Brown Dwarf Brewing Up Epic Space Storm

The storm of the century? How about the largest storm since the beginning of time… Scientists have spotted some scary activity on a nearby brown dwarf which may indicate that the small celestial body could be the site of one of the most violent space storms ever witnessed. The University of Toronto, which is studying … Continue reading

Space Weather Advisory Outlook and “The Weekly”

**** SPACE WEATHER OUTLOOK **** Summary For September 5-11 Category R1 (Minor) radio blackouts were observed on 05, 09, and 10 September due to flare activity from active sunspot Regions 1283 and 1286.  An R2 (Moderate) radio blackout was observed on 08 September due to flare activity from sunspot Region 1283.  R3 (Strong) radio blackouts … Continue reading

” 2005 YU55 Will Be The Closest Approach By An Asteroid This Large “

The 1300-foot-wide  (400 metres) asteroid, which is more than one and a half times the length of a soccer pitch, will pass within 0.85 lunar distances of the Earth on November 8, 2011.   Discovered on December 28, 2005 by Robert McMillan of the Spacewatch Program near Tucson, Arizona, 2005 YU55 is believed to be … Continue reading

Solar Flares and Sunspots Just Keep Going and Going

Solar flares are intense bursts of radiation that come from the release of magnetic energy associated with sunspots. Flares are the solar system’s largest explosive events and can be seen as bright areas on the sun. Their energy can reach Earth’s atmosphere and affect operations of Earth-orbiting communication and navigation satellites. “If we can get … Continue reading

Yet Another X Class Solar Flare In Less Than 24 Hours

SOLAR RADIO BURSTS: This week’s sharp increase in solar activity has turned the sun into a radio transmitter. Bursts of shortwave static are coming from the unstable magnetic canopy of sunspot 1283. Tuesday in New Mexico, amateur radio astronomer Thomas Ashcraft recorded some samples at 21 MHz: listen. Radio listeners should remain alert for this … Continue reading