Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Tuesday March 19th, 2019

A mix of sun and cloud today. Clearing early this afternoon. Wind becoming west 20 km/h early this afternoon. High 6C. Clear tonight, wind west 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low 4C. Wind chill -10C overnight. Currently we have some clouds, a temperature of -1C feels like -5C, our winds are 14 km/h from the WSW and will remain steady throughout the day.

Our highways in and around our area REMAIN BARE and in EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS. Please continue to drive with caution and plan a ahead when traveling our northern highways in the winter.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather warnings.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

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Abell 370: Galaxy Cluster Gravitational Lens 
Image Credit: NASAESAHubbleProcessing & Copyright: Rogelio Bernal Andreo (DeepSkyColors.com)

Explanation: What are those strange arcs? While imaging the cluster of galaxies Abell 370, astronomers noticed an unusual arc. The arc wasn’t understood right away — not until better images showed that the arc was a previously unseen type of astrophysical artifact of a gravitational lens, where the lens was the center of an entire cluster of galaxies. Today, we know that this arc, the brightest arc in the cluster, actually consists of two distorted images of a fairly normal galaxy that happens to lie far in the distance. Abell 370’s gravity caused the background galaxies’ light — and others — to spread out and come to the observer along multiple paths, not unlike a distant light appears through the stem of awine glass. Almost all of the yellow images featured here are galaxies in the Abell 370 cluster. An astute eye can pick up many strange arcs and distorted arclets, however, that are actually gravitationally lensed images of distant normal galaxies. Studying Abell 370 and its images gives astronomers a unique window into the distribution of normal and dark matter in galaxy clusters and the universe.Tomorrow’s picture: open space

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Monday March 18th, 2019

Cloudy today, 30% chance of flurries this morning, high +3C, winds 15 km/h. Partly cloudy tonight, wind 15 km/h. Low -7C. Wind chill -5C in the evening and -10C overnight. Currently we have clouds, a temperature of -2C feels like -3C, our winds are 3 km/h from the SSE and will increase to 15 km/h throughout the day.

Our Highways remain BARE and in EXCELLENT WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS. Please continue to drive ahead and with caution as you travel.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather warnings.

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

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Horsehead and Orion Nebulas 
Image Credit & Copyright: Mario Zauner

Explanation: The dark Horsehead Nebula and the glowing Orion Nebula are contrasting cosmic vistas. Adrift 1,500 light-years away in one of the night sky’s most recognizable constellations, they appear in opposite corners of the abovestunning two-panel mosaic. The familiar Horsehead nebula appears as a dark cloud on the lower left, a small silhouette notched against the glow of hydrogen (alpha) gas, here tinted orange. Alnitak is the easternmost star in Orion’s belt and can be found to the left of the Horsehead. Below Alnitak is the Flame Nebula, with clouds of bright emission and dramatic dark dust lanes. The magnificent emission region, the Orion Nebula (aka M42), lies at the upper right, surrounded by the blue glow of reflecting dust. Immediately to its left is a prominent reflection nebula sometimes called the Running Man. Pervasive tendrils of glowing hydrogen gas are easily traced throughout the region.Tomorrow’s picture: galaxy stretchers

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY! Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Sunday March 17th, 2019

A mix of sun and cloud today. 30% chance of flurries this morning. Winds 15 km/h. High +3C. Wind chill -12C in the morning. A few clouds tonight. Wind 15 km/h. Low -5C. Wind chill -4C in the evening and -9C overnight. Currently we have some clearing fog and some clouds, our temperature sits at -3C there is no windchill, our winds are calm but will increase to 10 km/h throughout the day.

Our highways in and around our area remain BARE and in EXCELLENT WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS with the EXCEPTION of a small stretch of #6 close Gypsumville is COVERED AND SLIPPERY from a small amount of snow that fell over night.

We currently have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather warnings.

ENJOY YOUR ST. PADDY’S DAY AND YOUR SUNDAY!

