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Brief Outburst

The Sun blew out a coronal mass ejection along with part of a solar filament over a three-hour period (Feb. 24, 2015).

While some of the strands fell back into the Sun, a substantial part raced into space in a bright cloud of particles (as observed by the SOHO spacecraft). The activity was captured in a wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light. Because this occurred way over near the edge of the Sun, it was unlikely to have any effect on Earth.  

Credit: Solar Dynamics Observatory/NASA 

More from the Solar Dynamics Observatory at sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/
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Snaking Filament

A dark filament hovered above the solar surface, extending across more than half the Sun (Feb. 7–10, 2015). If that filament were straightened out, it would extend over 857,780 kilometers, longer than 67 Earths.  

These images were taken in extreme ultraviolet light and show material heated to about 60,000 degrees C. Filaments are cooler clouds of particles tethered above the Sun by powerful magnetic forces. Though this filament has been fairly stable for many days, they are liable to break apart at any time.  

Credit: Solar Dynamics Observatory/NASA 

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In a rare cosmic event on January 23, 2015, Europa, Callisto, and Io—three of Jupiter’s largest moons—were visible together as they moved across the face of the giant gas planet.

A sequence of images captured by Hubble telescope's Wide Field Camera 3 stitches together the transit, which lasted a little more than 40 minutes. 

Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team

Source: http://www.spacetelescope.org/news/heic1504/
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Vibrations made by enthusiastic +Seattle Seahawks fans help seismologists test equipment for detecting earthquakes. 
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"The Fish" is Science Bulletins' third video for the Explore21 Solomon Island expedition. Watch Museum scientists collect and analyze hundreds of species to find out how many fish groups are biofluorescent and how they might use light to communicate. 

Explore21 is a new Museum initiative to support scientific exploration that integrates fieldwork with emerging technologies, unlocking secrets of the natural world.

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Explore21: The Magic of the Deep
http://www.amnh.org/explore/news-blogs/from-the-field-posts/explore21-the-magic-of-the-deep

PLOS ONE: The Covert World of Fish Biofluorescence: A Phylogenetically Widespread and Phenotypically Variable Phenomenon
http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0083259

Researchers Reveal Covert World of Fish Biofluorescence
http://www.amnh.org/explore/news-blogs/research-posts/researchers-reveal-covert-world-of-fish-biofluorescence

Luminescent Lab: Biofluorescent Life
http://blog.luminescentlabs.org/tagged/biofluorescent

Sparks Lab Research Projects
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/23587807/Sparks_AMNH/Research.html
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Five years ago today, a magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, killing more than 200,000 people. Ten months after the quake, a team of geologists commissioned by the United Nations set out to make the first detailed soil map of the city.

Armed with sledgehammers and vibration sensors, the scientists surveyed how soils throughout Port-au-Prince either amplify or muffle seismic vibrations. The resulting map can now be used to guide reconstruction efforts. In this Science Bulletins feature, learn how geologists and engineers in Haiti and San Francisco are improving our resilience to powerful shifts of Earth's crust.

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National Earthquake Risk Reduction Program in Haiti
http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~ecalais/haiti/

Time: Haiti Earthquake—Five Years After
http://time.com/3662225/haiti-earthquake-five-year-after/

BBC: In Pictures—Haiti Five Years After the Earthquake
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-30731590
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The Line-Up

A string of small active regions rotated into view over two days, seemingly ‘tied’ together (Feb. 18–20, 2015).

Imaged in a wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light, the coronal loops show that some of the regions are actually linked through magnetic interaction. Active regions like these emerge through the surface of the Sun; they are embedded, and do not move around very much. 

Credit: Solar Dynamics Observatory/NASA 

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Curly-Q Filament Blast

A solar filament in the shape of a twisted arch erupted over a three-hour period (Feb. 4, 2015), with most of it falling back into the Sun.

Filaments are elongated clouds of particles suspended above the Sun’s surface by magnetic forces, and are notoriously unstable. The activity in the lower corona was visible in extreme ultraviolet light. 

Credit: Solar Dynamics Observatory/NASA 

More from the Solar Dynamics Observatory at sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/
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Magnetic Field Lines in Time-Lapse Video

Scientists have developed a way to model the Sun’s magnetic field lines’ positions as they change over time. A time-lapse over four days shows 2-3 of these models each day.

The spiraling arcs of magnetic field lines emerge from active regions and connect back to areas with the opposite polarity. The field lines are more concentrated in regions where magnetic intensity is stronger. And of course, they rotate with the rotation of the Sun. 

Look for the SDO’s most current images on the Sun Now area of the SDO web site, labeled “PFSS”.  

Credit: Solar Dynamics Observatory/NASA 

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Our latest Biodiversity News looks at critically endangered African penguins, whose colonies have shrunk by 70 percent in the last decade.

Commercial fishing is to blame, emptying the penguins’ ocean range of the small, schooling fish that are their main food source. With penguin chicks’ growth and health in crisis, a hands-on rescue strategy could sustain struggling colonies while conservationists work to ensure the species’ survival. 

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PLOS ONE: Hand-Rearing, Release and Survival of African Penguin Chicks Abandoned Before Independence by Moulting Parents
plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0110794

The Chick Bolstering Project
sanccob.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=26:chick-bolstering-project&catid=5:projects&Itemid=37

Dyer Island Conservation Trust: African Penguins
dict.org.za/penguins.php

IUCN Redlist: African Penguin
iucnredlist.org/details/22697810/0
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Guinea worm, a painful parasite that once affected millions of people each year, may soon be relegated to the past.

Thanks to improved health education and community efforts, only 148 cases were reported in 2013. This video, created for the +American Museum of Natural History exhibition Countdown to Zero, reveals how health workers and epidemiologists track guinea worm’s spread in an effort to eliminate the disease permanently.

Learn more about the exhibit: http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/countdown-to-zero
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Science Bulletins' second video for the Explore21 Solomon Island expedition, "The Tech," follows Museum scientists as they assemble and deploy specialized camera equipment, capturing stunning images of biofluorescent life.

Explore21 is a new Museum initiative to support scientific exploration that integrates fieldwork with emerging technologies, unlocking secrets of the natural world.

RELATED LINKS

Explore21: The Magic of the Deep
http://www.amnh.org/explore/news-blogs/from-the-field-posts/explore21-the-magic-of-the-deep

PLOS ONE: The Covert World of Fish Biofluorescence: A Phylogenetically Widespread and Phenotypically Variable Phenomenon
http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0083259

Researchers Reveal Covert World of Fish Biofluorescence
http://www.amnh.org/explore/news-blogs/research-posts/researchers-reveal-covert-world-of-fish-biofluorescence

Luminescent Lab: Biofluorescent Life
http://blog.luminescentlabs.org/tagged/biofluorescent

Sparks Lab Research Projects
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/23587807/Sparks_AMNH/Research.html
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