STAFF BLOG ASTRO BOB Curiosity rover ramps up for road trip to Glenelg
Hi-ho, hi-ho, it's off to Glenelg we go! Scientists with the Mars mission have chosen Curiosity's first exploration destination, a little place nicknamed Glenelg (after a village in Scotland) near t... Posted on 8/18/12 at 11:16 AM
A strong M5-class flare from sunspot region 1745 on May 22 sent a sideways blast of material from the sun into space. A portion of it is expected to brush past Earth overnight and possibly spark auroras.
Last night we finally cleared off after four solid days and nights of gray and rain. Sparkling low in the northwestern sky was a most welcome sight - Venus, Jupiter and Mercury. This week they will undergo to a series of remarkable gatherings in the early evening sky.
Hey, hey, hey. Three planets are now lining up in a neat row at dusk. Watch for the trio starting 30-35 minutes after sunset when they'll be low in the northwestern sky. Tonight's will be a prelude to next week's closer encounters.
An asteroid it would take an hour to walk across will speed past Earth on May 31 and provide radio astronomers a perfect opportunity to nab closeup views of its surface. Skywatchers with small telescopes will see it too.
If it were clear here in Duluth, I'm sure we'd be seeing northern lights. The Kp index, an indicator of magnetic activity around the Earth, shot up to "5" or minor storm level around 11 p.m. Central time Friday night- Sat. morning.
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