Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Thursday February 14th, 2019

A mix of sun, cloud and a chance of flurries today, high of -22C with in the moderate rage. Currently we have scattered flurries, a temperature of -23C feels like -32C, our winds are 13 km/h from NW and will remain steady throughout the day.

Our highways in and around area are in EXCELLENT WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS. Please drive careful and plan ahead when traveling on our Northern Highways.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather warnings at this time.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

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Solar System Family Portait 
Image Credit: Voyager ProjectNASA

Explanation: On Valentine’s Day in 1990, cruising four billion miles from the Sun, the Voyager 1 spacecraft looked back one last time to make this first ever Solar System family portrait. The complete portrait is a 60 frame mosaic made from a vantage point 32 degrees above the ecliptic plane. In it, Voyager’s wide angle camera frames sweep through the inner Solar System at the left, linking up with gas giant Neptune, the Solar System’s outermost planet, at the far right. Positions for Venus, Earth, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune are indicated by letters, while the Sun is the bright spot near the center of the circle of frames. The inset frames for each of the planets are from Voyager’s narrow field camera. Unseen in the portrait are Mercury, too close to the Sun to be detected, and Mars, unfortunately hidden by sunlight scattered in the camera’s optical system. Closer to the Sun than Neptune at the time, small, faint Pluto’s position was not covered.

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Wednesday February 13th 2019

Scattered light flurries today, high of -18C and our winds will be moderate. Currently we have clouds, our temperature sits at -22C fells like -29C, our winds are 5 km/h from the NW and will increase to 10 km/h throughout the day.

Our highways in and aound our area are CLEAR TO PARTLY COVERED WITH SLIPPERY SECTIONS. Please travel with caution and plan ahead when traveling on our Northern Highways.

There are NO weather warnings and NO marine weather warnings.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

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The Helix Nebula in Hydrogen and Oxygen 
Image Credit & Copyright: Andrew Campbell

Explanation: Is the Helix Nebula looking at you? No, not in any biological sense, but it does look quite like an eye. The Helix Nebula is so named because it also appears that you are looking down the axis of a helix. In actuality, it is now understood to have a surprisingly complex geometry, including radial filaments and extended outer loops. The Helix Nebula (aka NGC 7293) is one of brightest and closest examples of a planetary nebula, a gas cloud created at the end of the life of a Sun-like star. The remnant central stellar core, destined to become a white dwarf star, glows in light so energetic it causes the previously expelled gas to fluoresce. The featured picture, taken in the light emitted by oxygen(shown in blue) and hydrogen (shown in red), was created from 74 hours of exposure over three months from a small telescope in a backyard of suburban MelbourneAustralia. A close-up of the inner edge of the Helix Nebula shows complex gas knots of unknown origin.Tomorrow’s picture: open space

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Tuesday February 12th, 2019

Periods of snow, amounts 2 to 4 cm, winds up to 15 km/h High -12C. Wind chill -21C in the morning -15C in the afternoon. Currently we have light snow, a temperature of -20C feels like -24C, our winds are 5 km/h from the ENE and will increase to 10-15 km/h throughout the day.

All highways in Northern Manitoba and Southern Manitoba are either COVERED OR PARTLY COVERED AND SLIPPERY, CONDITIONS WILL IMPROVE THROUGHOUT THE DAY AS THE BLOWS GET OUT. Please travel with CAUTION and plan ahead.

There are NO weather warnings and NO marine weather warnings.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

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Plane Crossing a Crescent Moon 
Image Credit & Copyright: Olivier Staiger (Binounistan.com)

Explanation: No, this is not a good way to get to the Moon. What is pictured is a chance superposition of an airplane and the Moon. The contrail would normally appear white, but the large volume of air toward the setting Sun preferentially knocks away blue light, giving the reflected trail a bright red hue. Far in the distance, well behind the plane, is a crescent Moon, also slightly reddened. Captured a month ago above ValaisSwitzerland, the featured image was taken so soon after sunset that planes in the sky were still in sunlight, as were their contrails. Within minutes, unfortunately, the impromptu sky show ended. The plane crossed the Moon and moved out of sight. The Moon set. The contrail became unilluminated and then dispersed.Tomorrow’s picture: old blue eye

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Monday February 11th, 2019

Mainly sunny with increasing clouds near noon then periods of light snow, low/moderate winds and a high of -15C. Currently we have clear sky’s, a temperature of -26C with no windchill, winds are 2 km/h from the SE and will increase to 10 km/h.

Our highways in and around our area are in EXCELLENT winter driving conditions. Please continue to drive with caution and plan ahead.

There are NO weather warnings and NO marine weather warnings.