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M106: A Spiral Galaxy with a Strange Center 
Image Credit: NASAESO , NAOJ, Giovanni Paglioli; Assembling and Processing: R. Colombari and R. Gendler

Explanation: What’s happening at the center of spiral galaxy M106? A swirling disk of stars and gas, M106‘s appearance is dominated by blue spiral arms and red dust lanes near the nucleus, as shown in the featured image. The core ofM106 glows brightly in radio waves and X-rays where twin jets have been found running the length of the galaxy. An unusual central glow makes M106 one of the closest examples of the Seyfert class of galaxies, where vast amounts of glowing gas are thought to be falling into a central massive black holeM106, also designated NGC 4258, is a relatively close 23.5 million light years away, spans 60 thousand light years across, and can be seen with a small telescope towards the constellation of the Hunting Dogs (Canes Venatici).Astrophysicists: Browse 1,900+ codes in the Astrophysics Source Code Library
Tomorrow’s picture: orange sky horse

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Saturday March 16th, 2019

A mix of sun and cloud Today, 30% chance of flurries this afternoon. Wind 15 km/h. High +2.C Wind chill -20C in the morning. Mainly cloudy with 60% chance of flurries. Wind 15 km/h. Low -8C. Wind chill -3C in the evening and minus 11 overnight. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of -11C feels like -17C, our winds are 13 km/h from the SSE and will increase to 25-30 km/h throughout the day.

Our highways continue to remain BARE and in EXCELLENT WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS. Please continue to drive with caution and plan ahead when traveling.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather warnings.

HAVE A GREAT SATURDAY!

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NGC 3324 in Carina 
Image Credit & CopyrightMartin Pugh

Explanation: This bright cosmic cloud was sculpted by stellar winds and radiation from the hot young stars of open cluster NGC 3324. With dust clouds in silhouette against its glowing atomic gas, the pocket-shaped star-forming region actually spans about 35 light-years. It lies some 7,500 light-years away toward the nebula rich southern constellation Carina. A composite of narrowband image data, the telescopic view captures the characteristic emission from ionized sulfur, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms mapped to red, green, and blue hues in the popular Hubble Palette. For some, the celestial landscape of bright ridges of emission bordered by cool, obscuring dust along the right side create a recognizable face in profile. The region’s popular name is the Gabriela Mistral Nebula for the Nobel Prize winning Chilean poet.

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For FRIDAY! March 15th, 2019

Sunny today, wind 15 km/h high -3C, wind chill -20C in the morning and -7C in the afternoon. Clear tonight partly cloudy near midnight, wind up 15 km/h. Low -14C. Wind chill -10C in the evening and -17C overnight. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of -13C feels like -20C, our winds are 14 km/h from the NW and will remain steady throughout the day.

Our highways in and around our area remain BARE and in EXCELLENT WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS. Please continue to drive with caution and plan ahead when traveling.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather warnings.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY AND WEEKEND!

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A View Toward M101 
Image Credit & CopyrightChristoph KaltseisCEDIC 2019

Explanation: Big, beautiful spiral galaxy M101 is one of the last entries in Charles Messier’s famous catalog, but definitely not one of the least. About 170,000 light-years across, this galaxy is enormous, almost twice the size of our own Milky Way galaxy. M101 was also one of the original spiral nebulae observed by Lord Rosse’s large 19th century telescope, the Leviathan of Parsontown. M101 shares this modern telescopic field of view with more distant background galaxies, foreground stars within the Milky Way, and a companion dwarf galaxy NGC 5474 (lower right). The colors of the Milky Way stars can also be found in the starlight from the large island universe. Its core is dominated by light from cool yellowish stars. Along its grand design spiral arms are the blue colors of hotter, young stars mixed with obscuring dust lanes and pinkish star forming regions. Also known as the Pinwheel Galaxy, M101 lies within the boundaries of the northern constellation Ursa Major, about 23 million light-years away. Its companion NGC 5474 has likely been distorted by its past gravitational interactions with the dominant M101.

