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…  return to BBC Two on Monday (Jan. 16th). Volunteers have tripled to more than 100,000 people, and the number of images inspected has now reached a million. The new planet candidate’s status will need more checking, but it looks strong, said Dr Lintott. “It would be our fifth detection since we started and our…

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…  new video from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory shows huge blasts of plasma, called solar prominences, curling around the sun’s tumultuous magnetic field. The remarkable activity was captured Nov. 14 to 15 using a wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light. Never look at the Sun directly yourself – it can lead to blindness! The Camtasia Studio…

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Storms on Saturn and the Sun

Big Storm on Saturn: Did you get a telescope for Christmas? If so, point it at Saturn. A giant storm even brighter than Saturn’s rings is raging through the planet’s cloudtops. Amateur images and sky maps are featured on http://spaceweather.com. Geomagnetic Storm in Progress: At the time this post is being published (late afternoon UT…

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Possible Aurora Alert for May 27th

…  magnetic filament on the sun erupted yesterday (May 24th), and the blast hurled a coronal mass ejection in the general direction of Earth. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras around May 27th when the advancing cloud is likely to deal a glancing blow to our planet’s magnetic …

Annular Solar Eclipse Coming Up on Jan 15th

…  Moon is about to pass directly in front of the sun, producing an annular solar eclipse on Jan. 15th between 05:00 and 09:00 GMT. The zone of visibility stretches from Africa across the Indian Ocean to eastern Asia. Onlookers in those places should be alert for crescent-shaped shadows on the ground and “ring of…

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Sky at Night: April 2008 – the Sun, Revealed

…  2008 – The Sun, Revealed: It’s the start of a new solar cycle, and the spacecraft Ulysses faces retirement, but solar missions Stereo and SOHO are still revealing our nearest star in a new …

…  2008 – Messenger to Mercury: Mercury is a world of extremes and enigmas – the closest one to the Sun. The spacecraft Messenger, which has just reached it after a four year journey, now offers enthralling pictures of its hidden side, which has never been seen before. Sir Patrick Moore looks at the latest…

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