Today’s Weather and Highway Conditions and Images For FRIDAY! November 22nd, 2019

Mainly sunny today. Wind up to 15 km/h. High 3. Wind chill -10 this morning. A few clouds tonight. Increasing cloudiness after midnight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -1. Wind chill -6 overnight. Currently we have a few clouds a temperature of -4 feels like -7, our winds are 8 km/h from the SSE.

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

Our highways in and around our area are RELATIVELY BARE WITH PARTLY COVERED/SLIPPERY SECTIONS IN SMALL AREAS. PLEASE CONTINUE TO DRIVE WITH CAUTION.

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Orion Rising
Image Credit & Copyright:Vitalij Kopa

Explanation: Looking toward the east in the early hours of a September morning this single exposure made with tripod and camera captured a simple visual experience. Rising above the tree-lined slope are familiar stars in planet Earth’s northern night and the constellation Orion the Hunter. Brighter stars marking the celestial Hunter’s shoulder (Betelgeuse), foot (Rigel), belt, and sword are clearly reflected in the calm waters from northern Latvia’s Vitrupe river. Of course, winter is coming to planet Earth’s northern hemisphere. By then Orion and this beautiful starry vista will be seen rising in early evening skies.Tomorrow’s picture: light-weekend

Today’s Weather and Highway Conditions and Images For Thursday November 21st, 2019

A mix of sun and cloud. 30% chance of flurries this morning. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -6. Wind chill -17 this morning and -10 this afternoon. Becoming clear this evening. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -8. Wind chill near -14. Currently we have clouds a temperature of -13 feels like -18, our winds are 6 km/h WNW.

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

Our highways in and around our area CONTINUE TO HAVE SMALL SECTIONS OF PARTLY SNOW COVERED/PARTLY ICE COVERED AND SLUSH ON THE HIGHWAYS. TAKE CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING. PLEASE SEE THE IMAGES BELOW.

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Simeis 147: Supernova Remnant
Image Credit & Copyright:David Lindemann

Explanation: It’s easy to get lost following the intricate looping filaments in this detailed image of supernova remnant Simeis 147. Also cataloged as Sharpless 2-240 it goes by the popular nickname, the Spaghetti Nebula. Seen toward the boundary of the constellations Taurus and Auriga, it covers nearly 3 degrees or 6 full moons on the sky. That’s about 150 light-years at the stellar debris cloud’s estimated distance of 3,000 light-years. This composite includes image data taken through narrow-band filters where reddish emission from ionized hydrogen atoms and doubly ionized oxygen atoms in faint blue-green hues trace the shocked, glowing gas. The supernova remnant has an estimated age of about 40,000 years, meaning light from the massive stellar explosion first reached Earth 40,000 years ago. But the expanding remnant is not the only aftermath. The cosmic catastrophe also left behind a spinning neutron star or pulsar, all that remains of the original star’s core.Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space

Today’s Weather and Highway Conditions and Images For Wednesday November 20th, 2019

Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries today. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -9. Wind chill near -16. Partly cloudy tonight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -15. Wind chill near -19. Currently we have clouds and a few flurries a temperature of -9 feels like -18, our winds are 27 km/h from the NW.

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

Our highways in and around our area have PARTLY ICE COVERED, SLUSH AND SWIRLING SNOW SECTIONS. TRAVEL WITH CAUTION.

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Arp 273: Battling Galaxies from Hubble
Image Credit: NASAESAHubbleProcessing & Copyright: Rudy Pohl

Explanation: What’s happening to these spiral galaxies? Although details remain uncertain, there sure seems to be a titanic battle going on. The upper galaxy is labelled UGC 1810 by itself, but together with its collisional partners is known as Arp 273. The overall shape of the UGC 1810 — in particular its blue outer ring — is likely a result of wild and violent gravitational interactions. The blue color of the outer ring at the top is caused by massive stars that are blue hot and have formed only in the past few million years. The inner part of the upper galaxy — itself an older spiral galaxy — appears redder and threaded with cool filamentary dust. A few bright stars appear well in the foreground, unrelated to colliding galaxies, while several far-distant galaxies are visible in the background. Arp 273 lies about 300 million light years away toward the constellation of Andromeda. Quite likely, UGC 1810 will devour its galactic sidekicks over the next billion years and settle into a classic spiral form.Tomorrow’s picture: open space

Today’s Weather and Highway Conditions and Images For Tuesday November 19th, 2019

Cloudy today with 30% chance of flurries and risk of freezing drizzle. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h this morning. High -1. Wind chill near -9. Cloudy tonight. 30% chance of flurries this evening with risk of freezing drizzle. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -10. Wind chill -6 this evening and -13 overnight. Currently we have clouds a temperature of -3 feels like -7, our winds are 11 km/h from the SE.

