Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For FRIDAY! Apr. 27th, 2018

Mix of sun and cloud again for today with low to moderate winds and a high of +10C. Currently we have mostly cloudy sky’s, a temperature of 0C feels like -3C, our winds are from the NNW 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.

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

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY AND WEEKEND!

 

CURRENT HIGHWAY CONDITIONS

Gaia’s Milky Way 
Image Credit and Copyright: ESAGaiaDPAC
Explanation: This grand allsky view of our Milky Way and nearby galaxies is not a photograph. It’s a map based on individual measurements for nearly 1.7 billion stars. The astronomically rich data set used to create it, the sky-scanningGaia satellite’s second data release, includes remarkably precise determinations of position, brightness, colour, and parallax distance for 1.3 billion stars. Of course, that’s about 1 percent of the total number of stars in the Milky Way. Still, the flat plane of our galaxy dominates the view. Home to most Milky Way stars it stretches across the center of Gaia’s stellar data map. Voids and rifts along the galactic plane correspond to starlight-obscuring interstellar dust clouds. At lower right are stars of the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, neighboring galaxies that lie just beyond the Milky Way.

Tomorrow’s picture: clouds in the sky

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Thursday Apr. 26th 2018

A mix of sun and cloud, low to moderate winds and a high of +14C today, Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of -2C feels like -3C our winds are from the SE at 2 km/h and will remain steady throughout the day/evening.

We 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 THURSDAY!

   

CURRENT HIGHWAY CONDITIONS

The Snows of Churyumov-Gerasimenko 
Image Credit: ESARosettaMPS, OSIRIS; UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA –
GIF Animation: Jacint Roger Perez
Explanation: You couldn’t really be caught in this blizzard while standing by a cliff on Churyumov-Gerasimenko, also known as comet 67P. Orbiting the comet in June of 2016 the Rosetta spacecraft’s narrow angle camera did record streaks of dust and ice particles though, as they drifted across the field of view near the camera and above the comet’s surface. Still, some of the bright specks in the scene are likely due to a rain of energetic charged particles or cosmic rayshitting the camera, and the dense background of stars in the direction of the constellation Canis Major. Click on this single frame to play and the background stars are easy to spot as they trail from top to bottom in an animated gif (7.7MB). The 33 frames of the time compressed animation span about 25 minutes of real time. The stunning gif was constructed from consecutive images taken while Rosetta cruised some 13 kilometers from the comet’s nucleus.

Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Wednesday Apr. 25th, 2018

A mostly cloudy day with low to moderate winds and a high of +13C. Currently we have a mostly cloudy sky’s, a temperature of +8C, our winds are from the SSE at 6 km/h and will remain steady throughout the day.

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

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

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

Hubble’s Jupiter and the Shrinking Great Red Spot 
Image Credit: NASAESAHubbleOPAL Program, STScIProcessing: Karol Masztalerz
Explanation: What will become of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot? Gas giant Jupiter is the solar system’s largest world with about 320 times the mass of planet Earth. Jupiter is home to one of the largest and longest lasting storm systems known, the Great Red Spot (GRS), visible to the left. The GRS is so large it could swallow Earth, although it has been shrinking. Comparison with historical notes indicate that the storm spans only about one third of the surface area it had 150 years ago. NASA’s Outer Planets Atmospheres Legacy (OPAL) program has been monitoring the storm more recently using the Hubble Space Telescope. The featured Hubble OPAL image shows Jupiter as it appeared in 2016, processed in a way that makes red hues appear quite vibrant. Modern GRS data indicate that the storm continues to constrict its surface area, but is also becoming slightly taller, vertically. No one knows the future of the GRS, including the possibility that if the shrinking trend continues, the GRS might one day even do what smaller spots on Jupiter have done — disappear completely.

Tomorrow’s picture: open space

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Tuesday Apr. 24th, 2018

Another chilly day with a mix of sun and cloud with low to moderate wind for the day but will increase by evening, a high of +6C and a low of -6C overnight. Currently we have mostly cloudy sky’s, a temperature of -6C feels like -7, our winds are from the SW at 5 km/h and will increase to 25 km/h gusts.

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

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

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

 

CURRENT HIGHWAY CONDITIONS

Play Saturn’s Rings Like a Harp 
Image Credit: NASAJPL-CaltechSSICassiniSonification: Matt Russo
Explanation: Sure, you’ve seen Saturn’s rings — but have you ever heard them? Well then please take this opportunity to play Saturn‘s rings like a harp. In the featured sonification, increasing brighter regions of Saturn’s central B-ring play as increasingly higher pitched notes. With a computer browser, click anywhere on the image to begin, and pluck consecutive strings by sliding the spacecraft icon’s magnetometer boom across the strings. Both manual and automatic modesare possible. The featured natural-color image was taken by the late Cassini spacecraft in 2017 July as it grazed Saturn’s rings and took the highest-resolution ring images ever. The reason why the mostly water-ice rings have a tan hue — instead of white — is currently a topic of research. Played in minor harmony, a different false-color version of the same image appears where regions with a greater abundance of water ice appears more red.

Tomorrow’s picture: Hubble’s Jupiter

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Monday Apr. 23rd 2018

A little more cloud this week than last with a chance of showers on Wednesday with seasonal temperatures all week. A mix of sun and cloud, moderate to high winds and a high of +6. Currently we have mostly cloudy sky’s, a temperature of +2C and will increase slightly by the afternoon, our winds are from the W and 17 km/h and will gust to 25 km/h throughout the day.

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

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

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

The Blue Horsehead Nebula in Infrared 
Image Credit: WISEIRSANASAProcessing & Copyright Francesco Antonucci
Explanation: The Blue Horsehead Nebula looks quite different in infrared light. In visible light, the reflecting dust of the nebula appears blue and shaped like a horse’s head. In infrared light, however, a complex labyrinth of filaments, caverns, and cocoons of glowing dust and gas emerges, making it hard to even identify the equine icon. The featured image of the nebula was created in three infrared colors (R=22, G=12, B=4.6 microns) from data taken by NASA’s orbiting Wide Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) spacecraft. The nebula is cataloged as IC 4592 and spans about 40 light years, lying about 400 light years away toward the constellation Scorpius along the plane of our Milky WayGalaxy. IC 4592 is fainter but covers an angularly greater region than the better known Horsehead Nebula of Orion. The star that predominantly illuminates and heats the dust is Nu Scorpii, visible as the yellow star left of center.

Tomorrow’s picture: Listen to Saturn

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!

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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.

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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