The Goddess of Dawn – Aurora Active Again

Blog_2

The Aurora Borealis – commonly referred to as the Northern Lights – fired up once again overnight.
This phenomenon is a result of electrons colliding with the Earth’s atmosphere. The electrons become energized and follow the Earth’s magnetic field. As these electrons mix with oxygen and nitrogen in the atmosphere, the atoms and molecules enhance to a higher energy state. Once a critical buildup is reached, the particles release their energy in the form of light. According to NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration) this light that forms 80 to 500 km above the Earth’ surface is similar to how a neon light works.

The name Aurora Borealis was coined by Galileo in 1619. Aurora was the Roman Goddess of Dawn, and Boreas was the Greek name for the northern wind. The Aurora will be visible multiple times throughout the next three days. All of Alaska should have visibility if weather conditions remain clear, as should several northern states as well.

Aurora images from across the globe

Blog_3

Blog_4

Blog_5

Blog

Blog_1

Watch previous Aurora’s



For WeatherNation: Meteorologist, Tracey Anthony

Comments

Rare Blood SuperMoon Eclipse

blood supermoon

An event three decades in the making! The Blood Supermoon Total Lunar Eclipse, will occurs on September 27th 2015.

NASA officials said in this newly released video, “It will be the first supermoon eclipse since 1982, and the last until 2033:



A partial solar eclipse will happen two weeks prior to the supermoon, on September 13th.

What is a supermoon?

“Supermoons” occur because the moon’s orbit around Earth is elliptical rather than circular. While the moon’s average distance from our planet is about 239,000 miles (384,600 kilometers), the natural satelite roams as far away as 252,000 miles (405,600 km) at “apogee” and gets as close as 226,000 miles (363,700 km) at “perigee.”

A supermoon is a full moon that occurs at, or very near, perigee and appears abnormally big in the sky as a result. In fact, supermoons appear about 14 percent larger and 30 brighter than apogee full moons, which are also known as “minimoons.”
supermoon-lunar-perigee-huge-110317c-02
(Image: Space.com)

What is a blood moon?

This September’s full moon is also called a Blood Moon. This is because it is the fourth and final eclipse of a lunar tetrad: four straight total eclipses of the moon, spaced at six lunar months (full moons) apart.

When?

The total lunar eclipse is visible from the most of North America and all of South America after sunset September 27. From eastern South America and Greenland, the greatest eclipse happens around midnight September 27-28. In Europe, Africa and the Middle East, the total eclipse takes place in the wee hours of the morning, after midnight and before sunrise September 28. A partial lunar eclipse can beseen after sunset September 27 from western Alaska, or before sunrise September 28 in far-western Asia.

How to watch?

WeatherNation will keep you posted on the viewing conditions for optimal viewing. What is your your sky is clouded over?

Watch right here at www.WeatherNationTV.com

Comments

On Air

On Demand Videos
USA forecast Live Stream