Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Thursday April 18th, 2019

Clearing today, high +13C. Clear this evening/tonight, low +0C. Friday
Increasing cloudiness early in the morning. Clearing late in the afternoon. High +16C. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of -4C feels like 0C, our winds are 14 km/h from the WSW and will remain steady throughout the day.

Our highways this morning remain and continue to be BARE and in EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS. Soon we will change it up and move to FIRE REPORTS instead of HIGHWAY REPORTS, but I will be continuing to add the highway images on the site every day.

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

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The Leo Trio 
Image Credit & CopyrightMarkus Bauer

Explanation: This group is popular in the northern spring. Famous as the Leo Triplet, the three magnificent galaxies gather in one field of view. Crowd pleasers when imaged with even modest telescopes, they can be introduced individually as NGC 3628 (left), M66 (bottom right), and M65 (top). All three are large spiral galaxies but they tend to look dissimilar because their galactic disks are tilted at different angles to our line of sight. NGC 3628, also known as the Hamburger Galaxy, is temptingly seen edge-on, with obscuring dust lanes cutting across its puffy galactic plane. The disks of M66 and M65 are both inclined enough to show off their spiral structure. Gravitational interactions between galaxies in the group have left telltale signs, including the tidal tails and warped, inflated disk of NGC 3628 and the drawn out spiral arms of M66. This gorgeous view of the region spans almost two degrees (four full moons) on the sky. The field covers about a million light-years at the trio’s estimated distance of 30 million light-years. Of course the spiky foreground stars lie within our own Milky Way.Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Wednesday April 16th, 2019

A mix of sun and cloud today, a high +9C. Partly cloudy, wind up to 15 km/h. Low -3C, wind chill -5C overnight. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of 0C with no windchill, our winds are 2 km/h from the SSE and will increase throughout the day.

Our highways in and around our area continue to be BARE and in EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS.

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

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

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Messier 81 
Image Credit & CopyrightPaolo De Salvatore (Zenit Observatory)

Explanation: One of the brightest galaxies in planet Earth’s sky is similar in size to our Milky Way Galaxy: big, beautiful Messier 81. Also known as NGC 3031 or Bode’s galaxy for its 18th century discoverer, this grand spiral can be found toward the northern constellation of Ursa Major, the Great Bear. The detailed telescopic view reveals M81’s bright yellow nucleus, blue spiral arms, pink starforming regions, and sweeping cosmic dust lanes. Some dust lanes actually run through the galactic disk (left of center), contrary to other prominent spiral features though. The errant dust lanes may be the lingering result of a close encounter between M81 and its smaller companion galaxy, M82. Scrutiny of variable stars in M81 has yielded one of the best determined distances for an external galaxy — 11.8 million light-years.Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Tuesday April 16th, 2019

Mainly cloudy. Fog patches early this morning. Wind becoming west 20 km/h early this afternoon. High +7C. Clear. Wind west 20 km/h becoming light early this evening. Low -4C. Wind chill near -6C. Currently we have clouds, a temperature of +3C feels like -1C, our winds are 16 kn/h WNW and will increase throughout the morning.

Our Highways in and around our area are BARE and in EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS.

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

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

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In the Vicinity of the Cone Nebula 
Image Credit: ChilescopeProcessing & Copyright: Utkarsh Mishra

Explanation: Strange shapes and textures can be found in neighborhood of the Cone Nebula. The unusual shapes originate from fine interstellar dust reacting in complex ways with the energetic light and hot gas being expelled by the young stars. The brightest star on the right of the featured picture is S Mon, while the region just below it has been nicknamed the Fox Fur Nebula for its color and structure. The blue glow directly surrounding S Mon results fromreflection, where neighboring dust reflects light from the bright star. The red glow that encompasses the whole region results not only from dust reflection but also emission from hydrogen gas ionized by starlight. S Mon is part of a young open cluster of stars named NGC 2264, located about 2500 light years away toward the constellation of the Unicorn (Monoceros). Even though it points right at S Mon, details of the origin of the mysterious geometric Cone Nebula, visible on the far left, remain a mystery.Tomorrow’s picture: open space

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For FRIDAY! April 12th, 2019

Sunny today. High +5C. UV index 5 or moderate. Clear this afternoon. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -9C. Wind chill -3C in the evening and -12C overnight. Currently we have clear sky’s, a temperature of -6C feels like -9C, our winds are 6 km/h from the N and will increase throughout the day.

Our highways in and around our area are BARE and in EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS.

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

ENJOY YOUR FRIDAY! AND WEEKEND!

