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The Summer Sky

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

(Photo credit: Space.com)

Why is it so hot? Well it’s not because we are closer to the sun. It’s really not the proximity of the Earth to the sun, but the solar radiation that heats the ocean and the land, which in turn heats the air. If you turn to the sky you might have the chance to see some Aurora Borealis or more accurately Aurora Australis, which are Southern lights and easier to see for us here in the North East. This phenomenon is particularly beautiful and becomes more frequent with the appearance of X-class solar flares. Check it out at spaceweather.com. Also, don’t miss what’s in the night sky this week. All this and more on this week’s Sky Talk.

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