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Fireballs and Volcanic Sunsets April 2010

This SpaceWeather Alert arrived a day late but here it is:

Space Weather News for April 15, 2010

MIDWESTERN FIREBALL: A brilliant fireball streaked across the USA on the evening of April 14, startling observers in Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri and surrounding states. Experts say it was a small asteroid, about a meter wide, that exploded in mid-air with an energy equivalent to some 20 tons of TNT.

National Weather Service radars detected the fireball’s debris trail, resulting in maps that could help guide meteorite hunters to fragments on the ground.

Pictures and more information may be found on today’s edition of SpaceWeather News.

VOLCANIC SUNSETS: A cloud of ash from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano is drifting across Europe this week and causing sunsets of surpassing beauty. Europeans are encouraged to look west at the end of the day.

Bonus: If you don’t live in Europe, look west anyway. Venus, Mercury and the crescent Moon are beaming through the twilight for all to see. Check SpaceWeather for pictures and sky maps.


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  1. Oops, I was looking at the bottom instead of the top – and yes, I see the post now.
    Sort of like the rest of my week has gone. Sorry.



    April 23, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    • Not to fret, Donna, i’m just now ‘getting’ what you mean about what’s really in our air. And you are correct to doubt, imho…even so, do have a great weekend! Jude


      Jude Cowell

      April 23, 2010 at 11:38 pm

  2. I posted a doubt earlier, but I got a message saying I had already spoken. But I don’t see it linked so – one more time – I have my doubts about the origins of “all that makes us sick in the air” being tree pollen, etc.



    April 23, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    • We had rain here in the Metroplex as well: about 1″ after the beginnings of a drought. Tornadoes have started, and I am sure that the Saturn/Uranus/Chiron/Neptune will pour itself into that locally.

      I am thinking about upgrading my copy of Jigsaw, so maybe I will start doing some of this. I am also thinking of splitting off the prediction side (more intuitive) of my blog from the more analytic (technical astrology) side of the blog. That is, predictions for Weekends and Mondays go in a new blog, and maps and patterns stay with Grand Trines. What do you think?



      April 24, 2010 at 5:56 pm

      • Okay, JC, you have inspired me! I am starting new blog (now!) called Weekend Forecast (weekendforecast.wordpress.com). Here are the details:

        Grandtrines will continue to have patterns (such as the God’s Fist or Thor’s Hammer) analyzed, maps of astrological events with global analysis, and analysis of lunations (new and full moons), equinoxes, and solstices. Grandtrines will remain highly graphic with detailed analyses but published on an irregular basis of 2 to 3 times weekly to one a month “depending.” Grand Trines will have a target audience of other astrologers and those interested in learning more about astrology.

        Weekend Forecast will be primarily text based and will (in most cases) be published regularly (typically one to two weeks in advance). The target audience for WF will be NON-astrologers who just want a lively astrological forecast of weekend events. Weekend forecasts will be followed by “Monday Update” which may or may not be intermittently updated.

        And, “away we go!”



        April 24, 2010 at 6:37 pm

      • gt,

        Separation of personal/transpersonal sounds like a great idea for two blogs and clearer for users! Easier for you? Hmmm…maybe. Probably.

        About 3 years ago i put the kibosh on new Astrology software since i (cantankerously) don’t use all the bells/whistles i have; plus, i’m a great one for falling down rabbitholes of new curiosities (and study of Astrology Must be for the curious, if for anyone, yes?) so the more details and factors i have @ my disposal, the more my time and imagination dissipate down distracted paths that, while intriguing, seldom amount to sharing on one of my blogs what it could take days to write..and to the exclusion of other subjects.

        Politics and Washington DC are very busy these days – even more than their usual hyper-self.

        And yet i was hoping you might decide to use Jigsaw to see what’s up with the situation – and upgrading your software would be icing on the cinnmon roll…

        Now go for it! ;p jc


        Jude Cowell

        April 25, 2010 at 9:47 pm

  3. grandtrines, you have very interesting ideas… ;p

    Here in northeast Georgia we had a smidge of rain yesterday which helped wash away some of the pollen and weather gurus say we have more rain on the way Friday-Saturday, with possible thunderstorms (my personal favorite) so my snoot will appreciate that eventuality. jc


    Jude Cowell

    April 21, 2010 at 5:47 pm

  4. I am beginning to suspect the pollen’s origin. Just sayin’
    More sick people around me than I can ever remember.
    Acting like flu, colds and sinus infections, I know, pollen results, but I’m just sayin’



    April 20, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    • Glad to hear you just sayin’ Donna. Are you suspecting a climate change effect causing overabundant pollen counts? One of our local experts blames the high count this year on the fact that everything has burst forth at once rather than in the usual staggered fashion. jc


      Jude Cowell

      April 20, 2010 at 8:15 pm

  5. The two go together! Plants are being ‘romantic’ (pollen), and ‘perfect’ weather for humans, too! (However, here in DFW, we finally received rain. Does this dry period signal a drought?)



    April 19, 2010 at 3:18 am

  6. Wouldn’t surprise me at all! We know Politics is…(Politics are?) jc


    Jude Cowell

    April 18, 2010 at 3:50 pm

  7. I just have to wonder if human romantic relationships are acting like this?



    April 18, 2010 at 6:55 am

    • We have had a great deal of pollen in the air, too!



      April 18, 2010 at 4:49 pm

      • Yes, 2010 is proving an astounding Spring for pollen but here this weekend the weather would have to be described as perfection! ;p


        Jude Cowell

        April 18, 2010 at 6:34 pm

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