Our Weather Station is currently on the fritz this morning so I will use our backup.
A chance of scattered flurries this morning then some sunny breaks by late afternoon with calm winds this morning then low to moderate winds in the afternoon into the evening hours and a high today of -4C. Currently we have cloudy skies, a temperature of -14C with no winchill as our current winds are calm.
We have no weather, marine or blowing snow warnings for our area at this time.
Our highways in and area are now in GOOD winter driving conditions with the occasional slippery section. Please travel safe and plan ahead.
HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!
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Arcs, Jets, and Shocks near NGC 1999
Image Credit & Copyright: Mark HansonExplanation:
This tantalizing array of nebulas and stars can be found about two degrees south of the famous star-forming
Orion Nebula. The region abounds
with energetic young stars producing jets and outflows that push through the surrounding material at speeds of hundreds of kilometers per second
. The interaction
creates luminous shock waves known as Herbig-Haro
(HH) objects. For example, the graceful, flowing arc just right of center is cataloged as HH 222
, also called the Waterfall Nebula
. Seen below the Waterfall, HH 401 has a distinctive cone shape. The bright bluish nebula below and left of center is NGC 1999
, a dusty cloud reflecting light from an embedded variable star. The entire cosmic vista
spans over 30 light-years, near the edge of the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex
some 1,500 light-years distant.
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