Sunspot’s Parting Gift — A Spectacular Loop Prominence / Aldebaran Goes Bye-Bye

What a sunspot show it was. The huge group, AR 2673, visible with the naked eye, produced an X9.3 flare on September 6th, the most powerful recorded since 2005. For the next few days, it quieted down a bit and then went ballistic again. At 11:06 a.m. Central time Sunday, the region erupted with at the…
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Astronomers Capture Best Image Ever Of Antares

Dang, if the moon isn’t always up to something! Tonight, it’s a crescent and in conjunction with Jupiter and Spica low in the southwestern sky during evening twilight. Feel free to give a nod to our only natural satellite for the fine work it did on eclipse day. Earlier sunsets and a shorter twilight mean…
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Eclipse 2017: Wildly Beautiful!

I can’t think of a better way to describe it. I sure hope you got to see today’s eclipse. The morning began with heavy fog in W. Nebraska with a forecast for partly sunny skies later in the morning. After studying satellite cloud photos, a move further to the west to near the Wyoming border seemed a…
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Eclipse Preview: Sliver Moon And Venus Pair Up At Dawn

We talk so much about the sun in eclipse, it’s easy to forget the moon will be at center stage on Monday. After all, during totality, we won’t see the sun. Instead we’ll be facing the new moon! No sunlight will touch the face of the moon visible from Earth, but from the perspective of…
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What Will The Weather Be Like On Eclipse Day?

Everyone hoping to see the eclipse all share one thought — will it be clear? Looking into weather trends from previous Augusts, the western half of the path stands a better chance of clear skies than the eastern, but it’s still too early to predict local circumstances with confidence. The long range forecast (low confidence)…
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