Topic: In-depth
Closer Look: The 2024 Carrington Event

Closer Look: The 2024 Carrington Event

On Wednesday, May 8, community member ThirdRock Astronomy brought to my attention a massive sunspot that was growing to resemble the Sunspot that produced the 1859 Carrington Event, which lit the skies with aurora and powered the telegraph grid with induced current.  As someone who lives in the mid latitudes, I don’t generally follow the Sun’s activity; aurorae just don’t reach this far south unless something wild occurs. It turns out that particular spot needed my attention because it was gearing up to, well, go wild. The Sunspot in question is cataloged as 3664. It first appears as a small...

read more
The State of Climate Change

The State of Climate Change

Extreme Weather. Credit: NOAA As human beings, we have infinite capacity for empathy. We also have the capacity to be blind to what is going on in the world around us. This dichotomy is why some people see the Sarah MacLachlan ASPCA ads and donate, others click to...