images Stunning

Stunning new sun images show our star’s popcorn-like magnetic field structure – Live Science

A high-resolution GREGOR image of a sunspot, a cool, dark magnetic storm on the sun.

A high-resolution GREGOR image of a sunspot, a cool, dark magnetic storm on the sun.

(Image: © KIS)

Need a little more sun in your life?

German scientists have just finished upgrading a solar telescope called GREGOR at the Teide Observatory in the Canary Islands, and the result is a spectacular new set of images of our star.

“This was a very exciting, but also extremely challenging project,” Lucia Kleint, a scientist at the Leibniz Institute for Solar Physics in Freiburg, Germany and lead researcher on the project, said in a statement. “In only one year we completely redesigned the optics, mechanics and electronics to achieve the best possible image quality.” 

Related: World’s largest solar telescope produces never-before-seen image of our star

GREGOR began its observations in 2012 as Europe’s largest solar telescope and the upgrade project began in 2018. The upgrades included work on the telescope’s optics and control systems, repainting the observatory to reflect less light and interfere less with observations, and implementing new scheduling policies to improve the scientific output of observations.

All told, the telescope now allows scientists to capture features on the sun that are only 30 miles (50 kilometers) across, according to the statement. And since solar activity is currently on an upswing as the minimum point of the current 11-year solar cycle ends, there will be plenty for GREGOR to study.

GREGOR sunspot magnetic storm image

A new image from GREGOR shows magnetic structures on the sun. (Image credit: KIS)

“The project was rather risky because such telescope upgrades usually take years, but the great team work and meticulous planning have led to this success,” Svetlana Berdyugina, an astrophysicist at the Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg in Germany and director of the Leibniz Institute for Solar Physics, said in the same statement. “Now we have a powerful instrument to solve puzzles on the sun.”

The upgrades are described in a paper published Sept. 1 in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.

Email Meghan Bartels at or follow her on Twitter @meghanbartels. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom and on Facebook.

Read More

Comet Stunning

How to see stunning comet Neowise before it leaves for 6,000 years – MSN Money


Comet Neowise as seen from the Czech Republic on the morning of July 6.

Jan Tláskal/

Comet Neowise, the most impressive comet in nearly 25 years, is giving sky watchers a last chance to catch it. The comet made its closest pass by Earth on Thursday and rose a little higher in the sky on July 24 and 25. From that point it’s likely to get dimmer as it returns to deep space. 

Emily Kramer, co-investigator on the science team for the NASA Neowise spacecraft that discovered the comet, noted that it’s rare for a comet to be bright enough to see with the naked eye. “It’s been quite a while,” she told reporters last week. “The last time was 1995-1996 (with comet Hale-Bopp).” 

Over the past couple of weeks, a number of amateur astrophotographers have shared stunning images of the comet captured as it appeared just above the horizon in predawn skies. 

I have a strong dislike of early mornings—but so worth it today because wow is that comet beautiful! C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) I was at Sunset Crater by 4AM. It was an easy naked-eye object, but really rewarding through binoculars. Last pic is closest to naked eye scale.#neowise

— Jeremy Perez (@jperez1690) July 5, 2020

Comet NEOWISE and the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada ?! I was up really early for this shot. It’s not often that we get the opportunity to see or photograph a comet of this brightness and with a tail. I hope you like it!?

— Kerry LH? (@weatherandsky) July 5, 2020

Astronauts on the International Space Station have also spotted the comet, aided by their premium vantage point, and NASA’s Parker Solar Probe captured the profile of Neowise, showing it has multiple tails.  

From the cosmos to your inbox. Get the latest space stories from CNET every week.

According to NASA solar system ambassador Eddie Irizarry, the comet should be easier to see this week as it climbs a little higher in the sky. There are beginning to be a few reports, however, of Neowise growing more faint, so don’t delay. 

Right now, the advice being shared by many of those who have successfully spotted the comet is to first locate it in the sky using binoculars or a telescope. Once you’ve found it and its trademark split tail, you should be able to then track it with the naked eye. 

July 5 – my third consecutive morning observing Comet NEOWISE. When I held my 7×40 binoculars to my eyes to search for…

Posted by Fred Espenak on Sunday, July 5, 2020

Now playing:
Watch this:

Tips for catching comet Neowise with your camera


There’s still a slim possibility, for the most optimistic of us, that Neowise might brighten dramatically to become a so-called “great comet” that’s easily visible and spectacular to see with the naked eye. While there’s no strict definition of what a great comet is, it’s generally agreed that we haven’t seen one since Hale-Bopp. 

The comet will be visible toward the northwest and western edges of the sky. A good rule of thumb is to find the big dipper and start looking below it.

Here’s where you can spot the comet. Online resources like TheSkyLive also offer similar night sky maps to aid your comet quest. 

