A possible meteor shower from Comet ISON?

The position of the radiant for any possible “ISON-ids” in Leo. Note the nearby Full Moon the night of January 15th. Credit: Stellarium

The position of the radiant for any possible “ISON-ids” in Leo. Note the nearby Full Moon the night of January 15th. Credit: Stellarium

Hey, remember Comet C/2012 S1 ISON? Who can forget the roller-coaster ride that the touted “Comet of the Century” took us on last year. Well, ISON could have one more trick up its cosmic sleeve –although it’s a big maybe—in the form of a meteor shower or (more likely) a brief uptick in meteor activity this week. The Rest Of The Story…

Hubble Telescope Sees Star That May Explode Soon (Photo)

By Laura Poppick, Staff Writer www.Space.com  |   January 13, 2014 01:00pm ET

SBW2007 Hubble View

The dying star SBW2007 sits at the center of this photo by the Hubble Space Telescope like a ‘lidless purple eye’ gazing out from deep space. Scientists suspect the star, which is surrounded by gas it has expelled, will die a violent and explosive death as a supernova, possibly within our own lifetimes. Image released Jan. 10, 2014.

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Sun Spots

Space Weather: Sunspots, Solar Flares & Coronal Mass Ejections

Nola Taylor Redd, Space.com Contributor   |   May 13, 2013 01:10pm ET

Though the sun lies 93 million miles (149 million km) from Earth, its unceasing activity assures an impact on our planet far beyond the obvious light and heat. From a constant stream of particles in the form of solar windto the unpredictable bombardment from solar flares and coronal mass ejections, Earth often feels the effects of its stellar companions. Less noticeable are the sunspots crossing the solar surface, though they are related to the more violent interactions. All of these fall under the definition of “space weather.”

Watch a very large solar flare:

Sunspots

Studying the surface of the sun can reveal small, dark areas that vary in number and location. These sunspots, which tend to cluster in bands above and below the equator, result from the interaction of the sun’s surfaceplasma with its magnetic field. The Rest Of The Story…

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Asteroid Near Miss

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To be honest it wasn’t really going to come that close, but aren’t you glad our peepers in the sky and on the ground are keeping a watchful eye out for these occurrences? The 400ft wide rock was noticed on December 23, 2013 with scientists believing it would make its closest approach to Earth on January 3, 2014. Asteroid watchers were able to make their calculations based on some 50 different observation over six days. The Rest Of The Story…