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  • 2 Very Beautiful NASA Photos: The Sun. The Maldives.

    08/31/2010 10:49:45 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 11 replies · 3+ views ^ | January 3, 2010; January 12, 2010 | NASA; International Space Station (Expedition 22)
    Photo 1: Snapped while orbiting over the North Pacific Ocean (latitude 1.5, longitude -114.6) on January 3, 2010 at 12:28:57 GMT. Via (medium, large, huge) Photo 2: Male' and the Male' International Airport, Republic of Maldives on January 12, 2010 at 08:38:57 GMT. The length of the runway is 10,499 feet (3,200 meters). Via (medium, large, huge)
  • Is the Sun Emitting a Mystery Particle?

    08/27/2010 3:40:04 PM PDT · by epithermal · 40 replies
    Discovery ^ | Aug 25, 2010 | Ian O'Neill
    When probing the deepest reaches of the Cosmos or magnifying our understanding of the quantum world, a whole host of mysteries present themselves. This is to be expected when pushing our knowledge of the Universe to the limit. But what if a well-known -- and apparently constant -- characteristic of matter starts behaving mysteriously? This is exactly what has been noticed in recent years; the decay rates of radioactive elements are changing. This is especially mysterious as we are talking about elements with "constant" decay rates -- these values aren't supposed to change. School textbooks teach us this from an...
  • Russian heat wave due to dramatic changes in solar activity

    08/22/2010 11:36:10 PM PDT · by Vincent Jappi · 12 replies
    RT ^ | August 22, 2010 | Piers Corbyn
    This year Russia was hit by a record-breaking heat wave that led to wildfires which killed dozens and left thousands homeless. Weather forecaster Piers Corbyn says this is a result of weather cycles, not global warming. “What we have is a tremendous amount of activity on the sun and that affects the rush of particles from the sun to the earth and that changes the ionosphere and that also changes the circulation patterns of the globe in what is known as the jet stream,” Corbyn explained. “And that caused a shifting of the weather patterns so the south wind in...
  • Three Suns in the Sky or UFOs? (Rare Three Suns Visible in China)

    08/04/2010 10:55:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    People's Daily Online ^ | August 04, 2010
    "Look! UFOs are coming!" With that cry, citizens of Leshan City saw a peculiar sight in the sky around 10 p.m. on July 26, reported by Sichuan Online. Three round illuminated discs shined in the sky, lasting for more than 10 minutes before disappearing. Professor Wang Sichao, from Purple Mountain Observatory of Chinese Academy of Science, said the identity of those discs still can't be determined before comprehensive analysis. Wang explained that formation of a mock sun could be influenced by many respects, including directions of ice crystals in sky, the number of ice crystals and the number of cirrus...
  • "...large climate shift" on Jupiter

    08/04/2010 5:30:16 PM PDT · by smokinleroy · 18 replies
    Discovery News ^ | 4/24/10 | Lauren Effron
    Storms on Jupiter For more than 300 years, Jupiter’s gaseous atmosphere has hosted a gigantic storm known has the Giant Red Spot. Then in 2006, another red storm appeared and produced what appeared to be a few other whitish storm spots. When Hubble snapped this image in 2008, astronomers were surprised to discover that a third red storm spot had appeared. They speculate that this storm outbreak is due to a large climate shift on Jupiter . What's being sucked up into these storms or what causes them is still unknown.
  • NASA says large CME on Sun headed for Earth: Expected Arrival August 3rd.

    On Sunday, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory detected a complex magnetic eruption on the sun. The NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) also spotted a large coronal mass ejection (CME) The eruption happened around (3:50 am EST), the SDO detected a C3 class solar flare originating from a group of sunspots (called sunspot 1092). The flare itself was not that large, but the filament located about 70,000 miles away erupted at the same time. A filament is a large, bright feature extending outward from the Sun's surface, often in a loop shape. Filament is anchored to the Sun's surface in the...
  • $200 Textbook vs. Free. You Do the Math

    08/01/2010 2:48:35 PM PDT · by proxy_user · 33 replies · 5+ views
    The New York Times ^ | July 31, 2010 | Ashlee Vance
    INFURIATING Scott G. McNealy has never been easier. Just bring up math textbooks. Mr. McNealy, the fiery co-founder and former chief executive of Sun Microsystems, shuns basic math textbooks as bloated monstrosities: their price keeps rising while the core information inside of them stays the same. “Ten plus 10 has been 20 for a long time,” Mr. McNealy says. Early this year, Oracle, the database software maker, acquired Sun for $7.4 billion, leaving Mr. McNealy without a job. He has since decided to aim his energy and some money at Curriki, an online hub for free textbooks and other course...
  • VANITY: How Do I Learn Solaris Quickly

