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Meteor Shower Photos, Snow Storm Update, and a Diamond Planet?

21 Oct 2012, 2:00 pm

Shower Photos

The Orionids meteor shower peaked last night. This was visible across North America. That is, if you were willing to stay up late and lay on the ground outside in (most likely) cold weather.  If that wasn’t included in your Saturday night plans, here are some great photos from  www.spaceweather.com. Check out that website for many more.

Stoycho Danev on October 21, 2012 @ Inishowen peninsula,Donegal,Ireland

Paola Castillo on October 17, 2012 @ Nasa Ames, California

Renata Arpasova on October 21, 2012 @ Avebury, Wiltshire, UK

Pacific Northwest Snow Storm

Heavy snow has been falling in the Cascades for the first time this season.  Measurable snowfall coming to the mountains but even lowering down to the passes.

Ski resorts loving the snow!

Photo from: White Pass Ski Area

As the jet stream dips south, the snow, cold weather, and rain move into the mountains of Central California. Winter Storm Warnings have already been issued for the pink areas but the heaviest snow is not expected to start until early tomorrow morning and will continue into Tuesday.

From the National Weather Service:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SACRAMENTO HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING ABOVE 5500 FEET FOR HEAVY SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO 5 AM PDT TUESDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 6 TO 12 INCHES. * ELEVATION: SNOW LEVELS ABOVE 5500 FEET BUT LOCALLY LOWER DOWN TO 4500 FEET. * TIMING: STARTING LATE THIS EVENING CONTINUING INTO TUESDAY MORNING. HEAVIEST SNOW LIKELY DURING THE DAY MONDAY. * WINDS: SOUTH 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH OVER RIDGES. * IMPACTS: DRIVING WILL LIKELY BECOME HAZARDOUS FROM SLICK ROADS AND REDUCED VISIBILITIES. SEASONALLY OPEN BACK COUNTRY ROADS MAY BECOME IMPASSIBLE.

Tropical Activity

The tropics are getting restless again and there are now two areas of concern.

The red circle south of Hispaniola labels an area of low pressure that has been given a 70% chance of becoming a tropical depression within the next 2 days. Areas that would feel the immediate effects of this system include Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas. From there the path is a little more uncertain.  Here is a collection of various model solutions:

Many of these models bring this system quite close to the the southern tip of Florida but none of them actually have it making landfall.  This won’t be for several more days. Stay tuned for more details as this system develops.

Diamond Planet is Discovered

Sound too good to be true? Well it might actually exists but its not exactly attainable (at least right now).

Photo from: http://www.mining.com/yale-researchers-discover-diamond-planet-twice-the-size-of-the-earth-70063/

From Reuters: “Orbiting a star that is visible to the naked eye, astronomers have discovered a planet twice the size of our own made largely out of diamond. The rocky planet, called ’55 Cancri e’, orbits a sun-like star in the constellation of Cancer and is moving so fast that a year there lasts a mere 18 hours. Discovered by a U.S.-Franco research team, its radius is twice that of Earth’s and its mass is eight times greater. It is also incredibly hot, with temperatures on its surface reaching 3,900 degrees Fahrenheit (2,148 Celsius). “The surface of this planet is likely covered in graphite and diamond rather than water and granite,” said Nikku Madhusudhan, the Yale researcher whose findings are due to be published in the journal Astrophysical Journal Letters.”

Check back for more updates!

Gretchen Mishek

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