Category Archives: Astronomy

2012 Annular solar eclipse – followup

Readers may remember that my family and I made a mad dash through northern California into Nevada trying to get ahead of clouds. Readers may remember this “perfect” image taken by my lovely wife that we uploaded to WUWT from … Continue reading

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Time lapse video of Venus transit seen from SDO

Thanks to reader Mike McMillan for pointing this awesome HiDef video out. It is the best I’ve seen.

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Transit of Venus as seen in California

My lovely wife is snapping photos already, as it has just started. Here’s a sample.

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Transit of Venus today may reveal the “Mysterious Arc of Venus”

From Dr. Tony Phillips Science at NASA When Venus transits the sun on June 5th and 6th, an armada of spacecraft and ground-based telescopes will be on the lookout for something elusive and, until recently, unexpected: The Arc of Venus. … Continue reading

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Asteroid blows past Earth in near miss

From ChicoEr.com Flying close enough to Earth that in astronomic terms one could feel the breeze as it passed, a small asteroid flashed by just after midnight today. NASA reported the space rock, with the unimaginative name of 2012 KT42, … Continue reading

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2012 Annular Eclipse

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Annular Solar Eclipse 2012 – data and images

I’ve been asked to provide some information on the upcoming eclipse Sunday, so here it is. I’ll actually miss the first part of the Heartland conference (Sunday night and Monday) due to the promise to my children we’d see this … Continue reading

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Lightning induced Schumann Resonance may help divine exoplanets

From the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Science nugget: Lightning signature could help reveal the solar system’s origins Every second, lightning flashes some 50 times on Earth. Together these discharges coalesce and get stronger, creating electromagnetic waves circling around Earth, to … Continue reading

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Svensmark’s Cosmic Jackpot: “Evidence of nearby supernovae affecting life on Earth”

Note: I’m going to leave this as a sticky “top post” for a day or so. new stories appear below. Nigel Calder asks us to republish this post for maximum exposure. He writes: Today the Royal Astronomical Society in London … Continue reading

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Mystery cloud spotted on Mars by amateur astronomer

Here’s something fascinating and puzzling, maybe WUWT readers can help figure this one out. There’s also a neat flipbook animation below the read more line. Wayne Jaeschke writes: Here’s a stumper for any Mars experts. While processing my Mars images … Continue reading

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Scafetta’s new paper attempts to link climate cycles to planetary motion

Nicola Scafetta sent me this paper yesterday, and I read it with interest, but I have a number of reservations about it, not the least of which is that it is partially based on the work of Landscheidt and the … Continue reading

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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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