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Sun in X-ray
An X-ray vision of the Sun on Friday July 12. (NOAA/SWPC Boulder CO)

NOAA Predicts a Chance for Aurora Display This Weekend

The Aurora Borealis might be visible in Montana July 13 and July 14, according to forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The Sun has released what is called a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), which is expected to hit our planet's magnetic field this weekend

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solar flare
An M2 class Flare from AR1777 on the Sun. (NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory)

Sun Releases a Flare on the Solstice

At about 3 in the morning on the Summer Solstice (most amount of daylight hours of the year on Earth), the Sun popped off a little fireworks.

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory caught a video of this M2 Class flare in the extreme ultraviolet (that's why the Sun doesn't look like our red-orange ball of fire in the photo)

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The planet Saturn will be a good viewing target this summer. (NOAO/AURA/NSF)

See the Night Sky at UM’s Blue Mountain Observatory this Summer

The University of Montana is opening up the Blue Mountain Observatory again this summer for public observing nights.

In a news release, UM's Department of Physics and Astronomy noted that the telescope will be pointed toward planets, nebulae, star clusters and galaxies during the eight free viewing nights

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Nate McCrady
Nate McCrady. (UM Photo)

Astronomer Wins UM Award for ‘Teaching Across the Curriculum’

If you've been to the Blue Mountain Observatory recently, you might've met Nate McCrady, a University of Montana assistant astronomy professor.

According to a UM news release, McCrady has won the first University of Montana College of Arts and Sciences Award for Teaching Across the Cucciculum

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high altitude
High altitude from a balloon. (UM-BOREALIS Photo)

UM Students Win Student Research Symposium Awards

Ed Kleinsasser, a University of Montana junior in physics, tied with a Montana State University student for Best Undergraduate Talk from a Research Institution at an April 19 symposium in Bozeman.

Kleinsasser, from Valier, MT, talked about his project "Ripple Mark Mapping - Camas Prairie Project

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Planck view of universe
A view of the universe by the Planck space observatory. (ESA/NASA)

Scientists Use New Satellite to ‘Fine Tune’ Age of the Universe

The Planck space observatory was launched in 2009, and already has allowed astronomers and physicists a better view of the universe.

The European Space Agency has been deciphering the data of the cosmic microwave background to examine the leftover signs of what is called "The Big Bang," which is the prevailing theory on how the universe was formed

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Comet Pan-STARRS
A recent photo of Comet PanSTARRS from Mount Dale, Western Australia. (Astronomy Education Services/Gingin Observatory)

A Comet Passes By and We Might Be Able to See It from Montana

As I write this, clouds are rolling in over the Bitterroot Mountains and I can only guess if we'll have clear skies at sunset March 12 and March 13.

Those are the two best times to catch a glimpse of a comet that has been visible from the southern hemisphere of planet (Australia, for instance

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Jupiter and Europa

Scientists Say Life Is Possible on Jupiter’s Europa Moon

Scientists believe that the key to discovering extraterrestrial life could lie deep in the festering, underground oceans of Jupiter’s ice-covered moon Europa. New research suggests that if the salt water ocean beneath the surface of the frigid moon ever makes it's way to the surface, creating an intergalactic petri dish capable of producing a life-promoting environment.

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Prehistoric Chainsaw Massacre: Helicoprion Was One Bad Mutha

The thought of a man eating, chew-you-up-and-turn-you-into sea poo brand of Great White is frightening enough to keep us out of the ocean during spring break; however, scientists say that the sharks of our time are goldfish in comparison to this fiendish 25-foot chainsaw-toothed, prehistoric killer known as Helicoprion.

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dr ryter
Dr Kendall Ryter talks to Hamilton High School students. (Hamilton District 3 Photo)

GSK’s Dr Kendall Ryter Visits Hamilton High Science Club

A new series in introducing Hamilton High School students to scientists in the valley.

The Hamilton High School Science Club started "Careers in Science" on Valentine's Day February 14 with Dr. Kendall Ryter of GlaxoSmithKline, which has a production facility on the north end of Hamilton

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