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Nov 4, 2003: Record-Shattering X-28 Megaflare

Oct 28, 2003: X17.2 Megaflare
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The Sun Now (click to enlarge)
The Sun Now
Active Region-click to enlarge
Active Region
Apr 14, 2001
Megaflare
Earth's Current Shadow
A real-time image of the the sun's shadow cast upon Earth (allow time to load).
 
Northern Lights
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Sunspot Daily Photo
Real-Time Solar Winds
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Auroral Oval
Auroral Oval
Animate Map


This plot shows the current extent and position of the auroral oval in the northern hemisphere, extrapolated from measurements taken during the most recent polar pass of the NOAA POES satellite.

The red arrow in the plot, that looks like a clock hand, points toward the noon meridian. The statistical pattern depicting the auroral oval is appropriate to the auroral activity level determined from the power flux observed during the most recent polar satellite pass. This presentation provides an estimate of the location, extent, and intensity of aurora on a global basis.
Eros Flyover
Eros Flyover
This movie made 3/4/00 from NASA's NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft shows the "saddle" region of the space rock from a range of 127 miles.
A Month With No Full Moon?
February 1999 had no full moon. When does a month with no full moon next occur?

Will not occur again
2? million years
2018
2179



Understanding Eclipses (pop-up box)

Understanding Moon Phases (images below)


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Night and Day

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Gamma-Ray Bursting
Credit: GSFC, NASA
Explanation for above: Using graphics and data from NASA's Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, this animation illustrates one of the most exciting mysteries of modern astrophysics, gamma-ray bursts. Incredibly gamma-ray bursts, sudden flashes of radiation with over 100,000 times the energy of visible light photons, occur several times a day.

This pop-up  animation from the Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope on the SOHO spacecraft (hovering partway between Earth and the sun) shows the progress of a solar flare that erupted on October 14, 1999. The flare spouts out from the "top" of the sun. An earth-directed coronal mass ejection -- a similar event -- can also be seen.

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Upcoming Celestial Key Dates

Attached are the best recurring ''stellar'' shows. For a very detailed, current calendar from JPL, click  here:
Jan 03Quadrantids Meteor Shower Peaks
Apr 22Lyrids Meteor Shower Peaks
May 5Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower Peaks
Jul 29South Delta-Aquarids Meteor Shower Peaks
Aug 1Alpha Capricornids Meteor Shower Peaks
Aug 6Southern Iota Aquarids Meteor Shower Peaks
Aug 12Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks
Aug 25Northern Iota Aquarids Meteor Shower Peaks
Oct 9Draconids Meteor Shower Peaks
Oct 21Orionids Meteor Shower Peaks
Nov 3Taurids Meteor Shower Peak
Nov 17Leonids Meteor Shower Peaks
Dec 13Geminids Meteor Shower Peaks
Dec 22Ursids Meteor Shower Peaks


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