Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Wednesday November 28th, 2018

Mainly cloudy today with a chance of scattered flurries throughout the day, a high of -6C with moderate winds. Currently we have clouds, a temperature of -8C feels like -14C, our winds are 16 km/h from the E and should remain steady throughout the day.

Our highways in and around the area are BARE AND IN EXCELLENT DIVING CONDITIONS. Please plan ahead when traveling on our Northern Highways.

Currently there are NO weather warnings and NO marine wind warnings for our area.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

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IC 1871: Inside the Soul Nebula 
Image Credit & Copyright: Mark Hanson
Explanation: This cosmic close-up looks deep inside the Soul Nebula. The dark and brooding dust clouds on the left, outlined by bright ridges of glowing gas, are cataloged as IC 1871. About 25 light-years across, the telescopic field of view spans only a small part of the much larger Heart and Soul nebulae. At an estimated distance of 6,500 light-years the star-forming complex lies within the Perseus spiral arm of our Milky Way Galaxy, seen in planet Earth’s skies toward the constellation Cassiopeia. An example of triggered star formation, the dense star-forming clouds of IC 1871 are themselves sculpted by the intense winds and radiation of the region’s massive young stars. The featured imageappears mostly red due to the emission of a specific color of light emitted by excited hydrogen gas.

Tomorrow’s picture: southern skies

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Tuesday November 27th, 2018

Mainly sunny and cold today, a high of -12C windchill’s in the high teens and winds will be moderate. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of -19C feels like -21C, our winds are 3 km/h from the WNW and will increase to 10 km/h throughout the day.

Our highways in and around our area are BARE AND IN EXCELLENT WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS. Please plan ahead when traveling on our Northern Highways.

We have NO weather warnings and NO marine wind warnings at this time.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

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InSight’s First Image from Mars 
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Explanation: Welcome to Mars, NASA Insight. Yesterday NASA’s robotic spacecraft InSight made a dramatic landing on Mars after a six-month trek across the inner Solar System. Needing to brake from 20,000 km per hour to zero in about seven minutes, Insight decelerated by as much as 8 g’s and heated up to 1500 degrees Celsius as it deployed a heat shield, a parachute, and at the end, rockets. The featured image was the first taken by InSight on Mars, and welcome proof that the spacecraft had shed enough speed to land softly and function on the red planet. During its final descent, InSight’s rockets kicked up dust which can be seen stuck to the lens cap of the Instrument Context Camera. Past the spotty dirt, parts of the lander that are visible include cover bolts at the bottom and a lander footpad on the lower right. Small rocks are visible across the rusty red soil, while the arc across the top of the image is the Martian horizondividing land and sky. Over the next few weeks InSight will deploy several scientific instruments, including a rumble-detecting seismometer. These instruments are expected to give humanity unprecedented data involving the interior of Mars, a region thought to harbor formation clues not only about Mars, but Earth.

Tomorrow’s picture: dark soul

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Monday November 26th, 2018

Mix of sun and cloud today, a high of -13C and winds will be low/moderate. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of -16C feels like -25C, our winds are 14 km/h from the NW and will remain steady throughout the day.

Our highway in and around our area HAVE SLIPPERY SECTIONS BUT OTHER WISE ARE IN GOOD WINTER DRIVINGS CONDITIONS. Please plan ahead when traveling on our Northern Highways.

Currently we have NO weather warnings or marine wind warnings.

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

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Rocket Launch as Seen from the Space Station 
Video Credit: ISAANASAExpedition 57 Crew (ISS);
Processing: Riccardo Rossi (ISAA, AstronautiCAST); Music: Inspiring Adventure Cinematic Background by Maryna
Explanation: Have you ever seen a rocket launch — from space? A close inspection of the featured time-lapse video will reveal a rocket rising to Earth orbit as seen from the International Space Station (ISS). The RussiaSoyuz-FG rocketwas launched ten days ago from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, carrying a Progress MS-10 (also 71P) module to bring needed supplies to the ISS. Highlights in the 90-second video (condensing about 15-minutes) include city lights and clouds visible on the Earth on the lower left, blue and gold bands of atmospheric airglow running diagonally across the center, and distant stars on the upper right that set behind the Earth. A lower stage can be seen falling back to Earth as the robotic supply ship fires its thrusters and begins to close on the ISS, a space laboratory that is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month. Currently, three astronauts live aboard the Earth-orbiting ISS, and conduct, among more practical duties, numerous science experiments that expand human knowledge and enable future commercial industry in low Earth orbit.

