EPIC Daily Images of Earth

NASA has announced that it will be releasing pictures of Earth everyday. These are not your run-of-the-mill GOES images or anything like that either, these are pictures of the entire Globe in true color. The Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (yes, EPIC) is attached to the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), a space-weather monitoring satellite. The satellite is […]

NOAA to Launch DSCOVR Satellite Soon

NOAA has plans to launch the DSCOVR (Deep Space Climate Observatory) satellite no earlier than February 8, 2015. This satellite will be responsible for collecting space weather data and relaying this information to Earth. The launch is set to be performed by the U.S. Air Force and SpaceX. DSCOVR will prove vital in monitoring the solar […]

Winter Solstice Occurs Tomorrow

Even though we are nearly a month into meteorological winter, astronomical (official) winter begins tomorrow at 5:03 PM CST. The winter solstice occurs when the northern hemisphere Earth is at its farthest tilt from the Sun and this phenomena marks the beginning of astronomical winter for locations north of the Equator. After the winter solstice, we […]

Earth’s Hottest & Coldest Times

Recently, NOAA Climate researchers released an article regarding some of the Earth’s hottest times in history. This is an interesting read that uses historical geologic evidence in addition to fossils and other scientific clues that can help determine past climates. The article stretches from Earth’s earliest days; when temperatures could reach hundreds of degrees Fahrenheit, to […]

Earth’s Close Call With Catastrophe

Back in late July, 2012, the sun released two large Coronal Mass Ejections (CME’s).  These plasma clouds carried with it a solar storm more powerful than we’ve seen in the last 150 years.  The good news for us? The site in which these ejections were released were not facing toward Earth when they occurred.  Otherwise, […]

Planets Visible Tonight

Throughout the nighttime hours of early July, a number of planets are visible in the sky.  Shortly after sunset tonight, you should be able to view Jupiter, Mars & Saturn.  During the early morning hours before dawn, Venus is visible.  The following is a snippet taken from EarthSky’s piece July 2014 Guide To The Five […]

Hurricane Arthur Analysis

Hurricane Arthur is less than 12 hours away from making a landfall in eastern North Carolina. I’m going to give some radar analysis of Arthur and provide you with some links to track Hurricane Arthur’s progression this evening and afternoon. Around 5:15 this evening I took a broad look at Hurricane Arthur. At this time […]