November 17, 2019

Astro-Vid Of the Week: Remembering the Halloween Flares of 2003

The Sun unleashes an X-Class flare on October 28th, 2003 as seen in UV.

(Credit: NASA/SOHO).

Our nearest star gave us a scare a decade ago this week. Back in 2003, none of us knew what Facebook or YouTube was, and most of us were still using ye’ ole message boards and chat rooms to discuss such seminal arguments as Kirk vs. Picard.

Sol was also just coming off of its peak for Cycle #23, and still had a trick or two up its sleeve. The action began with an X-ray Class X17.2 flare on October 28th, 2003. [Read more...]

21.04.11: Of Alien Flora and Maunder Minimums.

Some fairly thought provoking science has been coming out of the Royal Astronomical Society’s National Astronomy Meeting being held this week in Llandudno, Wales. One of the most interesting talks was by Dr. Robert Forsyth of Imperial College concerning a comparison of the current solar lull and the famous Maunder minimum of 1645-1715.

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