Things I have recently learned: The Sun Rotates

While in Oregon in the high desert to chase the eclipse I setup my camera and telescope and took a few quick shots to ensure all was in working order. Note that within the above picture, the day before the eclipsec Sun 20th Aug 2017, there are a few sunspots visible – I’ve circled them. … Read moreThings I have recently learned: The Sun Rotates

What is the NASA Mission to the Sun all about?

There is an old joke that goes as follows. A few guys in a bar are boasting about the progress that their various nations are making in space … A Russian guy boasts, “Next year we will put a man on the Moon“. An American boasts, “That’s no big deal, we have done that. Next year we will … Read moreWhat is the NASA Mission to the Sun all about?

Daily Star: We are all doomed

I must admit that sometimes the daily tabloids go so overboard that the pure absurdness of it all becomes quite entertaining. Last Saturday the UK’s Daily Star was announcing that the sun had a hole and so we were all doomed … Well yes, a typical tabloid headline. It might indeed be an article about a coronal … Read moreDaily Star: We are all doomed

What is the Big News that NASA Will Announce today?

There has been a bit of media flutter about the NASA Press Release entitled …. “NASA to Reveal New Discoveries in News Conference on Oceans Beyond Earth“. Yes the grammar of that press release title sucks, and so no, that NASA News Conference will not be taking place on an alien ocean. I must confess I am … Read moreWhat is the Big News that NASA Will Announce today?

Are the Fast Radio Bursts Aliens sailing amongst the stars?

A press release issued by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics has generated a considerable quantity of media fodder. Stories have been popping up all over the place about the idea proposed, and some highly reputable sources have been joining in. For example New Scientist magazine jumped into the fray with this … Could fast radio bursts really be … Read moreAre the Fast Radio Bursts Aliens sailing amongst the stars?

Anybody got any ideas for naming Trappist-1 planets? #7NamesFor7NewPlanets

NASA wonders if anybody out there can help them to name the recently announced seven earth sized planets that have been observed in orbit abound Trappist-1 … #7NamesFor7NewPlanets? TRAPPIST-1bTRAPPIST-1cTRAPPIST-1dTRAPPIST-1eTRAPPIST-1fTRAPPIST-1gTRAPPIST-1h 😉 https://t.co/QS80AnZ2Jg pic.twitter.com/gis6Ba7UBu — NASA (@NASA) February 24, 2017 Now to be clear, this is not a serious suggestion but instead is just a bit of … Read moreAnybody got any ideas for naming Trappist-1 planets? #7NamesFor7NewPlanets