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

Mainly sunny today. Wind 15 km/h. High +3C. Wind chill -14C in the morning. Partly cloudy with 60% chance of flurries tonight. Wind 15 km/h. Low -12C. Wind chill -6C in the evening and -18C overnight. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of -7C feels like -10C, our winds are 5 km/h from the NW and will increase to 15 km/h throughout the day.

Our Northern Highways remain BARE and in EXCELLENT WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS. Please continue to drive with caution and plan ahead when traveling.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather warnings.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

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Perseverance Valley Panorama
Image Credit: NASAJPL-CaltechCornellASU

Explanation: Mars exploration rover Opportunity’s parting panorama from Perseverance Valley spans 360 degrees in this false color mosaic. The scene is composed of 354 individual images recorded through 3 different color filters by the rover’s panoramic camera from May 13 through June 10, 2018. A few frames remain in black and white at the lower left though. Those were obtained through only one filter just before a dust storm engulfed Mars in June 2018, ultimately ending the solar-powered rover’s trailblazing 15 year mission. Just right of center, the annotation identifies Opportunity’s entry point to Perseverance Valley along the Endeavor crater’s western rim. The rover’s tracks begin there, extending from over the horizon toward the far right and its final resting spot on the Red Planet.
Tomorrow’s picture: a view toward M101

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

A mix of partly cloudy today . Wind up to 15 km/h. High +3C. Wind chill -9C in the morning. Partly cloudy tonight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -7C. Wind chill -5C in the evening and -10C overnight. Currently some cloud, a temperature of -7C feels like -11C, our winds are 8 km/h from the WNW and will increase to 15 km/h and will remain steady throughout the evening and overnight hours.

Our highways in and around our area are BARE and in EXCELLENT WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS. Please continue to drive with caution when traveling on our Northern Highways.

We currently have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather warnings

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

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Highlights of the North Spring Sky 
Image Credit & Copyright: Universe2go.com

Explanation: What can you see in the night sky this season? The featured graphic gives a few highlights for Earth‘s northern hemisphere. Viewed as a clock face centered at the bottom, early (northern) spring sky events fan out toward the left, while late spring events are projected toward the right. Objects relatively close to Earth are illustrated, in general, as nearer to the cartoon figure with the telescope at the bottom center — although almost everything pictured can be seen without a telescope. As happens during any season, constellations appear the same year to year, and, as usual, the Lyrids meteor shower will peak in mid-April. Also as usual, the International Space Station (ISS) can be seen, at times, as a bright spot drifting across the sky after sunset. After the Vernal Equinox next week, the length of daytime will be greater than the length of nighttime in Earth’s northern hemisphere, an inequality that will escalate as the spring seasondevelops. Also as spring ages, Jupiter becomes visible increasingly earlier in the night. As spring draws to a close, the month of May will feature two full moons, the second of which is called a Blue Moon.Tomorrow’s picture: open space

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

REMINDER OUR CLOCKS GO AHEAD 1HR THIS SUNDAY! Mainly sunny, becoming mainly cloudy this morning. 30% chance of flurries late this morning and this afternoon. Clearing this afternoon. Winds up to 15 km/h. High -6C. Wind chill -25C in the morning -8C in the afternoon. Currently we have a few clouds, temperature of -19C, our winds are 3 km/h from the SSW and will increase to 15 km/h throughout the day.

Our highways in and around our area are BARE and in EXCELLENT WINTER DIVING CONDITIONS. Please continue to drive with caution and plan ahead when traveling our Northern Highways.

We currently have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather warnings.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY! AND A GREAT WEEKEND!

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Stardust and Starlight in M78 
Image Credit & CopyrightRichard S. Wright Jr.

