Today’s Weather, Daily FIRE DANGER Report and Highway Observation Images For FRIDAY! June 14th, 2019

A mix of sun and cloud. 30% chance of showers early this morning. Wind becoming northeast 20 km/h early this morning. High 18. UV index 7 or high. Partly cloudy tonight. Wind northeast 20 km/h becoming light early this evening. Low 6. Currently we have increasing cloud, a temperature of 13, our winds are 11 km/h and will increase to 20 km/h throughout the day.

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

Our FIRE DANGER REMAINS SET AT HIGH: Moderate to vigorous surface fire with intermittent crown involvement. Challenging for ground crews to handle; heavy equipment (bulldozers, tanker trucks, aircraft) often required to contain fire.

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NGC 4676: The Mighty Mice 
Image Credit & CopyrightBruce Waddington

Explanation: These two mighty galaxies are pulling each other apart. Known as The Mice because they have such long tails, each large spiral galaxy has actually passed through the other. Their long tails are drawn out by strong gravitational tides rather than collisions of their individual stars. Because the distances are so large, the cosmic interaction takes place in slow motion — over hundreds of millions of years. They will probably collide again and again over the next billion years until they coalesce to form a single galaxy. NGC 4676 lies about 300 million light-years away toward the constellation of Bernice’s Hair (Coma Berenices) and are likely members of the Coma Cluster of Galaxies. Not often imaged in small telescopes, this wide field of view catches the faint tidal tails several hundred thousand light-years long.Tomorrow’s picture: Stereo Saturday

Today’s Weather, Daily Fire Danger Report and Highway Observation Images For Thursday June 13th, 2019

Mainly sunny today. High 24. UV index 7 or high . Increasing cloudiness this evening. 30% chance of showers late this evening and overnight with risk of a thunderstorm. Low 10. Currently we have some cloud, a temperature of 11, our winds are 2 km/h from the S and will increase to 15-20 km/h throughout the day.

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

Our FIRE DANGER HAS NOW BEEN INCREASED TO HIGH : Moderate to vigorous surface fire with intermittent crown involvement. Challenging for ground crews to handle; heavy equipment (bulldozers, tanker trucks, aircraft) often required to contain fire.

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The Colors and Magnitudes of M13 
Image Credit & CopyrightTolga GumusayakRobert Vanderbei

Explanation: M13 is modestly recognized as the Great Globular Star Cluster in Hercules. A ball of stars numbering in the hundreds of thousands crowded into a region 150 light years across, it lies some 25,000 light-years away. The sharp, color picture of M13 at upper left is familiar to many telescopic imagers. Still, M13’s Color vs Magnitude Diagram in the panel below and right, made from the same image data, can offer a more telling view. Also known as aHertzsprung Russell (HR) diagram it plots the apparent brightness of individual cluster stars against color index. The color index is determined for each star by subtracting its brightness (in magnitudes) measured through a red filter from its brightness measured with a blue filter (B-R). Blue stars are hot and red stars are cool so that astronomical color index ranging from bluer to redder follows the relative stellar temperature scale from left (hot) to right (cool). In M13’s HR diagram, the stars clearly fall into distinct groups. The broad swath extending diagonally from the bottom right is the cluster’s main sequence. A sharp turn toward the upper right hand corner follows the red giant branch while the blue giants are found grouped in the upper left. Formed at the same time, at first M13’s stars were all located along the main sequence by mass, lower mass stars at the lower right. Over time higher mass stars have evolved off the main sequence into red, then blue giants and beyond. In fact, the position of the turn-off from the main sequence to the red giant branch indicates the cluster’s age at about 12 billion years.Tomorrow’s picture: of mice and galaxies

Today’s Weather, Daily Fire Danger Report and Highway Observation Images For Wednesday June 12th, 2019

Mainly sunny today high 22. UV index 6 or high . Clear tonight low 7. Winds will be moderate. Current we have a few clouds, a temperature of 9, our winds are 6 km/h from the S and will increase to 18 km/h throughout the day.

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

Our FIRE DANGER is NOW set at MODERATE-HIGH : Moderate to vigorous surface fire with intermittent crown involvement. Challenging for ground crews to handle; heavy equipment (bulldozers, tanker trucks, aircraft) often required to contain fire.

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Spiral Galaxy M96 from Hubble 
Image Credit: NASAESAHubbleProcessing & Copyright: Leo Shatz

Explanation: Dust lanes seem to swirl around the core of Messier 96 in this colorful, detailed portrait of the center of a beautiful island universe. Of course M96 is a spiral galaxy, and counting the faint arms extending beyond the brighter central region, it spans 100 thousand light-years or so, making it about the size of our own Milky Way. M96, also known as NGC 3368, is known to be about 35 million light-years distant and a dominant member of the Leo I galaxy group. The featured image was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. The reason for M96‘s asymmetry is unclear — it could have arisen from gravitational interactions with other Leo I group galaxies, but the lack of an intra-group diffuse glow seems to indicate few recent interactions. Galaxies far in the background can be found by examining the edges of the picture.APOD in other languages: ArabicCatalanChinese (Beijing), Chinese (Taiwan), CroatianCzechDutchFarsiFrench
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Tomorrow’s picture: stellar astronomy 101

Today’s Weather, Daily Fire Danger Report and Highway Observation Images For Tuesday June 11th, 2019

Sunny, becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. High 17. UV index 6 or high . Partly cloudy, becoming clear this evening. Low plus 3 with risk of frost. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of 8, our winds are 6 km/h increasing to 15 throughout the day.