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

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New Data: Ultima Thule Surprisingly Flat 
Illustration Credit: NASAJHU’s APLSwRI

Explanation: Ultima Thule is not the object humanity thought that it was last month. When the robotic New Horizons spacecraft zoomed past the distant asteroid Ultima Thule (officially 2014 MU69) in early January, early images showedtwo circular lobes that when most simply extrapolated to 3D were thought to be, roughly, spheres. However, analyses of newly beamed-back images — including many taken soon after closest approach — shows eclipsed stars re-appearingsooner than expected. The only explanation possible is that this 30-km long Kuiper belt object has a different 3D shape than believed only a few weeks ago. Specifically, as shown in the featured illustration, it now appears that the larger lobe — Ultima — is more similar to a fluffy pancake than a sphere, while the smaller lobe — Thule — resembles a dented walnut. The remaining uncertainty in the outlines are shown by the dashed blue lines. The new shape information indicates that gravity — which contracts more massive bodies into spheres — played perhaps less of a role in contouring the lobes of Ultima Thule than previously thought. The New Horizons spacecraft continued on to Ultima Thule afterpassing Pluto in mid-2015. New data and images are still being received.Tomorrow’s picture: moon jet

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For FRIDAY! February 8th, 2019

Mainly cloudy, chance of flurries then clearing, winds moderate/high, high of -22C. Currently we have some clouds, a temperature of -22C feels like -34C, our winds are 18 km/h from the WNW and will increase to 25 km/h at times throughout the day/evening/overnight hours.

Our highways in and around our area are in GOOD WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS. Please travel with CAUTION and PLAN ahead.

We have NO weather warnings at this time BUT I am expecting the extreme warnings will go into effect this evening again.

We have NO marine weather warnings for the lake today BUT I expect the extreme cold warnings will go into effect later this evening again.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY AND WEEKEND!

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Moon, Four Planets, and Emu 
Image Credit & CopyrightAlex Cherney (TerrastroTWAN)

Explanation: A luminous Milky Way falls toward the horizon in this deep skyscape, starting at the top of the frame from the stars of the Southern Cross and the dark Coalsack Nebula. Captured in the dark predawn of February 2nd from Central Victoria, Australia, planet Earth, the 26 day old waning crescent Moon still shines brightly near the horizon. The second and third brightest celestial beacons are Venus and Jupiter along the lower part of the Milky Way’s central bulge. Almost in line with the brighter planets and Moon, Saturn is the pinprick of light just visible below and right of the lunar glow. Australia’s first astronomers saw the elongated, bulging shape of the familiar Milky Way as a great celestial Emu. The Moon and planets could almost be the Emu’s eggs on this starry night.

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Thursday February 7th, 2019

Extreme cold warning is still in effect. Cold today with clear skys, a high of -24C will feel like -36. Currently clear, a temperature of -35C feels like -43C our winds are 9 km/h from the W and will increase to 15 km/h throughout the day.

Our highways in and around the area are MOSTLY CLEAR AND IN EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS, WITH SOME PARTLY COVERED SECTIONS IN THE NORTHERN AREAS. Please drive with caution and plan ahead when traveling.

There is a EXTREME COLD WARNINGS FOR OUR AREA:

Warnings

4:33 AM CST Thursday 07 February 2019
Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:

  • Chemawawin Cree Nation/Easterville

A period of very cold wind chills is expected.

Temperatures dropping into the minus thirties under a high pressure ridge combined with winds of 5 to 15 km/h will create extreme wind chills of -40 or colder at times over the next few days. The main threat will be during the overnight and morning hours.

There is an EXTREME COLD WARNING FOR THE LAKE TODAY:

Warnings (In effect)

Extreme Cold Warning in effect

Issued 04:33 AM CST 07 February 2019A period of very cold wind chills is expected.

Temperatures dropping into the minus thirties under a high pressure ridge combined with winds of 5 to 15 km/h will create extreme wind chills of -40 or colder at times over the next few days. The main threat will be during the overnight and morning hours.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

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Fox Fur, Unicorn, and Christmas Tree 
Image Credit & CopyrightStanislav VolskiyChilescope Team

Explanation: Clouds of glowing hydrogen gas fill this colorful skyscape in the faint but fanciful constellation Monoceros, the Unicorn. A star forming region cataloged as NGC 2264, the complex jumble of cosmic gas and dust is about 2,700 light-years distant and mixes reddish emission nebulae excited by energetic light from newborn stars with dark interstellar dust clouds. Where the otherwise obscuring dust clouds lie close to the hot, young stars they also reflect starlight, forming blue reflection nebulae. The telescopic image spans about 3/4 degree or nearly 1.5 full moons, covering 40 light-years at the distance of NGC 2264. Its cast of cosmic characters includes the the Fox Fur Nebula, whose dusty, convoluted pelt lies near the top, bright variable star S Monocerotis immersed in the blue-tinted haze near center, and the Cone Nebula pointing in from the right side of the frame. Of course, the stars of NGC 2264 are also known as the Christmas Tree star cluster. The triangular tree shape is seen on its side here. Traced by brighter stars it has its apex at the Cone Nebula. The tree’s broader base is centered near S Monocerotis.Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Wednesday February 6th, 2019

Sunny and cold, a high of -23C with moderate winds. Currently we are clear, a temperature -35C feels like -39C, our winds are 3 km/h from the WSW and will increase to 15 km/h throughout the day.

