Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For FRIDAY! Apr. 20th 2018

Another very nice day ahead with sunshine, low to moderate winds and a high of +13C. Currently we have clear skies, a temperature of 0C, our winds are from the S at 7 km/h and will remain steady throughout the day.

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

Our highways continue to be in EXCELLENT spring driving conditions.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY AND WEEKEND!

CURRENT HIGHWAY CONDITIONS          

Moon in the Hyades 
Image Credit & CopyrightJerry Lodriguss (Catching the Light)
Explanation: Have you seen the Moon lately? On April 18, its waxing sunlit crescent moved through planet Earth’s night across a background of stars in the Hyades. Anchored by bright star Aldebaran, the nearby, V-shaped star cluster and complete lunar orb appear in this telephoto image. The engaging skyview is actually digitally composed from a series of varying exposures. Recorded in 1/60th of a second, the shortest in the series captures the Moon’s bright crescent in sharp detail. Longer exposures, ranging up to 15 seconds, capture fainter background stars as well as earthshine, visible to the eye as the earthlit lunar night side.

Tomorrow’s picture: light-weekend

Copyright 2017 Jerry Lodriguss

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Thursday Apr. 19th, 2018

Another nice spring day with sun, low to moderate winds and a high of +9C. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of 0C, our winds are light from the W at 9 km/h and will remain steady throughout the day and into the evening.

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

Our highways in and around our area continue to be in EXCELLENT spring driving conditions.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

   

CURRENT HIGHWAY CONDITIONS 

NGC 7635: The Bubble Nebula 
Image Credit: NASAESAHubble Heritage Team – Reprocessing by Maksim Kakitsev
Explanation: Blown by the wind from a massive star, this interstellar apparition has a surprisingly familiar shape. Cataloged as NGC 7635, it is also known simply as The Bubble Nebula. Although it looks delicate, the 7 light-year diameter bubble offers evidence of violent processes at work. Above and left of the Bubble’s center is a hot, O-type star, several hundred thousand times more luminous and some 45 times more massive than the Sun. A fierce stellar wind and intense radiation from that star has blasted out the structure of glowing gas against denser material in a surrounding molecular cloud. The intriguing Bubble Nebula and associated cloud complex lie a mere 7,100 light-years away toward the boastful constellation Cassiopeia. This sharp, tantalizing view of the cosmic bubble is a composite of Hubble Space Telescope image data from 2016, reprocessed to present the nebula’s intense narrowband emission in an approximate true color scheme.

Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Wednesday Apr. 18th, 2018

The threat of precipitation has passed for tomorrow. A mix of sun and cloud, low to moderate winds and a high of +11C for today. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of +1C, humidity sits at 45%, our winds are from the E at 7 km/h and will remain steady throughout the day.

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

The highways in and around our area remain in EXCELLENT spring driving conditions.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

    

CURRENT HIGHWAY CONDITIONS

Milky Way over Deadvlei in Namibia 
Image Credit & Copyright: Stefan Liebermann
Explanation: What planet is this? It is the only planet currently known to have trees. The trees in Deadvlei, though, have been dead for over 500 years. Located in Namib-Naukluft Park in Namibia (Earth), saplings grew after rainfall caused a local river to overflow, but died after sand dunes shifted to section off the river. High above and far in the distance, the band of our Milky Way Galaxy forms an arch over a large stalk in this well-timed composite image, taken last month. The soil of white clay appears to glow by reflected starlight. Rising on the left, under the Milky Way’s arch, is a band of zodiacal light — sunlight reflected by dust orbiting in the inner Solar System. On the right, just above one ofEarth‘s larger sand dunes, an astute eye can find the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our galaxy. Finding the Small Magellanic Cloud in the featured image, though, is perhaps too hard.

Tomorrow’s picture: big bubble

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Tuesday Apr. 17th, 2018

We may see some precipitation on Thursday. Another warm sunny day with low to moderate winds and a high of +7C. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of -4C feels like -10C with our light windchill, our winds are from the E at 12 km/h and will remain steady throughout the day.

