Explanation: The Eagle Nebula and the Swan Nebula span this broad starscape, a telescopic view toward the Sagittarius spiral arm and the center of our Milky Way galaxy. The Eagle, also known as M16, is at top and M17, the Swan, at bottom of the frame showing the cosmic clouds as brighter regions of active star-formation. They lie along the spiral arm suffused with reddish emission charactistic of atomic hydrogen gas, and dusty dark nebulae. M17, also called the Omega Nebula, is about 5500 light-years away, while M16 is some 6500 light-years distant. The center of both nebulae are locations of well-known close-up images of star formation from the Hubble Space Telescope. In this mosaic image that extends about 3 degrees across the sky, narrowband, high-resultion image data has been used to enhance the central regions of the Eagle and Swan. The extended wings of the Eagle Nebula spread almost 120 light-years. The Swan is over 30 light-years across.
Finally some rain! But only for this morning. Light rain showers with calm winds this morning, then a mix of sun and clouds for this afternoon/evening. Currently we have clouds, light rain showers, a temperature of 13C with a high of 23C, our winds are from the SSE at 3 km/h and will increase to 12 km/h by this afternoon.
Our FIRE DANGER has dropped to MODERATE and there is no weather or marine wind warnings for our area at this time.
Explanation: During a total solar eclipse, the Sun’s extensive outer atmosphere, or corona, is an inspirational sight. Streamers and shimmering features visible to the eye span a brightness range of over 10,000 to 1, making them notoriously difficult to capture in a single photograph. But this composite of telescopic images covers a wide range of exposure times to reveal the crown of the Sun in all its glory. The aligned and stacked digital frames were taken in clear skies above Stanley, Idaho in the Sawtooth Mountains during the Sun’s total eclipse on August 21. A pinkish solar prominence extends just beyond the right edge of the solar disk. Even small details on the dark night side of the New Moon can be made out, illuminated by sunlight reflected from a Full Earth.
There will be no break from the warm weather today and into the weekend. Today we will see clear skies this morning then a mix of sun and cloud for the rest of the day with low to moderate winds and a high of 27C. For the weekend we will see identical weather as today only with increased winds, with sun and cloud moderate to high winds and highs in the high 20’s. Currently we have clear skies mixed with haze, a temperature of 20C and our winds are from the W at 3 km/h.
Our FIRE DANGER sits at HIGH/VERY HIGH so please becareful with open fires. There is a MARINE WIND WARNING for the LAKE today and for the weekend. There are no weather warnings for our area at this time.
HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY AND WEEKEND!
Issued 03:00 AM CDT 18 August 2017
Today Tonight and Saturday.Strong wind warning in effect. Wind northwest 10 knots becoming light early this evening then increasing to south 15 Saturday morning. Wind increasing to northwest 20 Saturday evening.
Explanation: This mountain and night skyscape stretches across the French Pyrenees National Park on August 12, near the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower. The multi-exposure panoramic view was composed from the Col d’Aubisque, a mountain pass, about an hour before the bright gibbous moon rose. Centered is a misty valley and lights from the region’s Gourette ski station toward the south. Taken over the following hour, frames capturing some of the night’s long bright perseid meteors were aligned against the backdrop of stars and Milky Way.
The sun and heat continues today with low winds this morning then will increase in the afternoon. Things are getting very dry our there so PLEASE BE CAREFUL WITH OPEN FIRES! Currently we have clear skies, a temperature of 12C with a high of 26C and our winds are calm at 8 km/h from the SE and will increase to 15 km/h by this afternoon.
Our FIRE DANGER sits at HIGH/VERY HIGH and precaution needs to be taken with open fires. We currently have no weather warnings or marine wind warnings at this time.
Explanation: Distorted galaxy NGC 2442 can be found in the southern constellation of the flying fish, (Piscis) Volans. Located about 50 million light-years away, the galaxy’s two spiral arms extending from a pronounced central bar have a hook-like appearance in wide-field images. But this mosaicked close-up, constructed from Hubble Space Telescope and European Southern Observatory data, follows the galaxy’s structure in amazing detail. Obscuring dust lanes, young blue star clusters and reddish star forming regions surround a core of yellowish light from an older population of stars. The sharp image data also reveal more distant background galaxies seen right through NGC 2442’s star clusters and nebulae. The image spans about 75,000 light-years at the estimated distance of NGC 2442.
