On the morning of Nov. 6, a thicker crescent passed abut 3° south of Jupiter. Click on the image for a larger version where you can see three of Jupiter's moon. Credit: Jonathan McElvery

Cool Conjunctions And More Auroras

Venus and the crescent moon met at dawn in the eastern sky this morning. I hope you saw this fine conjunction. Some, like Gary Froelich of New Mexico, got a free upgrade when the International Space Station (ISS) passed directly across the face of the moon! Auroras reached as far south as southern Minnesota and…
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Planetary Perambulations, Moon Brighten Dark November Morns

If you haven’t had your fill yet of dawn’s planetary perambulations, a smile of a crescent moon joins the fray for back-to-back conjunctions with Jupiter and Venus this week. On Friday morning, the moon slides 2° south of Jupiter; 24 hours later, it passes even closer to Venus, just 1.1° or two moon diameters. That’s…
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See Venus And Jupiter In Daylight Today

Opening the curtains at 7 a.m. today, even my wife, who pays little attention to the ways of the planets, noticed the spectacle. Venus and Jupiter shine brilliantly on their own, but see them side to side, well, that’s an entirely different experience. I took a few photos and looked at each through the telescope —…
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Venus And Jupiter Bring It On / Aurora Forecast Tonight

The waxing gibbous moon dominates the evening sky, but with luck we may see the aurora tonight. On October 22 the Sun cut loose with a CME or coronal mass ejection that’s expected to side-swipe the planet. A minor G1 storm is expected to start this afternoon and continue overnight. Because of the moonlight, the…
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When NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over Patricia on October 23 at 5:20 a.m. EDT the VIIRS instrument that flies aboard Suomi NPP looked at the storm in infrared light. Cloud top temperatures of thunderstorms around the eyewall were between 180K (-135.7F/ -93.1C) and 190 Kelvin (-117.7F/ -83.1C).
Credit: UW/CIMSS/William Straka III

The Sound And The Fury: Hurricane Patricia Vs. Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

You’ve probably heard it by now. Patricia is the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the western hemisphere, and it’s making landfall this evening in Mexico. With sustained winds now of 190 mph and gusts to 200 mph bearing down on Mexico’s west coast, we hope everyone in the storm’s path has found shelter or will very soon. International…
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