Space Weather: Morning, Noon and Night
14 Apr 2002
Space Weather News for April 14, 2002
COMET DAWN: Comet Ikeya-Zhang, which has delighted evening sky watchers since March, is now a morning comet, too. It is climbing higher in northern skies as it recedes from the Sun and approaches our planet. Visit http://www.spaceweather.com for finder charts and details.
MEANWHILE ON THE SUN: The sunspot number has soared this month. Nearly a dozen sunspot groups are crossing the Earth-facing side of our star, and some of them pose a threat for strong solar flares.
EARTHSHINE: Sky watchers with a clear view of the western horizon should be alert just after sunset on April 14 and 15 for a slender crescent Moon illuminated by Earthshine. It's one of the loveliest sights in the heavens -- and astronomers have learned that it's most intense during the months of April and May.
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