Month: January 2009

Help NASA Image the "Dark Side" of the Sun

Just recently, NASA announced exciting progress on a new program that uses two space probes to image the sun’s surface while facing away from Earth. STEREO (“Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory”) uses the satellites are still floating into position for full viewing, but they are already returning images of never-before-seen sun horizons.

In order to download and process the future image data around-the-clock, NASA would like to establish a “mini-Deep Space Network” comprised of experience HAM operators from around the world who can collect signals through 10m X-band antennas. This is an amazing opportunity to be a part of cutting-edge solar science and will support critical early detections and forecasting of solar storms.

To apply for the progam… [ LEARN MORE and CONTACT NASA ]

“NASA Sees the ‘Dark Side’ of the Sun” :: Science@NASA :: January 23, 2009 :: [ READ ]

Watch the Solar Eclipse via Webcam

The first (of two) solar eclipses of 2009 begins late tonight, and will be visible over the Indian Ocean and western Indonesia. So, even if you are not floating on a boat in the middle of the ocean early in the morning, you can still watch the eclipse live thanks to an array of telescopes being made available through the South Africa National Node of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 program.

The viewing will be available begining around 12 midnight (CST) (the annular path begins in the South Atlantic at 06:06 UT), so take a brief nap this evening and stay up late to watch the beautiful sight!

“Moon Shadow” from International Year of Astronomy 2009 Webcam Viewing Portal :: [ VISIT ]

NASA’s 2009 Eclipse Information :: [ VISIT ]

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