Aurora Alert Tonight Nov. 20-21

My, what a busy week! Two meteor showers and northern lights, too?! Space weather experts forecast a minor geomagnetic storm (Kp=5) for tonight between about 9 p.m. and 1 a.m. Central Time. And guess what? The instigator looks like the same coronal hole that’s been spraying Earth with subatomic particles since August. A gap in…
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Brief But Intense Meteor Shower Expected Thursday Night Nov. 21

I almost can’t believe it will happen. But meteor experts Peter Jenniskens, of NASA’s Ames Research Center, and Esko Lyytinen, of the Finnish Fireball Network, are predicting an intense outburst of the obscure Alpha Monocerotid meteor shower Thursday night, Nov. 21 between 10:15 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. Central Standard Time. The peak, when the shower could…
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Hey, Where Did The Big Dipper Go?

Notice a familiar star pattern missing these late fall nights? How about the Big Dipper. It’s still there for some of us but you might just need to stand on your tippy toes to see it. For observers like myself who live in the northern U.S. the Dipper never sets. Provided you find an open…
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Starlink Satellites May Change The Night Sky As We Know It

SpaceX Starlink satellite “train” passing over San Diego on Nov. 12, 2019. You can’t deny how many amazing they look, but will the satellites prove too much of a good thing? Click here for another recent video. Prepare for the industrialization of space. On Nov. 11, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket loaded with 60…
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Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks Monday, Nov. 18

Every 33 years this shower can become a huge spectacle with hundreds of meteors visible per hour at maximum. But not this year. The annual Leonid meteor shower zings from inside the Sickle of Leo, a bright, compact array of stars that resembles a backwards question mark or sickle. This time around we’re expecting to…
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