Category Archives: Astronomy

Submarines in the Winter Twilight

One of the more celebrated North Pole surfacings of the USS Skate happened today in 1959, see http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/04/26/ice-at-the-north-pole-in-1958-not-so-thick/ for more on that and several others. Nearly a couple years ago at the ICCC in Chicago, Lord Monckton noted that at … Continue reading

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Recent solar flare seen bombarding Earth with gamma rays

From the “Oh noes it’s Radiation” department, Dr. Leif Svalgaard points out we all got a gamma ray bath on that recent big solar flare. I wonder how many Banana Equivalent Doses we all got?

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Comet Lovejoy survives a brush with Sol

From Physorg.com Comet Lovejoy was only discovered a couple of weeks ago. It was supposed to melt as it came so close to the sun that the temperatures would hit several million degrees. But astronomers watching live with NASA telescopes … Continue reading

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Aurora Borealis and surface temperature cycles linked

Dr. Roger Pielke Sr. writes about a new paper from Nicola Scafetta.: New Paper “A Shared Frequency Set Between The Historical Mid-Latitude Aurora Records And The Global Surface Temperature” By N. Scafetta 2011 A new paper has just appeared Nicola Scafetta … Continue reading

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Asteroid near miss – the movie

There’s no danger that the asteroid will strike Earth, but Sky and Telescope reports that if it did, it would “deliver a kinetic-energy punch equivalent to several thousand megatons of TNT … the kind of potential threat that outer-space sentries … Continue reading

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Global warming is killing the stars

People send me things. Today it is a curious graph of the number of supernovae (dying stars) discovered versus the HadCRUT temperature data since 1960. There’s a good correlation. So at first glance you might conclude two things, 1) GCR’s, … Continue reading

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Something more worrisome than global warming

Story Submitted by Mike Bromley ASTEROID FLYBY: – Asteroid will pass 12, 000 Km (7,500 miles) from Earth Newly-discovered asteroid 2011 MD will pass only 12,000 kilometers (7,500 miles) above Earth’s surface on Monday June 27 at about 9:30 a.m. … Continue reading

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Gamma ray flash was star swallowed whole by black hole

Yikes! What a way to go. One wonders if there were any planets around that star and if they may have contained life. We’ll never know. Black hole eats star, producing bright gamma-ray flash By Robert Sanders, Media Relations UC … Continue reading

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Super Storm on Saturn

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft and a European Southern Observatory ground-based telescope are tracking the growth of a giant early-spring storm in Saturn’s northern hemisphere so powerful that it stretches around the entire planet. The rare storm has been wreaking havoc for … Continue reading

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And now…something refreshing

Time to take a break from global warming. Link to the full video follows. Terje Sorgjerd writes: This was filmed between 4th and 11th April 2011. I had the pleasure of visiting El Teide. Spain´s highest mountain @(3715m) is one … Continue reading

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The Perigee Moon aka “Supermoon”

Perigee Moon left, Apogee Moon, right. Picture Credit: Galileo Project, NASA Thanks to WUWT regular “justthefacts” for assembling this story. – Anthony There has been a lot in the news about, “Saturday’s full moon will be a super “perigee moon” — … Continue reading

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Total Lunar Eclipse on the Solstice – way cool

From Spaceweather.com TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE: Earlier today, for the first time in 372 years, a total lunar eclipse occurred on the date of the northern winter solstice. Observers in North America were favored with an overhead view as the full … Continue reading

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Lunar eclipse and winter solstice to coincide, first time since the year 1378

How often do you get to witness an event that has not been seen since the year 1378,  over half a millennium, 632 years ago? Of course, weather will make or break the viewing, and it appears the much of … Continue reading

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