Phil Plait & The Sun
Thanks to the internet, it’s easy to see how NASA is wasting your money. I kid NASA; they’re a great bunch of nerds. With that two joke roast out of the way, I can get down to brass tacks: NASA has a great web presence. While they do a good job of posting information about past, present, and future missions on the web, it can be a little tricky to find what you’re looking for.
That’s where Phil Plait comes in. His blog, Bad Astronomy, is fantastic. Plait is an astronomer himself, but he’s really gained a reputation as a science popularizer. He is outgoing president of the James Randi Educational Foundation, a frequent guest on The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe, and an all-around passionate advocate for the public understanding of science.
His blog has helped me navigate the enormous amount of information that NASA has online. In one of today’s posts, he talks about the recent reappearance of sunspots on, well, the sun. He illustrates the post with images from NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). If you take a look around the SOHO site, you will find a lot of information about, well, the sun, the SOHO spacecraft, and its mission.