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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Watch the sky tonight

Possibility of northern lights tonight
Also, today is National Peanut Butter Day
By Will Collette

The Sun unleashed a huge solar flare that has headed directly at the Earth. The edges of it have already hit. While this flare poses no direct danger to us, it could set us up to see a rare display of the Northern Lights or aurora borealis tonight.

Last night, there were spectacular sightings in northern Europe. According to NOAA's statistical prediction for the  Northern Lights, Rhode Island is just within the area where the phenomenon can be seen.

I saw them once here in Rhode Island, about six years ago.

We have pretty good conditions for viewing, should the aurora occur this far south. Clear sky and no moon.

Look to the northern sky after dark and, if you don't see it then, check the sky from time to time. If the northern lights are present, you'll know it. They are a sight to behold!

Also, today is National Peanut Butter Day (I'm not making this up), so while you're watching the northern lights, why not crack some peanuts or chow down on a supper of PB&J? Mmmmm, mmmmm!

Fun peanut facts:

  • Peanuts are not nuts. They're legumes more like peas.
  • It takes 540 peanuts to make the average jar of peanut butter
  • Though George Washington Carver is credited with inventing peanut butter, it was actually the Aztecs. Carver actually had nothing to do with peanut butter.