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

Our highways in and around our area remain SLICK WITH SECTIONS OF SNOW COVERED/SLIPPERY SECTIONS, PLEASE TRAVEL WITH CAUTION.

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Milky Way over Uruguayan Lighthouse
Image Credit & Copyright: Mauricio Salazar

Explanation: Can a lighthouse illuminate a galaxy? No, but in the featured image, gaps in light emanating from the Jose Ignacio Lighthouse in Uruguay appear to match up nicely, although only momentarily and coincidently, with dark dust lanes of our Milky Way Galaxy. The bright dot on the right is the planet Jupiter. The central band of the Milky Way Galaxy is actually the central spiral disk seen from within the disk. The Milky Way band is not easily visible through city lights but can be quite spectacular to see in dark skies. The featured picture is actually the addition of ten consecutive images taken by the same camera from the same location. The images were well planned to exclude direct light from the famous lighthouse.Tomorrow’s picture: perturbed galaxies

Today’s Weather and Highway Conditions and Images For Thursday November 14th, 2019

Light snow ending early this morning then mainly cloudy with 30% chance of flurries. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming northwest 20 gusting to 40 this morning then light this afternoon. High -6. Wind chill near -17. Clear tonight. Becoming partly cloudy near midnight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -15. Wind chill near -21. Currently we have some Isolated scattered flurries a temperature of -6 feels like -15, our winds are 32 km/h from the NW.

Currently we have NO weather warnings BUT there is a MARINE WEATHER/WIND WARNING FOR THE LAKE TODAY: Winds Issued 03:00 AM CST 14 November 2019 Today Tonight and Friday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind southwest 10 knots increasing to northwest 20 early this morning then diminishing to northwest 15 this afternoon. Wind diminishing to northeast 10 near midnight then increasing to southeast 15 Friday morning. Wind increasing to southeast 20 Friday afternoon then veering to south 25 Friday evening.

Our highways in and around our area HAVE LARGE SECTIONS OF SNOW COVERED/SLIPPERY SECTIONS WITH BLOWING SNOW IN OPEN AREAS. PLEASE DRIVE WITH CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING.

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Mercury and the Quiet Sun
Image Credit & Copyright:John Chumack

Explanation: On November 11, 2019 the Sun was mostly quiet, experiencing a minimum in its 11 year cycle of activity. In fact, the only spot visible was actually planet Mercury, making a leisurely 5 1/2 hour transit in front of the calm solar disk. About 1/200th the apparent diameter of the Sun, the silhouette of the solar system’s inner most planet is near center in this sharp, full Sun snapshot. Taken with a hydrogen alpha filter and safe solar telescope, the image also captures prominences around the solar limb, the glowing plasma trapped in arcing magnetic fields. Of course, only inner planets Mercury and Venus can transit the Sun to appear in silhouette when viewed from planet Earth. Following its transit in 2016, this was Mercury’s 4th of 14 transits across the solar disk in the 21st century. The next transit of Mercury will be on November 13, 2032.Tomorrow’s picture: star streams and galaxies

Today’s Weather and Highway Conditions and Images For Wednesday November 13th, 2019

Mainly cloudy today with 30% chance of light snow. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -7. Wind chill near -15. Cloudy tonight with 30% chance of light snow this evening and after midnight. Snow beginning overnight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -10. Wind chill near -15. Currently we have some isolated light flurries a temperature of -9 feels like -17, our winds are 24 km/h from the WNW.

