Today’s Weather For Monday Oct 16th, 2017

A small chance of a shower this morning then a mix of sun and cloud for the rest of the day with moderate to high winds and a high of 14C by the afternoon. Currently we have overcast sky’s, a temperature of 7C, our winds are from the S at 16 km/h and increasing wind gusts of 25 km/h throughout the day.

Our FIRE DANGER sits at LOW. We do have a MARINE WIND WARNING for the LAKE today and tomorrow and there are no other weather warnings for our area at this time.HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

Winds

Issued 03:00 AM CDT 16 October 2017

Today Tonight and Tuesday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind south 15 knots veering to west 15 this afternoon then increasing to west 20 early this evening. Wind diminishing to west 15 late this evening and to light after midnight. Wind becoming south 10 overnight then increasing to south 15 Tuesday morning.

On the Origin of Gold
Illustration Credit: Dana Berry, NASA
Explanation: Where did the gold in your jewelry originate? No one is completely sure. The relative average abundance in our Solar System appears higher than can be made in the early universe, in stars, and even in typical supernova explosions. Some astronomers have suggested, and many believe, that neutron-rich heavy elements such as gold might be most easily made in rare neutron-rich explosions such as the collision of neutron stars. Pictured here is an artist’s illustration depicting two neutron stars spiraling in toward each other, just before they collide. Since neutron star collisions are also suggested as the origin of short duration gamma-ray bursts, it is possible that you already own a souvenir from one of the most powerful explosions in the universe.

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Today’s Weather For FRIDAY!! Oct 13th, 2017

Yet another day of more clouds then sun with high to very high winds today with a chilly low of only 5C. Currently we have mostly cloudy sky’s, a temperature of only 2C, our winds are very high from the WSW at 32 km/h and gusting to 50 km/h throughout the day.

We have NOW FIRE DANGER. We do have a MARINE WIND WARNING for the LAKE today and for tomorrow.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY AND WEEKEND!!

Winds

Issued 03:00 AM CDT 13 October 2017

Today Tonight and Saturday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind west 20 knots diminishing to northwest 10 near midnight then becoming light overnight. Wind becoming west 10 Saturday morning then increasing to southwest 15 Saturday evening.

Under the Galaxy
Image Credit & Copyright: Yuri Beletsky (Carnegie Las Campanas Observatory, TWAN)
Explanation: The Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, stands above the southern horizon in this telephoto view from Las Campanas Observatory, planet Earth. In the dark September skies of the Chilean Atacama desert, the small galaxy has an impressive span of about 10 degrees or 20 Full Moons. The sensitive digital camera’s panorama has also recorded a faint, pervasive airglow, otherwise invisible to the eye. Apparently bright terrestrial lights in the foreground are actually very dim illumination from the cluster of housing for the observatory astronomers and engineers. But the flattened mountain top along the horizon just under the galaxy is Las Campanas peak, home to the future Giant Magellan Telescope.

Today’s Weather For Thursday Oct. 12th, 2017

More cloud than sun again for today with a chance of a shower this evening into the overnight hours with moderate to high winds and a high of 12C. Currently we have overcast sky’s, a temperature of 7C, our winds are from the S at 13 km/h and will increase to 25 km/h by the afternoon/evening.

We have NO FIRE DANGER. There is a MARINE WIND WARNING for the LAKE TODAY and there are no other weather warnings for our area at this time.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

Winds

Issued 03:00 AM CDT 12 October 2017

Today Tonight and Friday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind south 10 knots veering to west 10 late this morning then increasing to northwest 20 near midnight. Wind increasing to northwest 25 Friday morning then diminishing to northwest 15 Friday afternoon.

NGC 1365: Majestic Island Universe
Image Credit & Copyright: Dietmar Hager, Eric Benson, Torsten Grossmann
Explanation: Barred spiral galaxy NGC 1365 is truly a majestic island universe some 200,000 light-years across. Located a mere 60 million light-years away toward the chemical constellation Fornax, NGC 1365 is a dominant member of the well-studied Fornax galaxy cluster. This impressively sharp color image shows intense star forming regions at the ends of the bar and along the spiral arms, and details of dust lanes cutting across the galaxy’s bright core. At the core lies a supermassive black hole. Astronomers think NGC 1365’s prominent bar plays a crucial role in the galaxy’s evolution, drawing gas and dust into a star-forming maelstrom and ultimately feeding material into the central black hole.

Tomorrow’s picture: under the galaxy

 

Today’s Weather For Wednesday Oct. 11th, 2017

More cloud then sun for today with moderate to high winds and a high of 15C. Currently we have overcast sky’s, a temperature of 8C, our winds are from the ESE at 6 km/h increasing to 20 km/h by late morning.

We currently have LOW FIRE DANGER and there is a MARINE WIND WARNING for the LAKE TODAY. There are no other weather warnings for our area at this time.

HAVE GREAT WEDNESDAY!

