Tag Archives: Sun

Why was solar observatory closed? (It wasn’t aliens)

After days of fighting rumors about alien visitations, the managers of the Sunspot Solar Observatory in New Mexico say they’re reopening the facility — and have shed more light on the reason for its 10-day security-related closure. Get the full story … Continue reading

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Parker Solar Probe blasts off to ‘touch the sun’

NASA today sent a super-shielded spacecraft known as the Parker Solar Probe on a mission that will take it closer to the sun than any other spacecraft has flown, with the probe’s namesake, a 91-year-old physicist, watching the launch. A blazing United … Continue reading

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How staring at the eclipse led to a world of hurt

A medical case reported today in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology proved the wisdom of all those warnings not to stare at the partly covered sun during August’s solar eclipse. Unfortunately, it’s too late for the woman at the center of the case: … Continue reading

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Solar storms could light up smoky skies

The sun has been acting up this week, and normally that would produce auroral displays bright enough to see in Washington state. But this isn’t a normal week: Western skies have been obscured by wildfire smoke, and although westerly winds … Continue reading

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Here’s how the eclipsed sun’s corona will look

Skywatchers will see a rare celestial sight during the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse: the sun’s shimmering outer atmosphere, known as the corona. What will it look like? Astronomers worked their magic to give us a glimpse. The corona is … Continue reading

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How to watch the transit of Mercury

For the first time in a decade, we Earthlings can watch the planet Mercury’s black speck pass across the sun on Monday – even in Seattle, where seeing the sun can be an iffy proposition. Just make sure you see it … Continue reading

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Solar eclipse spotted from air and space

A total solar eclipse is a rare and thrilling sight, but seeing it from a height makes it even more exotic. Check out the view from Japan’s Himawari 8 weather satellite, stationed more than 22,000 miles above the Pacific Ocean in … Continue reading

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