Latest: Insight to Land on Mars Today
Tomorrow’s picture: dark soul

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Sunday November 25th, 2018

Mainly sunny today, high of -13C windchill’s in the -20C’s, winds will be low/moderate. Current we have sun, a temperature of -15C feels like -20C, our winds are 8 km/h from the NW and will increase to 15 km/h throughout the day.

Our highways in and around our area are BARE and in EXCELLENT WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS. Please plan ahead when traveling on our Northern Highways.

Currently there are NO Weather Warnings or Marine Wind Warnings.

HAVE A GREAT SUNDAY!

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Phobos: Doomed Moon of Mars 
Image Credit: Viking ProjectJPLNASAMosaic Processing: Edwin V. Bell II (NSSDC/Raytheon ITSS)
Explanation: This moon is doomed. Mars, the red planet named for the Roman god of war, has two tiny moons, Phobos and Deimos, whose names are derived from the Greek for Fear and Panic. The origin of the Martian moons is unknown, though, with a leading hypothesis holding that they are captured asteroids. The larger moon, at 25-kilometers across, is Phobos, and is indeed seen to be a cratered, asteroid-like object in this false-colored image mosaic taken by the robotic Viking 1 mission in 1978. A recent analysis of the unusual long grooves seen on Phobos indicates that they may result from boulders rolling away from the giant impact that created the crater on the upper left: Stickney Crater.Phobos orbits so close to Mars – about 5,800 kilometers above the surface compared to 400,000 kilometers for our Moon – that gravitational tidal forces are dragging it down. The ultimate result will be for Phobos to break up in orbit and then crash down onto the Martian surface in about 50 million years. Well before that — tomorrow, in fact, if everything goes according to plan — NASA’s robotic InSight lander will touch down on Mars and begin investigating its internal structure.

Latest: Insight to Land on Mars Tomorrow
Tomorrow’s picture: up, up, and away

Your Afternoon/Evening Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Saturday November 24th, 2018

Mainly cloudy with a chance of flurries, temperature steady at -11C dropping to -15C with the windchill in the low to mid -20C’s and winds will be moderate. Currently we have clouds, a temperature of -11C feels like -20C, our winds are 16 km/h from the NW increasing to 20-25 km/h throughout the day.

Our highways in and around our area are CLEAN, BARE AND IN GOOD WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS. ALWAYS PLAN AHEAD WHEN YOUR TRAVELING ON OUR NORTHERN HIGHWAYS.

We currently have NO weather warnings and NO marine wind warnings.

HAVE A GREAT SATURDAY!

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Shipwreck at Moonset 
Image Credit & CopyrightVikas Chander
Explanation: A crescent Moon is about to sink under the western horizon in this sea and night skyscape. The atmospheric photo was taken on September 11 from the desert shore along the Skeleton Coast of Namibia. So close to moonset, the moonlight is reddened and dimmed by the low, long line-of-sight across the Atlantic. But near the center of the frame Venus still shines brightly, its light reflected in calm ocean waters. The celestial beacon above the brilliant evening star is bright planet Jupiter. Namibia’s Skeleton Coast was so named for the many seal and whale bones that were once strewn along the shoreline. In more recent times it’s better known for shipwrecks.

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For FRIDAY! November 23rd

Cloudy for most of the day with a chance of flurries, a high of -4C with moderate winds. Currently we have clouds, a temperature of -6C feels like -12C, our winds are 18 km/h form the WNW and will increase to 20-25 km/h throughout the day.