Our highways in Northern Manitoba are MOSTLY CLEAR WITH THE ODD SLIPPERY SECTION. Please travel with caution and plan ahead.

There is an EXTREME COLD WARNING for our area:

Warnings

4:28 AM CST Wednesday 06 February 2019
Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:

  • Chemawawin Cree Nation/Easterville

A period of very cold wind chills is expected.

Temperatures dropping into the minus thirties under a high pressure ridge combined with winds of 5 to 15 km/h will create extreme wind chills of -40 or colder at times over the next few days. The main threat will be during the overnight and morning hours.

Dress warmly. Dress in layers that you can remove if you get too warm. The outer layer should be wind resistant.

There is an EXTREME COLD WARNINGS for the lake today and tomorrow:

Warnings (In effect)

Extreme Cold Warning in effect

Issued 04:28 AM CST 06 February 2019A period of very cold wind chills is expected.

Temperatures dropping into the minus thirties under a high pressure ridge combined with winds of 5 to 15 km/h will create extreme wind chills of -40 or colder at times over the next few days. The main threat will be during the overnight and morning hours.

Dress warmly. Dress in layers that you can remove if you get too warm. The outer layer should be wind resistant.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

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Moon and Venus Appulse over a Tree 
Image Credit & Copyright: Alex Dzierba

Explanation: What’s that bright spot near the Moon? Venus. About a week ago, Earth’s Moon appeared unusually close to the distant planet Venus, an angular coincidence known as an appulse. Similar to a conjunction, which is acoordinate term, an appulse refers more generally to when two celestial objects appear close together. This Moon and Venus appulse — once as close as 0.05 degrees — was captured rising during the early morning behind Koko crater on the island of O’ahu in HawaiiUSA. The Moon was in a crescent phase with its lower left reflecting direct sunlight, while the rest of the Moon is seen because of Earthshine, sunlight first reflected from the Earth. Some leaves and branches of a foreground kiawe tree are seen in silhouette in front of the bright crescent, while others, in front of a darker background, appear white because of forward scattering. Appulses involving the Moon typically occur several times a year: for example the Moon is expected to pass within 0.20 degrees of distant Saturn on March 1.Tomorrow’s picture: open space

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Tuesday February 5th, 2019

Mainly cloudy with scattered flurries this morning, high of -21C with moderate winds. Currently we have have some flurries, a temperature of -25C feels like -28C, our winds are 5 km/h are from the S and will increase to 10 km/h throughout the day.

Our highways in and around our area are in GOOD WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS WITH THE ODD PARTLY COVERED SLIPPERY SECTIONS. Please drive with caution and plan ahead when traveling on our northern highways.

Currently there is NO weather warnings and No marine weather warnings for our area.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

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Perijove 16: Passing Jupiter 
Video Credit & LicenseNASAJunoSwRIMSSSGerald Eichstadt
Music: The Planets, IV. Jupiter (Gustav Holst); USAF Heritage of America Band (via Wikipedia)

Explanation: Watch Juno zoom past Jupiter againNASA‘s robotic spacecraft Juno is continuing on its 53-day, highly-elongated orbits around our Solar System’s largest planet. The featured video is from perijove 16, the sixteenth time that Juno has passed near Jupiter since it arrived in mid-2016. Each perijove passes near a slightly different part of Jupiter’s cloud tops. This color-enhanced video has been digitally composed from 21 JunoCam still images, resulting in a 125-fold time-lapse. The video begins with Jupiter rising as Juno approaches from the north. As Juno reaches its closest view — from about 3,500 kilometers over Jupiter’s cloud tops — the spacecraft captures the great planet in tremendous detail. Juno passes light zones and dark belt of clouds that circle the planet, as well as numerous swirling circular storms, many of which are larger than hurricanes on Earth. As Juno moves away, the remarkable dolphin-shaped cloud is visible. After the perijove, Jupiter recedes into the distance, now displaying the unusual clouds that appear over Jupiter’s south. To get desired science data, Juno swoops so close to Jupiter that its instruments are exposed to very high levels of radiation.Tomorrow’s picture: moon tree

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Monday February 4th, 2019

Mostly cloudy and cold today a high of -27C with moderate windchill and winds. Currently we have clouds, a temperature of -33C feels like -41C, our winds are 8 km/h from the WNW and will increase to 15 km/h throughout the day.

