Big Auroras Light Up Memorial Day Weekend

Wow! What a night. I didn’t get to bed until 1:30 this morning. No regrets though. The display of oozing, expanding, pulsing and darting northern lights was second to none. What made this round of aurora so interesting for me was the nearly complete absence of sharp edges. Everything I saw — even the occasional…
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Geomagnetic Storm Tonight May 27-28 — Watch For Aurora

The space weather crew just sent out a revised forecast for a moderate aurora storm (G2) tonight. It’s already underway with Kp=6 as of 8 p.m. (CDT). I encourage you to watch the northern sky as soon as it gets dark. A coronal mass ejection from May 23 has hooked into Earth’s magnetic envelope stoking…
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Crescent Supermoon Smiles In The West Tonight

You normally hear the term supermoon applied to an unusually close (and large) full moon, but the truth is, a supermoon can occur during other phases, too. The closest supermoons happen during full and new moon, the two times a month when the sun, Earth and moon are lined up in a row. This month’s supermoon occurred on…
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Giant Star Becomes A Black Hole Right Before Our Eyes!

Who would ever have thought we’d see a massive star become a black hole just like that? And yet that’s the best explanation for the sudden disappearance of what was once a brilliant star 22 million light years away in the galaxy NGC 6946. It took the combined power of three serious telescopes — the Large…
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From Space, Earth Twinkles

NASA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), situated 1 million miles (1.6 million km) from Earth toward the sun, has discovered something about our planet no one expected: flashes of light reflecting into space, and we’re not talking lightning. The satellite keeps track of the solar wind and storms from the sun to provide timely space weather…
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