On A Roll! More Aurora Expected Tonight Sept. 12

As forecast, the northern lights returned last night. Instead of the typical arc, they appeared as two smoky “sausages” — one in the northeastern sky and the other in the north — about 20° above the horizon. Over several hours, the sausages pulsed in brightness like a slow-beating heart while gradually lengthening until they met…
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Aurora Alert Tonight Sept. 11

During the early morning hours today, Earth got whacked by high speed solar winds whooshing from another coronal hole in the sun’s magnetic canopy. The result: a powerful G3 geomagnetic storm visible across the upper Midwest, Northern Plains states and Washington State. Because it wasn’t in the forecast and began around 1 a.m. CDT I suspect…
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Old Dude Moon Joins Three Planets At Dawn Tomorrow

They call the moon “old” when it’s a crescent at dawn a day or two before new moon phase. This month’s new moon coincides with a partial solar eclipse visible in parts of Africa and Antarctica as we learned earlier today. After new phase, the moon reappears in the western evening sky as a “young” crescent. I love…
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New Pluto Photos – One Word: Mind-blowing!

Man, no kidding. Just look at these. The flood hath commenced, and the imagery is superb. What the photos reveal is a small orb with an incredible diversity of landscapes. Jumbled peaks, dunes, crepuscular rays, valley networks and even what appears to be a frozen lake come to life in these spectacular close ups taken…
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Catch Sunday’s African Eclipse Without Leaving Home

Early Sunday morning when most good citizens of the western hemisphere will be asleep in bed, the moon will take a bite out of the sun on the other side of the world. Observers across southern Africa, the Indian Ocean and Antarctica will see a portion of the sun disappear in their morning sky. The “bite” or percentage…
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