Winds

Issued 03:00 AM CDT 11 October 2017

Today Tonight and Thursday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind southeast 15 knots increasing to southeast 15 to 20 late this morning then veering to south 20 late this afternoon. Wind diminishing to south 15 after midnight then increasing to west 15 to 20 Thursday afternoon. 
Star Cluster NGC 362 from Hubble
Image Credit: Hubble WFC3, NASA, ESA, J. Heyl, I. Caiazzo, & Javiera Parada (UBC)
Explanation: If our Sun were near the center of NGC 362, the night sky would glow like a jewel box of bright stars. Hundreds of stars would glow brighter than Sirius, and in many different colors. Although these stars could become part of breathtaking constellations and intricate folklore, it would be difficult for planetary inhabitants there to see — and hence understand — the greater universe beyond. NGC 362 is one of only about 170 globular clusters of stars that exist in our Milky Way Galaxy. This star cluster is one of the younger globulars, forming likely well after our Galaxy. NGC 362 can be found with the unaided eye nearly in front of the Small Magellanic Cloud, and angularly close to the second brightest globular cluster known, 47 Tucanae. The featured image was taken with the Hubble Space Telescope to help better understand how massive stars end up near the center of some globular clusters.

Tomorrow’s picture: open space

Today’s Weather For Tuesday Oct.10th, 2017

Mainly sunny today with some increasing cloud this evening, with low to moderate winds and a high of 13C. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of 7C, our winds are from the SSW at 3 km/h and will increase to 10 km/h throughout the day.

Our FIRE DANGER continues to sit at LOW. We no weather or marine wind warnings for today.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

   

Milky Way and Zodiacal Light over Australian Pinnacles
Image Credit & Copyright: Jingyi Zhang
Explanation: What strange world is this? Earth. In the foreground of the featured image are the Pinnacles, unusual rock spires in Nambung National Park in Western Australia. Made of ancient sea shells (limestone), how these human-sized picturesque spires formed remains a topic of research. The panorama was taken last month. A ray of zodiacal

light, sunlight reflected by dust grains orbiting between the planets in the Solar System, rises from the horizon near the image center. Arching across the top is the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy. The planets Jupiter and Saturn, as well as several famous stars are also visible in the background night sky.

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Tomorrow’s picture: giant star ball

Today’s Weather For FRIDAY! Oct. 6th, 2017

A nice sunny seasonal fall day today low winds and a high of 15C. Currently we have clear sky’s, with a temperature of 8C, our winds are from the S at 8 km/h and increasing to 12 km/h by the afternoon.

We currently have no FIRE DANGER at this time and no other weather or marine warnings for our area.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND AND WEEKEND!

Global Aurora at Mars
Image Credit: MAVEN, LASP, University of Colorado, NASA
Explanation: A strong solar event last month triggered intense global aurora at Mars. Before (left) and during (right) the solar storm, these projections show the sudden increase in ultraviolet emission from martian aurora, more than 25 times brighter than auroral emission previously detected by the orbiting MAVEN spacecraft. With a sunlit crescent toward the right, data from MAVEN’s ultraviolet imaging spectrograph is projected in purple hues on the night side of Mars globes simulated to match the observation dates and times. On Mars, solar storms can result in planet-wide aurora because, unlike Earth, the Red Planet isn’t protected by a strong global magnetic field that can funnel energetic charged particles toward the poles. For all those on the planet’s surface during the solar storm, dangerous radiation levels were double any previously measured by the Curiosity rover. MAVEN is studying whether Mars lost its atmosphere due to its lack of a global magnetic field.

Tomorrow’s picture: Eclipsosaurus Rex

Today’s Weather For Thursday Oct. 5th, 2017

WORLD TEACHER DAY TODAY! Clear, sunny low winds and a high of 12C for today. Currently we have clear sky’s, a temperature of 7C, our winds are from the WNW at 2 km/h and will increase to 10 km/h by the afternoon.

We have no FIRE DANGER at this time and there are no weather or marine wind warnings for our area

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

Pluto’s Bladed Terrain
Image Credit: NASA, Johns Hopkins Univ./APL, Southwest Research Institute
Explanation: Imaged during the New Horizons spacecraft flyby in July 2015, Pluto’s bladed terrain is captured in this close-up of the distant world. The bizarre texture belongs to fields of skyscraper-sized, jagged landforms made almost entirely of methane ice, found at extreme altitudes near Pluto’s equator. Casting dramatic shadows, the tall, knife-like ridges seem to have been formed by sublimation. By that process, condensed methane ice turns directly to methane gas without passing through a liquid phase during Pluto’s warmer geological periods. On planet Earth, sublimation can also produce standing fields of knife-like ice sheets, found along the high plateau of the Andes mountain range. Known as penitentes, those bladed structures are made of water ice and at most a few meters tall.

Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space
 

Today’s Weather For Wednesday Oct. 4th, 2017

Mostly sunny this morning, then some increasing cloud this afternoon/evening with moderate winds and a high of 10C. Currently we have some clouds, with a temperature of 6C, our winds are from the SSW at 13 km/h and will increase to 20 km/h.