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

Our FIRE DANGER REMAINS AT MODERATE : Creeping or gentle surface fires. Fires easily contained by ground crews with pumps and hand tools.

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The Cave Nebula in Infrared from Spitzer 
Image Credit: NASAJPL-CaltachSpitzer Space Telescope

Explanation: What’s happening in and around the Cave Nebula? To help find out, NASA’s orbiting Spitzer Space Telescope looked into this optically-dark star-forming region in four colors of infrared light. The Cave Nebula, cataloged as Sh2-155, is quite bright in infrared, revealing details not only of internal pillars of gas and dust, but of the illuminating star cluster too – all near the top of the image. The red glow around the Cave’s entrance is created by dust heated by bright young stars. To the right is Cepheus B, a star cluster that formed previously from the same cloud of gas and dust. Other interesting stars of Cepheus come to light in infrared as well, including those illuminating an even younger nebula toward the image bottom, and a runaway star pushing a bow shock, tinged in red near the image center. This region spans about 50 light years and lies about 2,500 light years toward the constellation of the King of Aethiopia (Cepheus).Get the latest from NASA: Subscribe to NASA’s Newsletter.
Tomorrow’s picture: hubble spiral

Today’s Weather, Fire Danger Report and Highway Observation Images For Monday June 10th, 2019

Mainly sunny, high 17, winds will be low/moderate. UV index 7 or high . Clearing this evening. Low plus 3. Currently we have clear sky’s, a temperature of 8, our winds are 11 km/h from the W and will remain steady throughout the day.

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

Our FIRE DANGER has been RISEN TO MODERATE : Creeping or gentle surface fires. Fires easily contained by ground crews with pumps and hand tools.

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Jupiter Abyss 
Image Credit: NASAJunoSwRIMSSSProcessing & LicenseGerald Eichstädt & Sean Doran

Explanation: What’s that black spot on Jupiter? No one is sure. During the latest pass of NASA’s Juno around Jupiter, the robotic spacecraft imaged an usually dark cloud feature informally dubbed the Abyss. Surrounding cloud patterns show the Abyss to be at the center of a vortex. Since dark features on Jupiter’s atmosphere tend to run deeper than light features, the Abyss may really be the deep hole that it appears — but without more evidence that remains conjecture. The Abyss is surrounded by a complex of meandering clouds and other swirling storm systems, some of which are topped by light colored, high-altitude clouds. The featured image was captured last month while Juno passed only about 15,000 kilometers above Jupiter’s cloud tops. The next close pass of Juno near Jupiter will be in July.Tomorrow’s picture: infrared cave

Today’s Weather, Daily Fire Danger Report and Highway Observation Images For FRIDAY! June 7th, 2019

Cloudy with 60% chance of showers this morning and early this afternoon then a mix of sun and cloud. Risk of a thunderstorm this morning. Wind becoming south 20 km/h gusting to 40 near noon. High 21. UV index 6 or high. Partly cloudy. Wind south 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 11. Currently we have scattered showers, a temperature of 13, our winds are 19 km/h gusting to 25-30 km/h at times throughout the day.

Currently we NO weather warnings BUT THERE IS A MARINE WIND WEATHER/WIND WARNING: Winds Issued 03:00 AM CDT 07 June 2019 Today Tonight and Saturday. Strong wind warning in effect.Wind southeast 20 knots diminishing to southeast 15 early this morning and to variable 5 to 10 this afternoon. Wind becoming northwest 10 after midnight then increasing to southwest 15 Saturday morning.

Our FIRE DANGER has been LOWERED to LOW: Fires likely to be self-extinguishing and new ignitions unlikely. Any existing fires limited to smoldering in deep, drier layers.

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The Planet and the Pipe 
Image Credit & CopyrightAlain MauryJean-Marc Mari

Explanation: Now posing against our galaxy’s rich starfields and nebulae, brilliant planet Jupiter shines in the night sky. Its almost overwhelming glow is near the top of the frame in this colorful telephoto portrait of the central Milky Way. Spanning about 20 degrees on the sky, the scene includes the silhouette of LDN 1773 against the starlight, also know by the popular moniker the Pipe Nebula for its apparent outline of stem and bowl. The Pipe Nebula is part of the galaxy’s Ophiuchus dark cloud complex. Located at a distance of about 450 light-years, dense cores of gas and dust within are collapsing to form stars. Approaching its opposition, opposite the Sun in the sky on June 12, Jupiter is only about 36 light-minutes from planet Earth. Fans of dark markings on the sky can probably spot the Snake Nebula below and left of Jupiter’s glare.Tomorrow’s picture: on the beach

Today’s Weather, Daily Fire Danger Report and Highway Observation Images For Thursday June 6th, 2019

Increasing cloudiness this morning. High 17. UV index 6 or high. Cloudy with 60% chance of showers tonight. Risk of a thunderstorm overnight. Low 9. Currently we have increasing clouds, a temperature of 8, our winds are 3 km/h and will crease to 15 km/h by the afternoon.

