Full Moon/Northern Lights/Planets ConvergeMay 24th, 2013 at 10:55 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Click on the image to enlarge. First, we were borderline able to for a brief time from a place without man-made lighting able to see the Northern Lights last night. It would have been tough to do anyway with the bright, full moon. The kp-index was as high as 5. That’s getting into the marginal category. We have some cirrus clouds coming in from NW. It’s probably not going to happen for most of you. You can check www.spaceweather.com for the latest kp-index (the high the kp number the more likely to see the aurora, so one is “no” and 9 is great, if clear). This full moon is on the bigger side, because the moon is close to perigee (closer to the Earth). The moon is roughly 225,000 miles from Earth now for viewing in W.Michigan. Here’s a list of times when you can see the International Space Station fly over. Here’s this week’s Sky at a Glance. Venus, Jupiter and Mercury (hard planet to see) are fairly close together to the WNW shortly after sunset. Here’s a video that shows how close these 3 planets will be on Sunday (the closest that 3 planets will be together until Jan. 2021). Check out these cool pics. of the Northern Lights from Maine, the South Pole and Whitefish Point, Michigan – and check out this picture of the Milky Way above Devil’s Tower, WY.