Northern Lights Possible Tonight And Thursday / Last-Minute Eclipse Checklist

So many of us have the eclipse on our minds, but nature has many cards. Tonight (Aug. 16) and tomorrow, night it’s expected to deal the aurora card with minor (G1) geomagnetic storms forecast. A high-speed flow of particles from a coronal hole slamming into a slower stream compresses the material and creates a shock…
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What We’ll Learn From Monday’s Eclipse / Safe Filter Update / Weather

It’s been a busy week! If you’re making eclipse plans, much of the total eclipse path looks surprisingly good for weather. Extended forecasts in key places and regions like eastern Oregon, Casper, Wyo., western Nebraska, the Kansas City region, St. Louis, southern Illinois and Nashville all call for sunshine. The weather even looks good where I live…
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Perseid Meteor Shower Will Still Be Active Sunday Night

Too bad the clouds moved in! I had clear skies until about 11 p.m. and saw some great Perseid meteors from 10:15 until that time. It’s never easy to capture meteors with a camera, but I had a gut feeling I’d get one on my first exposure — and it happened! The meteor glowed orange…
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Naked-Eye Delight: Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend

To whet your appetite for the upcoming eclipse, nature has an opening act performing this weekend. It’s the annual Perseid meteor shower, a pleasant “rain” of fiery flashes coming to a sky near you. Each year in mid-August, Earth zips through the stream of grit and ice boiled off the nucleus of comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle during…
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What Will The Weather Be Like On Eclipse Day?

Everyone hoping to see the eclipse all share one thought — will it be clear? Looking into weather trends from previous Augusts, the western half of the path stands a better chance of clear skies than the eastern, but it’s still too early to predict local circumstances with confidence. The long range forecast (low confidence)…
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