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October 23, 2014

Much of the U.S. and Central America will experience a partial eclipse of the Sun this afternoon! Check the animated map below to see what time your location will be favored. If you do go out to look, be sure to use special glasses made to view the Sun. Never look directly at the Sun with naked eyes or with regular sunglasses.

Image of coronal mass ejection
May 9, 2014

NCAR solar physicist Scott McIntosh is raising awareness. While the current peak in the 11-year cycle of sunspot activity is on the weak side, the Sun might still produce a major storm at any point.

Image of Sun’s photospheric magnetic field
April 23, 2014

Led by Scott McIntosh of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, the scientists used a device on the SDO spacecraft to map the magnetic fields that are woven throughout the sun, and all around it.

Image of Ricky Egeland
April 23, 2014

The only recipient this year and the first winner from MSU, Ricky Egeland learned about the fellowship just moments after passing the oral examination for his doctorate in physics. The Newkirk Fellowship will continue until he completes his Ph.D., which he expects will take two or three more years.

April 14, 2014

“Chui”was the word on the radio; Swahili for leopard. The Masai are still the best wildlife spotters on the Mara, but they are not averse to using modern technology when it suits them. The report was from another guide letting us know about a leopard feasting on a buffalo carcass near a well-known creek.

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