Weekday Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For FRIDAY! May 8th, 2020

Increasing cloudiness today. Wind up to 15 km/h. High 2. Wind chill -10 this morning. UV index 7 or high. Mainly cloudy tonight. Clearing after midnight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -7. Wind chill -11 overnight. Currently we have SUN a temperature of -1 feels like -4, our winds are 8 km/h from the ESE.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings for our area.

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

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Comet

Long Tailed Comet SWAN
Image Credit & Copyright:D. PeachChilescope team

Explanation: Blowing in the solar wind the spectacular ion tail of Comet SWAN (C/2020 F8) extends far across this 10 degree wide telephoto field of view. Captured on May 2 its greenish coma was about 6 light-minutes from Earth. The pretty background starfield lies near the border of the constellations Cetus and Aquarius. This comet SWAN was discovered at home by Australian amateur Michael Mattiazzo by checking images from the Sun-staring SOHO spacecraft’s SWAN (Solar Wind ANisotropies) camera. The comet has now become just visible to the naked-eye as it sweeps from southern to northern skies. Appearing in morning twilight near the eastern horizon, Comet SWAN will make its closest approach to planet Earth on May 12 and reach perihelion on May 27.

Tomorrow’s picture: light-weekend

Weekday Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For Thursday May 7th, 2020

Sunny today. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. Wind up to 15 km/h. High 1. Wind chill -14 this morning. UV index 7 or high. Clear tonight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -9. Wind chill -12 overnight. Currently we have SUN a temperature of -3 feels like -5, our winds are 5 km/h from the NE.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings for our area.

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

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Analemma of the Moon
Image Credit & Copyright:Gyorgy Soponyai

Explanation: An analemma is that figure-8 curve you get when you mark the position of the Sun at the same time each day for one year. But the trick to imaging an analemma of the Moon is to wait bit longer. On average the Moon returns to the same position in the sky about 50 minutes and 29 seconds later each day. So photograph the Moon 50 minutes 29 seconds later on successive days. Over one lunation or lunar month it will trace out an analemma-like curve as the Moon’s actual position wanders due to its tilted and elliptical orbit. To create this composite image of a lunar analemma, astronomer Gyorgy Soponyai chose a lunar month from March 26 to April 18 with a good stretch of weather and a site close to home near Mogyorod, Hungary. Crescent lunar phases too thin and faint to capture around the New Moon are missing though. Facing southwest, the lights of Budapest are in the distance of the base image taken on March 27.

Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space

Weekday Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For Monday May 6th, 2020

Mainly sunny today. Wind up to 15 km/h. High 7. Wind chill -10 this morning. UV index 7 or high. Clear tonight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -9. Wind chill -12 overnight. Currently we have SUN a temperature of -2 feels like -4, our winds are 6 km/h from the NE.

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

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

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LDN 1471: A Windblown Star Cavity
Image Credit: HubbleNASAESAProcessing & LicenseJudy Schmidt

Explanation: What is the cause of this unusual parabolic structure? This illuminated cavity, known as LDN 1471, was created by a newly forming star, seen as the bright source at the peak of the parabola. This protostar is experiencing a stellar outflow which is then interacting with the surrounding material in the Perseus Molecular Cloud, causing it to brighten. We see only one side of the cavity — the other side is hidden by dark dust. The parabolic shape is caused by the widening of the stellar-wind blown cavity over time. Two additional structures can also be seen either side of the protostar, these are known as Herbig-Haro objects, again caused by the interaction of the outflow with the surrounding material. What causes the striations on the cavity walls, though, remains unknown. The featured image was taken by NASA and ESA’s Hubble Space Telescope after an original detection by the Spitzer Space Telescope.Tomorrow’s picture: open space

Weekday Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For Monday May 4th, 2020

Sunny today. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud near noon. Wind up to 15 km/h. High 8. Wind chill -10 this morning. UV index 7 or high. Partly cloudy tonight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -3. Wind chill -5 overnight. Currently we have SUN a temperature of -2 feels like -5, our winds are 8 km/h from the SE.