Currently we have NO weather warnings BUT there is a MARINE WEATHER/WIND WARNING FOR THE LAKE TODAY: Winds Issued 03:00 AM CST 13 November 2019 Today Tonight and Thursday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind northwest 10 to 15 knots diminishing to light this evening then becoming southwest 10 near midnight. Wind increasing to northwest 20 Thursday morning then diminishing to northwest 15 Thursday afternoon.

Our highways in and around our area ARE BECOMING COVERED AND SLIPPERY, PLEASE TAKE CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING. PLEASE SEE THE IMAGES BELOW.

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Mercury in Silhouette
Image Credit & Copyright:Martin Wise

Explanation: The small, dark, round spot in this solar close up is planet Mercury. In the high resolution telescopic image, a colorized stack of 61 sharp video frames, a turbulent array of photospheric convection cells tile the bright solar surface. Mercury’s more regular silhouette still stands out though. Of course, only inner planets Mercury and Venus can transit the Sun to appear in silhouette when viewed from planet Earth. For this November 11, 2019 transit of Mercury, the innermost planet’s silhouette was a mere 1/200th the solar diameter. So even under clear daytime skies it was difficult to see without the aid of a safe solar telescope. Following its transit in 2016, this was Mercury’s 4th of 14 transits across the solar disk in the 21st century. The next transit of Mercury will be on November 13, 2032.Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in the Sun

Today’s Weather and Highway Conditions and Images For Tuesday November 12th, 2019

Mainly sunny today. Increasing cloudiness early this afternoon. Wind becoming south 20 km/h this morning. High -7. Wind chill -25 this morning and -13 this afternoon. Partly cloudy tonight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -14. Wind chill -13 this evening and -20 overnight. Currently we have a few clouds a temperature of -13 feels like -22 winds are 21 km/h from the ESE.

Currently there NO weather warnings BUT there is a MARINE WEATHER/WIND WARNING FOR THE LAKE TODAY: Winds Issued 03:00 AM CST 12 November 2019 Today Tonight and Wednesday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind south 20 knots diminishing to southwest 10 this afternoon then becoming light early this evening. Wind becoming northwest 10 late this evening then increasing to northwest 15 overnight. Wind diminishing to light Wednesday evening.

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

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NGC 3717: A Nearly Sideways Spiral Galaxy
Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASAProcessing: D. Rosario

Explanation: Some spiral galaxies are seen nearly sideways. Most bright stars in spiral galaxies swirl around the center in a disk, and seen from the side, this disk can be appear quite thin. Some spiral galaxies appear even thinner than NGC 3717, which is actually seen tilted just a bit. Spiral galaxies form disks because the original gas collided with itself and cooled as it fell inward. Planets may orbit in disks for similar reasons. The featured image by the Hubble Space Telescope shows a light-colored central bulge composed of older stars beyond filaments of orbiting dark brown dustNGC 3717 spans about 100,000 light years and lies about 60 million light years away toward the constellation of the Water Snake (Hydra).Tomorrow’s picture: a spot on the Sun

Today’s Weather and Highway Conditions and Images For Thursday November 7th, 2019

Mainly cloudy today. 30% chance of flurries near the lake. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -6. Wind chill near -16. Mainly cloudy tonight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -12. Wind chill -12 this evening and -19 overnight. Currently we have a few clouds a temperature of -10, our winds are 8 km/h from the SSW.

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

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Messier 45: The Daughters of Atlas and Pleione
Image Credit & Copyright:Adam BlockSteward Observatory, University of Arizona

Explanation: Hurtling through a cosmic dust cloud a mere 400 light-years away, the lovely Pleiades or Seven Sisters open star cluster is well-known for its striking blue reflection nebulae. It lies in the night sky toward the constellation Taurus and the Orion Arm of our Milky Way Galaxy. The sister stars and cosmic dust cloud are not related though, they just happen to be passing through the same region of space. Known since antiquity as a compact grouping of stars, Galileo first sketched the star cluster viewed through his telescope with stars too faint to be seen by eye. Charles Messier recorded the position of the cluster as the 45th entry in his famous catalog of things which are not comets. In Greek myth, the Pleiades were seven daughters of the astronomical Titan Atlas and sea-nymph Pleione. Their parents names are included in the cluster’s nine brightest stars. This deep and wide telescopic image spans over 20 light-years across the Pleides star cluster.