    07/24/2010 1:51:09 PM PDT · by BraveMan · 16 replies
    7/24/10 | BM
    My new position has me dealing with several Sun Terminals controlling industrial equipment. I have ZERO experience with this O/S though I did manage thru an fsck command the night before (multiple power outages). I am looking for FReeper advice: recommended books, forums, classes, etc. Thanks in advance . . .
  • Space Weather Turns into an International Problem

    07/18/2010 10:39:47 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies · 1+ views
    nasa ^ | July 16, 2010 | : Dr. Tony Phillips
    Sometimes a problem is so big, one country cannot handle it alone. That's the message scientists are delivering at today's International Living with a Star (ILWS) meeting in Bremen, Germany, and representatives from more than 25 of the world's most technologically-advanced nations have gathered to hear what they have to say. "The problem is solar storms—figuring out how to predict them and stay safe from their effects," says ILWS Chairperson Lika Guhathakurta of NASA headquarters. "We need to make progress on this before the next solar maximum arrives around 2013." The sun and Earth are separated by 93 million miles...
  • Good Day, Sunshine: The Happy Image Of A 'Smiling' Sun

    07/02/2010 9:25:11 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 11 replies · 1+ views
    DailyMail (UK) ^ | July 02nd, 2010
    Good Day, Sunshine: The Happy Image Of A 'Smiling' Sun [Pic in URL] 2nd July 2010 There is a lot to smile about today - it's Friday, it's summer, and Andy Murray is still in the running at Wimbledon (for now). This extraordinary image is just one more thing to be cheerful about. The photograph, which has gone viral on the internet, shows clouds passing in front of the sun - creating what appears to be a smiley face. Happy summer: Clouds pass in front of the sun in this image that is doing the rounds on the internet Little...
  • Sun's Strange Behavior Baffles Astronomers

    06/14/2010 7:43:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 119 replies · 2,129+ views ^ | 6/14/10 | Denise Chow
    The sun's temper ebbs and flows on what scientists had thought was a pretty predictable cycle, but lately our closest star has been acting up. Typically, a few stormy years would knock out a satellite or two and maybe trip a power grid on Earth. Then a few years of quiet, and then back to the bad behavior. But an extremely long stretch of low activity in recent years has scientists baffled and scrambling for better forecasting models. An expected minimum of solar activity, between 2008 and 2009, was unusually deep. And while the sun would normally ramp up activity...
  • Earth Changes and Solar Activity (video at link)

    06/12/2010 6:45:26 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 12 replies · 312+ views
    Gerald Celente Blogspot ^ | 7 June 2010 | Mitch Batros
    07 June 2010 Author and researcher Mitch Battros discussed a variety of Earth changes and environmental issues including the hurricane season and the BP oil spill, as well as the implications of Solar Cycle 24, and Mayan prophecy. Fluid displacement can make an area vulnerable to quake activity-- such as when companies drill deeply for oil, he noted. Strong hurricanes this year, category 3 or higher, may be good or bad for the oil spill, possibly taking the oil out to sea or causing it to surge up the East Coast, he outlined. Charged particles that we call solar flares...
  • As the Sun Awakens, NASA Keeps a Wary Eye on Space Weather

    06/07/2010 8:33:42 PM PDT · by shibumi · 31 replies · 63+ views
    NASA Science News ^ | June 4, 2010 | Dr. Tony Phillips
    June 4, 2010: Earth and space are about to come into contact in a way that's new to human history. To make preparations, authorities in Washington DC are holding a meeting: The Space Weather Enterprise Forum at the National Press Club on June 8th. Many technologies of the 21st century are vulnerable to solar storms. [more] Richard Fisher, head of NASA's Heliophysics Division, explains what it's all about: "The sun is waking up from a deep slumber, and in the next few years we expect to see much higher levels of solar activity. At the same time, our technological society...
  • Swastika: Symbol of the Sun, Not Nazi Terror?

