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GIANT MYSTERY, SOLVED?
Last year, when NASA's IBEX spacecraft discovered
a giant ribbon at the edge of the solar system, researchers
were mystified. They called it a "shocking result"
and puzzled over its origin. Now the mystery may have been
solved. Get the full
story from Science@NASA.
ANNULAR SOLAR ECLIPSE:
Yesterday, the Moon passed in front of the sun, producing
a spectacular "ring
of fire" eclipse visible from the Indian Ocean and
surrounding lands. In Manila, James Kevin Ty caught the eclipse
in its partial phase:
"The low-hanging sun was dim and I didn't need any special
filter to photograph it using my Canon
350D," says Ty. "In the foreground, a young
couple sat together in a boat enjoying the romantic view."
Indeed, it was a lovely eclipse. Browse the just-updated
gallery for more examples:
Eclipse Photo Gallery
Map of Eclipse Sightings]
The solar wind is gently buffeting Earth's magnetic field
and this is causing auroras around the Arctic Circle. This
is how the sky looked on Jan. 15th over Kvaløya, Norway:
"The auroras were beautiful [last night]," says
Fedrik Broms, who took the picture using his Nikon
D3. "They were not in the mood for dancing, but they
were intense. At times, the strong green light made the ice
glow green too."
The display could intensify even more on Jan. 18th and 19th.
That's when a solar wind stream flowing from a coronal hole
is expected to reach Earth. High-latitude sky watchers should
be alert for Northern
Northern Lights Gallery
[previous Januarys: 2009,