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

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

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Earth Flyby of BepiColombo
Image Credit & LicenseESABepiColomboMTM

Explanation: What it would look like to approach planet Earth? Such an event was recorded visually in great detail by ESA‘s and JAXA‘s robotic BepiColombo spacecraft last month as it swung back past Earth on its journey in to the planet MercuryEarth can be seen rotating on approach as it comes out from behind the spacecraft’s high-gain antenna in this nearly 10-hour time-lapse video. The Earth is so bright that no background stars are visible. Launched in 2018, the robotic BepiColombo used the gravity of Earth to adjust its course, the first of nine planetary flybys over the next seven years — but the only one involving Earth. Scheduled to enter orbit in 2025, BepiColombo will take images and data of the surface and magnetic field of Mercury in an effort to better understand the early evolution of our Solar System and its innermost planet.New: APOD now available through Instagram in Portuguese
Tomorrow’s picture: carina perspective

Weekday Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For Thursday April 30th, 2020

Mainly sunny today. High 18. UV index 6 or high. Increasing cloudiness tonight. 30% chance of showers before morning. Low 3. Currently we have SUN a temperature of 12, our winds are 12 km/h from the SSE.

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Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings for our area.

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

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Andromeda Island Universe
Image Credit & CopyrightYuzhe Xiao

Explanation: The most distant object easily visible to the unaided eye is M31, the great Andromeda Galaxy some two and a half million light-years away. But without a telescope, even this immense spiral galaxy – spanning over 200,000 light years – appears as a faint, nebulous cloud in the constellation Andromeda. In contrast, a bright yellow nucleus, dark winding dust lanes, expansive blue spiral arms and star clusters are recorded in this stunning telescopic image. While even casual skygazers are now inspired by the knowledge that there are many distant galaxies like M31, astronomers debated this fundamental concept 100 years ago. Were these “spiral nebulae” simply outlying components of our own Milky Way Galaxy or were they instead “island universes”, distant systems of stars comparable to the Milky Way itself? This question was central to the famous Shapley-Curtis debate of 1920, which was later resolved by observations of M31 in favor of Andromeda, island universe.Experts Debate: How will humanity first discover extraterrestrial life?
Tomorrow’s picture: galaxies away

Weekday Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For Wednesday April 29th, 2020

Sunny. Wind up to 15 km/h. 17. Wind chill -9 this morning. UV index 7 or high. Increasing cloudiness tonight. Low 3. Currently we have SUN a temperature of 7 feels like 2, our winds are 23 km/h from the SSE.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings for our area

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

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The Ion Tail of New Comet SWAN
Image Credit & Copyright: Gerald Rhemann

Explanation: Newly discovered Comet SWAN has already developed an impressive tail. The comet came in from the outer Solar System and has just passed inside the orbit of the Earth. Officially designated C/2020 F8 (SWAN), this outgassing interplanetary iceberg will pass its closest to the Earth on May 13, and closest to the Sun on May 27. The comet was first noticed in late March by an astronomy enthusiast looking through images taken by NASA’s Sun-orbiting SOHO spacecraft, and is named for this spacecraft’s Solar Wind Anisotropies (SWAN) camera. The featured image, taken from the dark skies in Namibia in mid-April, captured Comet SWAN‘s green-glowing coma and unexpectedly long, detailed, and blue ion-tail. Although the brightness of comets are notoriously hard to predict, some models have Comet SWAN becoming bright enough to see with the unaided eye during June.Experts Debate: How will humanity first discover extraterrestrial life?
Tomorrow’s picture: open space

Weekday Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For Tuesday April 28th, 2020

Mainly cloudy today. 30% chance of showers this afternoon. Wind up to 15 km/h. High 2. Wind chill -8 this morning. UV index 6 or high. Clearing this evening. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -7. Wind chill -10 overnight. Currently we have clouds a temperature of -1 feels like -7, our winds are 24 km/h from the ENE.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings for our area.

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

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The Kepler-90 Planetary System
Illustration Credit: NASA Ames, Wendy Stenzel

Explanation: Do other stars have planetary systems like our own? Yes — one such system is Kepler-90. Cataloged by the Kepler satellite that operated from Earth orbit between 2009 and 2018, eight planets were discovered, giving Kepler-90 the same number of known planets as our Solar System. Similarities between Kepler-90 and our system include a G-type star comparable to our Sun, rocky planets comparable to our Earth, and large planets comparable in size to Jupiter and Saturn. Differences include that all of the known Kepler-90 planets orbit relatively close in — closer than Earth’s orbit around the Sun — making them possibly too hot to harbor life. However, observations over longer time periods may discover cooler planets further out. Kepler-90 lies about 2,500 light years away, and at magnitude 14 is visible with a medium-sized telescope toward the constellation of the Dragon (Draco). The exoplanet-finding mission TESS was launched in 2018, while missions with exoplanet finding capability planned for launch in the next decade include NASA’s JWST and WFIRST.Experts Debate: How will humanity first discover extraterrestrial life?
Tomorrow’s picture: open space

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Weekday Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For Monday April 27th, 2020

A mix of sun and cloud today. Hig +5. UV index 7 or high. Becoming cloudy this evening. 30% chance of flurries overnight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -3. Wind chill -7 overnight. Currently we have clouds a temperature of 2 feels like -4, our winds are 26 km/h from the W.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings for our area.

