Race for Space: Upper Peninsula Edition

Sugar Loaf Mountain by David Marvin The Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association has announced that findings from a site-selection process for a vertical space launch site identified a location just north of Marquette: Conducted by spaceport consultants BRPH and Kimley-Horn, the site-selection process has been a yearlong effort. Sites were ranked based on several factors, including … Continue reading Race for Space: Upper Peninsula Edition

Turtles don’t care about personal space

Apparently turtles have no concept of “my personal space”, photo by Dale Devries Regular readers are aware that World Turtle Day is a big favorite of mine. It takes place a week from today on Tuesday, May 23rd, and I’m extra excited for this year as I will post the 10th and final turtle on my … Continue reading Turtles don’t care about personal space

Space Weather and Starbreeze

Isle Royale starbreeze, photo by Shawn Malone/Lake Superior Photo If you’re a watcher of the northern lights or want to be, NOAA’s Space Weather Projection Center at spaceweather.gov is a resource you should be aware of. It’s packed full of all kinds of data on what’s happening on the sun and how that impacts us here … Continue reading Space Weather and Starbreeze

Heavy Space Weather Ahead?

Frigid Auroras Over Superior, photo by Michigan Nature Photog NOAA’s current space weather forecast reports an M Class (moderate) solar flare from solar region AR2002. Spaceweather.com adds that AR2002 has destabilized its magnetic field, making it more likely to erupt, and that NOAA forecasters are estimating a 60% chance of M-class flares and a 10% chance of X-class … Continue reading Heavy Space Weather Ahead?

Space Weather outlook: Mostly clear with a chance of Northern Lights!

Colorful, photo by Xueqian-Vision Photography Today’s Space Weather Forecast says that there’s chance for R1 – R2 (minor – moderate) solar radio blackouts are possible through 26 April due to solar Region 1726 which will rotate off the visible disk on or about 26 April. Check this out on black and see more in Xueqian-Vision … Continue reading Space Weather outlook: Mostly clear with a chance of Northern Lights!

Heavy (Space) Weather: Coronal Mass Ejections and the Northern Lights

Northern Lights, photo by gkretovic Michigan in Pictures has a whole lot on the Northern Lights. The aurora borealis are one of the world’s most rare and wonderful sights and Michigan – especially the Upper Peninsula – is blessed with more than a few nights every year when this elusive phenomenon makes an appearance. The … Continue reading Heavy (Space) Weather: Coronal Mass Ejections and the Northern Lights

Scientists now know what causes the northern lights!

Thanks by Julie NPR reports that scientists have finally confirmed the source of the Northern Lights: An article published in the journal Nature Communications this week suggests that the natural light show starts when disturbances on the sun pull on Earth’s magnetic field. That creates cosmic undulations known as Alfvén waves that launch electrons at … Continue reading Scientists now know what causes the northern lights!

The UFO Show

The UFO Show by Jamie Macdonald In 1973, the nation (and my 8-year-old self) were captivated by a wave of Unidentified Flying Object sightings. Clipping the stories from the paper for a scrapbook left me with a lifelong fascination for UFOs which is apparently becoming mainstream. Last night 60 Minutes showed some declassified UFO footage … Continue reading The UFO Show

STEVE: Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement

Five Minutes with STEVE by Shelbydiamondstar Photography This spring has been big for fans of the aurora borealis. Shelby took created this photo of five, 1-min tracked shots blended with an untracked foreground shot the night of March 13/14th in Copper Harbor. It shows a phenomenon I’d never heard of, a Strong Thermal Emission Velocity … Continue reading STEVE: Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement

Michigan Lights Up the New Year!

Michigan Lights Up the New Year by CIMSS UW-Madison This satellite photo from the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) at the University of Wisconsin shows: …two of the first 2021 images from the Suomi-NPP and NOAA-20 satellites when they flew over the U.S. overnight to acquire stunning VIIRS nighttime imagery with light from … Continue reading Michigan Lights Up the New Year!