Solar Astronomy

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    September 25, 2013
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    March 26, 2013

    The World's Hottest Peppers Will (Almost) Kill You

    It's a good day for fans of seriously spicy food. According an article in the Wall Street Journal, the global chile-growing industry is booming as more farmers compete to create the world's hottest peppers. So just how hot are they? One grower -- who says his secret ingredient is "worm poop" -- tel ... More >>

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    November 7, 2012
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    March 8, 2012

    Take Cover from the Space Storm! Two Solar Flares Hit Earth, NASA Says

    Today's space-weather report tells of a different kind of sunny sky: Two flares, including the second biggest of the Sun's 11-year solar cycle, hit earth early this morning and could cause the biggest solar storm in five years, NASA says. Now, what the hell does this mean, exactly? Every so often, ... More >>

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    February 23, 2012

    Download: Christopher Paul Stelling's Pastoral "Solar Flares"

    Christopher Paul Stelling is a gifted Brookyn songwriter walking an austere, somber, gloriously pastoral line between William Elliott Whitmore-style indie-blues and the ever-emerging new breed of fleet-fingered Faheyesque fingerpicking. Every song on his debut album Songs of Praise and Scorn (just o ... More >>

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    August 7, 2011

    Start Bracing for Solar Storms

    ​The magnetic storm that has been developing on the Sun's surface may cause problems down here on Earth soon. Reuters reports that above average solar activity is proving to be a real concern for the Space Weather Prediction Center. They warn that communications and GPS satellites could be aff ... More >>

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    March 7, 2011

    The Sun is 'Waking Up' in a Crappy Mood

    Two scoops of pain!​Good news! Our sun is about to enter "solar maximum," the time in its life-cycle when it's at its most active. Wait a second, that's bad news. National Geographic reports that within the next couple of years, massive sun storms will possibly knock out GPS systems, blow up p ... More >>

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    February 17, 2011

    For the Next Two Days, Blame Everything Bad on the Evil Solar Flare

    ​You would have had no way of knowing it, geography being what it is, but a solar flare exploded over the sun on Monday. Now we're getting the trickle-down effect of its radiation, the biggest effects of which will be felt over the next 24 hours. So far China is blaming the solar flare for dis ... More >>

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    February 6, 2011

    NASA Takes Images of Sun's Backside

    New imaging technology has allowed us to see the sun's "angry face."​For the first time, NASA has been able to image the entire sun from top to bottom, front to back. This is so that we can keep track of "coronal mass ejections" (eruptions of hot deadly sun-stuff) that could be aimed right at Eart ... More >>