Mix of sun and cloud for most of the day, low to moderate winds and a high of +14C. Currently we have mainly clear sky’s, a temperature of +2C, our winds are from the W at 11 km/h gusting to 20 km/h throughout the day.
There are no weather or marine wind warnings for our area at this time.
Our fire conditions are set to LOW at this time as cooling over night temps help the dry conditions.
HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY! AND WEEKEND!
CURRENT FIRE CONDITIONS
CURRENT HIGHWAY OBSERVATIONS
The View Toward M101
Image Credit & Copyright: Joonhwa LeeExplanation:
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 spiky 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
. NGC 5474 has likely been distorted by its past gravitational interactions with the dominant M101.
Tomorrow’s picture: light-weekend