Today’s Weather And Current Fire Conditions For Tuesday May 22nd, 2018

Mix of sun and cloud today, low to moderate winds with a high of 22C. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of 13C, our winds are from the ENE at 18 km/h and will remain steady throughout the day.

Our FIRE CONDITIONS have been set to HIGH throughout our region. Our is very dry and caution needs to be taken around open fires.

There are no weather or marine wind warnings for our area at this time.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

   

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Craters and Shadows at the Lunar Terminator 
Image Credit & Copyright: Talha Zia
Explanation: Why does the right part of this image of the Moon stand out? Shadows. The terminator line — the line between light and dark — occurs in the featured image so that just over half the Moon‘s face is illuminated by sunlight. The lunar surface appears different nearer the terminator because there the Sun is nearer the horizon and therefore causes shadows to become increasingly long. These shadows make it easier for us to discern structure, giving us depth cuesso that the two-dimensional image, when dominated by shadows, appears almost three-dimensional. Therefore, as the Moon fades from light to dark, shadows not only tell us the high from the low, but become noticeable for increasingly shorter structures. For example, many craters appear near the terminator because their height makes them easier to discern there. The image was taken two weeks ago when the lunar phase was waning gibbous. The next full moon, a Moon without shadows, will occur one week from today.

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Today’s Weather And Current Fire Conditions For FRIDAY! May 18th, 2018

A mix of sun and cloud, low to moderate winds, and a high of 16C. Current we have clear sky’s, a temperature of 5C, our winds are from the N at 5 km/h and will increase to 10 km/h throughout the day.

Our FIRE CONDITIONS are now at MODERATE TO HIGH. Please take precautions with open fires this LONG WEEKEND!

There are currently no weather or marine wind warnings for our area at this time.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY AND LONG WEEKEND!

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Attack of the Laser Guide Stars 
Image Credit & LicenseEuropean Southern Observatory / Gerhard Hudepohl (atacamaphoto.com)
Explanation: Dodging powerful laser beams, a drone captured this stunning aerial view. The confrontation took place above the 8.2 meter diameter Very Large Telescopes of the Paranal Observatory on planet Earth. Firing during a test of the observatory’s 4 Laser Guide Star Facility, the lasers are ultimately battling against the blurring effect of atmospheric turbulence by creating artificial guide stars. The guide stars are actually emission from laser excited sodium atoms at high altitudes within the telescopic field of view. Guide star image fluctuations are used in real-time to correct for atmospheric blurring by controlling a deformable mirror in the telescope’s optical path. Known as adaptive optics, the technique can produce images at the diffraction limit of the telescope. That’s the same sharpness you would get if the telescope were in space.

Tomorrow’s picture: light-weekend

Today’s Weather And Current Fire Forecast For Thursday May 17th, 2018

Mix of sun and cloud, low to moderate winds and a high of only 10C. Currently we have some cloud cover, a temperature of 2C, our winds are from the ENE at 3 km/h and will remain steady throughout the day.

Our FIRE situation has dropped to LOW because of the low temperatures but still remains dry and conditions can change in an instant, sp please take caution with open fires.

Currently we have no weather or marine wind warnings for our area at this time.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

 

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Milky Way vs Airglow Australis 
Image Credit & Copyright: Yuri Beletsky (Carnegie Las Campanas ObservatoryTWAN)
Explanation: Captured last week after sunset on a Chilean autumn night, an exceptional airglow floods this allsky view from Las Campanas Observatory. The airglow was so intense it diminished parts of the Milky Way as it arced horizon to horizon above the high Atacama desert. Originating at an altitude similar to aurorae, the luminous airglow is due to chemiluminescence, the production of light through chemical excitation. Commonly recorded in color by sensitive digital cameras, the airglow emission here is fiery in appearance. It is predominately from atmospheric oxygen atoms at extremely low densities and has often been present during southern hemisphere nights over the last few years. Like the Milky Way, on that dark night the strong airglow was very visible to the eye, but seen without color. Jupiter is brightest celestial beacon though, standing opposite the Sun and near the central bulge of the Milky Way rising above the eastern (top) horizon. The Large and Small Magellanic clouds both shine through the airglow to the lower left of the galactic plane, toward the southern horizon.

