(YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES) Well, the midnight sun has returned, which means the aurora forecasters at Astronomy North can finally get some much-needed sleep. In mid-May our aurora forecast shuts down for the summer, however keen aurora fans should still check the skies after midnight – it is still possible to observe brief outbursts of active auroras in May, June and July if the timing is right. Looking ahead, the Yellowknife Aurora Forecast will return in mid August when Canada’s northern sky is once again dark enough to see faint stars and diffuse auroras. Have a great summer, and thank you for following our forecast!
ECLIPSE AND AURORAS • On April 15, 2014 AuroraMAX cameras captured rare footage of a total lunar eclipse and the aurora borealis above Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. This time-lapse video was recorded over 3.5 hours and features the entire lunar eclipse and a collection of celestial treasures that are normally hidden by moonlight. Watch as totality reveals wave upon wave of diffuse and pulsating auroras, dozens of satellites, millions of stars and our neighbouring planet Mars (hovering a few degrees above and to the right of the moon). The darkness lasted for approximately an hour before the moon emerged from behind the Earth to once again flood the sky with light.
By James Pugsley
(YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES) Skywatchers across North America and across the North are hoping for clear overnight conditions on April 14 as the Earth, Moon and Sun align for another dazzling total eclipse of the moon. The last total lunar eclipse visible from the North occurred on December 21, 2010.
When to Watch
Partial Eclipse Begins: 23:58 p.m. MDT (April 14)
Total Eclipse Begins: 01:07 a.m. MDT (April 15)
Greatest Eclipse: 01:46 a.m. MDT
Total Eclipse Ends: 02:25 MDT
Partial Eclipse Ends: 03:33 MDT
Beginning just before midnight on Monday, the moon will enter Earth’s shadow, reducing the amount of sunlight that reaches the surface of the moon. As the moon travels further into Earth’s shadow the lunar disc will lose its blue-white tones and adopt a reddish hue. Approximately one hour into the eclipse most of the moon will be covered and the sky will begin to reveal faint stars and auroras, Continue reading