Two astronomy events might bring some color and some meteors to the Thursday evening sky. The sun has released a burst of energy from a solar hole which could result in a G1 Minor Geomagnetic Storm. That could provide some color in the night sky on the northern horizon here in the Bitterroot Valley (see photo above).

There's a meteor in that photo, which you might also see between 9:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Thursday, November 21. The Earth will be passing through debris left by a comet which can result in quite a few meteors flashing through the night sky (1985 and 1995 were notable). A group of meteor scientists say that the Alpha Monocerotid shower has been active in previous years, but only lasts for about an hour. However, many other years have been disappointing for meteor-watchers. If we have clear skies, it's worth a look toward the eastern horizon. Folks in the eastern part of the US will have a better view. A more "reliable" meteor shower is December 13-14 with the Geminids. However, the moon will be pretty bright those nights, so only the brightest meteors will be visible.

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