This diagram from Sky and Telescope shows where to look for comet Neowise in the night sky this month.

Sky and Telescope

If you don’t see the comet before it inevitably fades away in August or sooner, you’ll have to wait awhile for its next trip through the inner solar system, currently estimated to happen in the year 8786.

Read More

Stunning These

These stunning pictures captured Comet Neowise soaring through the sky. Here’s how you can see it for yourself – CNN

(CNN)A three-mile wide comet named “NEOWISE” has lit up the skies, wowing people across the globe.

Being able to catch a glimpse of the comet — officially known as C/2020 F3 — is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as it won’t pass Earth again for another 6,800 years, according to the International Dark-Sky Association.
It’s extremely rare for comets to be visible to the naked eye. Comet Hale-Bopp, which experts describe as the “last great comet,” was seen in 1997, which was visible for a year and a half. NEOWISE is not considered a “great comet,” though it is still a spectacle.
“The early reviews are in,” said. “Comet Neowise is a hit.”
On July 3, Comet NEOWISE made its closest approach to the sun.
“This very close passage by the Sun is cooking the comet’s outermost layers, causing gas and dust to erupt off the icy surface and creating a large tail of debris,” NASA said in an article last week. “And yet the comet has managed to survive this intense roasting.”
Since then, the comet has been visible about an hour before sunrise in the US, close to the horizon in the northeastern sky.
It was spotted in England too, where photographer Jon Rees described the comet as a “little beauty.”
“A chance to shoot Comet Neowise over my favourite pier was very very special!” Rees wrote in the caption of his photo he posted to Instagram.
The window to spot NEOWISE is closing quickly — the fleeting comet is expected to remain visible in the northern hemisphere just through July.
Here are some tips on how to best catch a glimpse of it, courtesy of the experts with Sky & Telescope.
  • Before July 14, the best time to see the comet was before the sunrise. But from the 14th onward, you’re more likely to see the comet in the evening sky.
  • As it moves away from the sun and edges closer to Earth, the comet will fade away, but your chance of catching it improves if you can find a location that’s free of light pollution, meaning street lights, car headlights, apartment lights, and the like.
  • “Start looking about 1 hour after sunset, when you’ll find it just over the northwestern horizon as the last of twilight fades into darkness,” the editors of Sky & Telescope said in a news release. “Look about three fists below the bottom of the Big Dipper, which is hanging down by its handle high above, and from there perhaps a little to the right.”
  • On July 23, Comet NEOWISE will be at its closest to Earth, but by then, you’ll probably need binoculars or a telescope. If you want to take a picture of the comet, use a tripod and a camera that’s able to take time exposure shots that are several seconds long, according to Sky & Telescope.

Read More

iPhone Stunning

Stunning iPhone 12 Pro video looks like the real deal – Tom’s Guide

iPhone 12 Pro

(Image credit: Devam Jangra/ConceptsiPhone)

Warmer weather doesn’t just mean the onset of summer. It’s usually a clue for concept designers to start ramping up iPhone concept art, as everyone gets their best guesses in as to what Apple has planned for its fall phone update. And even with a later launch than usual expected, the iPhone 12 isn’t going to be an exception to that trend.

The latest iPhone 12 concept video — and one of the best — comes from Devam Jangra, who created an iPhone 12 Pro video that looks like something Cupertino itself might produce.

Jangra’s video for ConceptsiPhone is pretty consistent with all the iPhone 12 rumors circulating around, particularly with the camera bump and the squared off edges of the phone. The former rumor supposes that the Pro models of the iPhone will add a LiDAR sensor to the main, ultra wide and telephoto lenses Apple introduced with the iPhone 11 Pro, and that they’ll appear in a square array with a flash in the middle that makes everything look like you’ve rolled a 5 with a six-sided die.

As for the squared edges of the phone, that’s been a popular iPhone 12 rumor for a long time, as Apple watchers expect this fall’s phones to shift away from rounded edges to something that looks more like the iPhone 5.

If Jangra’s video departs from the widely accepted look of the iPhone 12 Pro, it’s in the colors featured. There’s a blue option, as has been widely anticipated. But the video also showcases brick and mustard color schemes to go alongside more traditional gray and silver options. It’s safe to say that Apple’s unlikely to feature those particular colors, but we wouldn’t be disappointed if it did — the Pro models play it pretty safe as opposed to the more colorful iPhone 11 options.

Jangra’s video rattles off a list of other features that have been linked with the iPhone 12 Pro models, including a display with a 120Hz refresh rate and 5G connectivity. The 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max are expected to be joined by two iPhone 12 models — one with a 5.4-inch screen and the other with a 6.1-inch display.

Current rumors suggest the iPhone 12 will ship in October, a delay from the usual September launch because of the coronavirus pandemic disrupting Apple’s production schedule.

Read More