Spring Nights Sweeter With The Space Station

The northern lights should return for a second show tonight starting at nightfall and continuing through about 10 p.m. Central time. Last night’s display, lovely as it was, ended so quickly it took many aurora watchers by surprise. When seeking signs of the lights, keep an eye on the north. Almost every show begins with…
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Aurora Puts On Eerie, Brief (?) Show Mon. Night

Just got back from watching a short but sweet aurora display. About 9:15 I drove out to an open spot in the country. With the trees out of the way, a double, pale-green arc spanning the northern sky came into view. Very beautiful and sinuous! 10 minutes later, rays danced through it, reaching about four…
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Juno Closes In On Jupiter For Round 5

This is one mesmerizing planet, and I’m not just saying that because I grew up in the ’60s. At 3:52 this morning Central Time, NASA’s Juno probe made its 5th pass over Jupiter’s whirling, swirling cloud tops. While the new pix aren’t available yet, it doesn’t hurt to look at some recently processed images from…
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A Mighty Solar Wind May Kindle Auroras Next 3 Nights

  This week has real aurora potential. Tonight through Wednesday night, the NOAA space weather forecast calls for minor to moderate geomagnetic storms during overnight hours. Sometimes solar storms called flares are responsible for aurora; they blast bits and pieces of the sun (electrons and protons) toward Earth at extremely high speed. During the biggest solar…
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Aurora Watch: Moderate Storm Predicted Tonight

Most aurora forecasts call for “minor” storming, what’s called a G1 geomagnetic storm. These are typically visible from the northern half of the northern tier of states. A moderate or G2 storm brings the northern lights further south into the Midwest, and that’s the prediction from NOAA for the next 24 hours. What does that…
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