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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Venus Meets The Pleiades — Come See!

I hope you’re having a great start to Earth Day. We’re all sunshine and 56° here in Duluth, Minn. The view through the window makes me want to get up and abandon writing this very second. Before I do, let me tell you about Venus and the Pleiades. They’re moving in each other’s direction like…
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Get High On Venus

Man, Venus is high at dusk. I was driving home over the weekend expecting to see it near the horizon. Instead it stood a fist high in the western sky an hour after sundown. And bright, too! Venus has moved from challenging to easy. With its altitude gain, the planet isn’t as compromised by twilight as…
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Exquisite Moon-Venus-Mercury Conjunction Sunday Night

I feel like the chamber of commerce for the current apparition of Venus and Mercury. I can’t help it. Usually, you’ll see one or the other at dusk or dawn, but the two have been paired up low in the western sky for more than week. For anyone who’s never seen Mercury, this will be…
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All Day And All Of The Night — The Sky From Sunset To Sunrise

In 1964 the Kinks released the hit song All Day and All of the Night, a title I’m flagrantly appropriating because there’s good stuff to see in the sky this month from start to finish. Still a great tune, BTW. First, you can’t pass up Venus and Mercury together in the western sky at dusk.…
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