The Interesting Part About August

August is a big transition month – where it starts with the daylight of summer . . .

The sun at the end of August – reminds me of “Dark Helmet” . . . 

And ends looking like the Autumnal Equinox. This is significant – especially at the bottom of the sunspot cycle – because two things seem to coincide to help DXers – especially on 40M have some HF DX to work, and that is – with mostly Zero sunspot days, there are theories that gamma rays that can get through with a weak ionosphere have an ionizing effect at VLF – but this is an area that seems to be ripe for new study:

https://eos.org/research-spotlights/gamma-ray-bursts-leave-their-mark-in-the-low-ionosphere

A year ago, Kat and I visited the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, MT, and we attended an excellent planetarium there and the show discussed deep space study – and the EU Space Agency plans on launching Athena in 2028:

http://sci.esa.int/athena/59719-athena-builds-on-the-legacy-of-esa-s-high-energy-space-observatories/

I’m quite excited that we will most likely learn quite a bit from this project, and I will be freshly retired at that time. I also believe that the USA will still be the leaders of all things space and science:

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