refreshing the Ovation model (http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/ovation/North_New.html) as the night progresses. The times are given as UT (Universal Time) so you'll need to use a time zone converter to get the times in your time zone (e.g. http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html). Happy viewing!
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My life expectancy is (ahem) 92.4 years, according to the quick, web-based calculator put together by Dr. +Doug Manuel and his team. What's yours?
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A false colour image of our galaxy's magnetic field, as observed by ESA’s Planck satellite between 2009 and 2013. This is part of the "noise" that had to be removed in order to see the cosmic microwave background. One person's noise is another person's signal...
While the pastel tones and fine texture of this image may bring to mind brush strokes on an artist’s canvas, they are in fact a visualisation of data from ESA’s Planck satellite. The image portrays the interaction between interstellar dust in the Milky Way and the structure of our Galaxy…
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Very cool and interesting.. Good blog
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Carl Sagan's voiceover turned this stunning video into something truly inspiring.
 
One off the best things I have ever watched. Invest four minutes!  This -- rather than anger and cynicism -- is what being human must be about... or else, why bother?

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/11/29/wanderers_video_of_our_future_in_space_exploration.html

Oh, also note: almost all of the places depicted here are real. Many of them extrapolated from photos taken already by our robot emissaries. “We” have already been to these wondrous spots. We are already titans!  On our way to unimaginable greatness.

(Though I will keep trying to imagine.)
Seriously, stop whatever you’re doing and WATCH THIS VIDEO. And yes, you very much want to make it full screen: Holy. WOW. This is one of the most wondrous and moving paeans to space exploration I have ever seen. The words of Sagan are magnificent, of course. And the effects...
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The huge sunspot group that made the news a couple of weeks (e.g. http://wapo.st/1swQUGH) ago seems to have grown while on the far-side of the Sun and is about to rotate back into view. Hold on to your hats...

The video shows a component of the magnetic field of the Sun, in blue for the near-side and yellow for the far-side. The sunspot group (a.k.a. AR 2192) is the blob near the equator at 240. How do we "see" on the far-side of the Sun? Helioseismology!
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...not good...
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The largest man-made explosion (before nuclear weapons) has cast a shadow over Halifax for most of a century. Now there's a new novel by Steven Laffoley, The Blue Tattoo, that tells the sweeping story of the lives caught up in the unbelievable devastation of the Halifax Explosion.

I haven't read it yet, but I've just ordered the novel. Yes, Steven is a friend, but his book is currently beating Ian McEwan and Margaret Atwood on Bookmark's bestsellers list (http://bookmarkinc.ca/halifax/). Way to go, Steven!
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Thank you, will put it on my short list to pick up. The topic sounds interesting enough.
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Canada is number one! We're also 2nd, 9th, 10th, 19th, and 22nd... the Council of Canadian Academies has released its report on science culture in Canada. http://www.scienceadvice.ca/en/assessments/completed/science-culture.aspx
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The CBC (http://www.cbc.ca/.../canadians-science-literacy-ranks...) and Globe and Mail (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/.../is.../article20229020/) each have articles analyzing the report.
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I study the impact of solar activity on near-Earth space (a.k.a. space weather). I'm particularly interested in finding ways of using data from networks of science instruments on Earth to "see" what's happening above us in space, just as weather satellites in space "see" what's happening down here on Earth.

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Geospace Observatory (GO) Canada – Science and Applications
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Geospace Observatory (GO) Canada – Science and Applications

I'm Not A Teacher, You're Not A Student.
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I’m not a Teacher, You’re not a Student. This long article is written for those special people who have become interested in or perhaps even

Electric field instrument first data
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This is a time-lapse movie of some of the first ion images observed by Swarm’s electric field instrument. Spanning more than an orbit, the i

Swarm heads for new heights
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Some tricky manoeuvres are now under way to steer ESA’s trio of Swarm satellites into their respective orbits so that they can start deliver

Canadian Government Announces Canada's Plan for our Future in Space
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Canadian Government Announces Canada's Plan for our Future in Space

Canadian Space Agency Awards $6.2M in Contributions to 5 Canadian Univer...
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Canadian Space Agency Awards $6.2M in Contributions to 5 Canadian Universities

Geospace Observatory (GO) Canada Announcement of Opportunity
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Geospace Observatory (GO) Canada Announcement of Opportunity

ESA's magnetic field mission Swarm
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ESA’s Swarm mission will unravel one of the most mysterious aspects of our planet: the magnetic field.

Flights for the Advancement of Science and Technology (FAST 2013)
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Flights for the Advancement of Science and Technology (FAST 2013)

Space Science Current Opportunities
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Space Science Current Opportunities - Geospace Observatory (GO) Canada – Instruments and Data

SpaceX to Launch Space Weather Satellite for Canada Sunday
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A new space-weather satellite could help better protect Earth's infrastructure from damaging solar storms, officials from the Canadian Space

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How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy
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Jaroslav Flegr is no kook. And yet, for years, he suspected his mind had been taken over by parasites that had invaded his brain. So the pro

One Way Forward (Excerpt) by Lawrence Lessig
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In this excerpt from the Byliner Original "One Way Forward," the bestselling Lawrence Lessig considers the history of open source and "read-

The Google+ musings of Daniel Treadwell
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Google+ Blog Concept - Daniel Treadwell

Satellite launch marked Canada's foray into space
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Colin Franklin remembers the challenge of starting from scratch to build the Alouette-1 satellite which launched Canada as a spacefaring nat

The Math That Saved Apollo 13 Just Sold for $388,375
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This is the Lunar Module Systems Activation Checklist Book of Apollo 13. The handwritten numbers are part of the calculations made by Comman

Bucket list for kids: 50 things to do before they’re 12
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An organization in Britain wants to challenge the couch potatoes and get children out in nature