Month: August 2018

Many Planets on Display at Dusk (~9 pm)

As you can see from the slideshow below, several planets will be on display for the next two weeks.  Venus Jupiter, Saturn and Mars will be visible, Earth weather permitting, at Dusk until September 10, 2018.  Venus eventually fades from view as it nears the horizon and begins to show its dark side.  Our Moon will travers the planets during the ten days, but the travels past the horizon beginning on August 10th. From August 10th on, we have an excellent opportunity to view multiple planets in the night sky with minimal light interference from the Moon.

So, tonight, take you kid out, and look up at the sky.  You should be able to identify the planets as they will be the brightest in the sky.

Jay C. "Jazzy_J" Theriot

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Night at a Glance - Solar System - 8/16 to 9/15

The following slideshow identifies the solar system objects which should be visible in the sky over the next month.

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2018014 - The Sun - Solar Wind?



The following article from http://spaceweather.com indicates strong solar wind on August 16th and 17th.  The Auroras should be astounding.



SOLAR WIND, INCOMING: A long, narrow hole has opened in the sun's atmosphere, and it is spewing high-speed solar wind into space. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory photographed the fissure on Aug. 13th pointing directly at Earth:

This is a "coronal hole"--a region where the sun's magnetic field opens up and allows gaseous material to escape. Solar wind emerging from the hole is expected to reach Earth on Aug. 16th and 17th.

The incoming stream of solar wind may be preceded by a CIR (co-rotating interaction region). CIRs are transition zones between slow- and fast-moving solar wind. They often contain shock-like density gradients and strong magnetic fields that do a good job sparking auroras. And because Arctic aurora season began just a few days ago, the aurora photo gallery may soon receive some new additions.

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