Northern Lights/Aurora Borealis update: The kp-index is at a 5 as I write this. That’s often good for a faint, green glow on the northern horizon if you’re away from city lights. You’d probably be able to see a greenish aurora to the north in a dark spot in the U.P. Check out these aurora pics. from Iceland tonight. Here’s the aurora in Alberta, Canada. Here’s this week’s Sky at a Glance. The waning (that means you see less of it each succeeding night) half-moon will soon be a crescent moon in the late night. The planet Venus shines brightly in the east before sunrise. A much fainter Mars also graces our eastern sky before daybreak. You have to look pretty quick to find Jupiter after sunset to the SSW. Saturn is a prominent evening “star” to the southwest. Here’s a list of when you can see the International Space Station fly overhead. The best times are 6:57 on 9/17 and 6:05 am on 9/18.
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