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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Labor Day Weekend Auroras / Volcanoes Turn Sunsets Purple

With the moon only the thinnest of crescents at dusk this weekend, the stage is set for a possible auroral display. Space weather forecasters predict a moderate or what’s called a G2 storm for Saturday night, Aug. 31. The storm will be strongest — at least according to the forecast — before midnight Central Time.…
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