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

Our FIRE DANGER HAS INCREASED TO MODERATE : Creeping or gentle surface fires. Fires easily contained by ground crews with pumps and hand tools.

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Messier 63: The Sunflower Galaxy 
Image Credit & CopyrightBernard Miller

Explanation: A bright spiral galaxy of the northern sky, Messier 63 is about 25 million light-years distant in the loyal constellation Canes Venatici. Also cataloged as NGC 5055, the majestic island universe is nearly 100,000 light-years across. That’s about the size of our own Milky Way Galaxy. Known by the popular moniker, The Sunflower Galaxy, M63 sports a bright yellowish core in this sharp telescopic portrait. Its sweeping blue spiral arms are streaked with cosmic dust lanes and dotted with pink star forming regions. A dominant member of a known galaxy group, M63 has faint, extended features that are likely star streams from tidally disrupted satellite galaxies. M63 shines across the electromagnetic spectrum and is thought to have undergone bursts of intense star formation.Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space

Today’s Weather, Fire Danger Report and Highway Observation Images For Wednesday June 5th, 2019

Increasing cloudiness early this morning. 30 % chance of showers late this morning and this afternoon with risk of a thunderstorm. High 21. UV index 6 or high. Partly cloudy tonight. 30% chance of showers early this evening with risk of a thunderstorm. Low 6. Currently we have increasing clouds, a temperature of 11, our winds are 8 SSE and will gust to 22 km/h throughout the day.

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

Our FIRE DANGER REMAINS AT LOW: Fires likely to be self-extinguishing and new ignitions unlikely. Any existing fires limited to smoldering in deep, drier layers.

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Today’s Weather, Fire Danger Daily Report and Highway Observation Images For Tuesday June 4th, 2019

Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers this morning and risk of a thunderstorm. Clearing near noon. High 14. UV index 7 or high. Clear tonight. Becoming partly cloudy before morning. Low 6. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of 8, our winds are 19 km/h from the ESE and will gust to 25 km/h throughout the day.

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

Our FIRE DANGER RISK is set at LOW due to our latest precipitation: Fires likely to be self-extinguishing and new ignitions unlikely. Any existing fires limited to smoldering in deep, drier layers.

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SEIS: Listening for Marsquakes 
Image Credit: NASAJPL-CaltechMars Insight

Explanation: If you put your ear to Mars, what would you hear? To find out, and to explore the unknown interior of Mars, NASA’s Insight Lander deployed SEIS late last year, a sensitive seismometer that can detect marsquakes. In early April, after hearing the wind and motions initiated by the lander itself, SEIS recorded an unprecedented event that matches what was expected for a marsquake. This event can be heard on this YouTube video. Although Mars is not thought to have tectonic plates like the Earth, numerous faults are visible on the Martian surface which likely occurred as the hot interior of Mars cooled — and continues to cool. Were strong enough marsquakes to occur, SEIS could hear their rumbles reflected from large structures internal to Mars, like a liquid core, if one exists. Pictured last week, SEIS sits quietly on the Martian surface, taking in some Sun while light clouds are visible over the horizon.Create a Distant Legacy: Send your name to Mars
Tomorrow’s picture: interstellar orion

Today’s Weather, Fire Danger Report and Highway Observation Images For Monday June 3rd, 2019

Showers ending early this morning then a mix of sun and cloud. High 14. UV index 7 or high . Winds moderate/high. Increasing cloudiness tonight. Showers beginning after midnight. Risk of thunderstorms overnight. Low 9. Currently clouds/showers, a temperature of 8, our winds are 16 km/h from the SE and will gust to 25 km/h throughout the day.

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

Our current FIRE DANGER has now been set to LOW : Fires likely to be self-extinguishing and new ignitions unlikely. Any existing fires limited to smoldering in deep, drier layers.

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Stephan’s Quintet from Hubble 
Image Credit: NASAESAHubbleProcessing: Daniel Nobre

Explanation: When did these big galaxies first begin to dance? Really only four of the five of Stephan’s Quintet are locked in a cosmic tango of repeated close encounters taking place some 300 million light-years away. The odd galaxy out is easy to spot in this recently reprocessed image by the Hubble Space Telescope — the interacting galaxies, NGC 7319, 7318B, 7318A, and 7317 (left to right), have a more dominant yellowish cast. They also tend to have distortedloops and tails, grown under the influence of disruptive gravitational tides. The mostly bluish galaxy, large NGC 7320 on the lower left, is in the foreground at about 40 million light-years distant, and so is not part of the interacting group. Data and modeling indicate that NGC 7318B is a relatively new intruder. A recently-discovered halo of old red stars surrounding Stephan’s Quintet indicate that at least some of these galaxies started tangling over a billion years. Stephan’s Quintet is visible with a moderate sized-telescope toward the constellation of Winged Horse (Pegasus).Tomorrow’s picture: listening to mars