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So What’s Up? • Our Next Astronomical Endeavour

(YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES) Astronomy North Society volunteers are focusing on a new project for northern communities – our new website! For over a decade www.astronomynorth.com has been a hub of information dedicated to northern sky education and outreach,  and with the help of our partners, this site has enjoyed an average of 12 million hits per year for the past five years.

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WHAT’S UP • Five Fantastic February Planets

(YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES) The line up of planets in February looks fantastic as Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Venus and Mercury graciously share the nighttime sky.

The Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics does an excellent job of introducing a handful of planetary alignment scenarios and other viewing opportunities for enthusiasts in February. For those living at higher latitudes, these alignments will certainly be visible, however rise and set times will vary depending on your latitude.

To see what time the planets will appear above your community tonight, simply enter your coordinates into the Neave Planetarium and fast forward by adjusting the time of day/night accordingly.

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G1-G3 STORM WATCH: Colourful Auroras Expected Dec 30-31

(YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES) A Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) that erupted from Sunspot AR2473 on December 28 is expected to sweep past Earth on Wednesday, December 30 with enough force to trigger G3 (Strong) Geomagnetic Storm conditions. Northerners should be on the lookout for colourful auroras December 30-31! Continue reading »

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STORM WATCH • G2 (Mod) Storming Possible Dec 18-20

Two Earth-directed coronal mass ejections (CMEs) are expected to cause minor magnetic havoc this weekend. For the latest conditions and predictions check out the Yellowknife Aurora Forecast and for current storm watch details visit our satellite site, www.northernlighthouse.ca

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G1 STORM WATCH • Minor Storming Expected Sunday

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(YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES) A large Earth-directed coronal hole was detected on Friday, inspiring space weather forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to issue a 48-hour G1 (Minor) geomagnetic storm watch for December 6-7. To find out what this means for skywatchers in the Northwest Territories, check the latest aurora forecast for Yellowknife!

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