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CME BALLOON LAUNCH: Within minutes of the CME’s arrival, the students of Earth to Sky Calculus and Spaceweather.com launched a cosmic ray balloon to the stratosphere. Ten years of practice helps get a balloon in the air quickly:

WHEN IS THE NEXT VENUS-MOON CONJUNCTION? Did you miss last night’s Venus-Moon conjunction? Mark your calendar for Dec. 6th.

COMET LEONARD IS COMING: The brightest comet of the year is heading for Earth. On Dec. 12, 2021, Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1) will be just 35 million kilometers away and could be visible to the naked eye in the early morning sky. This is what it looked like last night:

Nov. 16, 2021: Russia just destroyed one of its own satellites. On Nov. 15, 2021

GEOMAGNETIC STORM WATCH: Minor G1-class geomagnetic storms are possible on Nov. 27th when a CME is expected to sideswipe Earth’s magnetic field. Click to watch the storm cloud leaving the sun yesterday:

WHERE ARE THE NOCTILUCENT CLOUDS? Something’s missing from the South Pole: Noctilucent clouds (NLCs). Normally at this time of year the first puffs of electric blue appear in the mesosphere above Antarctica. But as current data from NASA’s AIM spacecraft show, the noctilucent zone is empty:

GEOMAGNETIC STORM WATCH: Minor G1-class geomagnetic storms are possible on Nov. 27th or 28th when a CME is expected to sideswipe Earth’s magnetic field. The CME left the sun on Nov. 24th following a filament eruption in the sun’s southern hemishere. Even if the CME misses, solar wind plasma shoved toward Earth by the nearby storm cloud could spark Arctic auroras. Aurora alerts: SMS Text