Once again, there’s a chance for northern lights tonight. Space weather forecasters are predicting a minor G1 storm to occur this evening between sunset and 9 p.m. Central Time. Minor means that skywatchers living in the northern parts of the northern border states will have the best chance of seeing anything. Look for a glow or greenish arc low in the north. Since it’s always hard to know the exact time when the aurora will be active, be sure to look later in the evening, too. Just in case. Like people coming to your garage sale, the lights sometimes show up early … or during the final minute.
Did you see the crescent moon and Venus this morning? I overslept after a little pre-dawn photography but got up just in time to see the moon and Venus at sunrise high in the southeastern sky. Venus was super easy to spot thanks to the moon. Two hours later about 10 a.m. I found the moon again and with only a little trying, Venus too!
I’m alway grateful for these moon-planet conjunctions because they expand the range of what we can see in the plain blue light of day.