View to the east showing lots of active rays or pillars. My wide-angle lens was only wide enough to cover 1/3 of the display at a time. Credit: Bob King

Auroras Expected Sat. Night / AZ Fireball Update

Get ready for stormy weather. Zillions of sub-microscopic electrons and protons from a solar coronal hole are expected to impact Earth’s magnetic domain beginning sometime tomorrow afternoon. Space weather forecasters are calling for moderate storm conditions through about 10 p.m. (CDT) Saturday evening followed by a return to minor storm from 10 till 1 a.m. Based…
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Massive Fireball Over Arizona

A monster fireball brighter than the full moon not only lit up central Arizona’s skies early this morning but exploded with such force, it shook the ground! Amateur astronomer Chris Schur reported that the meteor glowed at around magnitude -16, more than twice as bright as the full moon. Searing the sky high over the canyons and deserts…
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Pieces Of Vesta Pelt Eastern Turkey

Call it a surprise visit from Vesta. On September 2, 2015, NASA satellites detected a meteoroid entering the atmosphere with a diameter of approximately 20 inches (50 cm) that broke up at an altitude of about 25 miles (40 km) over several villages in eastern Turkey. After a bright flash and detonations, stones came raining…
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Perseids Put On A Thrilling Show … And They’re Not Done Yet

I’m hoping you all had a chance to spy some Perseids this week. If weather was a problem, take heart. The shower will continue, although with reduced numbers, over the next several nights. Thunderstorms visited my neck of the woods for last night’s peak activity, but the sky cleared just in time this morning (3:30 a.m.)…
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The Fabulous Perseids Peak This Week

Are you ready for the year’s most relaxing meteor shower? Me too. The annual Perseid shower peaks Wednesday night – Thursday morning (August 12-13) when up to 50-100 meteors will flash by per hour. No telescope needed, not even a pair of binoculars. Meteor showers are for everyone no matter your skill level. The only requirements are…
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