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A Cosmic Rose: The Rosette Nebula in Monoceros 
Image Credit & CopyrightJean Dean

Explanation: The Rosette Nebula, NGC 2237, is not the only cosmic cloud of gas and dust to evoke the imagery of flowers, but it is the most famous. At the edge of a large molecular cloud in Monoceros some 5,000 light years away, the petals of this cosmic rose are actually a stellar nursery. The lovely, symmetric shape is sculpted by the winds and radiation from its central cluster of hot young, O-type stars. Stars in the energetic cluster, cataloged as NGC 2244, are only a few million years young, while the central cavity in the Rosette Nebula, is about 50 light-years in diameter. The nebula can be seen with a small telescope toward the constellation of Monoceros, the Unicorn. This natural appearing telescopic portrait of the Rosette Nebula was made using broadband and narrowband filters, because sometimes roses aren’t red.
Tomorrow’s picture: bright star, dark nebula

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Thursday April 11th, 2019

Sunny. Wind up to 15 km/h. High zero. Wind chill -19C in the morning. Clear. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -11C. Wind chill -4C in the evening and -14C overnight. Currently we have clear sky’s, a temperature of -10C, our winds are 5 km/h and will increase throughout the day.

Our highways in and around our area are BARE and in EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS.

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

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

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First Horizon-Scale Image of a Black Hole 
Image Credit: Event Horizon TelescopeCollaboration

Explanation: What does a black hole look like? To find out, radio telescopes from around the Earth coordinated observations of black holes with the largest known event horizons on the sky. Alone, black holes are just black, but these monster attractors are known to be surrounded by glowing gas. The first image was released yesterday and resolved the area around the black hole at the center of galaxy M87 on a scale below that expected for its event horizonPictured, the dark central region is not the event horizon, but rather the black hole’s shadow — the central region of emitting gas darkened by the central black hole’s gravity. The size and shape of the shadow is determined by bright gas near the event horizon, by strong gravitational lensing deflections, and by the black hole’s spin. In resolving this black hole’s shadow, the Event Horizon Telescope (ETH) bolstered evidence that Einstein’s gravity works even in extreme regions, and gave clear evidence that M87 has a central spinning black hole of about 6 billion solar masses. The EHT is not done — future observations will be geared toward even higher resolution, better tracking of variability, and exploring the immediate vicinity of the black hole in the center of our Milky Way Galaxy.Tomorrow’s picture: open space

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Wednesday April 10th, 2019

Mainly cloudy. Clearing late this morning. Wind up to 15 km/h. High +1C. Wind chill -15C in the morning. A few clouds. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -13C. Wind chill -5C in the evening and -16C overnight. Currently we have clear skies, a temperature of -9C, our winds are 6 km/h from the ENE and will increase throughout the day.

Currently our highways in and around our area are BARE and in EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS.

There are NO weather warnings and there are NO marine weather warnings.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

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Martian Moon Phobos Crosses the Sun 
Video Credit: NASAJPL-CaltechMSSSCuriosity Rover

Explanation: What’s that passing in front of the Sun? It looks like a moon, but it can’t be Earth’s Moon, because it isn’t round. It’s the Martian moon Phobos. The featured video was taken from the surface of Mars late last month by the Curiosity rover. Phobos, at 11.5 kilometers across, is 150 times smaller than Luna (our moon) in diameter, but also 50 times closer to its parent planet. In fact, Phobos is so close to Mars that it is expected to break up and crash into Marswithin the next 50 million years. In the near term, the low orbit of Phobos results in more rapid solar eclipses than seen from Earth. The featured video has been sped up — the actual transit took about 35 seconds. A similar video was taken of Mars’ smaller and most distant moon Diemos transiting the Sun. The videographer — the robotic rover Curiosity — continues to explore Gale crater, most recently an area with stunning vistas and unusual rocks dubbed Glen Torridon.Retrospective: Previous APODs that appeared on April 10
Tomorrow’s picture: open space

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Tuesday April 9th, 2019

Mainly sunny today. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -4C. Wind chill -15C in the morning and -8C in the afternoon. A few clouds. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -12C. Wind chill -10C in the evening and -15C overnight. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of -10C feels like -13C, our winds are 5 km/h from the NNE and will increase to 15 km/h by the afternoon.

Our highways in and around our area are BARE and in EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS.