    05/23/2010 10:09:31 AM PDT · by Nachum · 65 replies · 1,043+ views
    inn ^ | 5/23/10 | Hana Levi Julian
    The Nazi swastika is apparently not considered illegal in the Lithuanian city of Klaipeda, despite former assumptions that the symbol was not to be displayed nationwide, a common legislative ruling in Eastern Europe. A local court has ruled the sign is a centuries-old symbol that depicts the sun. The judge in the case, which lasted three months, justified his ruling by adding that the symbol is found on numerous historic artifacts.
  • The Sun and the Son of God in Our Lives

    05/14/2010 6:20:13 AM PDT · by stillafreemind · 5 replies · 159+ views
    Associated Content ^ | May 14th, 2010 | Sherry Tomfeld
    Like everyone else, I have days when my outlook on life isn't exactly as Christian as it should be. The cloudy days with no sun are days that can sometimes be harder to get through. My zip and zest for life seems to wane. I realize that a day without the son of God is much much worse. The words of Jesus inspire me and make everything tolerable. The days without a sun are one thing, a day with out the son of God would seem to be intolerable to me now.
  • The Sun As You've Never Seen It: Nasa Reveals Stunning Footage From New Satellite

    04/22/2010 5:39:49 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 32 replies · 1,380+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | April 22nd 2010 | CLAIRE BATES and DAVID DERBYSHIRE
    The Sun As You've Never Seen It: Nasa Reveals Stunning Footage From New Satellite [Pics in URL] By CLAIRE BATES and DAVID DERBYSHIRE 22nd April 2010 Forget Iceland's volcano. If you want to see a really big eruption, you need to head to the Sun. This astonishing image - captured by a new Nasa space telescope - shows a ferocious solar flare looping out the Sun with the power of 100 hydrogen bombs. The ring of fire, heated to tens of millions of degrees, stretches out tens of thousands of miles - and is so big it could contain more...
  • OMG! Huge Prominence (CME to hit Earth's magnetic field around April 15th)

    04/14/2010 1:44:22 PM PDT · by TaraP · 43 replies · 2,089+ views
    Spaceweather ^ | April 14th,2010
    One of the biggest prominences in years erupted from the sun's northwestern limb yesterday. The massive plasma-filled structure rose up and burst during a ~2 hour period around 0900 UT on April 13th. Observers in Europe had a great view: Updated: The eruption hurled a bright coronal mass ejection (CME, movie) into space. The expanding cloud could deliver a glancing blow to Earth's magnetic field around April 15th. NOAA forecasters estimate a 35% chance of polar geomagnetic activity when the CME arrives.
  • INCOMING CME: (Cloud arrives on April 11th or 12th)

    04/10/2010 10:13:57 AM PDT · by TaraP · 51 replies · 1,197+ views
    Spaceweather ^ | April 10th, 2010
    Decaying sunspot 1060 delivered a parting shot on April 8th. The active region's magnetic field erupted, sparking a B3-class solar flare and hurling a faint coronal mass ejection (CME) almost directly toward Earth. Geomagnetic disturbances are possible when the cloud arrives on April 11th or 12th. [UPDATED: aurora gallery] SUNGRAZING COMET: Today, the sun had a comet for breakfast. The icy visitor from the outer solar system appeared with no warning on April 9th and plunged into the sun during the early hours of April 10th. One comet went in, none came out. The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) had...
  • iPranged a submarine (Nuke submarine crashed while navigator listen to iPod)

    04/09/2010 10:33:00 PM PDT · by rawhide · 62 replies · 2,368+ views
    The Sun UK via Drudge Report ^ | 4-10-10 | By NEIL MILLARD
    A US nuclear sub rammed another ship causing nearly £60MILLION damage - while its navigator was listening to his iPod. Sailors aboard the USS Hartford had also rigged up loudspeakers so they could play MUSIC on duty, an official report found last night. Sonar operators and radio men were missing from their posts. Others drove the attack sub while "with one hand on the controls and their shoes off", it said. The report slammed the navigator, who was listening to his iPod in his cabin while revising for an exam at the time. The captain, Commander Ryan Brookhart, was relieved...
  • What in the world is the SUN up to now? (Solar 'Current of Fire' Speeds Up)

    03/12/2010 11:47:20 AM PST · by TaraP · 42 replies · 1,471+ views
    NASA ^ | March 12th, 2010
    March 12, 2010: What in the world is the sun up to now? In today's issue of Science, NASA solar physicist David Hathaway reports that the top of the sun's Great Conveyor Belt has been running at record-high speeds for the past five years. I believe this could explain the unusually deep solar minimum we've been experiencing," says Hathaway. "The high speed of the conveyor belt challenges existing models of the solar cycle and it has forced us back to the drawing board for new ideas." The Great Conveyor Belt is a massive circulating current of fire (hot plasma) within...