Our highways in and around our area are BARE and in  GOOD driving conditions throughout the north. PLEASE PLAN AHEAD WHEN WINTER 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 23 November 2018 Today Tonight and Saturday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind light becoming northwest 10 knots this morning then increasing to north 20 near midnight. Wind diminishing to north 15 Saturday evening.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY! AND WEEKEND!

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2018 November 23

Good Morning Leonid 
Image Credit & CopyrightStephane Vetter (Nuits sacrées), TWAN
Explanation: On November 17, just an hour before sunrise, this bright and colorful meteor flashed through clear predawn skies. Above a sea of clouds this striking autumn morning’s moment was captured from Hochblauen, a prominent 1165 meter high summit in southern Germany’s Black Forest. Shining through the twilight, Sirius as well as the familiar stars of Orion are recognizable near the southwestern horizon, and the meteor seems headed right for the hunter’s belt and sword. Still, as part of the annual Leonid meteor shower, the meteor trail does point back to the shower’s radiant. The constellation Leo is high above the horizon and off the top left of the frame.

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Thursday November 22nd 2018

Warmer, Cloudy with clearing today, high of 0C with moderate winds, Currently we have clouds, a temperature of -7C, our winds are 11 km/h from the SSE and will increase to 15-20 km/h throughout the day.

Our highways in and around our area are in GOOD driving conditions. PLEASE PLAN AHEAD WHEN TRAVELING.

We have NO weather warnings for our area BUT there IS A MARINE WIND WARNING FOR THE LAKE TODAY: Issued 03:00 AM CST 22 November 2018 Today Tonight and Friday.Strong wind warning in effect. Wind south 20 knots diminishing to south 15 near noon and to light near midnight.  Wind becoming north 10 overnight then increasing to northwest 15 near noon Friday.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

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2018 November 22

Portrait of NGC 281 
Image Credit & CopyrightJeremiah Roth
Explanation: Look through the cosmic cloud cataloged as NGC 281 and you might miss the stars of open cluster IC 1590. Still, formed within the nebula that cluster’s young, massive stars ultimately power the pervasive nebular glow. The eye-catching shapes looming in this portrait of NGC 281 are sculpted dusty columns and dense Bok globules seen in silhouette, eroded by intense, energetic winds and radiation from the hot cluster stars. If they survive long enough, the dusty structures could also be sites of future star formation. Playfully called the Pacman Nebula because of its overall shape, NGC 281 is about 10,000 light-years away in the constellation Cassiopeia. This sharp composite image was made through narrow-band filters. It combines emission from the nebula’s hydrogen and oxygen atoms to synthesize red, green, and blue colors. The scene spans well over 80 light-years at the estimated distance of NGC 281.

Tomorrow’s picture: above a sea of clouds

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Wednesday November 21, 2018

Mainly cloudy and flurries beginning this morning, a high of -11C with moderate winds. Currently we have clouds, a temperature of -17C feels like -23C, our winds are 8 km/h ESE increasing to 15 km/h throughout the day.

Our highways in and around our area are in GOOD DRIVING CONDITIONS WITH THE ODD SLIPPERY SECTION. PLEASE PLAN AHEAD WHEN TRAVELING.

There are NO weather warnings BUT there is a MARINE WIND WARNING FOR THE LAKE TODAY: Issued 03:00 AM CST 21 November 2018 Today Tonight and Thursday.Strong wind warning in effect. Wind southeast 10 knots increasing to southeast 20 early this evening then diminishing to south 15 Thursday evening.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

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Swirls and Colors on Jupiter from Juno 
Image Credit: NASAJunoSwRIMSSSProcessing & LicenseMatt BrealeySeán Doran
Explanation: What creates the colors in Jupiter’s clouds? No one is sure. The thick atmosphere of Jupiter is mostly hydrogen and helium, elements which are colorless at the low temperatures of the Jovian cloud tops. Which trace elements provide the colors remains a topic of research, although small amounts of ammonium hydrosulfide are one leading candidate. What is clear from the featured color-enhanced image — and many similar images — is that lighter clouds are typically higher up than darker ones. Pictured, light clouds swirl around reddish regions toward the lower right, while they appear to cover over some darker domains on the upper right. The featured image was taken by the robotic Junospacecraft during its 14th low pass over Jupiter earlier this year. Juno continues in its looping elliptical orbit, swooping near the huge planet every 53 days and exploring a slightly different sector each time around.

