Gigantic Solar Ejection Lights Up Mars in Ultraviolet Light –“Caused a Planet-Wide Aurora”




An unexpectedly strong blast from the Sun hit Mars this month, observed by NASA missions in orbit and on the surface. NASA announced Friday that a coronal mass ejection from the Sun on September 11 was so strong that charged particles caused a planet-wide aurora on Mars. According to team members of NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission, the solar event caused the entirety of Mars to light up in ultra-violet light. The aurora was also 25 times brighter than any event seen by the MAVEN orbiter thus far. The orbiter has been studying the atmosphere of Mars since 2014.


This Week’s “Planet Earth” Report –Aging Mount Agung’s Deadly Eruptions to Species-Jumping Virus and Dark Secret of AI




“Annihilation” The Movie: The Mystery of ‘It’ –‘Was It Carbon Based, Did It Communicate With You’ (WATCH Video)




In this first trailer of Alex Garland's sci-fi thriller Annihilation, Natalie Portman plays a biologist looking for her missing husband while on an expedition with a secret agency and discovers a mysterious creature lurking in the wilderness. Annihilation is adapted from the award-winning novel by Jeff VanderMeer about a biologist who embarks on a research expedition after her husband returns from a what appeared to be a suicide mission in a bizarrely altered state.


StarTalk Radio –NASA’s Former Chief Scientist on Climate in the Solar System: Earth to Venus, Mars, Titan’s Ice Volcanoes & the Anti-Greenhouse Effect



Dr. Ellen Stofan, former Chief Scientist at NASA, who has been involved with numerous interplanetary spacecraft missions, including the Magellan spacecraft, leads a discussion on Earth’s climate: using space exploration to talk about climate change; the impact of climate change on human health; applying climate models to other planets, volcanoes) and their climatic impact; and much more.


“Jellyfish Dreams” –Caltech: Sleep is an Ancient Behavior, Untouched by Millennia of Evolution (WATCH Today’s ‘Galaxy’ Stream)



Jellyfish and humans may seem wildly different, but both still need to sleep. At first glance, humans seem to have very little in common with Cassiopea, a primitive jellyfish. Cassiopea is brainless, spineless, and spends essentially its entire life sitting upside down on the ocean floor, pulsating every few seconds. However, Caltech scientists have now discovered that, as different as our daily schedules may seem, humans and jellyfish actually start and end their days with the same behavior: sleep. This finding that jellyfish sleep implies that sleep is an ancient behavior, largely untouched by millennia of evolution.



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