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

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Fresh Tiger Stripes on Saturn’s Enceladus
Image Credit: NASAESAJPLSSICassini Imaging Team

Explanation: How will humanity first learn of extraterrestrial life? One possibility is to find it under the icy surface of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. A reason to think that life may exist there are long features — dubbed tiger stripes — that are known to be spewing ice from the moon’s icy interior into space. These surface cracks create clouds of fine ice particles over the moon’s South Pole and create Saturn‘s mysterious E-ring. Evidence for this has come from the robot Cassini spacecraft that orbited Saturn from 2004 to 2017. Pictured here, a high resolution image of Enceladus is shown from a close flyby. The unusual surface tiger stripes are shown in false-color blue. Why Enceladus is active remains a mystery, as the neighboring moon Mimas, approximately the same size, appears quite dead. A recent analysis of ejected ice grains has yielded evidence that complex organic molecules exist inside Enceladus. These large carbon-rich molecules bolster — but do not prove — that oceans under Enceladus’ surface could contain life. Another Solar System moon that might contain underground life is Europa.Experts Debate: How will humanity first discover ET life?
Tomorrow’s picture: an almost solar system

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Weekday Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For Thursday April 23rd, 2020

Light snow ending early this morning then clearing. Fog patches dissipating this morning. Wind up to 15 km/h. high 11. Wind chill -6 this morning. Clear tonight. Increasing cloudiness overnight. Fog patches developing after midnight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -2. Wind chill -4 overnight. Currently we have clouds a temperature of -3 feels like -3 , our winds are calm.

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

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Lyrid Meteor Streak
Image Credit & CopyrightZolt Levay

Explanation: Earth’s annual Lyrid Meteor Shower peaked before dawn yesterday, as our fair planet plowed through debris from the tail of long-period comet Thatcher. In crisp, clear and moonless predawn skies over Brown County, Indiana this streak of vaporizing comet dust briefly shared a telephoto field of view with stars and nebulae along the Milky Way. Alpha star of the constellation Cygnus, Deneb lies near the bright meteor’s path along with the region’s dark interstellar clouds of dust and the recognizable glow of the North America nebula (NGC 7000). The meteor’s streak points back to the shower’s radiant, its apparent point of origin on the sky. That would be in the constellation Lyra, near bright star Vega and off the top edge of the frame.Celebrate the Night: International Dark Sky Week
Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space

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Weekday Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For Wednesday April 22nd, 2020

A mix of sun and cloud today. Wind up to 15 km/h. High 5. Wind chill -4 this morning. UV index 7 or high. Becoming cloudy late this evening with rain showers changing to light snow after midnight. Risk of freezing rain overnight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -1. Wind chill -3 overnight. Currently we have clouds a temperature of 1 feels like -2, our winds are 8 km/h from the SSE.

Currently there are NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings.

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

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY! STAY SAFE! AND STAY HOME!

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Planet Earth at Twilight
Image Credit: ISS Expedition 2 CrewGateway to Astronaut Photography of EarthNASA

Explanation: No sudden, sharp boundary marks the passage of day into night in this gorgeous view of ocean and clouds over our fair planet Earth. Instead, the shadow line or terminator is diffuse and shows the gradual transition to darkness we experience as twilight. With the Sun illuminating the scene from the right, the cloud tops reflect gently reddened sunlight filtered through the dusty troposphere, the lowest layer of the planet’s nurturing atmosphere. A clear high altitude layer, visible along the dayside’s upper edge, scatters blue sunlight and fades into the blackness of space. This picture was taken in June of 2001 from the International Space Station orbiting at an altitude of 211 nautical miles. Of course from home, you can check out the Earth Now.Celebrate: Today is Earth Day
Tomorrow’s picture: Planet Earth at Night