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Space Weather News for Oct. 31, 2006

SPOOKY ASTRONOMY: Today is a date of astronomical interest: it's a cross-quarter date, midway between an equinox and a solstice. There are four cross-quarter dates throughout the year, and each is a minor holiday. One is Groundhog Day (Feb. 2nd), another is May Day (May 1st), the third is Lammas Day (Aug. 1st), and the fourth ... ? Happy Halloween!

SUNSPOT 921: Sunspot 921, just a speck two days ago, is ballooning into a planet-sized behemoth. It is too soon to say whether this active region will pose a threat for solar flares, but it is certainly entertaining to watch it expand before our very eyes. Visit for movies and updates.

TRANSIT OF MERCURY: On Wednesday, Nov. 8th, Mercury will cross the face of the Sun--a five-hour transit widely visible from the Americas, Hawaii and around the Pacific Rim. For fun (and prizes) we're holding a Transit of Mercury Art and Photo Contest. Click here for details:

NOVA Teachers

Presents "Wings of Madness"
Broadcast: Tuesday, November 7, 2006
(NOVA airs on PBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Check your local listings as
broadcast dates and times may vary. This program can be used up to
one year after it is recorded off the air.)

     My First Balloon Ascent
     Read about Santos's first flight in 1897 in this excerpt from
     his memoir, "My Airships." (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

     Tale of the Damselfly
     Learn more about Santos's #14 bis, the first powered,
     heavier-than-air flying machine to successfully take to the
     air. (Grades 9-12)

     Tour the Demoiselle
     Explore a replica of a 1909 Demoiselle #20 and discover the
     unique design features of the world's first ultralight sport
     plane. (Flash plug-in required; printable version available.)
     (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

     Radical Designs
     View influential planes of Santos's era as well as a few odd
     designs that never quite made it in this slide show of 12
     aircraft. (Flash plug-in required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

     Teacher's Guide
     In this classroom activity, students experiment with a paper
     airplane model to determine how various wing angles affect
     flight characteristics. (Grades 6-8)

     Program Transcript
     The site includes a complete narration for this program.

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