WERE IN THE FOG AM I? The fog will be gone later this morning, after that it will remain sunny, hot with moderate winds and smoke haze for the rest of the day. There will be a slight chance of a shower in the overnight hours into Wednesday. Our high for today will be 25C. Currently we have clear skies, a temperature of 15C, our winds are from the SE at 11 km/h and will increase to 20 km/h throughout the day.
Our FIRE DANGER has been upgraded to HIGH/VERY HIGH and there are no weather or marine wind warnings for our area at this time.
HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!
Stars, Gas, and Dust Battle in the Carina Nebula Image Credit & Copyright: Bastien Foucher
Yet another sunny, hot, with calm winds day but there will be haze from all the forest fires in Manitoba. Our high should reach 28C. Currently we have clear skies, a temperature of 16C and our winds are from the NE at 4 km/h and will remain steady throughout the day.
Our FOREST FIRE DANGER sits at MODERATE/HIGH and there are no weather warnings for our area at this time.
Explanation: What if you could fly over Pluto’s moon Charon — what might you see? The New Horizons spacecraft did just this in 2015 July as it zipped past Pluto and Charon with cameras blazing. The images recorded allowed for a digital reconstruction of much of Charon‘s surface, further enabling the creation of fictitious flights over Charon created from this data. One such fanciful, minute-long, time-lapse video is shown here with vertical heights and colors of surface features digitally enhanced. Your journey begins over a wide chasm that divides different types of Charon’s landscapes, a chasm that might have formed when Charon froze through. You soon turn north and fly over a colorful depression dubbed Mordor that, one hypothesis holds, is an unusual remnant from an ancient impact. Your voyage continues over an alien landscape rich with never-before-seen craters, mountains, and crevices. The robotic New Horizons spacecraft has now been targeted at Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU 69, which it should zoom past on New Year’s Day 2019.
Another mostly sunny, warm and light wind day today with a chance of a afternoon thunder shower with a high of 26C. The weekend is looking the same with high’s in the mid to high 20’s light winds and lots of sun. Currently we have clear skies, a temperature of 14C with light winds from the S at 7 km/h and will remain steady throughout the day.
Our FIRE DANGER now sits in the HIGH RANGE and there are no weather or marine wind warnings for our area at this time.
Explanation: A darkened sky holds bright planet Venus, the New Moon in silhouette, and the shimmering corona of the Sun in this image of a total solar eclipse. A composite of simultaneous telephoto and wide angle frames it was taken in the path of totality 18 years ago, August 11, 1999, near Kastamonu, Turkey. That particular solar eclipse is a member of Saros 145. Known historically from observations of the Moon’s orbit, the Saros cycle predicts when the Sun, Earth, and Moon will return to the same geometry for a solar (or lunar) eclipse. The Saros has a period of 18 years, 11 and 1/3 days. Eclipses separated by one Saros period belong to the same numbered Saros series and are very similar. But the path of totality for consecutive solar eclipses in the same Saros shifts across the Earth because the planet rotates for an additional 8 hours during the cycle’s fractional day. So the next solar eclipse of Saros 145 will also be a total eclipse, and the narrow path of totality will track coast to coast across the United States on August 21, 2017.
Explanation: August’s Full Moon is framed in this sharp, high dynamic range composition. Captured before sunrise on August 8 from Sydney, Australia, south is up and the Earth’s dark, umbral shadow is at the left, near the maximum phase of a partial lunar eclipse. Kicking off the eclipse season, this time the Full Moon’s grazing slide through Earth’s shadow was visible from the eastern hemisphere. Up next is the much anticipated total solar eclipse of August 21. Then, the New Moon’s shadow track will include North America, the narrow path of totality running coast to coast through the United States.