Venus and Jupiter Hit the Bullseye

For the last few months, Venus and Jupiter have been visible in the night sky.  Venus makes it’s usual 584 day cycle, becoming an ‘evening star’ once again, reaching far from the Sun in the West, while still following our central star.  Jupiter has slowly worked its way westward over the past few months, due more in part to Earth’s orbit than Jupiter’s.  Finally, the long-awaited conjunction of the planets is nigh, and it offers the best views and photographic opportunities of the year for professional and amateur astronomers alike. What is the brightest object in the sky? The Sun...

Motivation Monday: Form Good Habits to Succeed Subconsciously

  “The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.” ―Samuel Johnson We all have our good habits and bad habits.  Some of them are conscious, like the process of cooking a meal we’ve practised several times.  Others are unconscious, like how you may be lost in thought in the shower, yet you still end up clean.  In fact we live our entire lives on a series of routines, forever following our experience of what we’ve done over and over.  This can be as small as regularly buying a paper on the...

The Sun has been going Insane lately!

The sun is definitely hitting its usual ‘rebellious’ phase on its 11 year sunspot cycle, where it flares up at literally everything. The biggest sunspot observed in 24 years has been releasing huge amounts of energy, in the form of X-class solar flares. In the past week this sunspot, designated AR 12192, has released 3 X-class flares, including a huge X-3.1 on Friday.  NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has been watching the light show. Okay so the Sun is blowing up, what does all this mean? Let’s start with Sunspots.  A sunspot is a place on the sun where there...