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THE UN BRACES FOR
STORM SPACE WEATHER: Forecasters
say solar maximum is due in 2013. To prepare, the
United Nations is taking steps to organize an international
response to stormy space weather. Get the full
story from Science@NASA.
Solar activity is low, but not zero. During the
early hours of Feb. 13th, a magnetic filament erupted
near the sun's SW limb. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory
recorded the blast (click to set the scene in motion):
The extreme UV movie shows the filament
flinging itself into space followed by the formation
of a "canyon of fire" marking the channel
formerly occupied by the filament. The glowing walls
of the canyon are formed in a process closely related
to that of arcade
loops, which appear after many solar flares.
As erupting magnetic filaments often
do, this one launched a coronal mass ejection (CME)
into space. NASA's STEREO-A spacecraft spotted the
expanding cloud, which does not appear to be heading
for Earth or any other planet.
Solar flare alerts:
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How many dogs can you count in this picture? Hint:
Don't forget the sundogs. Scroll down past
the sled for a total:
Answer: Six, four huskies plus two
They are bright splashes of light to the left and
right of the sun caused by sunlight shining through
ice crystals in the air.
"They appeared to result from
snowmobiles and dogs kicking snowdust up into the
Artic air," says Ian Collins, who took the
picture on February 9, 2013 from Jukkasjarvi, Sweden.
With northern winter entering its
coldest, snow-dustiest phase, now is a great time
to be alert for the phenomenon. The Iditarod
is coming in March. Can you say photo-op?
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Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs
are space rocks larger than approximately 100m that
can come closer to Earth than 0.05 AU. None of the
known PHAs is on a collision course with our planet,
although astronomers are finding new
all the time.
February 13, 2013 there were
potentially hazardous asteroids.
Notes: LD means
"Lunar Distance." 1 LD = 384,401 km, the distance
between Earth and the Moon. 1 LD also equals 0.00256
AU. MAG is the visual magnitude of the asteroid on
the date of closest approach.
official U.S. government space weather bureau
first place to look for information about sundogs,
pillars, rainbows and related phenomena.
call it a "Hubble for the sun." SDO
is the most advanced solar observatory ever.
views of the sun from NASA's Solar and Terrestrial
and archival images of the Sun from SOHO.
the NOAA Space Environment Center
underlying science of space weather