Is there a planetary influence on solar activity? It seems so according to this new paper

Guest post by David Archibald   Long suspected, it seems that this has now been confirmed by a paper in Astronomy and Astrophysics with the title “Is there a planetary influence on solar activity?” by Abreu et al that was published on 22nd October, 2012. From the Discussion and Conclusions section: The excellent spectral agreement…

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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 Moon slipped in and out of Earth’s eerie red shadow. Jonathan Sabin sends this picture…