What a Giant Solar Flare Means to Earth

Composite video of the sun as imaged by the Solar Dynamics Observatory in three false-color, high-energy wavebands between 5 September and 7 September of this year showing the magnitude 9.3 X-class solar flare as a bright pink outburst. Link to original HD video available here and on our YouTube channel here. What would happen if[…]

World’s best ‘eclipse chaser’ explains why you may not want to photograph the eclipse

Reposted from The Class Dismissed Podcast, Inspiring Educators Through Story Original article Published by Ortego Communications Astronomer Glenn Schneider has been chasing total eclipses since he was 14 years old.  In all, he’s witnessed 33, an accomplishment that only two other people in history can put on their resume. Credit: Dr. Glenn Schneider August 21, Schneider will[…]

Where are the five brightest stars in our sky?

Going out to look up at the stars on a clear, dark night can be daunting, if not for its beauty and majesty but for what may seem like an uncountable number of stars; you often hear the comment “there are millions” of stars”! Indeed, there are quite a few more than mere “millions”; there[…]

The Sun Today!

Note: Following observations of the 2 August Transit of the moon across the sun, SDO failed to return to Science mode, hence the blank video composites below. Check back regularly, as this page’s code will automatically retrieve the frames when available Daily, Dynamic Video Composite Loops of the Sun in the light of Extreme UltraViolet[…]

Significant Solar Flare Recorded By NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory

A relatively strong, C-class solar flare was observed on Sunday, July 17th by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. The flare is noteworthy in that the sun has been relatively quiescent, on its way to solar minimum. The image and the accompanying video below are composites, compiled from hard Ultraviolet and X-ray images obtained by the SDO,[…]