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Solar Storm Update

Sep 12th, 2014 | By | Category: Events

According to Spaceweather.com: “The first of two CMEs expected to hit Earth’s magnetic field on Sept. 12th arrived on schedule. Although the geomagnetic storm it provoked was technically only minor (G1-class), Northern Lights were observed as far south as Arizona.”

 

Spaceweather further reports:  “A second and potentially more powerful CME is still en route. Geomagnetic storming could become strong (G3-class) during the late hours of Sept. 12th and Sept 13th after the second CME arrives. NOAA forecasters estimate a 45% chance that geomagnetic storming will reach mid-latitudes. Sky watchers everywhere should remain alert for auroras.”

 

For more information see http://spaceweather.com/.  If you happen to be in an area that has clear skies late on September 12, you might want to take a look!



Gamma Ray Burst in Andromeda (False Alarm)

May 27th, 2014 | By | Category: Events

Did the Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Mission just find a Gamma-Ray Burst originating in Andromeda? Turns out the answer is no, but it’s still interesting.

Read more here.



Ripples in space time?

May 22nd, 2014 | By | Category: Events

Were ripples in the fabric of space time truly discovered this past March? This is a World Science Festival live stream event, enabling you to listen to a singular conversation, among the world’s most respected pioneers in  cosmological theory and observation.

Big Bang & Brews | Science Pub RVA.



The first photo of the Orion Nebula compared to one taken by an iPhone

Mar 4th, 2014 | By | Category: Events

The first photo of the Orion Nebula compared to one taken by an iPhone.



Supernova in M82!

Jan 27th, 2014 | By | Category: Events

A supernova has appeared in the Messier 82 galaxy – visible in moderate size telescopes and a well-placed imaging target.  More information here.

Supernova in M82 - imaged by Jim Browder



Where to watch Comet ISONs fiery journey on Thursday – Computerworld

Nov 27th, 2013 | By | Category: Events

You can actually watch ISON go around the sun via the Solar Dynamics Observatory.

Where to watch Comet ISONs fiery journey on Thursday – Computerworld.



Video of two comets, taken from space

Nov 26th, 2013 | By | Category: Events

Incredible time lapse video of two comets passing earth

SpaceWeather.com — News and information about meteor showers, solar flares, auroras, and near-Earth asteroids.



Astounding astronomy photo / Silhouettes by Harry Finder

Nov 7th, 2013 | By | Category: Events

500px / Silhouettes by Harry Finder.



My New Favorite Star Party

Oct 13th, 2013 | By | Category: Events

A new blog entry has been posted about the recent Staunton River Star Party.  It was a great party!  Tell your astronomer friends.  The blog post is at this link.

 

SRSP



Wow! Stargazer Eyes Beautiful Region Rich in Nebulas Photo | Space.com

Aug 6th, 2013 | By | Category: Events

This is one of the most amazing astronomy photos I’ve ever seen.

Wow! Stargazer Eyes Beautiful Region Rich in Nebulas Photo | Space.com.