(Heads-up: NOAA space weather forecast calls for active to major storm levels tonight through tomorrow. Auroras are possible. As of 11:30 p.m. CDT, no aurora in Duluth,Minn.)
Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, writer and director of Hayden Planetarium in New York City, is a familiar face on late night talk shows the past several years. A master of his craft, he combines humor and enthusiasm to communicate the wonders of the universe to the general public. If you’re looking for a good book on black holes, I can recommend his “Death by Black Hole and other Cosmic Quandries”.
In a 2008 interview by TIME magazine, Neil was asked what he thought the most astounding fact about the Universe was. You can hear his response in the short video above, set to images and music by Max Schlickenmeyer. I think you’ll find the deep connection he makes very satisfying.
Looks like we finally got hit this morning by an incoming coronal mass ejection from one of several flares of the past couple days. It happened around 4:30 a.m. CDT; by 7 a.m. the Kp shot up to “6”. As you can see from the current plot (left), the storm’s still going strong. Wish I was in Siberia to see it.
One of our readers from Helena, Montana saw a few auroral rays while on his morning run today. Let’s hope the activity continues into the night. If there’s a possibility for northern lights, I’ll update with news later today.