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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Big Auroras Light Up Memorial Day Weekend

Wow! What a night. I didn’t get to bed until 1:30 this morning. No regrets though. The display of oozing, expanding, pulsing and darting northern lights was second to none. What made this round of aurora so interesting for me was the nearly complete absence of sharp edges. Everything I saw — even the occasional…
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Geomagnetic Storm Tonight May 27-28 — Watch For Aurora

The space weather crew just sent out a revised forecast for a moderate aurora storm (G2) tonight. It’s already underway with Kp=6 as of 8 p.m. (CDT). I encourage you to watch the northern sky as soon as it gets dark. A coronal mass ejection from May 23 has hooked into Earth’s magnetic envelope stoking…
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Aurora Out Tonight May 19-20

Well, it finally made it here. The forecast aurora didn’t arrive at all the predicted times, but it did show tonight. Such a capricious creature. I noticed the light around 10:15 p.m. (CDT) this evening — a faint glow low in the northern sky below the W of Cassiopeia — so I got in my…
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