Today’s Weather For Monday Nov. 6th, 2017

Breezy with a chance of flurries throughout the day and a high of -6C for today. Currently we have some light scattered flurries in and around our area, our temperature sits at -7C feels like -12C with our windchill, our winds are from the WNW at 14 km/h and will increase to 25 km/h by late this morning with wind gusts reaching 35 km/h.

We have a MARINE WIND WARNING for the LAKE and there are no other weather warnings.

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

Winds

Issued 03:00 AM CST 06 November 2017

Today Tonight and Tuesday. Wind west 15 knots increasing to northwest 15 to 20 Tuesday afternoon.

A Dust Jet from the Surface of Comet 67P
Image Credit & Copyright: ESA, Rosetta, MPS, OSIRIS; UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA
Explanation: Where do comet tails come from? There are no obvious places on the nuclei of comets from which the jets that create comet tails emanate. Last year, though, ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft not only imaged a jet emerging from Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, but flew right through it. Featured is a telling picture showing a bright plume emerging from a small circular dip bounded on one side by a 10-meter high wall. Analyses of Rosetta data shows that the jet was composed of both dust and water-ice. The mundane terrain indicates that something likely happened far under the porous surface to create the plume. This image was taken last July, about two months before Rosetta’s mission ended with a controlled impact onto Comet 67P’s surface.

Tomorrow’s picture: clock wall

Today’s Weather For FRIDAY Nov. 3rd, 2017

Cloudy with a chance of flurries again for today with low to moderate winds and a high of -5C. Currently we have clouds, some light scattered flurries, a temperature of -11C feels like -14C, our winds are from the NNE at 3 km/h and will increase to 10 km/h.

There are NO WEATHER or MARINE WIND WARNINGS for our area at this time.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY AND WEEKEND!

A/2017 U1: An Interstellar Visitor
Image Credit: Alan Fitzsimmons (ARC, Queen’s University Belfast), Isaac Newton Group
Explanation: Traveling at high velocity along an extreme hyperbolic orbit and making a hairpin turn as it swung past the Sun, the now designated A/2017 U1 is the first known small body from interstellar space. A point of light centered in this 5 minute exposure recorded with the William Herschel Telescope in the Canary Islands on October 28, the interstellar visitor is asteroid-like with no signs of cometary activity. Faint background stars appear streaked because the massive 4.2 meter diameter telescope is tracking the rapidly moving A/2017 U1 in the field of view. Astronomer Rob Weryk (IfA) first recognized the moving object in nightly Pan-STARRS sky survey data on October 19. A/2017 is presently outbound, never to return to the Solar System, and already only visible from planet Earth in large optical telescopes. Though an interstellar origin has been established based on its orbit, it is still unknown how long the object could have drifted among the stars of the Milky Way. But its interstellar cruise speed would be about 26 kilometers per second. By comparison humanity’s Voyager 1 spacecraft travels about 17 kilometers per second through interstellar space.

Tomorrow’s picture: Hubble meets Messier

Today’s Weather For Thursday Nov. 2nd 2017

Mostly cloudy with a chance of flurries throughout the day with low winds and a high of -4C. Currently we have mostly cloudy sky’s with some light fog, we have a chilly temperature -7C feels like -10C with our windchill, our winds are from the NE at 8 km/h and will increase to 15 km/h throughout the day.

We have NO WEATHER OR MARINE WIND WARNINGS for our area at this time.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

NGC 891 vs Abell 347
Image Credit & Copyright: Laszlo Bagi
Explanation: Distant galaxies lie beyond a foreground of spiky Milky Way stars in this telescopic field of view. Centered on yellowish star HD 14771, the scene spans about 1 degree on the sky toward the northern constellation Andromeda. At top right is large spiral galaxy NGC 891, 100 thousand light-years across and seen almost exactly edge-on. About 30 million light-years distant, NGC 891 looks a lot like our own Milky Way with a flattened, thin, galactic disk. Its disk and central bulge are cut along the middle by dark, obscuring dust clouds. Scattered toward the lower left are members of galaxy cluster Abell 347. Nearly 240 million light-years away, Abell 347 shows off its own large galaxies in the sharp image. They are similar to NGC 891 in physical size but located almost 8 times farther away, so Abell 347 galaxies have roughly one eighth the apparent size of NGC 891.

Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space

Today’s Weather For Wednesday Nov. 1st, 2017

A mix of sun and cloud today with a small chance of a flurry throughout the day, with moderate winds and a high of -1C. Currently we have some cloud cover, a temperature of -4C feels like -9C with our windchill, our winds are from the ESE at 10 km/h and will increase to 20 km/h by this afternoon the will remain steady.

We have NO WEATHER or MARINE WIND WARNINGS for our area at this time.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

Thor’s Helmet Emission Nebula
Image Credit & Copyright: Adam Block, Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, U. Arizona
Explanation: This helmet-shaped cosmic cloud with wing-like appendages is popularly called Thor‘s Helmet. Heroically sized even for a Norse god, Thor’s Helmet spans about 30 light-years across. In fact, the helmet is more like an interstellar bubble, blown as a fast wind — from the bright star near the center of the bubble’s blue-hued region — sweeps through a surrounding molecular cloud. This star, a Wolf-Rayet star, is a massive and extremely hot giant star thought to be in a brief, pre-supernova stage of evolution. Cataloged as NGC 2359, the emission nebula is located about 12,000 light-years away toward the constellation of the Big Dog (Canis Major). The sharp image, made using broadband and narrowband filters, captures striking details of the nebula’s filamentary gas and dust structures. The blue color originates from strong emission from oxygen atoms in the nebula.

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Tomorrow’s picture: Thor’s day (Thursday)

BOO! Today’s Weather For Tuesday October 31st, 2017

Chilly today and for the Tricker Treater’s tonight so put a extra layer of clothing under the costume. A mix of sun and cloud for today, low to moderate winds and a high of only -2C then will drop to -5C by this evening. Currently we have a temperature -6C feels like -8C, our winds are from N at 5 km/h and will increase to and remain steady at 10 km/h later this morning and throughout the day.

We have no WEATHER or MARINE WIND WARNINGS for our area at this time.

HAVE A GREAT HALLOWEEN!

Dark Matter in a Simulated Universe
Illustration Credit & Copyright Tom Abel & Ralf Kaehler (KIPAC, SLAC), AMNH
Explanation: Is our universe haunted? It might look that way on this dark matter map. The gravity of unseen dark matter is the leading explanation for why galaxies rotate so fast, why galaxies orbit clusters so fast, why gravitational lenses so strongly deflect light, and why visible matter is distributed as it is both in the local universe and on the cosmic microwave background. The featured image from the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium Space Show Dark Universe highlights one example of how pervasive dark matter might haunt our universe. In this frame from a detailed computer simulation, complex filaments of dark matter, shown in black, are strewn about the universe like spider webs, while the relatively rare clumps of familiar baryonic matter are colored orange. These simulations are good statistical matches to astronomical observations. In what is perhaps a scarier turn of events, dark matter — although quite strange and in an unknown form — is no longer thought to be the strangest source of gravity in the universe. That honor now falls to dark energy, a more uniform source of repulsive gravity that seems to now dominate the expansion of the entire universe.

Not only Halloween: Today is Dark Matter Day.
Tomorrow’s picture: thor’s helmet

Today’s Weather For Monday October 30th, 2017

Chilly today with a mix of sun and cloud, moderate to high winds with a high of only -4C. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of -5C feels like -7C. Our winds are from the NNW at 2 km/h and will increase to 25 km/h throughout the day.

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

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

Orionid Meteors from Orion
Image Credit & Copyright: Lu Shupei
Explanation: Meteors have been shooting out from the constellation of Orion. This was expected, as October is the time of year for the Orionids Meteor Shower. Pictured here, over a dozen meteors were caught in successively added exposures last weekend over Wulan Hada volcano in Inner Mongolia, China. The featured image shows multiple meteor streaks that can all be connected to a single small region on the sky called the radiant, here visible just above and to the left of the belt of Orion, The Orionids meteors started as sand sized bits expelled from Comet Halley during one of its trips to the inner Solar System. Comet Halley is actually responsible for two known meteor showers, the other known as the Eta Aquarids and visible every May. Next month, the Leonids Meteor Shower from Comet Tempel-Tuttle should also result in some bright meteor streaks.

