SNOW MOON AND JUPITER: There's a full Moon this week, and according to folklore it has a special name: the Snow Moon, so-called because northern snow often falls most heavily in February. This year the Snow Moon is in conjunction with Jupiter. Look for the duo rising together in the east just after sunset on Feb. 3rd.
GEOMAGNETIC STORM: A stream of high-speed solar wind is bufteting Earth's magnetic field, and this is sparking www.swpc.noaa.gov/NOAAscales/index.html#GeomagneticStorms" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">G1-class geomagnetic storms around the Arctic Circle. This morning in Alaska, the auroras were bright enough to see through almost-full moonlight:
'It was an amazing show," says photographer Marketa S Murray. "The auroras were south, north ... all over the sky!"
NOAA estimates a 70% chance of continued geomagnetic storming on Feb. 2nd. High-latitude sky watchers should remain alert for auroras tonight as the solar wind continues to blow.