Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Thursday November 15th, 2018

Mainly cloudy with a low chance of flurries today, temperature falling throughout the day, a high of -7C with winchill’s into the uppers teens and the winds will be moderate. Currently we have clouds, a temperature of -5C feels like -13C, our winds are 16 km/h from the NW and increasing to 20-35 km/h.

Our highways in and around our area are have PARTLY COVER, SLIPPERY WET SECTIONS AND DO IMPROVE AS YOU HEAD FURTHER SOUTH. PLEASE DRIVE WITH CAUTION ON OUR NORTHERN HIGHWAYS.

We currently have NO weather warnings BUT there is a MARINE WIND WARNING FOR THE LAKE TODAY: Issued 03:00 AM CST 15 November 2018 Today Tonight and Friday.Strong wind warning in effect. Wind northwest 10 knots increasing to north 20 this afternoon then diminishing to north 15 this evening. Wind increasing to north 20 Friday morning then diminishing to northwest 15 Friday evening.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

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2018 November 15

Comet 46P/Wirtanen 
Image Credit & CopyrightAlex Cherney (TerrastroTWAN)
Explanation: Periodic Comet 46P/Wirtanen is now the brightest comet in the night sky, but too faint to be seen by eye. From dark sky sites it could just become naked-eye visible though, as it’s 5.4 year long looping orbit takes it closest to Earth and the Sun in mid December. Fluorescing in sunlight, its spherical coma is about half the angular size of a full moon in this southern hemisphere telescopic view from November 7. Then the comet was about 2 light-minutes away or 35 million kilometers from Earth-bound telescopes, so the pretty greenish coma seen here is around 150,000 kilometers across. That makes it about the size of Jupiter. The stack of digital images also reveals a very faint tail extending toward 4 o’clock with a distant background galaxy notable at the upper left. As a regular visitor to the inner Solar System, comet 46P/Wirtanen was once the favored rendezvous target for ESA’s comet exploring Rosetta mission.

Tomorrow’s picture: look up

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Wednesday November 14th, 2018

A mainly cloudy day ahead with a chance of flurries, a high of -1C and our winds will be moderate. Currently we have clouds, a temperature of -10C feels like -18C, our winds are 14 km/h from the ESE and will increase to 20-25 km/h.

Highways in and around our area are in EXCELLENT driving conditions but will deteriorate throughout the day as you travel further north throughout the day. PLEASE TRAVEL WITH CAUTION AS YOU TRAVEL NORTH AND PLAN AHEAD IF YOU HAVE TOO.

There are snowfall warnings further to the north of us BUT we will miss it and there NO weather warnings for us BUT there is a MARINE WIND WARNING FOR THE LAKE TODAY: Issued 03:00 AM CST 14 November 2018 Today Tonight and Thursday. Wind southeast 10 knots increasing to south 15 to 20 early this morning then diminishing to south 10 near noon. Wind veering to west 10 this evening then to north 10 Thursday morning. Wind increasing to north 15 Thursday afternoon.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

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2018 November 14

The Cave Nebula in Hydrogen, Oxygen, and Sulfur 
Image Credit & Copyright: Chuck Ayoub
Explanation: What’s inside this cosmic cave? A stellar nursery 10 light-years deep. The featured skyscape is dominated by dusty Sh2-155, the Cave Nebula. In the telescopic image, data taken through a narrowband filters tracks the nebular glow of hydrogenoxygen, and sulfur, colors that together form the Hubble Palette. About 2,400 light-years away, the scene lies along the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy toward the royal northern constellation of Cepheus. Astronomical explorations of the region reveal that it has formed at the boundary of the massive Cepheus B molecular cloud and the hot, young stars of the Cepheus OB 3 association. The bright rim of ionized hydrogen gas is energized by radiation from the hot stars, dominated by the bright star just to the left of the cave entrance. Radiation driven ionization fronts are likely triggering collapsing cores and new star formation within.

Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Saturday November 10th, 2018

Cloudy, scattered flurries this afternoon with periods of light snow this evening, high of -8C windchill -15C with moderate winds. Currently we have clouds, temperature of -9C feels like -16C winds are 16 km/h from the S and will increase to 15-20 km/h by this afternoon.

Currently our highways in and around our area are in good driving conditions BUT WILL BECOME COVERED AND SLIPPERY BY LATE AFTERNOON INTO THE EVENING. CAUTION WHEN DRIVING WILL NEED TO BE TAKEN DURING THESE HOURS. PLEASE PLAN AHEAD WHEN TRAVELING ON OUR NORTHERN HIGHWAYS.

Currently we have no weather warnings BUT there is a MARINE WIND WARNING FOR THE LAKE TODAY:  Issued 03:00 AM CST 10 November 2018 Today Tonight and Sunday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind south 20 knots diminishing to south 15 early this morning and to light this afternoon. Wind becoming northwest 10 this evening then increasing to northwest 20 Sunday morning. Wind increasing to northwest 25 near noon Sunday.

HAVE A GREAT SATURDAY!

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2018 November 10

The Old Moon in the Young Moon’s Arms 
Image Credit & CopyrightStan Honda
Explanation: Tonight the Moon is young again, but this stunning image of a young Moon near the western horizon was taken just after sunset on October 10. On the lunar disk Earthshine, earthlight reflected from the Moon’s night side, is embraced by the slim, sunlit crescent just over 2 days old. Along the horizon fading colors of twilight silhouette the radio telescope dish antennas of the Very Large Array, New Mexico, planet Earth. The view from the Moon would be stunning, too. When the Moon appears in Earth’s sky as a slender crescent, a dazzlingly bright, nearly full Earth would be seen from the lunar surface. A description of earthshine, in terms of sunlight reflected by Earth’s oceans in turn illuminating the Moon’s dark surface, was written 500 years ago by Leonardo da Vinci.

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For FRIDAY! November 9th, 2018

Mostly cloudy with some sunny breaks today, high of -8C, winds will be moderate. Currently we have clouds, a temperature of -12C feels like -19C, our winds are 16 km/h from the WSW and increasing to 25-30 kn/h throughout the day.

Highways in and around are VARIED: COVERED, PARTLY COVERED, SLIPPERY SECTIONS TO BARE. DRIVE WITH CAUTION.

There are NO weather warnings BUT there IS A MARINE WIND FOR THE LAKE TODAY: Issued 03:00 AM CST 09 November 2018 Today Tonight and Saturday. Wind north 10 knots becoming light this morning then becoming south 10 this afternoon.  Wind increasing to south 15 early this evening then diminishing to light Saturday evening.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY AND WEEKEND!

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2018 November 9

Little Planet Lookout 
Image Credit & CopyrightGyorgy Soponyai
Explanation: Don’t panic. This little planet projection looks confusing, but it’s actually just a digitally warped and stitched, nadir centered mosaic of images that covers nearly 360×180 degrees. The images were taken on the night of October 31 from a 30 meter tall hill-top lookout tower near Tatabanya, Hungary, planet Earth. The laticed lookout tower construction was converted from a local mine elevator. Since planet Earth is rotating, the 126 frames of 75 second long exposures also show warped, concentric star trails with the north celestial pole at the left. Of course at this location the south celestial pole is just right of center but below the the little planet’s horizon.

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Thursday November 8th, 2018

Cloudy with sunny breaks and a chance of flurries this afternoon, high -9C, moderate winds. Currently we have clouds, a temperature of -10C feels like -17C, winds are 18 km/h NNW and will increase to 20-30 km/h throughout the day.

Our highways in and around our area are MOSTLY PARTLY COVERED TO COVER WITH SLIPPERY SECTIONS. CAUTION IS TO BE TAKEN WHEN DRIVING NORTH OR SOUTH THIS MORNING/AFTERNOON.