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Tomorrow’s picture: dark matters

Today’s Weather For Thursday Oct. 26th, 2017

The system has passed and the snow has fallen. Chilly, Breezy, mostly cloudy, high to very high winds, with a afternoon high of only +1C. Currently we have mostly cloudy sky’s, a temperature of -3C feels like -10C with our windchill, our winds are from the NE at 24 km/h and gusts will be up 35 km/h throughout the day.

We do have a MARINE WIND WARNING FOR THE LAKE TODAY and no other warnings for us at this time.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

Winds

Issued 03:00 AM CDT 26 October 2017

Today Tonight and Friday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind northeast 25 knots backing to north 25 early this morning with gusts to 35 then diminishing to north 20 early this afternoon with gusts to 30. Wind diminishing to north 15 early this evening and to light late this evening. Wind becoming west 10 overnight then increasing to west 15 Friday morning. Wind diminishing to north 10 Friday evening.
NGC 7635: Bubble in a Cosmic Sea
Image Credit & Copyright: Rolf Geissinger
Explanation: Adrift in a cosmic sea of stars and glowing gas the delicate, floating apparition left of center in this widefield view is cataloged as NGC 7635, the Bubble Nebula. A mere 10 light-years wide, the tiny Bubble Nebula was blown by the winds of a massive star. It lies within a larger complex of interstellar gas and dust clouds found about 11,000 light-years distant, straddling the boundary between the parental constellations Cepheus and Cassiopeia. Included in the breathtaking vista is open star cluster M52 (lower left), some 5,000 light-years away. Above and right of the Bubble Nebula is an emission region identified as Sh2-157, also known as the Claw Nebula. Constructed from 47 hours of narrow-band and broad-band exposures, this image spans about 3 degrees on the sky. That corresponds to a width of 500 light-years at the estimated distance of the Bubble Nebula.

Tomorrow’s picture: Mirach’s Ghost

Weather For Wednesday Oct 25th, 2017

There may be snow in the air! A system is approaching our area that could bring some snow our way. Cloudy for today with a chance of showers this morning into the afternoon then flurries for this evening into the over night hours with moderate to high winds and a high of only 5C. THERE IS A SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT FOR OUR AREA. Currently we have overcast sky’s, a temperature of 4C, our winds are from the NE at 5 km/h increasing to 30 km/h by this afternoon/evening.

We do have a SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT from Environment Canada and we also have a MARINE WIND WARNING for the LAKE today and tomorrow. PLEASE SEE THE WEATHER WARNINGS HERE.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY.

Statements

4:50 AM CDT Wednesday 25 October 2017
Special weather statement in effect for:

  • Grand Rapids and Easterville

A low pressure system remains on track to bring rain, strong winds and eventually snow to much of southern Manitoba tonight into Thursday.

A generally cloudy day over most of the province will give way to rain tonight as the system pushes into southern Manitoba. The rain will gradually become mixed with and then eventually change to snow either overnight or on Thursday as colder air works it’s way southward. The rain or snow will be accompanied by strong northerly winds tonight through Thursday, with the temperature hovering just above the freezing mark. Highest snowfall totals will be in the Parklands area, where 5-10 cm of wet snow is forecast and more possible over the higher terrain. Decreasing amounts are expected further south. Winnipeg will likely see some wet snow, but little accumulation is expected, although areas further west along the Trans-Canada could see a few cm on the ground by Thursday evening. The low will move out of the province Thursday evening.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.storm.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports using #MBStorm.

Winds

Issued 03:00 AM CDT 25 October 2017

Today Tonight and Thursday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind northwest 20 knots diminishing to north 10 late this morning then becoming light early this afternoon. Wind increasing to east 15 early this evening and to northeast 20 late this evening. Wind increasing to northeast 30 overnight then diminishing to north 20 Thursday afternoon. Wind diminishing to northwest 10 Thursday evening.

