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Dog days of summer aren’t what you might think.

The dog days of summer are upon us and you might think that they have something to do with hot and humid weather. Well that isn’t exactly where the term originated from; the dog days of summer are actually July 3rd through August 11th.   Read more

Total Lunar Eclipse Visible Tuesday morning April 15th.

The 1st total eclipse of 2014 is a lunar one and also the same night the Moon, Earth and Mars will all be aligned. Talk about an astronomical jackpot! This is also the closest Mars will be to Earth until May 22, 2016. So it will be the brightest and biggest until May 2016.  Read more

Solar Flare will help Produce Strong-Severe Geomagnetic Storming the next 24-48 hrs.

A 1.2 X-Class solar flare occurred on Tuesday and launched what is called a CME or Coronal Mass Ejection towards the Earth. This CME will be impacting the Earth today through tomorrow causing a Geomagnetic storm. Read more

2014 Starts with the 1st of 2 Super Moons in January.

A rare event happens on the very 1st day of 2014 a “Supermoon”. The term “Supermoon” is kind of made up term as it really just means perigee moon. That means the moon is at it’s closest approach to the Earth within it’s orbit. We will have the 1st of 2 “supermoon” on January 1st with a 2nd coming on January 30th 2014. Read more

Solstice Sun Spikes on Doppler Radar

Today is the summer solstice when we have the highest sun angle of the entire year at 78.4° above the horizon at solar noon. Most people know this at the astronomical beginning of summer. One very good way to see how the sun angle changes by season is to look at the sun spikes which appear briefly on Doppler radar twice a day at sunrise and sunset. Read more

Comet PanSTARRS viewing

Tonight is the beginning of a nice stretch of viewing opportunities for the Carolinas to see comet PanSTARSS. You will need a good clear view of the western horizon about 30-45 minutes after sunset. It will only be visible for about 15 mins so prepare your spot ahead of time. Read more

Asteroid 2012 DA14 Flyby Tomorrow

Tomorrow at around 2:24pm EST an asteroid named 2012 DA14 will come very close to the Earth. So close it will actually pass within he ring of geosynchronous satellites that circle the Earth. At it’s closest approach tomorrow afternoon it will only be 17,200 miles away. There is a small chance it could take out a weather or GPS satellites as it flies by. All agencies are trying to avoid this but there is still a small chances that could happen.

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