Today’s Weather, Fire Danger and Highway Observation Images For Wednesday May 22nd, 2019

NO RAIN IN SIGHT FOR REST OF THIS WEEK! Sunny today, high 17. UV index 6 or high. Clear tonight. Low 1. Currently we have clear sky’s, a temperature of 8, our winds are 8 km/h and will increase to 15-20 km/h throughout the day.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather warnings

Our FIRE DANGER has RISEN TO MODERATE due to the lack of rain. Moderate (Blue) – Some wildfires may be expected. Expect moderate flame length and rate of spread. Control is usually not difficult and light to moderate mop-up can be expected. Although controlled burning can be done without creating a hazard, routine caution should be taken.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

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Primordial Contact Binary 2014 MU69 
Image Credit: NASAJohns Hopkins University APLSouthwest Research Institute, Roman Tkachenko

Explanation: Primordial contact binary 2014 MU69, also known as Ultima Thule, really is very red. In fact, it’s the reddest outer solar system object ever visited by a spacecraft from Earth. Its reddish hue is believed to be due to organic materials on its surface. Ruddy color and tantalizing surface details seen in this composite image are based on data from the New Horizons spacecraft recorded during the January 1 flyby of the farthest world yet explored. Embedded in the smaller lobe Thule (top), the 8 kilometer wide feature nick named Maryland crater is the largest depression known on the surface of Ultima Thule. Transmission of data collected from the flyby continues, and will go on until the late summer 2020 as New Horizons speeds deeper into the dim and distant Kuiper Belt.Tomorrow’s picture: moons near Jupiter

Today’s Weather, Fire Danger and Highway Observations For FRIDAY! May 17th, 2019

Sunny today, high 6. UV index 6 or high. Clear this evening. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -2. Wind chill -4 overnight. Currently we have clear sky’s, a temperature of +2, our winds are calm but will increase throughout the day.

Currently there NO weather warnings and NO marine weather warnings.

Our FIRE DANGER continues to remain at LOW.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY AND LONG WEEKEND!

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RS Puppis
Image Credit & Copyright:Image Data: NASAESAHubble Legacy Archive
Processing & Copyright: Rogelio Bernal Andreo (DeepSkyColors.com)

Explanation: Pulsating RS Puppis, the brightest star in the image center, is some ten times more massive than our Sun and on average 15,000 times more luminous. In fact, RS Pup is a Cepheid variable star, a class of stars whosebrightness is used to estimate distances to nearby galaxies as one of the first steps in establishing the cosmic distance scale. As RS Pup pulsates over a period of about 40 days, its regular changes in brightness are also seen along its surrounding nebula delayed in time, effectively a light echo. Using measurements of the time delay and angular size of the nebula, the known speed of light allows astronomers to geometrically determine the distance to RS Pup to be 6,500 light-years, with a remarkably small error of plus or minus 90 light-years. An impressive achievement for stellar astronomy, the echo-measured distance also more accurately establishes the true brightness of RS Pup, and by extension other Cepheid stars, improving the knowledge of distances to galaxies beyond the Milky Way.Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space

Today’s Weather, Fire Danger and Highway Observations For Thursday May 16th, 2019

Sunny today, high 9. UV index 6 or high. Clear this evening. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -2. Wind chill -4 overnight. Currently clear, a temperature of 1 feels like -2, our winds are 8 km/h and will increase throughout the day.

Currently we have NO weather warnings BUT THERE IS A MARINE WEATHER WARNING for the LAKE: Winds Issued 03:00 AM CDT 16 May 2019 Today Tonight and Friday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind north 20 knots diminishing to north 15 early this morning and to light late this evening. Wind becoming northwest 10 after midnight then veering to northeast 10 Friday evening.

