Bug-Eyed Over The Milky Way

Boy, it’s a buggy time of year. Standing under an incredible Milky Way, I tried to picture all the insects between us and the stars — wayward moths, fireflies shaking green lanterns, mosquitos out for blood, spiders riding silk parachutes and many others too small to alert the senses. Our planet is so intensely alive. July nights…
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Geomagnetic Storm Underway, Aurora Forecast Looks Good Tonight

** Update 10:30 p.m. CDT: After a day with lots of auroral activity in the eastern hemisphere, we’ve been in a lull the past few hours now that darkness has come to North America. No aurora to report yet, but it’s only just getting dark here. I’ll update again in a bit. ** Update 1:15…
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Big Sunspot Sends Blast Our Way, Storm Expected Sunday

After a few days of all show and no action, that big, scenic sunspot group let loose a powerful M-class flare early yesterday evening. The blast sent a giant cloud of solar plasma — electrons and protons bundled with magnetic energy — in Earth’s direction that’s expected to arrive Sunday (July 16) around lunch time and…
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Full Thunder Moon And A Spotted Sun

Full moon tonight! The July moon had a couple traditional names: Full Buck Moon, after buck deers’ antlers that are now nearly fully grown, and the Thunder Moon, for the thunderstorms common in the summer months. Both have been regular sights and sounds in northern Minnesota this year. I’m looking forward to tonight’s moonrise, hoping to catch…
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Surprise In The Sky: Aurora Last Night, Maybe More Tonight

With the moon filling out these nights, seeing northern lights gets harder. Last night, there was a chance of a small storm starting around 1 a.m. (Central time). I happened to be out on a gravel road looking up faint supernovae in the telescope. When I first arrived at this wonderful bit of nowhere around…
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