Capital Weather Gang: Space Weather


Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 02/19/2014

Magical moment: a snowy owl basks in the eerie green light of an aurora

In Sauk Rapids, Minnesota last night, the northern lights illuminated a snowy owl proudly perched on a power pole.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:25 AM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Nature, Photography, Space Weather

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Rocket launched from Wallops, Va.; aurora may be viewable tonight in northern states

An rocket was launched from NASA’s Wallops Island at 1:07 p.m. today and was viewable for parts of the East Coast. Tonight, aurora may be viewable in northern states.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:15 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Astronomy, Latest, Space Weather

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 10/31/2013

The scary Halloween solar storm of 2003: a warning for today’s space weather

Ten years ago, the sun provided an unexpected extra dimension to the tricks and treats of Halloween.

By Steve Tracton  |  11:35 AM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Astronomy, Latest, Space, Space Weather

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 10/10/2013

How the shutdown could impact scientist studying space weather at the South Pole

To get a better sense of the impact of the Federal shutdown on Antarctic science research, we talked to C. Robert Clauer, whose conducts space weather research at the South Pole.

By Masuma Ahuja  |  10:51 AM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Space Weather

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 08/21/2013

The excited sun is smiling at us -- six dazzling views

The sun must be having a good day.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:11 PM ET, 08/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Imagery, Latest, Space Weather

Posted at 04:47 PM ET, 08/19/2013

Noctilucent clouds and aurora: all in one view (VIDEO)

You may have seen footage of these phenomena separately, but I doubt in the same shot. Here together are aurora AND noctilucent (or night shining) clouds!

By Jason Samenow  |  04:47 PM ET, 08/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Photography, Space Weather

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 08/06/2013

Reverse! Sun's magnetic field on the brink of 180-degree flip

It's nearly time for the current solar cycle's second half. And stunningly, the sun's magnetic field will rearrange itself to mark the mid-point.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:14 PM ET, 08/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Astronomy, Latest, Space Weather

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 04/23/2013

A year of outbursts from the sun

NASA has stitched together a dazzling image, combining 25 separate images of solar flares between April 16, 2012 and April 15, 2013.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:46 AM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Astronomy, Latest, Space Weather

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 04/04/2013

Comet Pan-STARRS still pleasing, amazing photo and video

Comet Pan-STARRS made a subtle but scenic appearance in Washington, D.C. skyline early in March. It has faded, but can still be seen in the night sky under the right circumstances.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:10 PM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Astronomy, Latest, Photography, Space Weather