Post has attachment
Solar Storm Warning: A Stream of Solar Wind is Expected to Hit Earth's Magnetic Field

Solar Update, January 22, 2019. A stream of solar wind is heading for Earth, and it should arrive on Jan. 24. A stream of solar wind is heading for Earth, and it should arrive on Jan. 24.

The wind is flowing from a coronal hole (CH) in the sun's atmosphere. G1 (Minor) storm levels are likely on Jan. 24 as the coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) moves into a geoeffective position.

The action begins during the late hours of Jan. 23rd when a co-rotating interaction region (CIR) is expected to hit Earth's magnetic field.

CIRs are transition zones between slow- and fast-moving solar wind streams. Solar wind plasma piles up in these regions, producing density gradients and shock waves that do a good job of sparking auroras.

After the CIR arrives, a stream of fast-moving (600 km/s) solar wind will follow. The combined effect could produce G1-class geomagnetic storms and bright Arctic auroras on Jan. 24-25.

Arctic sky watchers should remain alert for auroras.
http://spaceweather.com/
http://www.solarham.net/
https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/

A solar filament broke free from the Sun and erupted into space (Jan. 21, 2019). Filaments are cooler clouds of gases that are suspended above the Sun by notoriously unstable, magnetic forces. The action was captured in a wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light.

Clips, images credit: Solar Dynamics Observatory, NASA, ESA/SOHO & helioviewer.org

Music credit: YouTube Audio Library
Commenting is disabled for this post.

Post has attachment
Two 'Mini Suns' in the Morning Sky - Venus and Jupiter Put on a Celestial Show

If you happen to see two intensely bright "stars" in the morning sky, you are probably looking at a pair of dazzling planets. On January 22, 2019, look at southeast to see the conjunction of the planets Venus and Jupiter in the predawn/dawn sky.

The two planets shIne brightly together like beacons or like two 'mini suns' as a friend from Hawaii says.

Venus and Jupiter are two of the brightest planets in the night sky, making them relatively easy to find because they should appear much more luminous than any stars. If you have clear skies overhead, you should be able to spot these eye-catching worlds with your naked eye.

If you own a telescope, don't forget to also look out for Jupiter's four largest moons: Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. As the moons dance around Jupiter, their positions every night will differ, but these natural satellites have been known to put on a celestial show for lucky skywatchers.

You simply can’t miss these two brilliant beauties. Venus and Jupiter rank as the third-brightest and fourth-brightest celestial bodies, respectively, after the sun and moon.
https://earthsky.org/tonight?offset=1

Clips, images credit: NASA/JPL. ESA/HUBBLE & ESO

Music credit: YouTube Audio Library
Commenting is disabled for this post.

Post has shared content
Supermoon Total Lunar Eclipse Tonight

Get ready for an epic moon event.

Here's When You Can See the Moon Turns Red
Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/XFL41nmfagA
Supermoon Total Lunar Eclipse Tonight

Get ready for an epic moon event.

Here's When You Can See the Moon Turns Red
Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/XFL41nmfagA

Overnight from Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, into Monday, Jan. 21, millions of people in North and South America will have a prime view of a total lunar eclipse. During a special nocturnal hour, the full moon will become fully tinted with the red-orange color of sunset.

The Jan. 21 total lunar eclipse will be the last one until May 2021, and the last one visible from the United States until 2022; the most recent total lunar eclipse previous to this one appeared in July 2018.
https://www.space.com/42830-supermoon...
https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/l...

People in Hawaii and eastern Africa will catch the dramatic lunar eclipse as the moon rises and sets over the horizon, respectively. Those viewers will see a total eclipse, but not all of the partial eclipse that leads up to and ends the celestial event.

All of North and South America, including the Caribbean nations, will see the entire event. People in countries in Europe such as Iceland, Ireland and Portugal will also get to view all of the eclipse. And although people in the Ukraine and Turkey won't catch the whole eclipse, they'll still wake up to an impressive lunar sight.

Clear Skies Everyone!

Clips, images credit: ESA, ESO, NASA/JPL
Animated Photo
Commenting is disabled for this post.

