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Angry and active Sunspot 930...

Angry and active sunspot 930

Friday, December 8th - Aurora Watch...

Sky watchers, be alert for auroras commonly known as the northern lights. A coronal mass ejection (CME) is expected to brush past Earth tonight, sparking a mild geomagnetic storm. 

The display will probably favor high latitudes such as Scandinavia, Canada and Alaska, but it could descend as well to northern-tier US states such as Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and even Colorado.

The source of the CME is sunspot 930, which has been exploding regularly since it first appeared on Dec. 5th. The "angry sunspot" is slowly turning to face the Earth. As it does, it might send more CMEs our way, and they would hit head-on rather than merely brushing past. By next week, Northern Lights could reach deep into the United States.

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Full "Cold" Moon on Wednesday morning...

Full "Cold" Moon on Wednesday Morning

Tuesday, December 5th - Full "Cold" Moon...

During this month the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest leading to the name, Cold Moon, for December's full moon. December's full Moon is also sometimes called the Moon before Yule. 

The term Long Night Moon is a doubly appropriate name because the midwinter night is indeed long, and because the Moon is above the horizon for a long time. 

The midwinter full Moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite a low Sun.

The full "Cold Moon" occurred officially at 5:24PM MST on Monday, December 4th.

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Young Elk in Estes Park on Tuesday...

Young Elk in Estes Park on Tuesday

Sunday, December 3rd - Photo Of The Week...

This week's photo features a young American Elk resting in the grass along
the side of Highway 36 in Estes Park, on Tuesday morning. It was one of a herd of around fifty that were resting near the museum in town.

Elk in Estes Park are a very common sight particularly in the winter months. Large herds come down from the high country in search of food and to enjoy the more moderate temperatures of the Estes Valley. It is not unusual to have fifty or more Elk lying your yard, driveway or wherever they chose.

The Elk are docile by nature and seldom attack people. However, the bulls are at times aggressive during rutt (mating) and the females during calving. While they may seem tame, these are wild animals and should never be approached

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