The Big Question

It looks like question mark on the Sun; almost if asking will SpaceX launch Zuma in the next few days.

Update: It appears that the launch will be on Sunday 07 January between 20:00 and 22:00 EST / Monday 08 January between 00:00 and 02:00 UTC.

A launch in the next few days is the rumor. Reports have it that Space X did some testing on the pad, the sort of routine pre-launch testing the precedes every SpaceX launch.

These sorts of launches are usually live on-line but with very short notice, so we will wait and see.

My guess is Saturday afternoon/night, but it could be tonight too.  What’s really going on with the image of the Sun? Glad you asked:

Original caption:  Oddly enough, an elongated coronal hole (the darker area near the center) seems to shape itself into a single, recognizable question mark over the period of one day (Dec. 21-22, 2017). Coronal holes are areas of open magnetic field that appear darker in extreme ultraviolet light, as is seen here. These holes are the source of streaming plasma that we call solar wind. While this exercise is akin to seeing shapes in clouds, it is fun to consider what the sun might be asking? Perhaps what the new year will bring? Guess what I am going to do next?

Credit: NASA/GSFC/Solar Dynamics Observatory

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