Saturday, August 10, 2013

Cassi Road:  It’s been 18 years since Jerry Garcia died.  As with John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and John Lennon, I will always recall where I was and how I heard the news o his death.
          Gloria and I met because we were both interested in the music of The Grateful Dead.  Although the band no longer exists as it did then, the surviving members still play separately and sometimes together.  Of course, the music has survived over the years and there are periodic vault releases that feed newly re-mastered material out to the faithful. 
          Radio, television and other satellite may be spotty over the next several days.  We are going to experience a solar polarity reversal that has already begun to occur. 
What's up in space

Listen to radar echoes from satellites and meteors, live on listener-supported Space Weather Radio.
CHANCE OF STORMS: NOAA forecasters estimate a 60% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on August 10-11 when one and perhaps two CMEs are expected to hit Earth's magnetic field. The incoming clouds were propelled from the sun by a flurry of erupting magnetic filaments on Aug. 6-7. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras. Aurora alerts: text, voice.
PERSEID EARTHGRAZER: Last night a bright meteor skimmed the top of Earth's atmosphere over rural New Mexico, passing almost directly above the private observatory of amateur astronomer Thomas Ashcraft. Wide-field cameras and radio receivers captured the flight of this Perseid earthgrazer
As often is the case, the Perseid shower will likely be obscured by frontal weather patterns causing cloudy skies.  But each year we watch and hope.:

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