Post has attachment
Total Lunar Eclipse - Here's When You Can See the Moon Turns Red this Weekend

Get ready for an epic moon event this weekend.
Overnight from Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, into Monday, Jan. 21, millions of people in North and South America will have a prime view of a total lunar eclipse. During a special nocturnal hour, the full moon will become fully tinted with the red-orange color of sunset.

The Jan. 21 total lunar eclipse will be the last one until May 2021, and the last one visible from the United States until 2022; the most recent total lunar eclipse previous to this one appeared in July 2018.
https://www.space.com/42830-supermoon-blood-moon-total-lunar-eclipse-2019.html
https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2019-january-21

People in Hawaii and eastern Africa will catch the dramatic lunar eclipse as the moon rises and sets over the horizon, respectively. Those viewers will see a total eclipse, but not all of the partial eclipse that leads up to and ends the celestial event.

All of North and South America, including the Caribbean nations, will see the entire event. People in countries in Europe such as Iceland, Ireland and Portugal will also get to view all of the eclipse. And although people in the Ukraine and Turkey won't catch the whole eclipse, they'll still wake up to an impressive lunar sight.

Clips, images credit: ESA, ESO, NASA/JPL

Music credit: YouTube Audio Library
Commenting is disabled for this post.

Post has attachment
Super-Earth Orbiting Just 6 Light Years Away May Harbour Alien Life - New Study

The planet – called 'Barnard b' – was confirmed as really existing after nearly 20 years of observations only recently. Barnard b is thought to be freezing cold, with surface temperatures around -150ºC and a molten core made of iron or nickel.

Just a mere six light-years away from Earth, this exoplanet could harbour alien life, a new study suggests.

https://www.firstpost.com/tech/science/freezing-super-earth-just-six-light-years-away-could-harbour-alien-life-study-5914131.html
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-paper-potential-primitive-life-icy.html#jCp

The discovery of Barnard's Star b was announced in November 2018 in the academic journal Nature.
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-018-0677-y
https://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1837/

Clips, images credit: Villanova University, IEEC/Science-Wave – Guillem Ramisa, ESO/M. Kornmesser, ESO/L. Calçada/Vladimir Romanyuk & NASA/JPL

Music credit: YouTube Audio Library
Commenting is disabled for this post.

Post has attachment
Earth's Shifting Magnetic Poles are Confusing your Cell Phone

Pick up your cell phone and look at it. That rectangular marvel of modern technology contains thousands of lines of code. Among them is the World Magnetic Model (WMM)–a program that helps your phone navigate. And it's in a bit of trouble. Researchers have announced that the WMM needs an emergency update because Earth's magnetic field is changing.

Read more here: http://spaceweather.com/ https://spaceweatherarchive.com/2019/01/16/earths-shifting-magnetic-pole-affects-your-cell-phone/
http://www.geomag.bgs.ac.uk/
http://britgeopeople.blogspot.com/2019/01/updating-world-magnetic-model-from.html

Clips, images credit: British Geological Survey, Geomagnetism/Kyoto University, NASA/JPL & ESA

Music credit: YouTube Audio Library
Commenting is disabled for this post.

Post has attachment
Must-See * Moon Inside the Magnificent "Winter Circle Of Stars" this Week

The Winter Circle is an asterism appearing to be in the form of a hexagon with vertices at Rigel, Aldebaran, Capella, Pollux, Procyon, and Sirius. It is mostly upon the Northern Hemisphere's celestial sphere. On most locations on Earth (except the South Island of New Zealand and the south of Chile and Argentina and further south), this asterism is prominently in the sky from approximately December to March.

There is also a pattern within the Winter Circle. It's in the southeastern part of the humongous Winter Circle, and it's called the Winter Triangle.

The Winter Triangle consists of the stars Sirius, Procyon and Betelgeuse.

On January 18, 2019, watch the Moon is inside the Winter Circle of Stars.
https://earthsky.org/tonight/identify-the-stars-of-the-winter-circle

Clips, images credit: ESA/HUBBLE, ESO & NASA/JPL

Music credit: YouTube Audio Library
Commenting is disabled for this post.