Our highways in and around Northern Manitoba are in GOOD driving conditions with some PARTLY COVERED SLIPPERY SECTIONS.

There is a EXTREME COLD WARNING FOR OUR AREA:

Warnings

4:37 AM CST Monday 04 February 2019
Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:

  • Chemawawin Cree Nation/Easterville

Extreme wind chill values of minus 40 are being reported this morning.

These values may redevelop once again Monday night.

Extreme cold puts everyone at risk.

Cover up. Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill.

If it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside.

There is a EXTREME COLD WARNING FOR THE LAKE TODAY:

Warnings (In effect)

Extreme Cold Warning in effect

Issued 04:37 AM CST 04 February 2019Extreme wind chill values of minus 40 are being reported this morning.

These values may redevelop once again Monday night.

Extreme cold puts everyone at risk.

Cover up. Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill.

If it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside.

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

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Henize 70: A Superbubble in the LMC 
Image Credit & Copyright: Josep M. Drudis

Explanation: Massive stars profoundly affect their galactic environments. Churning and mixing interstellar clouds of gas and dust, stars — most notably those upwards of tens of times the mass of our Sun — leave their mark on thecompositions and locations of future generations of stars. Dramatic evidence of this is illustrated in our neighboring galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), by the featured nebula, Henize 70 (also known as N70 and DEM301). Henize 70 is actually a luminous superbubble of interstellar gas about 300 light-years in diameter, blown by winds from hot, massive stars and supernova explosions, with its interior filled with tenuous hot and expanding gas. Becausesuperbubbles can expand through an entire galaxy, they offer humanity a chance to explore the connection between the lifecycles of stars and the evolution of galaxies.Tomorrow’s picture: right past Jupiter

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For FRIDAY! February 1st, 2019

Periods of light snow winds up to 15 km/h high -16C wind chill -28C in the morning -22c in the afternoon currently we have some light snow a temperature of -17C our winds are 13 km/h from the WNW and will increase to 50-20 km/h throughout the day.

Our highways in and around our area are SNOW COVERED< PARTLY COVERED AND SLIPPERY AND IMPROVE AS YOU TRAVEL FURTHER SOUTH. Please travel with caution and plane ahead when traveling. PLEASE CHECK THE HIGHWAY IMAGES BELOW.

There is a SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT FOR OUR AREA FOR TONIGHT INTO SATURDAY:

Statements

4:40 AM CST Friday 01 February 2019
Special weather statement in effect for:

  • Chemawawin Cree Nation/Easterville

A slow-moving disturbance will spread heavy snow across the Interlake region into eastern Manitoba on Saturday. Up to 20 cm of snow is possible before it tapers off Saturday evening.

Snow will spread across the Interlake into eastern Manitoba early in the day on Saturday, quickly intensifying through the morning. The heaviest snowfall is expected to occur midday through the afternoon.

Any required warnings may be issued later today

There is a MARINE SPECIAL WEATHER STAEMENT FOR THE LAKE FOR TONIGHT INTO SATURDAY:

Statements (In effect)

Special weather statement in effect

FOR THE Lake

Issued 04:40 AM CST 01 February 2019A slow-moving disturbance will spread heavy snow across the Interlake region into eastern Manitoba on Saturday. Up to 20 cm of snow is possible before it tapers off Saturday evening.

Snow will spread across the Interlake into eastern Manitoba early in the day on Saturday, quickly intensifying through the morning. The heaviest snowfall is expected to occur midday through the afternoon.

Any required warnings may be issued later today.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY! AND WEEKEND!

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Twin Galaxies in Virgo 
Image Credit & CopyrightCHART32 TeamProcessing – Johannes Schedler

Explanation: Spiral galaxy pair NGC 4567 and NGC 4568 share this sharp cosmic vista with lonely elliptical galaxy NGC 4564. All are members of the large Virgo Galaxy Cluster. With their classic spiral arms, dust lanes, and star clusters, the eye-catching spiral pair is also known as the Butterfly Galaxies or the Siamese Twins. Very close together, the galaxy twins don’t seem to be too distorted by gravitational tides. Their giant molecular clouds are known to be colliding though and are likely fueling the formation of massive star clusters. The galaxy twins are about 52 million light-years distant, while their bright cores appear separated by about 20,000 light-years. Of course, the spiky foreground stars lie within our own Milky Way.