Today’s Weather and Highway Conditions and Images For FRIDAY! December 13th, 2019

Snow ending early this afternoon then clearing. Wind up to 15 km/h. Temperature falling to -18 this afternoon. Wind chill -19 this morning and -30 this afternoon. Risk of frostbite. Clear tonight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -32. Wind chill -29 this evening and -38 overnight. Risk of frostbite. Currently we have isolated flurries a temperature of -17 and feels like -21 our winds are 5 km/h from the NNE.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO weather/wind warnings at this time.

Our highways in and around our area are SNOW COVERED, SLIPPERY AND THERE IS BLOWING SNOW IN OPENING AREAS. CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING ON OUR HIGHWAYS TODAY!

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Full Moon Geminids
Image Credit & CopyrightJuan Carlos Casado (TWAN)

Explanation: The dependable annual Geminid meteor shower will be near its peak tonight (December 13/14) and before tomorrow’s dawn. As Earth crosses through the dusty trail of active asteroid 3200 Phaethon the meteors will flash through the sky from the shower’s radiant in Gemini. Gemini will be pretty easy for skygazers to find too as it won’t be far from a nearly full waning gibbous Moon. You don’t have look at the shower’s radiant to see meteors though. The almost full moonlight won’t hide the brightest of the Geminids from view either, but it will substantially reduce the rate of visible meteors for those who are counting. In fact, the 2019 Geminids should look a lot like the 2016 meteor shower This composite image from the 2016 Geminids aligns individual short exposures to capture many of the brighter Geminid meteors, inspite of a Full Moon shining near the constellation of the Twins. Along the horizon are the Teide Observatory’s Solar Laboratory (right) and the Teide volcano on the Canary Island of Tenerife.

Today’s Weather and Highway Conditions and Images For Thursday December 12th, 2019

Increasing cloudiness today. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -18. Wind chill -37 this morning and -22 this afternoon. Risk of frostbite. Cloudy tonight. Snow beginning this evening. Amount 2 to 4 cm. Wind up to 15 km/h. Temperature steady near -17. Wind chill near -25. Currently we have a few clouds a temperature of -25 feels like -28, our winds are 3 km/h from the W.

Currently we NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings at this time.

Our highways in and around our area are in GOOD DRIVING CONDITIONS. Please pack emergency kits in your vehicle during extreme cold temperatures.

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Decorating the Sky
Image Credit & CopyrightLeonardo Julio (Astronomia Pampeana)

Explanation: Bright stars, clouds of dust and glowing nebulae decorate this cosmic scene, a skyscape just north of Orion’s belt. Close to the plane of our Milky Way galaxy, the wide field view spans about 5.5 degrees. Striking bluish M78, a reflection nebula, is on the right. M78’s tint is due to dust preferentially reflecting the blue light of hot, young stars. In colorful contrast, the red sash of glowing hydrogen gas sweeping through the center is part of the region’s faint but extensive emission nebula known as Barnard’s Loop. At lower left, a dark dust cloud forms a prominent silhouette cataloged as LDN 1622. While M78 and the complex Barnard’s Loop are some 1,500 light-years away, LDN 1622 is likely to be much closer, only about 500 light-years distant from our fair planet Earth.Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space

Today’s Weather and Highway Conditions and Images For Tuesday December 10th, 2019

Sunny early this morning then a mix of sun and cloud with 30% chance of flurries late this morning and this afternoon. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h near noon. High -20. Wind chill -36 this morning and -30 this afternoon. Risk of frostbite. Clear tonight. Wind northwest 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low -28. Wind chill near -37. Risk of frostbite. Currently we have a few clouds a temperature of -25 feels like -36, our winds are 18 km/h WSW.

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

Our highways in and around our area are in GOOD WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS. PLEASE DRIVE WITH CAUTION.

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Starlink Satellite Trails over Brazil
Image Credit & Copyright: Egon Filter

Explanation: What are those streaks over the horizon? New Starlink satellites reflecting sunlight. SpaceX launched 60 Starlink communication satellites in May and 60 more in November. These satellites and thousands more are planned by communications companies in the next few years that may make streaks like these relatively common. Concern has been voiced by many in the astronomical community about how reflections from these satellites may affect future observations into space. In the pictured composite of 33 exposures, parallel streaks from Starlink satellites are visible over southern BrazilSunflowers dot the foreground, while a bright meteor was caught by chance on the upper right. Satellite reflections are not new — the constellation of 66 first-generation Iridium satellites launched starting 20 years ago produced some flares so bright that they could be seen during the day. Most of these old Iridium satellites, however, have been de-orbited over the past few years.Infinite Loop: Create an APOD Station in your classroom or Science Center.
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Today’s Weather and Highway Conditions and Images For Monday December 9th, 2019

Mainly cloudy today. 60% chance of flurries. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -19. Wind chill -31 this morning and -26 this afternoon. Risk of frostbite. A few clouds tonight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -28. Wind chill near -39. Risk of frostbite. Currently we have some clouds a temperature of -21 feels like -27, our winds are 3 km/h from the SSE.

