As Sun Flares Up, Sky Watchers Check Microphones

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Sounds From Space

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The sun is emerging from a two-year period of quiet, and that's good news to amateur radio astronomers like Thomas Ashcraft. He records the sounds of solar flares and other cosmic phenomena from his home observatory in Santa Fe, N.M. Ashcraft tells Guy Raz about this "exciting time" for sun watchers and about his elaborate backyard recording studio.



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