If you're tired of thinking about government agencies having access to your phone conversations and social network activity, while geolocating your mobile devices, just relax for a minute. There are still beautiful things in the world that we've created with our computers. Like this film, "Hinode."
Not only this image wins the internet for the most amazing image of the Venus transit, but to me it's also one of the most impressive images in the history of astronomy and space exploration. The scale and the feeling left me in awe.
This image, snapped by the Japanese probe Hinode on February 1, looks way more terrifying than it actually is. Most of the top half of the Sun seems to have fallen into a massive black hole, but it's not quite that dramatic. It's actually a coronal hole, a gigantic opening that allows the Sun to vent excess gas.…
Back on January 4, the Moon moved in front of the Sun, almost completely blocking our view of the Sun back on Earth. The Japanese-American Hinode satellite snapped this absolutely incredible photo of the eclipse from up in space.
So, I guess a) the world is really ending, b) someone has an awesome satellite, c) Sauron is back, or d) all of the above. I don't care. This is the most amazing view of a solar eclipse. And here's video:
We've long seen the results of solar flares on Earth, but haven't been able to predict when they'll strike next. New research released last week has given us a better understanding of solar weather. The massive, looping jets of superheated gas that erupt from the sun are driven by giant magnetic structures that…