Today’s Weather and Highway Conditions and Images For Wednesday November 6th, 2019

Mainly cloudy today. 60% chance of flurries near the lake. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -7. Wind chill -18 this morning and -10 this afternoon. Mainly cloudy tonight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -11. Wind chill near -14. Currently we have clouds a temperature of -11 feels like -16, our winds are 10 km/h from the NW.

Currently we have NO weather warnings BUT there there is a MARINE WEATHER/WIND WARNING FOR THE LAKE TODAY: Winds Issued 03:00 AM CST 06 November 2019 Today Tonight and Thursday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind northwest 20 knots becoming northwest 15 to 20 near noon then diminishing to northwest 10 to 15 this afternoon. Wind diminishing to light near noon Thursday then becoming southwest 10 Thursday evening.

Our HIGHWAYS in and around our area CONTINUE TO HAVE SOME SECTIONS OF PARTLY SNOW COVERED/COVERED, SLIPPERY SECTIONS PLEASE TAKE CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING.

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21st Century M101
Image Credit: NASAESACXCJPL – CaltechSTScI

Explanation: One of the last entries in Charles Messier’s famous catalog, big, beautiful spiral galaxy M101 is definitely not one of the least. About 170,000 light-years across, this galaxy is enormous, almost twice the size of our own Milky Way Galaxy. M101 was also one of the original spiral nebulae observed with Lord Rosse’s large 19th century telescope, the Leviathan of Parsonstown. In contrast, this multiwavelength view of the large island universe is a composite of images recorded by space-based telescopes in the 21st century. Color coded from X-rays to infrared wavelengths (high to low energies), the image data was taken from the Chandra X-ray Observatory (purple), the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (blue), Hubble Space Telescope(yellow), and the Spitzer Space Telescope(red). While the X-ray data trace the location of multimillion degree gas around M101’s exploded stars and neutron star and black hole binary star systems, the lower energy data follow the stars and dust that define M101’s grand spiral arms. Also known as the Pinwheel Galaxy, M101 lies within the boundaries of the northern constellation Ursa Major, about 25 million light-years away.Tomorrow’s picture: The Titan’s daughters

Today’s Weather and Highway Conditions/Images For Monday November 5th, 2019

Mainly cloudy today. 60% chance of flurries early this morning. 60% chance of flurries near the lake this afternoon. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -6. Wind chill -19 this morning and -10 this afternoon. Mainly cloudy tonight. 60% chance of flurries near the lake. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -12. Wind -12 this evening and -18 overnight. Currently we have clouds a temperature steady at -8 feels like -15 and our winds are 16 km/h from the WNW.

Currently we have NO weather warnings BUT there is a MARINE WEATHER/WIND WARNING FOR THE LAKE TODAY: Winds Issued 03:00 AM CST 05 November 2019 Today Tonight and Wednesday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind northwest 15 knots increasing to northwest 20 this evening then diminishing to northwest 15 near noon Wednesday.

Our highways in and around our area are in GOOD DRIVING CONDITIONS with the ODD PARTLY COVERED/SLIPPERY SECTION. CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING ON OUR HIGHWAYS.

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Spiral Galaxies Spinning Super-Fast
Image Credit: Top row: NASAESAHubble, P. Ogle & J. DePasquale (STScI);
Bottom row: SDSS, P. Ogle & J. DePasquale (STScI)

Explanation: Why are these galaxies spinning so fast? If you estimated each spiral‘s mass by how much light it emits, their fast rotations should break them apart. The leading hypothesis as to why these galaxies don’t break apart is dark matter — mass so dark we can’t see it. But these galaxies are even out-spinning this break-up limit — they are the fastest rotating disk galaxies known. It is therefore further hypothesized that their dark matter halos are so massive — and their spins so fast — that it is harder for them to form stars than regular spirals. If so, then these galaxies may be among the most massive spirals possible. Further study of surprising super-spirals like these will continue, likely including observations taken by NASA‘s James Webb Space Telescope scheduled for launch in 2021.Tomorrow’s picture: open space