Watch Jupiter And The Moon At Dusk Tonight

I hope a few of you caught the surprise northern lights last night. It was definitely not in the forecast but showed up anyway like that friend who’s always welcome. I hit the bed hard at 1 a.m. after the show and managed to get enough sleep to appear human today. But just in case…
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Another Aurora Surprise — Minor Storm Weds. Night -Thurs. Morning

I always make a point of stepping outside to check the northern sky before going to bed. I did that Wednesday and — suprise! — there was the aurora. I drove to an open area for a better look. It was a chill night with fog spreading and mingling with the heavenly light, but a…
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Hurricane Dorian Vs. Jupiter’s Red Spot

Hurricane Dorian, now weakening, became a monster Category 5 hurricane this past weekend. As of today, it’s down to a Category 2 but still threatens the southeastern coast of the U.S. When it still perched over the Bahamas sporting with crisp eye and a diameter of 280 miles (450 km) the storm sustained winds of…
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Stalking The Northern Lights And A Surprise Encounter With STEVE

I have stars coming out of my ears. I just returned from a weekend of astronomy fun with the Minnesota Astronomical Society at their annual Northern Night Star Fest (NNSF). The multi-day event is held at the Long Lake Conservation Center in northern Minnesota near the tiny town of Palisade. There is very little light…
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Aurora Sneaks Up On Us — More And Better Expected Tonight

Yesterday afternoon the space weather forecast looked pretty dull with Kp indices about 1 and 2. But by early evening the new forecast predicted a minor storm. And yes, it happened! I’ve been attending the Northern Night Star Fest, an annual event put on the Minnesota Astronomical Society near the town of McGregor, Minn. There…
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