Mainly sunny today, high of -13C windchill’s in the -20C’s, winds will be low/moderate. Current we have sun, a temperature of -15C feels like -20C, our winds are 8 km/h from the NW and will increase to 15 km/h throughout the day.
Our highways in and around our area are BARE and in EXCELLENT WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS. Please plan ahead when traveling on our Northern Highways.
Currently there are NO Weather Warnings or Marine Wind Warnings.
HAVE A GREAT SUNDAY!
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Astronomy Picture of the Day
Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
Phobos: Doomed Moon of Mars
Image Credit: Viking Project, JPL, NASA; Mosaic Processing: Edwin V. Bell II (NSSDC/Raytheon ITSS)Explanation:
This moon is doomed. Mars
, the red planet named for the Roman god of war
, has two tiny moons, Phobos
, whose names are derived from the Greek for Fear and Panic
. The origin of the Martian moons is unknown, though, with a leading hypothesis holding that they are captured asteroids
. The larger moon, at 25-kilometers across, is Phobos
, and is indeed seen to be a cratered, asteroid-like object in this false-colored image
mosaic taken by the robotic Viking 1 mission in 1978. A recent analysis
of the unusual long grooves seen on Phobos
indicates that they may result from boulders rolling away from the giant impact that created the crater on the upper left: Stickney Crater
orbits so close to Mars – about 5,800 kilometers above the surface compared to 400,000 kilometers for our Moon
– that gravitational tidal force
s are dragging it down. The ultimate result will be for Phobos to break up
in orbit and then crash down onto the Martian surface in about 50 million years. Well before that — tomorrow, in fact, if everything goes according to plan — NASA’s robotic InSight lander will touch down
on Mars and begin investigating its internal structure.
Latest: Insight to Land on Mars Tomorrow
Tomorrow’s picture: up, up, and away