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Meteors from Halley's Comet

Source - Space Weather News for May 3, 2016: http://spaceweather.com

METEORS FROM HALLEY'S COMET: Earth is entering a stream of debris from Halley's Comet, source of the annual eta Aquariid meteor shower. Although the shower does not peak until later this week, a radar in Canada is already detecting strong echoes from the debris zone. This bodes well for sky watchers who could see 30 or more meteors per hour in the nights ahead. Visit http://spaceweather.com for updates and observing tips.
SPACE ROSES FOR MOTHER'S DAY: Nothing says "Happy Mother's Day" quite like a red rose from the edge of space. See? There's still time to buy a space rose for your own mom. Order one now from Earth to Sky Calculus for overnight delivery before May 8th. All proceeds support student space weather ...
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The next Big Picture Science podcast "Living Computers" will be available Monday May 02, 2016 at: http://bigpicturescience.org/

A notice for this upcoming podcast has also posted on the CloudyMidnights blog: http://cloudymidnights.blogspot.com/

Big Picture Science is presented by the +SETI Institute 

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Space Lightning over Texas

Source - Space Weather News for April 28, 2016: http://spaceweather.com

"SPACE LIGHTNING" OVER TEXAS: Last night, a photographer in Texas captured a magnificent display of sprites dancing atop a powerful thunderstorm near Dallas. Sprites are an exotic form of lightning that shoot up from thunderstorms, reaching toward space. The Texas display shows that sprite season is now underway in the northern hemisphere.

Visit http://spaceweather.com for more information and observing tips. Space Lightning over Texas
SOLAR SECTOR BOUNDARY CROSSING: On April 29th or 30th, Earth will cross a fold in the heliospheric current sheet--a vast wavy structure in interplanetary space separating regions of opposite magnetic polarity. This is called a "solar sector boundary crossing," and it could trigger geomagnetic ...
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Scientists decided to call them sprites to dissuade people from referring to it as lightning to space.  But, not too long after they coined the term, it was observed that, actually, they do indeed connect to space ...

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Lyrid Meters vs. the Full Moon

Source - Space Weather News for April 21, 2016: http://spaceweather.com

LYRID METEORS VS. THE FULL MOON: Earth is passing through a stream of debris from Comet Thatcher, source of the annual Lyrid meteor shower.  Unfortunately, the shower's peak coincides with tonight's full Moon.  Will we see any Lyrids through the glare?  It's possible. NASA cameras have captured a number of Lyrid fireballs over the USA, easy to see in bright moonlight.  Visit http://spaceweather.com for more information. 
LYRID METEORS VS. THE FULL MOON: Earth is entering a stream of debris from Comet Thatcher, source of the annual Lyrid meteor shower. Normally, sky watchers would see 10 to 20 meteors per hour when the shower peaks during the night of April 21-22. This year, however, the Lyrids have competition.
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The next Big Picture Science podcast "Moving Right Along" will be available Monday, April 18, 2016 at: http://bigpicturescience.org/

A notice for this upcoming podcast has also posted on the CloudyMidnights blog: http://cloudymidnights.blogspot.com/

Big Picture Science is presented by the +SETI Institute 

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Negative Magnetic Fields Spark Auroras

Source - Space Weather News for May 2, 2016: http://spaceweather.com

NEGATIVE MAGNETIC FIELDS SPARK AURORAS: For the past three days Earth has been passing through a region of interplanetary space filled with negative-polarity magnetic fields. This has caused intermittent geomagnetic storms and beautiful auroras around both poles. Visit http://spaceweather.com for pictures and more information about this phenomenon.

"SPACE LIGHTNING" SIGHTED OVER THE CARIBBEAN: Sprite season is definitely underway. Only a few days after a widespread display appeared over Texas, more sprites have popped up near Puerto Rico. This time the exotic forms of upper atmospheric electricity were sighted dancing above the sea instead of land. Learn more about land-vs-sea sprites at http://spaceweather.com.
SPACE ROSES FOR MOTHER'S DAY: Nothing says "Happy Mother's Day" quite like a red rose from the edge of space. See? There's still time to buy a space rose for your own mom. Order one now from Earth to Sky Calculus for delivery before May 8th. All proceeds support student space weather research.
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The next Big Picture Science podcast "Skeptic Check: Your Inner Lab Coat" will be available Monday April 25, 2016 at: http://bigpicturescience.org/

A notice for this upcoming podcast has also posted on the CloudyMidnights blog: http://cloudymidnights.blogspot.com/

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Quiet Sunspot Wakes Up, Explodes

Source - Space Weather News for April 18, 2016: http://spaceweather.com

BIG SUNSPOT ERUPTS: Surprise! Quiet sunspot AR2529 isn't so quiet, after all. The heart-shaped active region erupted on April 18th (00:39 UT), producing a strong M6.7-class solar flare and shortwave radio blackouts around the Pacific. Visit http://spaceweather.com for more information.
JUPITER AND THE MOON: When the sun goes down tonight, step outside and look east. Jupiter and the Moon are in conjunction only 2 degrees apart. Try to catch them before the sky fades to black. The sight of Jupiter and the Moon so close together and framed by twilight blue is a heavenly way to ...
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Occupation
Embedded systems / information technologies (see my Linkedin profile). My current focus is on improving my Linux skills, and studying for a network certification such as CCNA.
Skills
Electronics, Embedded systems, IoT, Linux, UNIX, Windows, Troubleshooting, Technical Support, Engineering Lab Management, Troubleshooting,
Employment
  • Skills Inc.
    Lab Manager - Microsoft, 2013 - 2014
  • Sea Mar Community Health Centers
    Technical Support, 2009 - 2013
  • SourceCode Technology Holdings, Inc
    Customer Support Consultant, 2008 - 2008
  • Emulex
    Sr. Systems Test Technician, 2003 - 2008
  • Digital Forest
    Technical Support, 2002 - 2003
  • Applied Microsystems Corp.
    Sr. Electronics Technician, 1994 - 2001
  • Sundstrand Data Control
    Electronics Technician, 1982 - 1994
Places
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Previously
Seattle, WA - Kirkland, WA - Bellevue, WA
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Tagline
Have you ever looked up at the stars and just wondered? Yeah, me too.
Introduction
Personal interests:
  • Astronomy
  • Meteorology
  • Oceanography
  • Robotics - Arduino and PIC based
  • Retro-computing
  • Science fiction. 
Professional interests:
  • Networking Technologies
  • UNIX/Linux system administration
  • Embedded systems
  • Programming - Developing interest in Python, Perl, and C/C++
  • High Performance Computing (HPC), Cloud Computing, and Software Defined Networking (SDN)

You can find out more about my professional experience on my Linkedin profile.

I manage or assist in managing five pages here on Google+. These pages are the UrbanspelunkersRadio Shack Color Computer (CoCo), HPC High Performance Computing and Free Donne Team.

I am looking to connect with others who have similar interest, so feel free to drop me a line or even add me to your circles.

Cheers! ~ Jim
Bragging rights
I was born in 1958 which is the same year that astrophysicists Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and Dr. Alex Filippenko were born, and the same year that NASA was founded. 1958 was a good year for space geeks.
Education
  • North Seattle Community College
    Electronics, 80 - 82
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