Currently we NO weather warnings and NO marine weather warnings.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

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Moon Occults Saturn 
Image Credit & Copyright: Cory Schmitz

Explanation: Sometimes Saturn disappears. It doesn’t really go away, though, it just disappears from view when our Moon moves in front. Such a Saturnian eclipse was visible along a small swath of Earth — from Brazil to Sri Lanka — near the end of last month. The featured color image is a digital fusion of the clearest images captured by successive videos of the event taken in red, green, and blue, and taken separately for Saturn and the comparative bright Moon. The exposures were taken from South Africa just before occultation — and also just before sunrise. When Saturn re-appeared on the other side of the Moon almost two hours later, the Sun had risen. This year, eclipses of Saturn by the Moonoccur almost monthly, but, unfortunately, are visible only to those with the right location and with clear and dark skies.Follow APOD on Instagram: English or Persian
Tomorrow’s picture: a very different occultation

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Monday April 8th, 2019

A few flurries ending this morning then cloudy with 60% chance of flurries. Risk of freezing drizzle this morning. Fog patches dissipating this morning. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -2C. Wind chill near -10C. Cloudy with 60% chance of flurries this evening then partly cloudy. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -12C. Wind chill -9C in the evening and -15C overnight. Currently we have clouds, a temperature of -6C, our winds are 6 km/h from the NE and will increase to 15-20 km/h throughout the day.

Our highways in and around our area are EITHER SNOW COVERED OR PARTLY COVERED AND SLIPPERY. PLEASE DRIVE WITH CAUTION AND PLAN AHEAD when traveling on our northern highways.

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

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

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AZURE Vapor Tracers over Norway 
Image Credit & Copyright: Yang Sutie

Explanation: What’s happening in the sky? The atmosphere over northern Norway appeared quite strange for about 30 minutes last Friday when colorful clouds, dots, and plumes suddenly appeared. The colors were actually created by the NASA-funded Auroral Zone Upwelling Rocket Experiment (AZURE) which dispersed gas tracers to probe winds in Earth’s upper atmosphereAZURE’s tracers originated from two short-lived sounding rockets launched from the Andøya Space Center in Norway. The harmless gases, trimethylaluminum and a barium/strontium mixture, were released into the ionosphere at altitudes of 115 and 250 km. The vapor trails were observed dispersing from several ground stations. Mapping how AZURE’s vapors dispersed should increase humanity’s understanding of how the solar wind transfers energy to the Earth and powers aurora.Tomorrow’s picture: saturnian surprise

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For FRIDAY! April 5th, 2019

Cloudy, becoming a mix of sun and cloud this morning. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -2C. Wind chill -14C in the morning and -4C in the afternoon. A few clouds. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -13C. Wind chill -6C in the evening and -16C overnight. Currently we have some 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 highways in and around our area continue to be BARE AND IN EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF A SMALL SECTION OF HIGHWAY SOUTH OF GRAND RAPIDS IS PARTLY COVERED.

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

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY! AND WEEKEND!

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Pan-STARRS Across the Sky 
Image Credit: R. White (STScI) and the PS1 Science Consortium

Explanation: This astronomical sky spanning view is a mosaic from the Pan-STARRS observatory. The images were recorded with its 1.8 meter telescope at the summit of Haleakala on planet Earth’s island of Maui. In fact, Earth’s north celestial pole is centered in this across-the-sky projection. A declination of -30 degrees, the southern horizon limit as seen from the Hawaiian Valley Isle, defines the circular outer edge. Crowded starfields and cosmic dust clouds along the plane of our Milky Way galaxy stretch across the scene with the bright bulge of the galactic center at the bottom. Compiled over four years, the image data represent the second edition of data from Pan-STARRS (Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System), currently the planet’s largest digital sky survey. In 2017 Pan-STARRS was used to first recognize the interstellar voyage of ‘Oumuamua, visitor to our Solar System.
Tomorrow’s picture: light-weekend

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Thursday April 4th, 2019

Cloudy with a 70% chance of flurries this morning then 70% chance of rain showers this afternoon. High +3C. Cloudy with 70% chance of showers early this evening then partly cloudy. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -9C. Wind chill -3C in the evening -14C overnight. Currently we have clouds and isolated flurries around our area, our temperature is -3C feels like -7C, our winds are 10 km/h from the SSE and will increase to 15 km/h throughout the day.

Our highways in and around our area are BARE AND IN EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS.

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

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

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Messier 2 
Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASAG. Piotto et al.

Explanation: After the Crab Nebula, M1, this giant star cluster is the second entry in 18th century astronomer Charles Messier’s famous list of things with are not comets. M2 is one of the largest globular star clusters now known to roam the halo of our Milky Way galaxy. Though Messier originally described it a nebula without stars, this stunning Hubble image resolves stars across the central 40 light-years of M2. Its population of stars numbers close to 150,000, concentrated within a total diameter of around 175 light-years. About 55,000 light-years distant toward the constellation Aquarius, this ancient denizen of the Milky Way, also known as NGC 7089, is 13 billion years old.
Tomorrow’s picture: Maui Milky Way