Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Pretty Sky Alert & Colliding Storm Update

Space Weather News for July 16, 2008

PRETTY SKY ALERT: The brightest lights in the night sky are having
a get-together. On July 16th and 17th, Jupiter and the nearly-full Moon
will be side-by-side in the constellation Sagittarius. The pair rise in the
southeast just after nightfall and remain visible all night long. That's not
all: The International Space Station is making a series of evening passes
over Europe and North America and it will join Jupiter and the Moon
over many towns and cities. Check the Simple Satellite Tracker to
find out when to look:

COLLIDING STORM UPDATE: Earlier this month, Jupiter's Little
Red Spot got caught between two larger storms (the Great Red Spot
and Oval BA), and the Little Red Spot was destroyed. Or was it?
New amateur photos of Jupiter show that the Little Red Spot may
be re-forming. Not only that, it seems to be drifting back toward
the Great Red Spot for a second collision. Updates will be posted
on as the storms converge anew.

Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society