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      UFOs & IFOs " Dazzling skies

      Photo Credit: Thomas Ashcraft

      The nighttime skies have been nothing short of astronomical, literally. You have probably already have seen or heard about Jupiter TMs sky status. If not, click here for the full explanation of where to look and how Jupiter is easily seen with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. A few web viewers have already commented at the bottom of that story regarding Jupiter TMs detail. But did you see what happened in New Mexico and west Texas Tuesday night? An unidentified flying object, theorized to be a random meteorite or two, entered the Earth TMs atmosphere above New Mexico TMs skies. Click on the slideshow for still pictures taken from a movie that is located here. That movie was taken from a sky-cam in Sante Fe. Thomas Ashcraft, who operates this camera, said that the sonic-boom creating fireball crossing the sky took 23 seconds to cross the sky and was nearly as bright as the (near) full moon.

      Closer to home, central New York skies have been active weather-wise, as well. Occasional showers and imbedded lightning strikes and thunderstorms tracked across the far North Country pre-dawn and the rest of central and northern New York at times through the rest of today. While severe weather is not likely, we cannot completely rule out an isolated heavier thunderstorm with potential additional lightning strikes, torrential downpours and gusty winds. Keep track with Interactive Doppler Radar and zoom into street level mapping and with the Triple Doppler Radar loop to see how the rain is moving.

      If that wasn TMt enough, the official September Harvest Moon is tonight all across North America. If skies can clear fast enough here in central New York, you will be able to see this seasonal full moon tonight. It is called a harvest moon because farmers used this light before electricity to harvest many crops during the month. This year TMs Harvest Moon is extra special because it falls on the same night that the Autumnal Equinox occurs. This is the first time in 20 years that this has happened, and will not occur again until 2029. The Autumnal Equinox is the official beginning of fall. There is a great website that explains with great detail what the Autumnal Equinox is and why there is not exactly 12 hours of daylight on the day of the equinox. Check it out if you are interested.

      Do you plan on watching the skies tonight? Let us know by commenting on this web story at the bottom of this web page. If you take pictures of Jupiter tonight, share them with us by e-mailing them to or or by sharing them at MyCNYcentral.

      For more on your weather forecast, click on Weather and then the Live Triple Doppler Radar tab on our weather page. Make sure you refresh the Doppler radar to see the very latest information, as well. Furthermore, we have our new Interactive Doppler Radar on our website. You can zoom down to street level with Interactive Doppler Radar. You are in total control of where the radar can zoom in. Give it a try. Plus, click on our Severe Weather Tab and our Watches and Warnings map to see the very latest county specific watches and warnings. In addition, you can follow along with me on Twitter by either clicking on the follow button on the Twitter section of our weather page or by visiting