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

Our highways in and around our area are in GOOD DRIVING CONDITIONS. EXTREME COLD CONDITIONS ARE PREDICTED FOR THE WHILE, PLEASE KEEP EMERGENCY PACKS IN VEHICLES.

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Looking Sideways from the Parker Solar Probe
Video Credit: NASAJHUAPLNaval Research LabParker Solar Probe

Explanation: Everybody sees the Sun. Nobody’s been there. Starting in 2018 though, NASA launched the robotic Parker Solar Probe (PSP) to investigate regions near to the Sun for the first time. The PSP‘s looping orbit brings it yet closer to the Sun each time around — every few months. The featured time-lapse video shows the view looking sideways from behind PSP‘s Sun shield during its first approach to the Sun a year ago — to about half the orbit of Mercury. The PSP‘s Wide Field Imager for Solar Probe (WISPR) cameras took the images over nine days, but they are digitally compressed here into about 14 seconds. The waving solar corona is visible on the far left, with stars, planets, and even the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy streaming by in the background as the PSP orbits the Sun. PSP has found the solar neighborhood to be surprisingly complex and to include switchbacks — times when the Sun’s magnetic field briefly reverses itself. The Sun is not only Earth’s dominant energy source, its variable solar wind compresses Earth’s atmosphere, triggers auroras, affects power grids, and can even damage orbiting communication satellites.Tomorrow’s picture: satellite swarm

THE DEEP FREEZE HAS ARRIVED! WEATHER FOR SUNDAY DECEMBER 8TH, 2019

EXPECT EVERY COLD TEMPERATURES AND EXTREME WINDCHILL’S FOR THE NEXT WHILE! Sunny. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -21. Wind chill near OR JUST OVER-30. Risk of frostbite. Clear tonight. Becoming partly cloudy overnight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -27. Wind chill near or over -32. Risk of frostbite. Currently we ARE COLD with a temperature of -25 feels like -32, our winds are 6 km/h from the NNW.

HAVE A GREAT SUNDAY!

Today’s Weather and Highway Conditions and Images For FRIDAY! December 6th, 2019

Mainly cloudy with 60% chance of flurries this morning. Clearing this afternoon. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -8. Wind chill -19 this morning and -12 this afternoon. Mainly cloudy tonight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -13. Wind chill -18 overnight. Currently we have some cloud cover a temperature of -11 feels like -17, our winds are 10 km/h from the S.

Current we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/winds for our area.

Our highways in and around our area are in GOOD DRIVING CONDITIONS WITH SMALL SECTIONS OF PARTLY COVER SLIPPERY AREAS WITH BLOWING SNOW IN OPEN AREAS.

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Pleiades to Hyades
Image Credit & CopyrightAmir H. Abolfath (TWAN)

Explanation: This cosmic vista stretches almost 20 degrees from top to bottom, across the dusty constellation Taurus. It begins at the Pleiades and ends at the Hyades, two star clusters recognized since antiquity in Earth’s night sky. At top, the compact Pleiades star cluster is about 400 light-years away. The lovely grouping of young cluster stars shine through dusty clouds that scatter blue starlight. At bottom, the V-shaped Hyades cluster looks more spread out in comparison and lies much closer, 150 light-years away. The Hyades cluster stars seem anchored by bright Aldebaran, a red giant star with a yellowish appearance. But Aldebaran actually lies only 65 light-years distant and just by chance along the line of sight to the Hyades cluster. Faint and darkly obscuring dust clouds found near the edge of the Taurus Molecular Cloud are also evident throughout the celestial scene. The wide field of view includes the dark nebula Barnard 22 at left with youthful star T Tauri and Hind’s variable nebula just above Aldebaran in the frame.

Today’s Weather and Highway Conditions and Images For Thursday December 5th, 2019

A mix of sun and cloud with 30% chance of flurries. Wind up to 15 km/h. Temperature falling to -13 this morning then steady. Wind chill -15 this morning and -21 this afternoon. Clear tonight. Becoming partly cloudy overnight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -19. Wind chill -23 this evening. Currently we have some clouds a temperature of -11 feels like -18, our winds are 16 km/h from the NW.

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

Highways in and around our area are in GOOD DRIVING CONDITIONS AS YOU HEAD FURTHER SOUTH THEY BECOME PARTLY COVERED/COVERED AND SLIPPERY AS IT IS SNOWING IN SOUTHERN MANITOBA.

