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A Weekend of Deep Sky Auroras in US April 2011

Space Weather News for April 3, 2011

DEEP SKY AURORAS: A solar wind stream hit Earth’s magnetic field over the weekend, sending a wave of “deep sky auroras” over northern-tier US states. The lights were pale-white or even invisible to the naked eye, but digital cameras revealed spectacular colors and luminous shapes above Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, and elsewhere.

Visit SpaceWeather.com for images and more information about this phenomenon.

Written by Jude Cowell

April 4, 2011 at 11:53 am

The Green Comet w Capella Oct 20 2010

COMET 103P/HARTLEY AT ITS BEST:

For backyard stargazers, the next few nights are the best time to see green Comet 103P/Hartley 2 as it approaches Earth for an 11-million-mile close encounter on Oct 20. Set your alarm for the dark hours before dawn, go outside, and look straight up. You will find Hartley 2 not far from the bright star Capella.

Although the comet is barely visible to the unaided eye, it is easy to locate using binoculars and looks great through a backyard telescope. Sky maps and more information may be found at SpaceWeather News.
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Lovely Capella! Alpha Auriga in the constellation of The Charioteer, this Fixed Star has a nurturing yet free-spirited flavor and is associated with the ‘fertile goddess’ archetype which links to the horse by way of Macha, the great Celtic horse goddess. She embodies movement and action and is connected by paran to the natal chart of aviatrix Amelia Earhart.

Airplanes may be said to be modern-day ‘chariots’ and with Capella associated with Earhart’s natal Venus, she is seen as a woman (Venus) breaking speed records, and was known for her love of the freedom of flight.

Other Capella-linked examples are astronaut John Glenn (Saturn) and comic book hero Superman who was created with his Mars rising with Capella! With Capella there is need for freedom and independence, and must I say it? A need for speed.

So look up! Superman may just be on the way to save the day…it’s a bird, it’s a plane, etc…

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Star Lore source: Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars

Auroras of August as seen from the ISS!

How groovy is this?

Space Weather News for August 20, 2010

SPACE STATION AURORAS: With solar activity on the rise, August 2010 has been a good month for auroras. There have been sightings of Northern Lights as far south as Wisconsin and Iowa in the United States, and some fine displays of Southern Lights over Antarctica.

Some of the best pictures so far have come from Earth orbit, where astronauts have a front-row seat for geomagnetic storms. Visit SpaceWeather.com for latest images from the International Space Station.

Comet death spiral today Jan 21, 2010

If you’ve had it with looking down, try looking up!

Space Weather News for Jan 21, 2010

SUNGRAZING COMET: NASA’s STEREO-A spacecraft has discovered another bright sungrazing comet. The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) has a good view of the comet’s death plunge, which is happening today.

Check SpaceWeather.com for movies and updates.

NORTHERN LIGHTS: A solar wind stream hit Earth on Jan 20 sparking the first geomagnetic storm of the year and an intense display of polar auroras.

Images from around the Arctic Circle may be found here in the SpaceWeather Gallery.

Very up close and curious: flyby Jan 13 2010

Space Weather News for Jan 12, 2010

CURIOUS ASTEROID FLYBY: A curious object is about to fly past Earth only one-third the distance to the Moon. Catalogued as a 10m-class asteroid, 2010 AL30 has an orbital period of almost exactly 1 year. This raises the possibility that it might not be a natural object, but rather a piece of some spacecraft from our own planet.

At closest approach on Jan 13, 2010 AL30 will streak through Orion, Taurus, and Pisces glowing like a 14th magnitude star. Experienced amateur astronomers are encouraged to monitor the flyby.

Orbital elements, images, and more information are available on SpaceWeather.com.

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Now after yesterday’s news of Sarah Palin’s signing with FOX News I must say it: it is a bird, a plane, or a Palin? And will her TV commentary career last as long as a curious flyby?

Japan’s Kaguya to hit Moon 6-10-09

Better late than never and it hits the Moon today:

Space Weather News for June 10, 2009

IMPACT ALERT: Japan’s Kaguya will crash into the Moon on Wednesday, June 10, around 1830 UT. The timing favors observers in Asia and Australia, who might be able to see a flash of light or a plume of debris rising from the Moon’s southeastern limb.

The spacecraft masses 2,600 kg and it will slam into the lunar surface at 6,000 km/hr. No one knows, however, how bright the flash might be or whether it will be visible even through large telescopes.

Images of the crash, if any are captured, will be posted on SpaceWeather.com.

Strange lightening seen over France

Space Weather News for June 8, 2009

STRANGE LIGHTNING: Over the weekend, an atmospheric scientist in Europe photographed something that resembled a giant luminous squid floating over a thundercloud in France. It was a strange form of lightning known as a “sprite.” His high-resolution images are featured on today’s edition of SpaceWeather News along with observing tips for anyone who would like to see and photograph these fantastic bolts during the upcoming thunderstorm season. #

Hmm…mysterious sprites must’ve been over France for the 65th D-Day observance this weekend!

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