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THE sun - our star - solar activity

First a word of Caution:

Observing the sun directly whether with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope causes instant and irreversible damage to your eye and almost certainly permanent blindness. Please take informed advice before proceeding to observe the Sun. There are methods and instruments available to assist in such observation - the full aperture of any instrument that is pointer at the Sun must be covered with an appropriate solar filter or filter mask combination

Here at this society we make use of White Light binoculars, a Coronado Solar telescope and occasionally Baader AstroSolar[TM] Solar Filter Material from Baader Planetarium - this filter material has been specifically designed and manufactured for use on telescopes and binoculars for observing the sun in white light and is sold at most reputable astronomy shops - do not to use any substitute that may be claimed to 'work'. Children must must not make solar observations unless a responsible knowledgeable adult is supervising at all times.

Please be safe - if in doubt don't proceed!



Solar Activity - Videos - page 2

There are many sites dealing with the Sun, our closest star, on the internet. There are links to some on this website. But the purpose of this page is to feature and present some feeds of what is happening to the SUN and some of the alternative solar reports. One thing is for certain is that scientists are not really sure hoe the Sun works and what is stated is so far the accepted theory. For alternate theories and a different view proposed by some other researchers you could have a look at some of the videos on the Uncensored and Unofficial pages of this website such as The Electric Universe on the Science Page.

FM13 The Weak Solar Cycle and Its Consequences PressConference
Published on 11 Dec 2013

The Weak Solar Cycle and Its Consequences
Session held: Wednesday, 11 December at 9 a.m.

The current solar cycle is on track to be the weakest in 100 years, providing an unprecedented opportunity for scientists studying the sun. In this panel, scientists will examine the current solar cycle in relation to past cycles and discuss the consequences of the weak solar cycle on the various layers regions between the sun and Earth, including implications for space weather, atmosphere and climate.

Participants:
Nat Gopalswamy, astrophysicist, Solar Physics Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland, USA;
Leif Svalgaard, senior research scientist, W. W. Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA;
Marty Mlynczak, senior research scientist, Climate Science Branch, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia, USA;
Joe Giacalone, professor and associate director, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA.

Sessions: SH23D, SH24A, SH33C, SH33E, SA51A-2032

FM13 First Results from the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph IRIS Mission PressConference
Published on 9 Dec 2013

Solar observations by the small explorer spacecraft IRIS, a NASA mission launched last June, reveal a wealth of violent eruptions at unprecedented resolution. For the first time, IRIS is making it possible to study these explosive phenomena in enough detail to determine their role in heating the outer solar atmosphere. The mission's images and spectra of the Sun's chromosphere and transition region also open a new window into dynamics and energetics of the low solar atmosphere that play a pivotal role in heating the solar atmosphere, accelerating the solar wind, and driving solar eruptive events.

Participants:
Alan Title, IRIS Principal Investigator, Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Center, Palo Alto, California, USA;
Bart De Pontieu, IRIS science lead, Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Center, Palo Alto, California, USA;
Mats Carlsson, Professor, Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Oslo, Norway;
Scott McIntosh, Section Head: Solar Transients & Space Weather, National Center for Atmospheric Research, High Altitude Observatory, Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Sessions: SH12A, SH23B, SH31D, SH32A, SH33A

FM13 Dynamic Mars from Long Term Observations PressConference
Published on 10 Dec 2013
Dynamic Mars from Long-Term Observations
Tuesday, 10 December at 11:30 a.m.

There has been a continual spacecraft presence at Mars since 1997. The longevity of spacecraft missions examining the Red Planet has enabled detection and examination of changes on multiple time scales. Active processes include planet-encircling dust storms about every three to four Mars years, evolution of the polar caps, fresh impacts, migrating sand, and a suite of processes on slopes, some of which may involve liquid water. The distribution of shallow ice is much better known, with implications for recent climate change. The longer the observations continue, the deeper the understanding grows about active processes on Mars.

Participants:
Alfred McEwen, Principal Investigator for High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA;
Colin Dundas, Science Team Member for High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, United States Geological Survey, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA;
Robert Haberle, Co-Investigator for Mars Color Imager on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California, USA.

Sessions: P31C, P41A

SH14A. Interaction of Coronal Mass Ejections With Coronal and Heliospheric Structures I
Published on 5 Dec 2012

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Supdermassive Galactic Plasma Ray
Published on 20 Apr 2013

Galactic Synchronization Ray or Super-massive Black Hole; Excerpt clips from the movie: SOLAR (R)EVOLUTION by renowned German biophysicist, Dieter Broers. The current Consciousness Shifts correspond to a super-massive Galactic Synchronization Plasma Ray originating from Sagittarius A - reaching us through our Sun. Humanity and planet Earth is being upgraded at this very moment!
Please visit the Solar (R)evolution web site, buy or rent the Full movie:
http://www.solar-revolution-movie.com/
...and pass this important information on to everyone you can. Thank you ~.~

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Solar Graphics

SOHO 'Anomalies'
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