Yes, The Aurora Showed Up!

Trifecta achieved! Last night I drove north of my home to see the aurora that was forecast. As soon as I got out of the car, there it was! A big glow across the bottom half of the northern sky partially hidden by a swath of clouds. I casually set up camera and tripod and…
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Northern Lights Expected Tonight Oct. 24 / See A Super-Slim Moon

A trifecta is within our grasp. The same coronal hole that’s been around since August is facing Earth again and blasting us with a wind of high-speed particles. This persistent feature sparked both the late August and September auroras. Why the repeat? The sun rotates on its axis once about every 4 weeks, making this…
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First Peek At Venus

It’s one thing to talk about going out to see something and another to see it. Occasionally I’ll write about something in the sky I know is happening but I’ve yet to see. You may remember a couple weeks back we talked about the return of Venus to the evening. Although it’s the brightest planet…
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See Meteors From Halley’s Comet, Orionids Peak Monday Night

I’m embarrassed to admit this but I used to ignore the Orionids because I considered it a minor shower. But that changed several years back when I finally gave the shower its due. While no August Perseids, the Orionids were a delight. The flashed by so quickly I could hardly believe my eyes. At peak,…
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Frying Up Some Southern Fish — A Peek At Piscis Austrinus

Fish is a mainstay at our house with breaded tilapia and salmon favorites. Looking around the sky fish appear to be just as popular with no fewer than four finned constellations across both hemispheres. We have two in the north — Pisces and Piscis Austrinus the Southern Fish — and two strictly southern hemisphere groups,…
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