Watch For The Aurora Tuesday Night Oct. 24

What goes around comes around especially when it comes to the sun. Space weather experts predict a moderate G2 geomagnetic storm to erupt late tomorrow (Oct. 24th) afternoon and continue past midnight. The blast of high-speed particles from the sun marks at least the second go-round of a big coronal hole that served up several nights of…
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Halley’s Comet Tosses Out Tootsie Rolls This Weekend

Old Halley’s Comet won’t be around till 2061 but that won’t stop it from sending a few snappy meteors our way this weekend. The annual Orionid meteor shower peaks on Sunday morning, Oct. 22nd between the hours of 2 and 6 a.m. local time. You can expect to see about 25 meteors an hour shoot…
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Neutron Stars’ Death Merger Rattles The Fabric Of Spacetime

Simulation of the the two neutron stars that collided in the galaxy NGC 4993 in Hydra to create both a visible explosion and ripples in spacetime It happened 130 million years, but we had to wait till August 17 to find out. That’s when scientists directly detected gravitational waves — ripples in in the fabric of spacetime…
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See A Beauty Morning Conjunction / Zodiacal Light Returns

We’ve hit a run of clear skies, so it feels like a shopping spree up there. Anything a skywatcher might want to see — sunsets, meteors, a last look at Saturn, the Milky Way, the latest comets — is easy pickings. It’s no wonder the hobby of astronomy can drive some people crazy with its boom…
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Geomagnetic Storm Underway, Watch For Aurora Tonight

Just got the latest forecast, and it looks promising. Lingering effects of a coronal hole — and a tighter connection between the blizzard of electrons and protons streaming our way from it — have pushed the Kp index up to 6 this late afternoon. As I write, a moderate (G2) geomagnetic storm is underway with…
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