Today’s Weather August 15th, 2017

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.


Stars, Gas, and Dust Battle in the Carina Nebula
Image Credit & Copyright: Bastien Foucher
Explanation: Chaos reigns in the Carina Nebula where massive stars form and die. Striking and detailed, this close-up of a portion of the famous nebula is a combination of light emitted by hydrogen (shown in red) and oxygen (shown in blue). Dramatic dark dust knots and complex features revealed are sculpted by the winds and radiation of Carina’s massive and energetic stars. One iconic feature of the Carina Nebula is the dark V-shaped dust lane that occurs in the top half of the image. The Carina Nebula spans about 200 light years, lies about 7,500 light years distant, and is visible with binoculars toward the southern constellation of Carina. In a billion years after the dust settles — or is destroyed, and the gas dissipates — or gravitationally condenses, then only the stars will remain — but not even the brightest ones.

Today’s Weather Chemawawin Cree Nation/Easterville August 14th, 2017

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.


Charon Flyover from New Horizons
Video Credit: NASA, JHUAPL, SwRI, P. Schenk & J. Blackwell (LPI); Music: Juicy by ALBIS
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.

Today’s Weather Chemawawin Cree Nation/Easterville August 11th, 2017

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.

A Total Solar Eclipse of Saros 145
Image Credit & Copyright: Tunç Tezel (TWAN), Alkim Ün
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.

Today’s Weather For Chemawawin Cree Nation/Easterville August 9th, 2017

Nothing but sun, warm temperatures and low winds for today. Currently we have clear skies, our temperature sits at 17C and our winds are from the N at 2 km/h.

Our FIRE DANGER SITS at MODERATE and there are no weather warnings or wind warnings for the lake today.


August’s Lunar Eclipse
Peter Ward (Barden Ridge Observatory)
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.

Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space