Swiss Cheese Sun

A very pretty display of the aurora borealis photographed last night (Weds.) by Sylvain Serre in Salluit, Nunavik, Quebec, an Inuit village in northern Canada. Details: 10mm lens at f/3.5, 5-second time exposure at ISO 800. Used by permission. The other day we talked about how the Arctic regions are favored for seeing the Northern Lights.…
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Happy Hunting Texas Style

  The video of the Texas fireball. At the time, some people thought it might be an infalling fragment from the collision of two satellites a couple days before. As we now know, it was a meteor. Just before 11 a.m. on February 15 an extraterrestrial landed near Austin, Texas. Luckily, a TV photographer, filming…
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So What’s Up With The Aurora Anyway?

My, oh my, the sun’s been quiet lately. I got an e-mail the other day as to when the best time is to see the northern lights. If you live in Arctic regions, the aurora is fairly commonplace. Streams of high-speed, subatomic particles that constantly flow outward from the sun, strike our upper atmosphere and cause…
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Snow Squiggles

Andrew Kirk’s snow squiggles, created by sun-propelled bud casings. A couple weeks ago, Andrew Kirk of Bishop, California, saw and photographed a very curious phenomenon he dubbed "snow squiggles". Tiny bits of gravel embedded in the snow, migrated up and around to form twisty, sinuous channels. They looked for all the world like tunnels made…
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Venus Marches On

February was a great month for skywatchers in the upper Midwest. OK, a little cold but there were plenty of clear nights to choose from for comet and Venus viewing. Let’s hope March continues this trend but is more generous with nighttime temperatures. This panel shows Venus in the western evening sky in March around 6:30…
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