Our FIRE DANGER remains LOW at this time:
Low (Green) – Fire starts are unlikely. Weather and fuel conditions will lead to slow fire spread, low intensity and relatively easy control with light mop-up. Controlled burns can usually be executed with reasonable safety.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

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Dark Skies: Turn on the Night 
Image Credit & Copyright: Jeff Dai (TWAN)

Explanation: Have you ever experienced a really dark night sky? One common and amazing feature is the glowing band of our Milky Way galaxy stretching from horizon to horizon. If you live in or near a big city, though, you might not know this because city lights reflecting off the Earth’s atmosphere could only allow you to see the Moon and a few stars. Today, however, being UNESCO‘s International Day of Light, the International Astronomical Union is asking people to Turn on the Night by trying to better understand, and in the future better reduce, light pollution. You can practice even now by going to the main APOD website at NASA and hovering your cursor over the Before image. The Afterpicture that comes up is a panorama of four exposures taken with the same camera and from the same location, showing what happened recently in China when people in Kaihua County decided to turn down many of their lights. Visible in the Before picture are the stars Sirius (left of center) and Betelgeuse, while visible in the After picture are thousands of stars with the arching band of our Milky Way Galaxy. Humanity has lived for millennia under a dark night sky, and connecting to it has importance for both natural and cultural heritage.Tomorrow’s picture: distant reflections

Today’s Weather,Fire Danger and Highway Observations For Wednesday May 15th, 2019

Cloudy today, rain beginning early this afternoon. Amount 10 mm. High +12. UV index 4 or moderate. Rain ending overnight then clearing. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -2. Wind chill -6 overnight. Currently we have clouds, a temperature of +8, our winds are 3 km/h and will increase throughout the day.

Currently we have NO weather warnings BUT THERE IS A MARINE WEATHER WARNING: Winds Issued 03:00 AM CDT 15 May 2019Today Tonight and Thursday.Strong wind warning in effect.Wind south 10 knots becoming light early this afternoon then increasing to north 20 early this evening. Wind diminishing to north 15 overnight and to light Thursday evening.

Our FIRE DANGER remains at LOW at this time:
Low (Green) – Fire starts are unlikely. Weather and fuel conditions will lead to slow fire spread, low intensity and relatively easy control with light mop-up. Controlled burns can usually be executed with reasonable safety.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

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Anemic Spiral NGC 4921 from Hubble 
Image Credit: NASAESAHubbleProcessing & Copyright: Kem Cook (LLNL) & Leo Shatz

Explanation: How far away is spiral galaxy NGC 4921? It’s surpringly important to know. Although presently estimated to be about 300 million light years distant, a more precise determination could be coupled with its known recession speed to help humanity better calibrate the expansion rate of the entire visible universe. Toward this goal, several images were taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in order to help identify key stellar distance markers known as Cepheidvariable stars. Since NGC 4921 is a member of the Coma Cluster of Galaxies, refining its distance would also allow a better distance determination to one of the largest nearby clusters in the local universe. The magnificent spiral NGC 4921 has been informally dubbed anemic because of its low rate of star formation and low surface brightnessVisible in the featured image are, from the center, a bright nucleus, a bright central bar, a prominent ring of dark dust, blueclusters of recently formed stars, several smaller companion galaxies, unrelated galaxies in the far distant universe, and unrelated stars in our Milky Way Galaxy.APOD in other languages: ArabicCatalanChinese (Beijing), Chinese (Taiwan), CroatianCzechDutchGermanFrench
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Tomorrow’s picture: open space

Today’s Weather and Current Fire Danger For Tuesday May 14th, 2019

Sunny today, high +14. UV index 5 or moderate. Winds will be low-moderate. Clear tonight, low +1. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of +1, our winds are 2 km/h and will increase a bit throughout the day.

Currently we NO weather warnings and NO marine weather warnings.

Our FIRE DANGER CONDITION remains at LOW but is increasing to MODERATE:
Low (Green) – Fire starts are unlikely. Weather and fuel conditions will lead to slow fire spread, low intensity and relatively easy control with light mop-up. Controlled burns can usually be executed with reasonable safety.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

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Young Star Cluster Trumpler 14 from Hubble 
Image Credit: NASAESA, and J. Maíz Apellániz (IoAoA Spain); Acknowledgment: N. Smith (U. Arizona)

Explanation: Why does star cluster Trumpler 14 have so many bright stars? Because it is so young. Many cluster stars have formed only in the past 5 million years and are so hot they emit detectable X-rays. In older star clusters, most stars this young have already died — typically exploding in a supernova — leaving behind stars that are fainter and redder. Trumpler 14 spans about 40 light years and lies about 9,000 light years away on the edge of the famous Carina Nebula. A discerning eye can spot two unusual objects in this detailed 2006 image of Trumpler 14 by the Hubble Space Telescope. First, a dark cloud just left of center may be a planetary system trying to form before being destroyed by the energetic winds of Trumpler 14‘s massive stars. Second is the arc at the bottom left, which one hypothesis holds is the supersonic shock wave of a fast star ejected 100,000 years ago from a completely different star cluster.Tomorrow’s picture: pivotal drab galaxy