Marius Hills and a Hole in the Moon
Image Credit: NASA, Lunar Orbiter 2; Inset: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
Explanation: Could humans live beneath the surface of the Moon? This intriguing possibility was bolstered in 2009 when Japan’s Moon-orbiting SELENE spacecraft imaged a curious hole beneath the Marius Hills region on the Moon, possibly a skylight to an underground lava tube. Follow-up observations by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) indicated that the Marius Hills Hole (MHH) visually extends down nearly 100 meters and is several hundred meters wide. Most recently, ground penetrating radar data from SELENE has been re-analyzed to reveal a series of intriguing second echoes — indicators that the extensive lava tubes exist under Marius Hills might extend down even kilometers and be large enough to house cities. Such tubes could shelter a future Moon colony from large temperature swings, micro-meteor impacts, and harmful solar radiation. Potentially, underground lava tubes might even be sealed to contain breathable air. These lava tubes likely formed when lunar volcanos were active billions of years ago. Pictured, the surface of Marius Hills region was captured in the 1960s by NASA’s Lunar Orbiter 2 mission, while an inset image of the MHH is shown from NASA’s continuing LRO. Several volcanic domes are visible, while Marius Crater is visible on the upper right.

Tomorrow’s picture: open space
 

Today’s Weather For Tuesday Oct. 24th, 2017

A few clouds this morning, increasing clouds this afternoon with a chance of showers into this evening then a few clouds for the over night hours with low to moderate winds and a high of 10C. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of 3C, our winds are from the NW at 2 km/h increasing to 18 km/h throughout the day.

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

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

Where Your Elements Came From
Image Credit & License: Wikipedia: Cmglee; Data: Jennifer Johnson (OSU)
Explanation: The hydrogen in your body, present in every molecule of water, came from the Big Bang. There are no other appreciable sources of hydrogen in the universe. The carbon in your body was made by nuclear fusion in the interior of stars, as was the oxygen. Much of the iron in your body was made during supernovas of stars that occurred long ago and far away. The gold in your jewelry was likely made from neutron stars during collisions that may have been visible as short-duration gamma-ray bursts or gravitational wave events. Elements like phosphorus and copper are present in our bodies in only small amounts but are essential to the functioning of all known life. The featured periodic table is color coded to indicate humanity‘s best guess as to the nuclear origin of all known elements. The sites of nuclear creation of some elements, such as copper, are not really well known and are continuing topics of observational and computational research.

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Tomorrow’s picture: meteors streaming
 

Today’s Weather For October 23rd, 2017

No snow in our future as of yet. A mix of sun and cloud, low to moderate winds and chilly high of only 5C for today. Currently we have mostly cloudy sky’s, a chilly temperature of 3C, our winds are calm but will increase to 20 km/h by mid morning and will remain steady throughout the day.

Our FIRE DANGER is now OVER. We do have a MARINE WIND WARNING for the LAKE today and there are no other weather warnings for our area at this time.

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

Winds

Issued 03:00 AM CDT 23 October 2017

Today Tonight and Tuesday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind northwest 15 to 20 knots diminishing to northwest 10 overnight then increasing to southwest 15 Tuesday afternoon. Wind increasing to west 20 Tuesday evening.

NGC 4993: The Galactic Home of an Historic Explosion
Image Credit: NASA & ESA
Explanation: That reddish dot — it wasn’t there before. It’s the dot to the upper left of galaxy NGC 4993‘s center, do you see it? When scanning the large field of possible locations of an optical counterpart to the unprecedented gravitational wave event GW170817 in August, the appearance of this fading dot quickly became of historic importance. It pinpointed GW170817’s exact location, thereby enabling humanity’s major telescopes to examine the first ever electromagnetic wave counterpart to a gravitational wave event, an event giving strong evidence of being a short gamma-ray burst kilonova, the element-forming explosion that occurs after two neutron stars merge. The featured image of lenticular galaxy NGC 4993 by Hubble shows the fading dot several days after it was discovered. Analyses, continuing, include the physics of the explosion, what heavy elements formed, the similarity of the speeds of gravitational radiation and light, and calibrating a new method for determining the distance scale of our universe.

More on GW170817: Journal articles, data, graphics
Tomorrow’s picture: elements of you