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Celestial Majesty: Sun Storm, Hubble's Mystic Mountain, Big Bear's Sunspot, 1st time since 1638:Solstice+Full Moon+Lunar Eclipse


By WcP.Observer - Posted on 26 December 2010

Star Death in 3-D
(quote) The hourglass shape of the supernova remnant SN 1987A isn't as well balanced as thought, according to an August picture of the exploded star... when massive stars explode, some of the ejected material gets shot into space faster than other debris.

Hubble's Mystic Mountain
A colorful, craggy column of dust and gas dubbed the Mystic Mountain stars in a picture from the Hubble Space Telescope released April 23 as part of celebrations for Hubble's 20th anniversary.

Dec 21, 2010: first time in 372 years - lunar eclipse on the same day as the Winter Solstice, and it’s full moon
On Dec 21, 2010, the total lunar eclipse falls on the same day as the winter solstice, a rare cosmic event that hasn't occurred in centuries - the last time the solstice coincided with a total lunar eclipse on the same calendar day was 1638.

Mars and a Moonbow
Mars shines like a bright red star over a "moonbow" in fog surrounding Hawaii's Haleakala volcano in January. Mars was about to make its closest pass by Earth for 2010.

Surprising Sun Storm
A tempest swirls during the beginning of a large solar eruption... revealed for the first time that outbursts covering the entire sun can be connected.

sunspot
This crisp view of a sunspot may be the most detailed picture of its kind yet shot in visible light.

how strongly the sun's magnetic field sews everything together
Links between activity on different parts of the sun can be seen in this image, which superimposes a map of the sun's magnetic field on an ultraviolet-light image of the growing August 1 storm. (unquote)

Photos courtesy of ESO, NASA, ESA, M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI), Doug Murray / Reuters, Wally Pacholka / TWAN, K. Schrijver, A. Title, SDO / NASA, and BBSO / NJIT

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