There are NO weather warnings for our area BUT there is a MARINE WIND WARNING FOR THE LAKE TODAY: Issued 03:00 AM CST 08 November 2018 Today Tonight and Friday. Wind light becoming north 10 knots near noon then increasing to northwest 15 Friday morning.  Wind diminishing to light near noon Friday then becoming south 10 Friday evening.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

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2018 November 8

Mars in the Loop 
Image Credit & CopyrightTunc Tezel (TWAN)
Explanation: This composite of images spaced some 5 to 9 days apart, from late April (bottom right) through November 5 (top left), traces the retrograde motion of ruddy-colored Mars through planet Earth’s night sky. To connect the dots and dates in this 2018 Mars retrograde loop, just slide your cursor over the picture (and check out this animation). But Mars didn’t actually reverse the direction of its orbit. Instead, the apparent backwards motion with respect to the background stars is a reflection of the motion of the Earth itself. Retrograde motion can be seen each time Earth overtakes and laps planets orbiting farther from the Sun, the Earth moving more rapidly through its own relatively close-in orbit. On July 27, Mars was near its favorable 2018 parihelic opposition, when Mars was closest to the Sun in its orbit while also opposite the Sun in Earth’s sky. For that date, the frame used in this composite was taken during the total lunar eclipse.

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Today’s Weather and Current Highway Conditions For Wednesday November 7th, 2018

Cloudy with isolated scattered flurries today from the lake, high of -5C with moderate winds. Currently we have clouds, a temperature of -7C feels like -13C , winds are 16 km/h from the WNW

Our highways in and around our area ARE PARTLY COVERED WITH SLIPPERY SECTIONS. CAUTION CONTINUES WHEN TRAVELING NORTH OR SOUTH.

There are NO weather warnings but there IS A MARINE WIND WARNING FOR THE LAKE TODAY: Issued 03:00 AM CST 07 November 2018 Today Tonight and Thursday. Wind northwest 15 knots today and tonight. Wind northerly 10 increasing to northerly 15 Thursday morning.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

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2018 November 7

NGC 6188: The Dragons of Ara 
Image Credit & CopyrightTian Lee
Explanation: Dark shapes with bright edges winging their way through dusty NGC 6188 are tens of light-years long. The emission nebula is found near the edge of an otherwise dark large molecular cloud in the southern constellation Ara, about 4,000 light-years away. Born in that region only a few million years ago, the massive young stars of the embedded Ara OB1 association sculpt the fantastic shapes and power the nebular glow with stellar winds and intense ultraviolet radiation. The recent star formation itself was likely triggered by winds and supernova explosions, from previous generations of massive stars, that swept up and compressed the molecular gas. With image data from the Chilescope Observatory, a false-color Hubble palette was used to create this gorgeous wide-field image and shows emission from sulfur, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms in red, green, and blue hues. The field of view spans about four full Moons, corresponding to about 150 light years at the estimated distance of NGC 6188.

Tomorrow’s picture: Mars in the Loop

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Tuesday November 6th, 2018

Light snow this morning then mainly cloudy, a high of -5C and wind will be moderate/high. Currently we have light snow, a temperature of -6C feels like -14C, our winds are 19 km/h from the NW and will increase to 25 km/h.

Our highways in and around our area are WET/SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY. CAUTION NEEDS TO BE TAKEN WHEN TRAVELING IN AND AROUND OUR AREA.

