Full Moon/Northern Lights/Planets Converge

May 24th, 2013 at 10:55 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

moon apogee perigee   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.

7 Responses to “Full Moon/Northern Lights/Planets Converge”

  1. Barry in Zeeland says:

    Just checked outside, nothing yet. If anything does become visible, it’s going to be blocked out by the bright moon.

    1. Skot says:

      What station do you work at???

      1. Skot says:

        You have such a broad musical vocabulary. Station please?

      2. fixxxer says:

        who ever said he worked at a radio station?

        and bill PLEASE bring the warm weather back!

        1. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

          Fixxxer he has some upper eighties for next week, is that good enough for you?

        2. fixxxer says:

          We shall see.

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