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Comment by Stephen on April 13, 2018 at 8:40pm

Do you remember it?

Comment by Mrs.B on April 13, 2018 at 7:10pm

That was just after we moved here.

Comment by Stephen on April 13, 2018 at 6:54pm

The Day The Sun Brought Darkness

About 30 years ago, on March 13, 1989, the whole province of Quebec, Canada, suffered a blackout that by now has reached legendary proportions among astronomers and electrical engineers. Still, what made it reach this status wasn’t its proportions, but the fact that it was caused by the sun, or a solar storm to be more exact.

Three days earlier, astronomers noticed a powerful explosion on the sun, and just a few minutes after that, the Sun’s magnetic forces had already released a cloud of gas worth more than a billion tons. The cloud headed straight for Earth’s direction and at about 1.000.000 miles/hour, it went straight for us. It even jammed some radio frequencies, which most of Europe thought was the work of Russians, but they soon found out the true cause.

Read more here: https://www.zmescience.com/other/feature-post/the-day-our-sun-broug...

Comment by Chris on March 31, 2018 at 8:08am

Neat photograph of the pilot among the aurora. I haven't had the oppertunity to see the aurora. I read it sometimes comes to lover latitudes. That's probably a good because I understandin middle lattitudes can upset the power grid.

Comment by Mrs.B on March 28, 2018 at 8:12pm

Weird.

Comment by Stephen on March 28, 2018 at 8:10pm

Dark Matter Goes Missing in Oddball Galaxy

Galaxies and dark matter go together like peanut butter and jelly. You typically don't find one without the other.

Therefore, researchers were surprised when they uncovered a galaxy that is missing most, if not all, of its dark matter. An invisible substance, dark matter is the underlying scaffolding upon which galaxies are built. It's the glue that holds the visible matter in galaxies — stars and gas — together.

"We thought that every galaxy had dark matter and that dark matter is how a galaxy begins," said Pieter van Dokkum of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, lead researcher of the Hubble observations. "This invisible, mysterious substance is the most dominant aspect of any galaxy. So finding a galaxy without it is unexpected. It challenges the standard ideas of how we think galaxies work, and it shows that dark matter is real: it has its own separate existence apart from other components of galaxies. This result also suggests that there may be more than one way to form a galaxy.

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2018/dark-matter-goes-missing-...

Comment by Stephen on March 24, 2018 at 2:48am

This U-2 Spy Plane Pilot Photographed the Northern Lights Up Close and It's Breathtaking

 Want to see what the Northern Lights, one of nature most beautiful phenomena, look like up close? Ross Franquemont can show you. A U-2 spy plane pilot by day and a photographer by night, Franquemont recently had the privilege of photographing the Aurora Borealis from his cockpit at 70,000 feet.

http://www.thescinewsreporter.com/2018/03/this-u-2-spy-plane-pilot-...

Comment by Davy on March 19, 2018 at 11:29am

More so when you do not properly know what to expect in an environment that you can only theorise about and make very well educated guesses at. 
He was bloody lucky after all those gremlins striking the mission. 

Comment by Mrs.B on March 19, 2018 at 3:29am

First time for anything major like that is always dangerous.

Comment by Stephen on March 19, 2018 at 2:57am

50 Years Ago, The First Spacewalk Nearly Ended In Tragedy

On March 18, 1965, Alexey Leonov stepped outside the thin metal shell of Voskhod-2 to float in the harsh void of space. For 12 minutes and 9 seconds, Leonov opened the doors on an entirely new branch of exploration as the first spacewalker. It was nearly a disaster.

https://gizmodo.com/50-years-ago-the-first-spacewalk-nearly-ended-i...

 
 
 

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