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

Our highways in and around our area are in EXCELLENT spring driving conditions.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

CURRENT HIGHWAY CONDITIONS

M57: The Ring Nebula 
Image Credit: NASAESAHubble Legacy ArchiveComposition: Giuseppe Donatiello
Explanation: Except for the rings of Saturn, the Ring Nebula (M57) is probably the most famous celestial band. Its classic appearance is understood to be due to our own perspective, though. The recent mapping of the expanding nebula’s3-D structure, based in part on this clear Hubble image,indicates that the nebula is a relatively dense, donut-like ring wrapped around the middle of a (American) football-shaped cloud of glowing gas. The view from planet Earth looks down the long axis of the football, face-on to the ring. Of course, in this well-studied example of a planetary nebula, the glowing material does not come from planets. Instead, the gaseous shroud represents outer layers expelled from the dying, once sun-like star, now a tiny pinprick of light seen at the nebula’s center. Intense ultraviolet light from the hot central star ionizes atoms in the gas. The Ring Nebula is about one light-year across and 2,000 light-years away.

Share the Sky: NASA Open API for APOD
Tomorrow’s picture: desolate galaxy

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Monday Apr. 16th, 2018

A warmer week ahead with some precipitation later in the week. Cloudy this morning then becoming mainly sunny by the afternoon with low to moderate winds and a high of +4C. Currently we have a mostly cloudy sky, a temperature of -6C feels like -9C with our light windchill, our winds are from the SE at 7 km/h and will remain steady throughout the day.

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

Our highways remain in EXCELLENT spring driving conditions.

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

     

CURRENT HIGHWAY CONDITIONS

Space Shuttle Rising 
Image Credit: NASA
Explanation: What’s that rising from the clouds? The space shuttle. Sometimes, if you look out the window of an airplane at just the right time and place, you see something unusual — in this case a space shuttle launching to orbit. The featured image of Endeavour’s final launch in 2011 May was captured from a NASA shuttle training aircraft. Taken well above the clouds, the image can be matched with similar images of the same shuttle plume taken below the clouds. Hot glowing gasses expelled by the engines are visible near the rising shuttle, as well as a long smoke plume. A shadow of the plume appears on the cloud deck, indicating the direction of the Sun. The US Space Shuttle program concluded in 2011, and Endeavour can now be visited at the California Science Center. Planned for tomorrow, however, is a different launch — that of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

Tomorrow’s picture: north of the king

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For FRIDAY! Apr. 13th, 2018

Another chilly day/evening/overnight. Chilly again this morning, sunshine, warming up a bit in the afternoon then chilly again over night, low to moderate winds and a high of -2C. Currently we have a few clouds, a chilly temperature of -14C feels like -19C with our light winchill, our winds are from the N at 7 km/h and will remain steady throughout the day.

We do not have any weather or marine wind warnings at this time.

Our highways in and around our area are in EXCELLENT spring driving conditions.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY AND WEEKEND!

   

CURRENT HIGHWAY CONDITIONS

Facing NGC 3344 
Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA
Explanation: From our vantage point in the Milky Way Galaxy, we see NGC 3344 face-on. Nearly 40,000 light-years across, the big, beautiful spiral galaxy is located just 20 million light-years away in the constellation of Leo Minor. This multi-color Hubble Space Telescope close-up of NGC 3344 includes remarkable details from near infrared to ultraviolet wavelengths. The frame extends some 15,000 light-years across the spiral’s central regions. From the core outward, the galaxy’s colors change from the yellowish light of old stars in the center to young blue star clusters and reddish star forming regions along the loose, fragmented spiral arms. Of course, the bright stars with a spiky appearance are in front of NGC 3344 and lie well within our own Milky Way.

Tomorrow’s picture: sesquipedaliophobia

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Thursday Apr. 12th, 2018

It continues to be cold in the mornings. Cold this morning with sunshine, low to moderate winds and a high of -4C. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of -15C feels like -19C with our low windchill, our winds are from the NE at 10 km/h and will remain steady throughout the day.