Explanation: Interstellar dust clouds and bright nebulae abound in the fertile constellation of Orion. One of the brightest, M78, is near the center in this colorful telescopic view, covering an area north of Orion’s belt. At a distance of about 1,500 light-years, the bluish nebula itself is about 5 light-years across. Its blue tint is due to dust preferentially reflecting the blue light of hot, young stars in the region. Dark dust lanes and other nebulae can easily be traced through the gorgeous skyscape that includes many Herbig- Haro objects, energetic jets from stars in the process of formation. But missing from this image is McNeil’s nebula. A major discovery only recognized in 2004, the enigmatic, variable nebula was found along the dark lane of dust above and right of larger M78. McNeil’s nebula is associated with a protostar and seen to be sometimes present and sometimes absent in photos of the well-imaged region. McNeil’s nebula faded from view late last year and is still absent in this deep image recorded in February 2019.

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

Mainly sunny today, winds up to 15 km/h. High -6C, wind chill minus 28 in the morning and -10C in the afternoon. Risk of frostbite. Currently a few clouds a temperature of-19C, our winds are 6 km/h from the SW and will increase to 19 km/h throughout the day.

Our highways in and around our area are BARE AND IN EXCELLENT WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS. Please continue to plan ahead and drive with caution.

There are NO weather warnings or NO marine weather warnings.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

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Sharpless 249 and the Jellyfish Nebula 
Image Credit & CopyrightData – Steve Milne & Barry Wilson, Processing –Steve Milne

Explanation: Normally faint and elusive, the Jellyfish Nebula is caught in this alluring telescopic field of view. The entire scene is a two panel mosaic constructed using narrowband image data, with emission from sulfur, hydrogen and oxygen atoms shown in red, green and blue hues. It’s anchored right and left by two bright stars, Mu and Eta Geminorum, at the foot of the celestial twin. The Jellyfish Nebula itself is right of center, the brighter arcing ridge of emission with dangling tentacles. In fact, the cosmic jellyfish is part of bubble-shaped supernova remnant IC 443, the expanding debris cloud from a massive star that exploded. Light from the explosion first reached planet Earth over 30,000 years ago. Like its cousin in astrophysical waters the Crab Nebula supernova remnant, the Jellyfish Nebula is known to harbor a neutron star, the remnant of the collapsed stellar core. An emission nebula cataloged as Sharpless 249 fills the field at the upper left. The Jellyfish Nebula is about 5,000 light-years away. At that distance, this image would be about 300 light-years across.
Tomorrow’s picture: stardust and starlight

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

Mainly cloudy today 30% chance of flurries early this morning. Clearing this morning. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -9C. Wind chill -26C in the morning and -14C in the afternoon. Risk of frostbite. Currently we have clouds, a temperature of -14C feels like -25C, our winds are 29 km/h from the WNW and will remain steady throughout the day.

Our highways in and around our area are BARE and in EXCELLENT WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS. Please continue to drive with caution and plan ahead when traveling on our Northern Highways.

There are NO weather warnings and NO marine weather warnings at this time.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

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A February without Sunspots 
Images Credit & Copyright: Alan Friedman (Averted Imagination)

Explanation: Where have all the sunspots gone? Last month the total number of spots that crossed our Sun was … zero. Well below of the long term monthly average, the Sun’s surface has become as unusually passive this solar minimumjust like it did 11 years ago during the last solar minimum. Such passivity is not just a visual spectacle, it correlates with the Sun being slightly dimmer, with holes in the Sun’s corona being more stable, and with a reduced intensity in the outflowing solar wind. The reduced wind, in turn, cools and collapses Earth’s outer atmosphere (the thermosphere), causing reduced drag on many Earth-orbiting satellites. Pictured in inverted black & white on the left, the Sun’s busy surface is shown near solar maximum in 2012, in contrast to the image on the right, which shows the Sun’s surface last August, already without spots (for a few days), as solar minimum was setting in. Effects of this unusually static solar minimum are being studied.Tomorrow’s picture: cosmic jellyfish