We currently have NO FIRE DANGER. There is a MARINE WIND WARNING for the LAKE today/tonight and there are no other weather warnings for our area at this time.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

Winds

Issued 03:00 AM CDT 04 October 2017

Today Tonight and Thursday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind west 15 knots increasing to west 20 early this morning then veering to northwest 15 to 20 late this afternoon. Wind diminishing to northwest 10 Thursday morning.

The Soul Nebula in Infrared from Herschel
Image Credit & License: ESA, Herschel Space Obs., NASA, JPL-Caltech
Explanation: Stars are forming in the Soul of the Queen of Aethopia. More specifically, a large star forming region called the Soul Nebula can be found in the direction of the constellation Cassiopeia, who Greek mythology credits as the vain wife of a King who long ago ruled lands surrounding the upper Nile river. The Soul Nebula houses several open clusters of stars, a large radio source known as W5, and huge evacuated bubbles formed by the winds of young massive stars. Located about 6,500 light years away, the Soul Nebula spans about 100 light years and is usually imaged next to its celestial neighbor the Heart Nebula (IC 1805). The featured image, impressively detailed, was taken last month in several bands of infrared light by the orbiting Herschel Space Observatory.

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Tomorrow’s picture: plutonian penitentes

Today’s Weather For Tuesday Oct. 3rd, 2017

Another cool gloomy day for us. A chance of showers throughout the day then some clearing by late evening with moderate to high winds and a high of only 8C. Currently we have clouds, some isolated light showers, a temperature of 5C, our winds are from the NNE at 13 km/h and will increase to 18 km/h by the afternoon.

We currently have NO FIRE DANGER. There is MARINE WIND WARNING for the LAKE today again and there is no other weather warnings for our area at this time.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

Winds

Issued 03:00 AM CDT 03 October 2017

Today Tonight and Wednesday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind southwest 15 knots except northeast 20 over northern sections. Wind becoming northeast 20 early this morning then diminishing to northeast 15 late this afternoon. Wind becoming west 15 overnight then increasing to west 20 Wednesday morning. Wind diminishing to west 15 Wednesday afternoon.

Ice Ring around Nearby Star Fomalhaut
Image Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), M. MacGregor; NASA/ESA Hubble, P. Kalas; B. Saxton (NRAO/AUI/NSF)
Explanation: Why is there a large ice ring around Fomalhaut? This interesting star — easily visible in the night sky — lies only about 25 light-years away and is known to be orbited by at least one planet, Dagon, as well as several inner dust disks. More intriguing, perhaps, is an outer ring, first discovered about 20 years ago, that has an unusually sharp inner boundary. The featured recent image by the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) shows this outer ring with complete and unprecedented detail — in pink — superposed on a Hubble image of the Fomalhaut system in blue. A leading theory holds that this ring resulted from numerous violent collisions involving icy comets and planetesimals, the component objects of planets, while the ring boundaries are caused by the gravity of yet unseen planets. If correct, any interior planets in the Fomalhaut system are likely being continually pelted by large meteors and comets — an onslaught last seen in our own planetary system four billion years ago in an episode called the Late Heavy Bombardment.

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Tomorrow’s picture: soul sky

Today’s Weather For Monday Oct. 2nd, 2017

Chance of showers this morning then showers will become heavier by this afternoon then lessons in the evening, with moderate to high winds and a high of 14C. Currently we have cloudy skies, a temperature of 13C and our winds are from the SE at 5 km/h and will increase to 15 km/h by the afternoon.

Our FIRE DANGER remains at LOW and we do have MARINE WIND WARNING for the LAKE today with no other weather warnings for our area at this time.

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

Winds

Issued 06:36 AM CDT 02 October 2017

Today Tonight and Tuesday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind east 10 knots becoming light early this afternoon then increasing to north 20 after midnight. Wind diminishing to northeast 15 Tuesday afternoon.

Two Comets and a Star Cluster
Image Credit & Copyright: Damian Peach
Explanation: Two unusual spots are on the move near the famous Pleiades star cluster. Shifting only a small amount per night, these spots are actually comets in our nearby Solar System that by chance wandered into the field of the light-years distant stars. On the far left is comet C/2017 O1 ASAS-SN, a multi-kilometer block of evaporating ice sporting a bright coma of surrounding gas dominated by green-glowing carbon. Comet ASAS-SN1 shows a slight tail to its lower right. Near the frame center is comet C/2015 ER61 PanSTARRS, also a giant block of evaporating ice, but sporting a rather long tail to its right. On the upper right is the Pleiades, an open cluster dominated by bright blue stars illuminating nearby reflecting dust. This exposure, taken about two weeks ago, is so deep that the filamentary interstellar dust can be traced across the entire field. The Pleiades is visible to the unaided eye, but it should require binoculars to see the comets.

Tomorrow’s picture: star ring