Today’s Weather and Fire Danger For Monday May 13th, 2019

Mainly sunny today, high +16C with moderate winds. UV index 6 or high. Partly cloudy tonight. Low 0C. Currently we have clear sky’s, a temperature of +9C, our winds are 2 km/h and will increase throughout the morning.

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

Our FIRE DANGER for our area remains at LOW:
Low (Green) – Fire starts are unlikely. Weather and fuel conditions will lead to slow fire spread, low intensity and relatively easy control with light mop-up. Controlled burns can usually be executed with reasonable safety.

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Rho Ophiuchi Wide Field 
Image Credit & Copyright: Mario Cogo (Galax Lux)

Explanation: The colorful clouds surrounding the star system Rho Ophiuchi compose one of the closest star forming regions. Rho Ophiuchi itself is a binary star system visible in the blue reflection nebula just to the left of the image center. The star system, located only 400 light years away, is distinguished by its multi-colored surroundings, which include a red emission nebula and numerous light and dark brown dust lanes. Near the lower left of the Rho Ophiuchimolecular cloud system is the yellow star Antares, while a distant but coincidently-superposed globular cluster of stars, M4, is visible just to the right of Antares. Near the image top lies IC 4592, the Blue Horsehead nebula. The blue glow that surrounds the Blue Horsehead’s eye — and other stars around the image — is a reflection nebula composed of fine dust. On the featured image right is a geometrically angled reflection nebula cataloged as Sharpless 1. Here, the bright star near the dust vortex creates the light of surrounding reflection nebula. Although most of these features are visible through a small telescope pointed toward the constellations of OphiuchusScorpius, and Sagittarius, the only way to see the intricate details of the dust swirls, as featured above, is to use a long exposure camera.Tomorrow’s picture: bright, dark, and warped

Today’s Weather, Weather Warnings, UV Index, Fire Danger and Highway Observations

Sunny today, high +14C, UV index 6 or high. A few clouds this afternoon/evening. Low tonight of +plus 1C. Currently we have a few clouds a temperature of +3C feels like -1C, winds are 11 km/h from the SSE and will remain steady throughout the day.

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

Our FIRE DANGER remains at LOW but increasing to MODERATE:
Low (Green) – Fire starts are unlikely. Weather and fuel conditions will lead to slow fire spread, low intensity and relatively easy control with light mop-up. Controlled burns can usually be executed with reasonable safety.

Our highways in and around our area are in EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY! AND WEEKEND!

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Halley Dust and Milky Way 
Image Credit & Copyright:Gang Li

Explanation: Grains of cosmic dust streaked through the mostly moonless night skies of May 7. Swept up as planet Earth plowed through the debris streams left behind by periodic Comet Halley, the annual meteor shower is known as the Eta Aquarids. Though it was made about a day after the shower’s predicted maximum, this composite image still captures 20 meteors in exposures taken over a 2 hour period, registered on a background exposure of the sky. The meteor trails point back to the shower radiant near eponymous faint star Eta Aquarii close to the horizon, seen from 100 kilometers south of Sydney Australia. Known for speed, Eta Aquarid meteors move fast, entering the atmosphere at about 66 kilometers per second. Brilliant Jupiter shines near the central bulge of the Milky Way high above the horizon. The Southern Cross is just tucked in to the upper right corner of the frame.Tomorrow’s picture: light-weekend

Today’s Weather, Fire Danger and Highway Observations For Thursday May 9th, 2019

Sunny, high +10C. UV index 5 or moderate. Clear wind up to 15 km/h. Low -3C, wind chill -5C overnight. Currently we have clear sky’s, a temperature of 0C feels like -2C, our winds are 5 km/h from the WNW and will increase throughout the day.

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

Our current FIRE DANGER remains at LOW:
Low (Green) – Fire starts are unlikely. Weather and fuel conditions will lead to slow fire spread, low intensity and relatively easy control with light mop-up. Controlled burns can usually be executed with reasonable safety.

