COSMIC RAYS IN THE ATMOSPHERE: Newly-released
measurements by high-altitude balloons show that cosmic rays in Earth's
atmosphere are intensifying. The ongoing increase, which has been
tracked since early 2015, will likely accelerate in the months and years
ahead as the solar cycle swings away from Solar Max. This result is of
interest to everyone from mountain climbers and air travelers to
operators of high-altitude drones. Visit Spaceweather.com for more information.
MORNING SKY SHOW: The five brightest planets in the
solar system have lined up in the morning sky for a naked-eye display of
rare beauty. In a few days, the Moon will begin to hop from planet to
planet, acting as a helpful guide to novice sky watchers.