Post has attachment
Magnetar Mysteries in Our Galaxy and Beyond - Magnetars Near Black Holes could Be Behind FRBs

A team of scientists have analyzed pulses of radio waves coming from a magnetar – a rotating, dense, dead star with a strong magnetic field – that is located near the supermassive black hole at the heart of the Milky Way galaxy. The new research provides clues that magnetars like this one, lying in close proximity to a black hole, could perhaps be linked to the source of fast radio bursts, or FRBs. FRBs are high-energy blasts that originate beyond our galaxy but whose exact nature is unknown.

The research, published October 24, 2018, in the peer-reviewed Astrophysical Journal, looked at the magnetar named PSR J1745-2900, which is located in the Milky Way’s galactic center, using the largest of NASA’s Deep Space Network radio dishes in Australia. PSR J1745-2900 is the closest known pulsar to the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy, separated by a distance of only 0.3 light-years, and it is the only pulsar known to be gravitationally bound to the black hole and the environment around it.

https://phys.org/news/2019-01-magnetar-mysteries-galaxy.html#jCp
https://earthsky.org/space/magnetar-milky-way-black-hole-extragalactic-radio-bursts
http://www.caltech.edu/news/magnetar-mysteries-our-galaxy-and-beyond-84847
http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4357/aade4d

Clips, images credit: NASA's Deep Space Network , NASA/JPL/Caltech, Swift X-ray telescope, Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Music credit: YouTube Audio Library
Commenting is disabled for this post.

Post has attachment
Thousands of Stars, Including Our Sun, will Turn Into Crystals

Astronomers at the University of Warwick said this week they now have the first direct evidence that white dwarf stars – stars in an advanced stage of their evolution – ultimately solidify into crystals. That idea has been around for decades, but now new observations back it up. The astronomers who conducted this study say our skies must be filled with these crystal white dwarfs. They also point out that – long after it has swollen up as a red giant and swallowed the Earth – our sun is destined to become a crystal white dwarf, too, billions of years from now.

The new study – led by Pier-Emmanuel Tremblay – was published January 9, 2019 in the peer-reviewed journal Nature

Read more here: https://earthsky.org/space/white-dwarfs-including-our-sun-become-crystals
https://warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/thousands_of_stars/
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-018-0791-x
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Gaia/Gaia_reveals_how_Sun-like_stars_turn_solid_after_their_demise

Clips, images credit: University of Warwick/Mark Garlick, ESA/GAIA, NASA, SDO

Music credit: YouTube Audio Library
Commenting is disabled for this post.

Post has attachment
See Mars Near the Moon in the Night Sky - Venus-Jupiter Beautiful Pre-Dawn Conjunction

The moon lights the way to the Red Planet tonight (Jan. 12) as the two objects make a close approach to each other in the evening sky. If you gaze up at the moon after dusk, Mars will be easy to spot — weather permitting, of course — and will look like a yellow-orange star nearby.

In the southwestern sky after dusk on Saturday, January 12, the nearly half-illuminated moon will pass 5 degrees (about a palm's width) to the lower left of medium-bright, reddish Mars. By the time the duo sets at about 11:30 p.m. local time, the sky's rotation will carry the moon higher and to the planet's left.
https://www.space.com/16149-night-sky.html

On January 12 to 13, 2019 – use the waxing crescent moon to locate Mars, the fourth planet outward from the sun, and the next planet outward from Earth.
https://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-and-mars-on-january-11-13

VENUS AND JUPITER IN CONJUNCTION: In case you haven't noticed, the day is beginning with bright lights rising in the east. The sun? No. It's Venus and Jupiter, converging for a beautiful conjunction in the pre-dawn sky.

In the mornings ahead, Venus and Jupiter will draw closer and closer together, putting on a better show with each successive sunrise. At closest approach on Jan. 22nd, they will be only 2.5 degrees apart--a double beacon in the dawn sky visible even from brightly-lit cities.
This is a special conjunction. Not only are Venus and Jupiter the two brightest planets, but also they are converging while Venus is near its maximum elongation (greatest apparent distance) from the sun. As a result, the gathering is visible almost a full hour before daybreak.
http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=10&month=01&year=2019

The two celestial treats are visible worldwide and they can be seen with the naked eye.

Clear skies everyone!

Clips, images credit: ESA/HUBBLE, NASA/JPL

Music credit: YouTube Audio Library
Touching Moment - Wayne Jones
Commenting is disabled for this post.
Wait while more posts are being loaded