Our highways in and around our area are in EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

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Messier 5 
Image Credit & Copyright:Adam BlockMt. Lemmon SkyCenterUniversity of Arizona

Explanation: “Beautiful Nebula discovered between the Balance [Libra] & the Serpent [Serpens] …” begins the description of the 5th entry in 18th century astronomer Charles Messier’s famous catalog of nebulae and star clusters. Though it appeared to Messier to be fuzzy and round and without stars, Messier 5 (M5) is now known to be a globular star cluster, 100,000 stars or more, bound by gravity and packed into a region around 165 light-years in diameter. It lies some 25,000 light-years away. Roaming the halo of our galaxy, globular star clusters are ancient members of the Milky Way. M5 is one of the oldest globulars, its stars estimated to be nearly 13 billion years old. The beautiful star cluster is a popular target for earthbound telescopes. Even close to its dense core, the cluster’s red and blue giant stars, and rejuvenated blue stragglers stand out with yellowish and blue hues in this sharp color image.Tomorrow’s picture: Halley Dust and Milky Way

Today’s Weather, Fire Danger and Highway Observations For Wednesday May 8th, 2019

A mix of sun and cloud, 30% chance of showers early this morning. Clearing this afternoon. High +7C. UV index 7 or high. Clear, wind up to 15 km/h. Low -4C, wind chill -6C overnight. Currently we have cloud cover, a temperature of +1C feels like -4C, our winds are 23 km/h from the NW and will decrease throughout the morning.

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

Our current FIRE DANGER remains at LOW:
Low (Green) – Fire starts are unlikely. Weather and fuel conditions will lead to slow fire spread, low intensity and relatively easy control with light mop-up. Controlled burns can usually be executed with reasonable safety.

Our highways in and around our area are in GOOD DRIVING CONDITIONS.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

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Jupiter Marble from Juno 
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSSProcessing: Kevin M. Gill

Explanation: What does Jupiter look like up close? Most images of Jupiter are taken from far away, either from Earth or from a great enough distance that nearly half the planet is visible. This shot, though, was composed from images taken relatively close in, where less than half of the planet was visible. From here, Jupiter still appears spherical but perspective distortion now makes it look more like a marble. Visible on Jupiter’s cloud tops are a prominent dark horizontal belt containing a white oval cloud, and a white zone cloud, both of which circle the planet. The Great Red Spot looms on the upper right. The featured image was taken by the robotic Juno spacecraft in February during its 17th close pass of our Solar System’s largest planet. Juno’s mission, now extended into 2021, is to study Jupiter in new ways. Juno’s data has already enabled discoveries that include Jupiter’s magnetic field being surprisingly lumpy, and that some of Jupiter’s cloud systems run about 3,000 kilometers into the planet.Tomorrow’s picture: open space

Today’s Weather, Highway Observations And Fire Danger For Tuesday May 7th, 2019

Sunny, increasing cloudiness this afternoon then showers. High 7C. UV index 7 or high. Rain showers or flurries ending after midnight then clearing. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -1C wind chill -6C overnight. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of -2C feels like -4C, our winds are 6 km/h and will increase throughout the day.

Currently we have No weather warnings and NO marine weather warnings.

Our FIRE DANGER remains at LOW:
Low (Green) – Fire starts are unlikely. Weather and fuel conditions will lead to slow fire spread, low intensity and relatively easy control with light mop-up. Controlled burns can usually be executed with reasonable safety.

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

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

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The Great Nebula in Carina 
Image Credit & Copyright: Dieter Willasch (Astro-Cabinet)

Explanation: What’s happening in the center of the Carina Nebula? Stars are forming, dying, and leaving an impressive tapestry of dark dusty filaments. The entire Carina Nebula, cataloged as NGC 3372, spans over 300 light years and lies about 8,500 light-years away in the constellation of Carina. The nebula is composed predominantly of hydrogen gas, which emits the pervasive red glow seen in this highly detailed featured image. The blue glow in the center is created by a trace amount of glowing oxygen. Young and massive stars located in the nebula’s center expel dust when they explode in supernovae. Eta Carinae, the most energetic star in the nebula’s center, was one of the brightest stars in the sky in the 1830s, but then faded dramatically.Tomorrow’s picture: jupiter marble