Summer Blue Moon

The full #moon Friday is a Blue Moon (2nd full moon in a month). Last Blue Moon was Aug. 31, 2012. The next one is Jan. 31, 2018.

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This post was written by Schnack on July 29, 2015

Evening Sky & Northern Lights

The sky is mostly clear to clear tonight. When you look into the western sky you will be able to see two planets (Jupiter and Venus). Above and to the left you will see the Moon. The current phase of the moon is waxing crescent with 43% of the Moon’s visible disk illuminated. The next primary phase of the Moon is the First Quarter and that is on the 24th at 6:02 AM.

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Last night the Northern Lights were visible across Iowa. Here are a few of photos taken in Iowa.

Taken by Dylan Johnson
Hot Shot #1

Taken by Mike Thalman
Hot Shot #2

Taken by Carol Hansen
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We do have a chance to see them again tonight (Tuesday night). Typically the best chance to see them is around midnight or later. You look north. You would be surprised how many people ask me which direction they should look to see the Northern Lights.
The larger green area has the best chance to see the northern lights tonight and the area north of the thing green line has a chance to see them.

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This post was written by Schnack on June 23, 2015

Look West During The Evening

During the rest of the month, when the sky is clear, you could see two planets. They are bright and can be seen with the naked eye. 4

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This post was written by Schnack on June 16, 2015

Earth Day Meteor Shower

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This post was written by Schnack on April 21, 2015

Strong Wind and What is in the Sky?

Another very windy day. Peak wind gusts today in the 40-50 mph range.

Peak Wind Gust - 4 Lines

The wind remains breezy tonight and as the sun comes up Wednesday the wind will increase again. Wind gusts most of tomorrow will be closer to 30 or 35 mph. The sun sets Wednesday and the wind diminishes quickly. By Thursday morning a frost or freeze is possible for a few hours. The wind forecast below shows the wind remaining from the northwest through Wednesday night.

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The clouds we had today are slowly clearing out. Here is a visible satellite image from this evening.

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The clear sky will give us a chance to see a few things this evening. First if you look west you can see Venus and the Moon. (Waxing Crescent with 12% of the Moon’s visible disk illuminated).

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The other thing is the International Space Station. It will be visible at 8:51 pm for 4 minutes…traveling from the W to SSE.

 

 

 

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This post was written by Schnack on April 21, 2015

Northern Lights Time Lapse From Iowa

This was taken in Wilton on March 17, 2015 by Paul Brooks. Too bad we had clouds increasing through the evening. You can see them blocking some of the sky towards the end of the video. The video runs from sunset to 10 pm.

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This post was written by Schnack on March 19, 2015

Partial Solar Eclipse from Iowa

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This post was written by Schnack on October 23, 2014

Partial Solar Eclipse Thursday Evening

The two links below have more information about the partial solar eclipse.

NASA link

EarthSky.org

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This post was written by Schnack on October 21, 2014

12:20 PM Weather Update

A slow moving storm system is moving east to allow part of eastern Iowa to see sunshine. If you draw a line from Decorah to Cedar Rapids, the area east of that line is cloudy and area west of it is sunny. The clouds will clear all of eastern Iowa this evening.

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You can see the International Space Station this evening at 7:31 for 4 minutes. It will track from the NW to NE.

 

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This post was written by Schnack on October 15, 2014

A Few Lunar Eclipse Photos

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This post was written by Schnack on October 8, 2014