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Light Pillars Over Alaska

“What’s happening behind those houses? Pictured here are not auroras but nearby light pillars, a nearby phenomenon that can appear as a distant one. In most places on Earth, a lucky viewer can see a Sun-pillar, a column of light … Continue reading

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A Spiral Aurora Over Iceland

“What’s happened to the sky? Aurora! Captured late last month, this aurora was noted by Icelanders for its great brightness and quick development. The aurora resulted from a solar storm, with high energy particles bursting out from the Sun and … Continue reading

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Sunspot Group AR 2339 Crosses The Sun

“How do sunspots evolve? Large dark sunspots — and the active regions that contain them — may last for weeks, but all during that time they are constantly changing. Such variations were particularly apparent a few weeks ago as the … Continue reading

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Sun And Moon Halo

“Two pictures captured on April 1 are combined in this creative day and night composite. Separated in time by about 10 hours the images otherwise match, looking along the coast at Östersund Sweden. The relative times were chosen to show … Continue reading

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Two Worlds, One Sun

“How different does sunset appear from Mars than from Earth? For comparison, two images of our common star were taken at sunset, one from Earth and one from Mars. These images were scaled to have same angular width and featured here … Continue reading

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A Double Eclipse Of The Sun

“Can the Sun be eclipsed twice at the same time? Last Friday was noteworthy because part of the Earth was treated to a rare total eclipse of the Sun. But also on Friday, from a part of the Earth that … Continue reading

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Earth During A Total Eclipse Of The Sun

“What does the Earth look like during a total solar eclipse? It appears dark in the region where people see the eclipse, because that’s where the shadow of the Moon falls. The shadow spot actually shoots across the Earth at … Continue reading

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