Tomorrow’s picture: munching on dark globules

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Tuesday November 20th, November 20th, 2018

Mostly cloudy today with a slight chance of a flurry, a high of 10C with moderate winds. Currently we have clouds, a temperature of -11C feels like -17C, our winds are 10 km/h from the NNW and will increase to 15 km/h throughout the day.

Our highways in and around our area HAVE SECTIONS OF SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY SECTIONS. PLEASE PLAN AHEAD WHEN TRAVELING ON OUR NORTHERN HIGHWAYS.

There are NO weather warnings BUT there is a MARINE WIND WARNING FOR THE LAKE TODAY: Issued 03:00 AM CST 20 November 2018 Today Tonight and Wednesday.Strong wind warning in effect. Wind south 10 knots increasing to north 10 to 15 early this morning then becoming east 10 this evening. Wind increasing to south 15 Wednesday afternoon and to south 20 Wednesday evening.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

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2018 November 20

The Unexpected Trajectory of Interstellar Asteroid ‘Oumuamua 
Image Credit: NASAJPLCaltech
Explanation: Why is ‘Oumuamua differing from its expected trajectory? Last year, 1I/2017 U1 ‘Oumuamua became the first known asteroid from interstellar space to pass through our Solar System. Just over a year ago, this tumbling interstellar rock even passed rather close to the Earth. The asteroid’s future path should have been easy to predict given standard gravity — but ‘Oumuamua’s path has proven to be slightly different. In the featured animation, ‘Oumuamua is shown approaching and exiting the vicinity of our Sun, with the expected gravitational and observed trajectories labelled. The leading natural hypothesis for this unexpected deviation is internal gas jets becoming active on the Sun-warmed asteroid — but speculation and further computer simulations are ongoing. ‘Oumuamua will never return, but modern sky monitors are expected to find and track similar interstellar asteroids within the next few years.

Tomorrow’s picture: high swirls on jupiter

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Saturday November 17th, 2018

Mainly sunny, a high of only -10C windcills in the in the -20C’s, winds will be moderate/high. Currently we have sun, a temperature of -11C feels like -20C, our winds are 27 km/h from the WSW and will remain steady throughout the day/evening.

Our highways in and around our area are in GOOD WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS. CONTINUE TO PLAN AHEAD FOR TRAVEL ON OUR NORTHERN HIGHWAYS.

We have NO weather warnings BUT there is a MARINE WIND WARNING FOR THE LAKE TODAY: Issued 11:30 AM CST 17 November 2018 Today Tonight and Sunday.Strong wind warning in effect. Wind west 20 to 25 knots diminishing to northwest 15 early this evening and to light near noon Sunday. Wind becoming east 10 Sunday evening.

HAVE A GREAT SATURDAY!

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2018 November 17

The Tarantula Nebula 
Image Credit & CopyrightPeter Ward (Barden Ridge Observatory)
Explanation: The Tarantula Nebula, also known as 30 Doradus, is more than a thousand light-years in diameter, a giant star forming region within nearby satellite galaxy the Large Magellanic Cloud. About 180 thousand light-years away, it’s the largest, most violent star forming region known in the whole Local Group of galaxies. The cosmic arachnid sprawls across this spectacular view, composed with narrowband filter data centered on emission from ionized hydrogen atoms. Within the Tarantula (NGC 2070), intense radiation, stellar winds and supernova shocks from the central young cluster of massive stars, cataloged as R136, energize the nebular glow and shape the spidery filaments. Around the Tarantula are other star forming regions with young star clusters, filaments, and blown-out bubble-shaped clouds. In fact, the frame includes the site of the closest supernova in modern times, SN 1987A, left of center. The rich field of view spans about 1 degree or 2 full moons, in the southern constellation Dorado. But were the Tarantula Nebula closer, say 1,500 light-years distant like the local star forming Orion Nebula, it would take up half the sky.