There are NO weather warnings for our area BUT there IS A MARINE WIND WARNING FOR THE LAKE TODAY: Issued 03:00 AM CST 06 November 2018 Today Tonight and Wednesday. Strong wind warning in effect.Wind north 15 knots increasing to north 20 to 25 early this morning then diminishing to northwest 15 overnight. Wind northwest 15 Wednesday.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

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2018 November 6

NGC 1499: The California Nebula 
Image Credit & Copyright: Bray Falls
Explanation: There’s even a California in space. Drifting through the Orion Arm of the spiral Milky Way Galaxy, this cosmic cloud by chance echoes the outline of California on the west coast of the United States. Our own Sun also lies within the Milky Way’s Orion Arm, only about 1,500 light-years from the California Nebula. Also known as NGC 1499, the classic emission nebula is around 100 light-years long. On the featured image, the most prominent glow of the California Nebula is the red light characteristic of hydrogen atoms recombining with long lost electrons, stripped away (ionized) by energetic starlight. The star most likely providing the energetic starlight that ionizes much of the nebular gas is the bright, hot, bluish Xi Persei just to the right of the nebula. A regular target for astrophotographers, the California Nebula can be spotted with a wide-field telescope under a dark sky toward the constellation of Perseus, not far from the Pleiades.

Tomorrow’s picture: dragons in space

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Monday November 5th, 2018

Clouds this morning then mixed precipitation begins this afternoon/evening/overnight accumulations to be around 3-6CM. Currently we have clouds, a temperature of +2C, winds are 8 km/h from the ESE and will increase by later this morning to 20-25 km/h.

Our highways in and around our area are in excellent driving conditions, but will increase to wet and slippery by the afternoon and will become covered by the evening.

There ARE weather warnings around our area for snowfall but there is NO warning for our area, CAUTION TO BE TAKEN IF YOUR TRAVELING NORTH AND WEST. There is a MARINE WIND WARNING FOR OUR AREA:  Issued 03:00 AM CST 05 November 2018 Today Tonight and Tuesday.Strong wind warning in effect. Wind southeast 15 knots becoming north 15 near midnight then increasing to north 20 overnight. Wind north 20 Tuesday.

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

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2018 November 5

IC 4592: The Blue Horsehead Reflection Nebula 
Image Credit & Copyright: Mario Cogo
Explanation: Do you see the horse’s head? What you are seeing is not the famous Horsehead nebula toward Orion but rather a fainter nebula that only takes on a familiar form with deeper imaging. The main part of the here imagedmolecular cloud complex is a reflection nebula cataloged as IC 4592. Reflection nebulas are actually made up of very fine dust that normally appears dark but can look quite blue when reflecting the light of energetic nearby stars. In this case, the source of much of the reflected light is a star at the eye of the horse. That star is part of Nu Scorpii, one of the brighter star systems toward the constellation of the Scorpion (Scorpius). A second reflection nebula dubbed IC 4601is visible surrounding two stars to the right of the image center.

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Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For November 1st, 2018

Mainly cloudy today with some clearing late in the evening, a high of +1C with low winds. Currently we have clouds, a temperature of -2C, our winds are 5 km/h from the ESE and will remain steady throughout the day/evening.

Our highways in and around our area are in good driving conditions at this time.

There are NO weather warnings and NO marine wind warnings for the lake at this time.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

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2018 November 1

Hayabusa2 Ascends from Asteroid Ryugu 
Image Credit: JAXAU. TokyoKochi U.Rikkyo U.Nagoya U.Chiba Tech.Meiji U.U. AizuAIST
Explanation: Will spacecraft Hayabusa2 be able to land safely on asteroid Ryugu? Since arriving in June, pictures show that the surface of kilometer-sized Ryugu is covered with boulders, so that finding a flat enough area for the bus-sized spacecraft to touch down is proving a challenge. In the featured video, the shadow of Japan’s robotic Hayabusa2 can be seen on the rugged face of Ryugu while ascending last week from a touchdown rehearsal only 20 meters over the surface. Previously, small frisbee-sized landers detached from Hayabusa2, made contact with the diamond-shaped asteroid’s surface, and started hopping around. Studying Ryugu could tell humanity not only about the minor planet‘s surface and interior, but about what materials were available in the early Solar System for the development of life. The touchdown of the Hayabusa2 mother ship is slated for early next year, hopefully followed by a soil sample collection for return to Earth.