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Spiral Galaxy NGC 6744
Image Credit & CopyrightZhuokai Liu, Jiang Yuhang

Explanation: Beautiful spiral galaxy NGC 6744 is nearly 175,000 light-years across, larger than our own Milky Way. It lies some 30 million light-years distant in the southern constellation Pavo and appears as only a faint, extended object in small telescopes. We see the disk of the nearby island universe tilted towards our line of sight in this remarkably detailed galaxy portrait, a telescopic view that spans an area about the angular size of a full moon. In it, the giant galaxy’s elongated yellowish core is dominated by the light from old, cool stars. Beyond the core, grand spiral arms are filled with young blue star clusters and speckled with pinkish star forming regions. An extended arm sweeps past a smaller satellite galaxy (NGC 6744A) at the lower right. NGC 6744’s galactic companion is reminiscent of the Milky Way’s satellite galaxy the Large Magellanic Cloud.Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space

Today’s Weather and Highway Conditions and Images For Wednesday December 4th, 2019

Cloudy with 30% chance of flurries today. Risk of freezing drizzle this morning. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -4. Wind chill near -10. Mainly cloudy tonight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -15. Wind chill -10 this evening and -19 overnight. Currently we have clouds a temperature of -8 and our winds are calm.

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

Our highways in and around our area are CURRENTLY COVER/PARTLY COVERED AND SLIPPERY AND WILL TURN TO SLUSH BY LATER THIS MORNING. PLEASE DRIVE WITH CAUTION.

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Electric Night
Image Credit & Copyright: Ivan Pedretti

Explanation: It may appear, at first, like the Galaxy is producing the lightning, but really it’s the Earth. The featured nighttime landscape was taken from a southern tip of the Italian Island of Sardinia in early June. The foreground rocks and shrubs are near the famous Capo Spartivento Lighthouse, and the camera is pointed south toward Algeria in Africa. In the distance, across the Mediterranean Sea, a thunderstorm is threatening, with several electric lightning strokes caught together during this 25-second wide-angle exposure. Much farther in the distance, strewn about the sky, are hundreds of stars in the neighborhood of our Sun in the Milky Way Galaxy. Furthest away, and slanting down from the upper left, are billions of stars that together compose the central band of our Milky Way.Free Lecture: APOD editor to speak in NYC on January 3
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Today’s Weather and Highway Conditions and Images For Tuesday December 3rd, 2019

Mainly cloudy with 60% chance of flurries today. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -2. Wind chill near -8. Periods of light snow tonight. Wind up to 15 km/h. -5. Wind chill near -8. Currently we have clouds a temperature of -3 feels like -8, our winds are 13 km/h from the WSW.

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

Our highways in and around our area are in GOOD DRIVING CONDITIONS. THERE ARE SMALL AREAS OF SLIPPERY SECTIONS, PLEASE CONTINUE TO DRIVE WITH CAUTION.

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M27: The Dumbbell Nebula
Image Credit & Copyright: Steve Mazlin

Explanation: Is this what will become of our Sun? Quite possibly. The first hint of our Sun‘s future was discovered inadvertently in 1764. At that time, Charles Messier was compiling a list of diffuse objects not to be confused with comets. The 27th object on Messier’s list, now known as M27 or the Dumbbell Nebula, is a planetary nebula, the type of nebula our Sun will produce when nuclear fusion stops in its core. M27 is one of the brightest planetary nebulae on the sky, and can be seen toward the constellation of the Fox (Vulpecula) with binoculars. It takes light about 1000 years to reach us from M27, featured here in colors emitted by hydrogen and oxygen. Understanding the physics and significance of M27 was well beyond 18th century science. Even today, many things remain mysterious about bipolar planetary nebula like M27, including the physical mechanism that expels a low-mass star’s gaseous outer-envelope, leaving an X-ray hot white dwarf.APOD across world languages: ArabicCatalanChinese (Beijing), Chinese (Taiwan), CroatianCzechDutchFarsiFrench,
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Today’s Weather and Highway Conditions and Images For FRIDAY! November 29th, 2019

Periods of snow today. Amount 2 cm. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -6. Wind chill -20 this morning and -12 this afternoon. Periods of light snow tonight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -10. Wind chill near -14. Currently we have clouds and isolated flurries a temperature of -9 feels like -15, our winds are 11 km/h.

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

Our highways in and around our area in GOOD DRIVING CONDITIONS FOR NOW UNTIL THE SNOW BEGINS THIS MORNING. PLEASE DRIVE TO THE CONDITIONS.

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Galileo’s Europa Remastered
Image Credit: NASAJPL-CaltechSETI InstituteCynthia Phillips, Marty Valenti

Explanation: Looping through the Jovian system in the late 1990s, the Galileo spacecraft recorded stunning views of Europa and uncovered evidence that the moon’s icy surface likely hides a deep, global ocean. Galileo’s Europa image data has been remastered here, using improved new calibrations to produce a color image approximating what the human eye might see. Europa’s long curving fractures hint at the subsurface liquid water. The tidal flexing the large moon experiences in its elliptical orbit around Jupiter supplies the energy to keep the ocean liquid. But more tantalizing is the possibility that even in the absence of sunlight that process could also supply the energy to support life, making Europa one of the best places to look for life beyond Earth. What kind of life could thrive in a deep, dark, subsurface ocean? Consider planet Earth’s own extreme shrimp.Tomorrow’s picture: red planet star trails