All In A Day’s Sky / Full Flower Moon Tonight

First, I want to remind you to look for the Full Flower Moon both tonight and tomorrow night.. Perfect timing. I’ve seen plenty of different flowers in the past couple weeks including bloodroot, anemone, nodding trillium, marsh marigold and several varieties of violets. The reason we have two nights of full moonness has to do…
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Aurora Alert Late Tonight / Venus Gets A Smile

A small hole in the sun’s magnetic overcoat called a coronal hole is blowing solar particles our way that could spark an aurora tonight. That’s according to the latest space weather forecast out of Boulder.  You may have to stay up late for this one. The minor geomagnetic storm is expected to hit around 1…
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Hunt Is On For Sun’s Lost Siblings

Did you know that the sun once had brothers and sisters? Like most stars, it was born in a nebula, a cloud of gas and dust that collapsed under its self-gravity to form a cluster of stars. That all happened 4.6 billion years ago. Earth’s sky back then would have been positively glowing from all…
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Stellar Evolution In 5 Minutes

Stars are born from cold clouds of dust and gas that collapse under the force of gravity. How a star goes through life depends on its initial mass. Mass is how much matter a star has which is often related to its size. Hydrogen, the simplest of the elements, is the fuel stars “burn” to…
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Proxima Centauri B Has A Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

We get worried enough here on Earth when the sun pops off a large solar flare. There’s always a concern that it could temporarily take down a poorly protected power grid or damage orbiting satellite electronics. Last March 24th, a flare ten times the largest flare ever seen on the sun exploded at Proxima Centauri,…
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