Zombie ISON ‘Behaving Like A Comet’, Stunned Astronomers Say

by Elizabeth Howell November 29, 2013

Talk about the Comeback Kid. After Comet C/2012 S1 ISON rounded the sun yesterday afternoon, professional astronomers around the world looked at the faded debris and concluded it was an “ex-comet.” NASA wrapped up an hours-long Google+ Hangout with that news. The European Space Agency declared it was dead on Twitter. But the remnants — or […]

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Spacecraft Witnesses Solar Eclipse x 3

by Nancy Atkinson November 14, 2012

On the ground, the total solar eclipse of November 13/14, 2012 was only visible to only to observers in northern Australia. But ESA’s Sun-watching satellite Proba-2 enjoyed three partial eclipses from its vantage point in space. Nancy Atkinson on Google+

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Stunning Timelapse: Spacecraft Capture the Transit of Venus

by Nancy Atkinson June 6, 2012

Here’s the entire 7-hour transit of Venus across the face of the Sun – shown in several views — in just 39 seconds, as seen by the Solar Dynamics Observatory on June 5, 2012. This view is in the 171 Angstrom wavelength, so note also the the bright active region in the northern solar hemisphere […]

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The May 2012 Annular Eclipse as Seen From Space

by Nancy Atkinson May 21, 2012

Here’s a few unique vantage points of seeing the annular solar eclipse on May 20/21 2012. Above, one of the geostationary satellites called MTSAT (Multi-Functional Transport Satellite) built by Japan was able to capture the shadow over Earth near the maximum of the eclipse of May 20-21, 2012. It’s rather amazing how small the shadow […]

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Great View! January 4 Solar Eclipse As Seen From Space

by Nancy Atkinson January 6, 2011

Here’s a unique view of the January 4 partial solar eclipse: ESA’s sun-watching microsatellite Proba-2 captured the conjunction of the spheres as the Sun, Moon and Earth all lined up in front of it. Shortly after the Moon partially blocked Proba-2’s view of the Sun, the satellite flew into Earth’s shadow. At that point – […]

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