Tomorrow’s picture: lasers and drones

Today’s Weather And Current Fire Conditions For Wednesday May 16th, 2018

Cloudy this morning then some sunny breaks throughout the day with low to moderate winds and a high of 8C. Currently we have cloudy sky’s, a temperature of 2C , our winds are from the NNE at 8 km/h and will remain steady.

Our FIRE CONDITIONS remain EXTREME and CAUTION needs to be taken.

We currently have no weather or marine wind warnings at this time.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

   

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Rotation of the Large Magellanic Cloud 
Image Credit & LicenceESAGaiaDPAC
Explanation: This image is not blurry. It shows in clear detail that the largest satellite galaxy to our Milky Way, the Large Cloud of Magellan (LMC), rotates. First determined with Hubble, the rotation of the LMC is presented here with fine data from the Sun-orbiting Gaia satellite. Gaia measures the positions of stars so accurately that subsequent measurements can reveal slight proper motions of stars not previously detectable. The featured image shows, effectively, exaggerated star trails for millions of faint LMC starsInspection of the image also shows the center of the clockwise rotation: near the top of the LMC’s central bar. The LMC, prominent in southern skies, is a small spiral galaxy that has been distorted by encounters with the greater Milky Way Galaxy and the lesser Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC).

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Today’s Weather And Current Fire Conditions For Tuesday May 15th, 2018

Cloudy with a chance of a shower this morning, then some sunny break breaks this afternoon with another chance of a shower this evening, moderate to high winds throughout the day. Currently we have cloudy sky’s, a temperature of 4C, our winds are from the E at 14 km/h with gusts in the 20-30 km/h.

Our FIRE CONDITIONS remain at a EXTREME HIGH state but should reduce a bit if we get some showers this morning.

We have no weather or marine wind warnings for our area at this time.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

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Kepler’s House in Linz 
Image Credit & Copyright: Erich Meyer (Astronomical Society of Linz)
Explanation: Four hundred years ago today (May 15, 1618Johannes Kepler discovered the simple mathematical rule governing the orbits of the solar system’s planets, now recognized as Kepler’s Third Law of planetary motion. At that time he was living in this tall house on The Hofgasse, a narrow street near the castle and main square of the city of Linz, Austria, planet Earth. The conclusive identification of this residence (Hofgasse 7) as the location of the discovery of his third law is a recent discovery itself. Erich Meyer of the Astronomical Society of Linz was able to solve the historical mystery, based in part on descriptions of Kepler’s own observations of lunar eclipses. A key figure in the 17th century scientific revolution, Kepler supported Galileo’s discoveries and the Copernican system of planets orbiting the Sun instead of the Earth. He showed that planets move in ellipses around the Sun (Kepler’s First Law), that planets move proportionally faster in their orbits when they are nearer the Sun (Kepler’s Second Law), and that more distant planets take proportionally longer to orbit the Sun (Kepler’s Third Law).

Tomorrow’s picture: the rotating LMC

Today’s Weather And Current Fire Conditions For Monday May 14th, 2018

Sun today with a chance of a shower this evening, with low to moderate winds and a high of 17C. Currently we have clear skies, a temperature of 4C, our winds are from the W at 5 km/h and will increase throughout the day to 20 km/h.

Our Fire DANGER for our area sits at EXTREME and CAUTION needs to be taken when having open fires of any kind. Please see the fire map below.

We currently have no weather or marine wind warnings for our area at this time.

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

  

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Saturn’s Hyperion in Natural Color 
Image Credit & LicenseNASA/JPL/SSIComposition: Gordan Ugarkovic
Explanation: What lies at the bottom of Hyperion‘s strange craters? To help find out, the robot Cassini spacecraft now orbiting Saturn swooped past the sponge-textured moon in 2005 and 2010 and took images of unprecedented detail. A six-image mosaic from the 2005 pass, featured here in natural color, shows a remarkable world strewn with strange craters and an odd sponge-like surface. At the bottom of most craters lies some type of unknown dark reddish material. This material appears similar to that covering part of another of Saturn’s moons, Iapetus, and might sink into the ice moon as it better absorbs warming sunlightHyperion is about 250 kilometers across, rotates chaotically, and has a density so low that it likely houses a vast system of caverns inside.