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

Our highways remain in VERY GOOD spring driving conditions for our area.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

   

CURRENT HIGHWAY CONDITIONS

M22 and the Wanderers 
Image Credit & CopyrightDamian Peach
Explanation: Wandering through the constellation Sagittarius, bright planets Mars and Saturn appeared together in early morning skies over the last weeks. They are captured in this 3 degree wide field-of-view from March 31 in a close celestial triangle with large globular star cluster Messier 22. Of course M22 (bottom left) is about 10,000 light-years distant, a massive ball of over 100,000 stars much older than our Sun. Pale yellow and shining by reflected sunlight, Saturn (on top) is about 82 light-minutes away. Look carefully and you can spot large moon Titan as a pinpoint of light at about the 5 o’clock position in the glare of Saturn’s overexposed disk. Slightly brighter and redder Mars is 9 light-minutes distant. While both planets are moving on toward upcoming oppositions, by July Mars will become much brighter still, with good telescopic views near its 2018 opposition a mere 3.2 light-minutes from planet Earth.

Tomorrow’s picture: friggatriskaidekaphobia

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Wednesday Apr. 11th, 2018

Chilly this morning but otherwise another nice sunny day with low to moderate winds. Currently we have clear skies, a temperature of -16C feels like – 19C with our light windchill, our winds are from the N at 5 km/h and will remain steady throughout the day.

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

Our highways remain in EXCELLENT spring driving conditions.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Tuesday Apr. 10th, 2018

Warming up today then becoming chilly once again overnight with a low of -15C with low to moderate windchill. Sunshine and some warmth for today with low to moderate winds and a high of +1C. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of -5C feels like -10C with our windchill, our winds are from the SW at 7 km/h and will remain steady throughout the day today.

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

Our highways in and around our area are in VERY GOOD spring driving conditions.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

   

CURRENT HIGHWAY CONDITIONS

Dragon Aurora over Norway 
Image Credit & Copyright: Marco Bastoni
Explanation: What’s that in the sky? An aurora. A large coronal hole opened last month, a few days before this image was taken, throwing a cloud of fast moving electronsprotons, and ions toward the Earth. Some of this cloud impacted our Earth’s magnetosphere and resulted in spectacular auroras being seen at high northern latitudes. Featured here is a particularly photogenic auroral curtain captured above Tromsø Norway. To the astrophotographer, this shimmering green glow of recombining atmospheric oxygen appeared as a large dragon, but feel free to share what it looks like to you. Although now past Solar Maximum, our Sun continues to show occasional activity creating impressive auroras on Earth visible even last week.

Tomorrow’s picture: far star

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Monday Apr. 9th, 2018

It will slowly continue to get warmer but we won’t see + temperatures until early next week. Chilly again this morning then it will warm up to 0C by the afternoon with low to moderate winds throughout the day. Currently we have a few clouds, a chilly  temperature of -12C feels like -15C with our light windchill, our winds are from the S at 6 km/h.

We currently have no weather, marine or blowing snow advisories for our area.

Our highways in and around our area continue to be in VERY GOOD spring driving conditions.

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

 

CURRENT HIGHWAY CONDITIONS

NGC 6960: The Witch’s Broom Nebula 
Image Credit & Copyright: Martin Pugh (Heaven’s Mirror Observatory)
Explanation: Ten thousand years ago, before the dawn of recorded human history, a new light would have suddenly have appeared in the night sky and faded after a few weeks. Today we know this light was from a supernova, or exploding star, and record the expanding debris cloud as the Veil Nebula, a supernova remnant. This sharp telescopic view is centered on a western segment of the Veil Nebula cataloged as NGC 6960 but less formally known as the Witch’s Broom Nebula. Blasted out in the cataclysmic explosion, the interstellar shock wave plows through space sweeping up and exciting interstellar material. Imaged with narrow band filters, the glowing filaments are like long ripples in a sheet seen almost edge on, remarkably well separated into atomic hydrogen (red) and oxygen (blue-green) gas. The complete supernova remnant lies about 1400 light-years away towards the constellation Cygnus. This Witch’s Broom actually spans about 35 light-years. The bright star in the frame is 52 Cygni, visible with the unaided eye from a dark location but unrelated to the ancient supernova remnant.

Tomorrow’s picture: sun burst