Saturday, July 10, 2010

Solar Activity

Space Weather News for July 10, 2010

A LIVELY SOLAR ECLIPSE: Fast-growing sunspot 1087 is crackling with C-class solar flares. A spectacular eruption recorded by the Solar Dynamics Observatory is featured on today's edition of This surge in activity comes on the eve of a total eclipse of the sun over the South Pacific. Will eclipse chasers see material blasting away from the sun when the Moon hides the blinding stellar surface? It's a possibility. Stay tuned to for updates and pictures from the path of totality.

SUNSET CONJUNCTION: Look west at sunset. Venus is passing by 1st magnitude star Regulus. They're only a little more than a degree apart. Bright Venus catches the eye first. As the glow of sunset fades, Regulus pops out of the twilight a little below Venus. The view through binoculars is superb.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Orion SkyQuest XT6 for Sale $200

For Sale: Like new Orion SkyQuest XT6 Dobsonian Telescope with base. Originally purchased 12/12/2000 for $470.80. Comes with Telrad Reflex Light Sight - New $48.00, Star Light Flashlite, Moon Filter, 25mm eyepiece, 9mm eyepiece, Instruction Manual & "Where the Stars Are" - Astronomy software for windows. Asking price $200. Email Carol at or phone 602-863-6399

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


Ozone is both good and bad. It’s good when it’s high in the stratosphere, where it protects us from harmful ultraviolet radiation. But at the top of the troposphere, ozone is a greenhouse gas. Mid-troposphere, ozone mops up pollutants. At the surface, though, ozone harms plants and causes health problems for animals—and us. The new “Ozone Trap-n-Zap” game on The Space Place gives you the opportunity to set things right. Ozone molecules fly in at all levels, and your job is to trap them where they will help and zap them where they won't. It’s fun and fast-moving, and you'll never be blasé about ozone again. Go to

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The Space Place Team

Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society