Pluto: The ‘Other’ Red Planet

What color is Pluto? The answer, revealed in the first maps made from New Horizons data, turns out to be shades of reddish brown. Although this is reminiscent of Mars, the cause is almost certainly very different. On Mars the coloring agent is iron oxide, commonly known as rust. On the dwarf planet Pluto, the reddish color is likely caused …

Scientist Warns of Possible Space Weather Disasters

University of Colorado Space Physics Professor Daniel Baker this week gave a presentation at the 46th Annual Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union. The topic of the presentation was a warning to societies of the real dangers that intense space weather could cause. Using the example of a large solar ejection that missed Earth in 2012, Baker warned that a …

International Reference Ionosphere- Wikipedia

International Reference Ionosphere (IRI) is a common permanent scientific project of the Committee on Space Research and theInternational Union of Radio Science started 1968/69. It is the international standard for the terrestrial ionosphere since 1999.

NASA says Sun will flip its magnetic field soon

The sun is gearing up for a major solar flip, NASA says.

In an event that occurs once every 11 years, the magnetic field of the sun will change its polarity in a matter of months, according new observations by NASA-supported observatories

FERC Orders Development of Reliability Standards for Geomagnetic Disturbances

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today issued a final rule requiring development of reliability standards that address the impact of geomagnetic disturbances (GMD) to ensure continued reliable operation of the nation’s Bulk-Power System.

Priority Mismatch Between Space Science and Operations

In this Space Weather Journal article, O’Brien, Mazur, and Fennell discuss the mismatch between the priority for space scientists with applications for operations and what operators are interested in.

“The space science community has many motivations for setting its priorities. Space scientists and the organizations that fund their research often state a desire to provide relevant research results to benefit the …

Met Office adds space weather to its forecasting, Tuesday 23 July 2013

Following the recognition of ‘space weather’ as a major risk to UK national security, the Met Office is using big data to predict solar events.

Solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs) will now form part of the Met Office’s forecasting, as the result of a joint project between UK and …

Space Weather Risks

From the Washington Post… July 10, 2013

Today, electric utilities and the insurance industry are grappling with a scary possibility. A solar storm on the scale of that in 1859 would wreak havoc on power grids, pipelines and satellites. In the worst case, it could leave 20 million to 40 million people in the Northeast without power — possibly for years….

Best Night-Sky Pictures of 2012 Named

National Geographic Best Night-Sky Pictures

1st Place, “Beauty of the Night Sky” Category

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