Tomorrow’s picture: Hofgasse 7, Linz

Today’s Weather, Fire And Highway Observations For Monday May 7th, 2018

Sunny warm day today, with low to moderate winds and a high of 25C. Currently we have clear sky’s, a temp of 11C, our winds are from the W at 9C and will increase to 20 km/h throughout the day.

Our fire conditions have been set to LOW/MODERATE. Caution needs to be taken with open fires.

There are no weather or marine wind warnings for our area at this time.

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

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The Unusual Boulder at Tycho’s Peak 
Main Image Credit: NASAArizona State U.LROUpper Inset: NASAArizona State U.LROLower Inset: Gregory H. Revera
Explanation: Why is there a large boulder near the center of Tycho’s peak? Tycho crater on the Moon is one of the easiest features to see, visible even to the unaided eye (inset, lower right). But at the center of Tycho (inset, upper left) is a something unusual — a 120-meter boulder. This boulder was imaged at very high resolution at sunrise, over the past decade, by the Moon-circling Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). The leading origin hypothesis is that that the boulder was thrown during the tremendous collision that formed Tycho crater about 110 million years ago, and by chance came back down right near the center of the newly-formed central mountain. Over the next billion years meteor impacts andmoonquakes should slowly degrade Tycho‘s center, likely causing the central boulder to tumble 2000 meters down to the crater floor and disintegrate.

Tomorrow’s picture: the seen

Today’s Weather, Highway And Fire Observations For FRIDAY! May 4th, 2018

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!

   

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The View Toward M101 
Image Credit & CopyrightJoonhwa Lee
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 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

Today’s Weather, Fire Conditions And Highway Observations For Thursday May 3rd, 2018

A mix of sun and cloud and a chance of a shower throughout the day with low to moderate winds and a high of +15C. Currently we have increasing cloud, a temp of +5C and our winds are from the SSE at 8 km/h and will increase to 25-35 km/h throughout the day.

Currently we have no weather or marine wind warnings for our area.

We have no readable fire conditions for Northern Manitoba at this time but conditions remain relatively dry so precautions need to be take with open fires. PLEASE SEE THE IMAGES BELOW

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

   

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Opposite the Setting Sun 
Image Credit & CopyrightRoy Spencer
Explanation: On April 30, a Full Moon rose opposite the setting Sun. Its yellowish moonglow silhouettes a low tree-lined ridge along Lewis Mountain in this northeastern Alabama skyscape. Sharing the telephoto field-of-view opposite the Sun are Earth’s grey shadow, the pinkish Belt of Venus, and bright planet Jupiter. Nearing its own 2018 opposition on May 8, Jupiter is flanked by tiny pinpricks of light, three of its large Galilean moons. Europa lies just below Jupiter, and Ganymede and Callisto are just above. Closer and brighter, our own natural satellite appears to loom large but the Moon is physically a little smaller than Ganymede and Callisto, and slightly larger than water world Europa. Sharp eyes will also spot the trails of two jets across the clear evening sky.

Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Wednesday May 2nd, 2018

A mix of sun and cloud today, low to moderate winds, and a high of +10C. Currently we have some clouds, a temperature of +1C, our winds are from the SE at 3 km/h and will remain steady throughout the day.

There are no weather or marine wind warnings for our area at this time.

Our highways remain in EXCELLENT spring driving conditions.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

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Moon Halo over Stone Circle 
Image Credit & Copyright: Alyn Wallace Photography
Explanation: Have you ever seen a halo around the Moon? This fairly common sight occurs when high thin clouds containing millions of tiny ice crystals cover much of the sky. Each ice crystal acts like a miniature lens. Because most of the crystals have a similar elongated hexagonal shape, light entering one crystal face and exiting through the opposing face refracts 22 degrees, which corresponds to the radius of the Moon Halo. A similar Sun Halo may be visible during the day. Exactly how ice-crystals form in clouds remains under investigation. In the featured image, the ice circle in the sky is mirrored by a stone circle on the ground. Taken just over a month ago in Pontypridd CommonWalesUK, the central Rocking Stone survives from the last ice age, while the surrounding stones in the circles were placed much more recently — during the 1800s.

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