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Strange “blue auroras” sighted

Reprinted from Spaceweather.com STRANGE ‘BLUE AURORAS’ SIGHTED: Last night, strange bands and rings of blue light appeared over parts of Scandinavia and Russia. Was it a weird type of aurora? No geomagnetic storm was in progress. The explanation may be a barrage of missiles fired during an overnight Russian war game, spreading a blue-glowing cloud …

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Asteroid to buzz Earth this week

Reprinted from SpaceWeather,com: ASTEROID TO BUZZ EARTH THIS WEEK: Four years ago, a house-sized asteroid tore through the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk, Russia, and exploded.  Shock waves shattered windows and knocked down onlookers as fragments of the disintegrating space rock peppered the Ural countryside. This week an asteroid about the same size is approaching Earth. It …

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Great time to see the Da Vinci glow

Reprinted from Space Weather News for Dec. 3, 2016 http://spaceweather.com https://www.facebook.com/spaceweatherdotcom WHAT IS THE DA VINCI GLOW?  Five hundred years ago, Leonardo da Vinci proposed an outlandish theory explaining why the Moon’s surface glows during the lunar night. Turns out, his idea was correct. This weekend is a great time to see the “Da Vinci Glow” …

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SuperMoon and aurora outburst!

Reprinted from Space Weather: BIGGEST FULL MOON IN ALMOST 70 YEARS:  The full Moon of Nov. 14th will be the biggest and brightest in nearly 70 years. Today’s edition of Spaceweather.com offers observing tips and explains why not all full Moons are the same. ROCKET PHOTOBOMBS AURORA OUTBURST:  A high-speed stream of solar wind is buffeting Earth’s …

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Earth’s magnetic field is changing

Reprinted from Space Weather News for May 12, 201   EARTH’S MAGNETIC FIELD IS CHANGING:Earth’s magnetic field protects us from stormy space weather and cosmic rays. New data from Europe’s SWARM spacecraft show that our planet’s magnetic field is changing.  For instance, in recent years magnetism over North America has weakened by 3.5%, while Asia has …

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Reprinted from Space Weather: http://spaceweather.com This morning, the new Moon blocked out the sun, producing a magnificent total eclipse over Indonesia and the Pacific Ocean. Today’s edition of Spaceweather.com highlights the view from some unique vantage points–including the window of an Alaskan Airlines flight that diverted into the path of totality.  Also notable are satellite movies …

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Sunset sky show features Jupiter & Venus

Reprinted from Space Weather News http://spaceweather.com The two brightest planets in the night sky are converging for a spectacular close encounter.  On June 30, Jupiter and Venus will be just a fraction of a degree apart, forming a pair so bright that you can see them even before nightfall. Check http://spaceweather.com for observing tips and more.

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Electric-blue clouds drift across Arctic

Reprinted Space Weather News for May 22, 2015 http://spaceweather.comNOCTILUCENT CLOUDS: NASA’s AIM spacecraft has spotted a luminous patch of electric-blue drifting across the Arctic Circle. The sighting marks the beginning of the 2015 season for northern-hemisphere noctilucent clouds (NLCs). Long ago, NLCs were a polar phenomenon confined mainly to the Arctic. In recent years, however, they …

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“Christmas Comet” continues to brighten

Reprinted from Space Weather News for Dec. 29, 2014 http://spaceweather.com GEOMAGNETIC STORM:  The year is ending with an outbreak of auroras. Sky watchers around the Arctic Circle are seeing bright Northern Lights as Earth enters a stream of high-speed solar wind, causing G1-class storm conditions on Dec. 29th. Visit http://spaceweather.com for images and updates. BRIGHTENING COMET: …

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Solar activity is high

Reprinted from Space Weather News for Dec. 20, 2014 http://spaceweather.com Solar activity is high.  A pair of large sunspots is crossing the center of the solar disk, and both are crackling with flares.  The strongest so far, an X1.8-class flare on Dec. 20th, caused a strong HF radio blackout over the South Pacific and might …

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