Solar System Shenanigans

Solar System Salutations,

Have a look at these wonderful new solar system images.

First up, let’s have a closer look at our Sun … or should I say: THE CLOSEST look at our Sun 🙂  The black cooler lower spot is surrounded by magnetic filaments arching up to the Sun’s surface and surrounded by the usual “boiling porridge” shaped pattens of 6000 degree Hydrogen plasma.

Please meet sunspot 1084, up close and personal:  “This photo of a sunspot is now the most detailed ever obtained in visible light,” according to Ciel et l’Espace. “For perspective,” he adds, “Earth is slightly smaller than the whole sunspot including the dark umbra and the daisy petal-like penumbra.”

Here is sunspot 1084 on the full Sun disk,  from 2 July 2010. This gives you a good idea of the size of the Earth compared to the Sun. 

Next … a quick update showing that there are presently NO known asteroids on a collision course with Earth. The closest one will only come at its closest 5 lunar distances near to us, that is, a long long way away. 

On August 29, 2010 there were 1144 potentially hazardous asteroids.
Recent & Upcoming Earth-asteroid encounters:
Miss Distance
2002 CY46
Sep 2
63.8 LD
2.4 km
2010 LY63
Sep 7
56 LD
1.2 km
2009 SH2
Sep 30
7.1 LD
45 m
1998 UO1
Oct 1
32.1 LD
2.1 km
2005 GE59
Oct 1
77 LD
1.1 km
2001 WN5
Oct 10
41.8 LD
1.0 km
1999 VO6
Oct 14
34.3 LD
1.8 km
1998 TU3
Oct 17
69.1 LD
5.3 km
1998 MQ
Oct 23
77.7 LD
1.9 km
2007 RU17
Oct 29
40.6 LD
1.0 km
2003 UV11
Oct 30
5 LD
595 m
3838 Epona
Nov 7
76.8 LD
3.4 km
2005 QY151
Nov 16
77.7 LD
1.3 km
2008 KT
Nov 23
5.6 LD
10 m
2002 EZ16
Nov 30
73.9 LD
1.0 km
2000 JH5
Dec 7
47 LD
1.5 km
2010 JL33
Dec 9
16.6 LD
1.3 km

Notes: LD means “Lunar Distance.” 1 LD = 384,401 km, the distance between Earth and the Moon. 1 LD also equals 0.00256 AU. MAG is the visual magnitude of the asteroid on the date of closest approach.

Now … let’s zoom out and look this new video, currently zooming around the world’s astronomical blogs, showing our nearest neighbours in space, lots of them!

Asteroid Discoveries by Scott Manley

“Astronomer and programmer Scott Manley, formerly of the Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland, has created a movie showing 30 years of asteroid discoveries in only 3 minutes. Warning: Feelings of claustrophobia have been reported among some viewers. It’s crowded out there!” WOW! Run for your tin hats now!   

Here are just a few of our nearby neighbours … who are just willingly waiting and wanting to meet YOU 😉

WOW … what a wonderful world we wallow in.

Wowed Brady

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One Response to Solar System Shenanigans

  1. Neutron repulsion is the energy source that powers the Sun, . . .

    . . . and the cosmos. Sunspots occur when deep-seated magnetic fields protrude through the photosphere. Hydrogen is a waste product (a neutron decay product)released from the Sun and other stars to fill interstellar space.

    With kind regards,
    Oliver K. Manuel

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