A meteoroid exploded over the Arctic Circle on Nov. 16th, wiping out the aurora borealis and turning the midnight sky blue.
Space Weather News for Nov. 17, 2017
METEOR EXPLODES OVER THE ARCTIC: On the evening of Nov. 16th, a meteoroid ripped through the atmosphere over the Arctic Circle and exploded. The resulting fireball wiped out the aurora borealis, cast shadows, and turned the night sky blue. Visit Spaceweather.com to see a movie of the explosion, captured accidentally by an automated aurora skycam in northern Finland.
SOLAR WIND, INCOMING: Today, a hole in the sun’s atmosphere is facing Earth. The emerging stream of solar wind could reach our planet as early as Nov. 19th, with G1-class geomagnetic storms possible on Nov. 20th. Sign up for free aurora alerts.
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Apparently, the auroras were amazing–and I forgot to look! arrhhh!!! –Cathy
Space Weather News for Sept. 28, 2017
https://www.facebook.com/spaceweatherdotcomSURPRISINGLY STRONG GEOMAGNETIC STORM:
Knowing that a solar wind stream was heading for Earth, forecasters predicted a geomagnetic storm last night. However, they didn’t predict it would be so strong, a G3-class event. During the peak of this surprising space storm, Northern Lights spilled over the Canadian border into more than half a dozen US states. Visit Spaceweather.com
for pictures of the display and updates as the solar wind continues to blow.
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Above: Auroras over Fairbanks, Alaska, on Sept. 28, 2017. “Indescribable!” says photographer Sacha Layos. “Truly one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.” Browse the Realtime Aurora Photo Gallery for more sightings.
The 2017 Aurora Awards were announced September 23 at Hal-Con 2017 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The award is for exceptional Canadian literary and fan works. The recipients were determined by a vote of the members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association.
- Quantum Night by Robert J. Sawyer, Penguin Canada
Best Young Adult Novel
- Icarus Down by James Bow, Scholastic Canada
Best Short Fiction
- Marion’s War by Hayden Trenholm, Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts, Laksa Media
No award was given out in this category in 2017 due to insufficient eligible nominees
Best Graphic Novel
- Angel Catbird, Volume One by Margaret Atwood, Johnnie Christmas and Tamra Bonvillian, Dark Horse Books
Best Related Work
- Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts edited by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law, Laksa Media
Best Visual Presentation
- Arrival, director, Denis Villeneuve, Paramount Pictures
- Samantha M. Beiko, cover to Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts
Best Fan Writing and Publications
- Speculating Canada edited by Derek Newman-Stille
Best Fan Organizational
- Randy McCharles, chair, When Words Collide, Calgary
Best Fan Related Work
- Derek Newman-Stille, Speculating, Canada on Trent Radio 92.7 FM
Best of the Decade: Also announced was the winner of a special category for works published between January 2001 and December 2010.
- The Neanderthal Parallax, Robert J. Sawyer, Tor Books
Finalists were chosen by an eight-person jury from across Canada, with the winner selected by a vote of the membership.
- Possible aurora display this weekend
- Citizen scientists are closing in on Planet Nine
- Moon of Saturn has hydrogen and water
Possible aurora display this weekend:
A magnetic filament on the sun exploded on April 9th, hurling a gaseous coronal mass ejection (CME) into space. The bulk of the CME will miss Earth; nevertheless a glancing blow to Earth’s magnetic field is possible this weekend. The impact, if it occurs, could cause magnetic disturbances and auroras around our planet’s poles. Visit today’s edition of Spaceweather.com
to view a movie of the instigating explosion and for updates as the CME approaches.
Citizen scientists are closing in on Planet Nine :
The Australian team are working in tandem with the public to search for what could possibly be one of the biggest discoveries of the century: a new, very massive planet. In 2016, Caltech astronomer Mike Brown and theoretical astrophysicist Konstantin Batygin announced that they’d found evidence of a massive planet orbiting far off in the annex of the solar system with a predicted orbit of 20,000 years. Its presence is inferred from the orbit of several Kuiper Belt Objects which have dramatic orbits. READ MORE
Moon of Saturn has hydrogen and water: In what is likely to be its final big discovery before it plunges into the gas giant planet Saturn later this year, the NASA spacecraft Cassini has discovered what could be a habitable ocean environment on Enceladus, one of Saturn’s dozens of moons. The discovery, reported in the journal Science and announced by NASA Thursday, shows there is hydrogen in the massive plumes of gases and water that explode like geysers from Enceladus’s south pole, out of geological features known as “tiger stripes.” READ MORE from Montreal Gazette And from Astronomy Magazine: Researchers published a paper last year suggesting that hydrothermal vents were the source of life on Earth, where chemical reactions fed these early microbes. If that’s the case on Enceladus, the ocean may have microbial life at the very least. “The hydrogen could be a potential source of chemical energy for any microbes living in Enceladus’ ocean,” Spilker says.
Of course, it may be years or even decades until we know for sure — in September, NASA will intentionally crash Cassini into Saturn to make sure it doesn’t crash land into Titan or Enceladus and accidentally contaminate either potentially habitable moon with Earth bacteria. Read More from Astronomy Magazine