This will be a busy weekend for SpaceX.
There are many different definitions for when summer starts. The WRAL Meteorologists look to June 1 as the start of meteorological summer. Wake County Public School students have 5 different dates for the start of their summer break. Astronomers look to the June solstice for the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere.
Some of you may have noted that one of the tropical disturbances we've been watching in recent days has now resulted in tropical storm warnings for parts of the Windward Islands even though the system had not been designated a tropical cyclone when the warnings were issued.
NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia is planning a rocket launch Tuesday night which will produce glowing clouds in the upper atmosphere visible from eastern parts of the WRAL viewing area.
Captain Jim Lovell returned to the Triangle recently after kicking off the North Carolina Science Festival to a sold-out crowd at Memorial Hall in Chapel Hill in April. He shared his experiences commanding Apollo 13 and piloting the Apollo 8 Command Module with a group of students at Lenovo's Research Triangle Park campus.
You might remember Greg Fishel's Veterans Day discussion of the role weather forecasting played in the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944.
As summer unofficially begins this weekend (summer officially begins here in the northern hemisphere at the solstice, June 21) we've already begun seeing the staple of summer weather in our area: isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. As those storms pass, we are often treated to rainbows.
The International Space Station (ISS) will be a little more visible through Saturday morning.
Forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday there is a 45 percent chance of an "above-normal" Atlantic hurricane season in 2017.
A "new" supernova discovered by Patrick Wiggins at an observatory in Salt Lake City is expected to reach maximum brightness by this weekend.
The eta Aquariid meteor shower peaks this weekend. Unfortunately, the weather doesn't look very cooperative for prime viewing in the hours before sunrise Sunday morning. Fortunately, the eta Aquariids don't have a very sharp peak in activity and meteors should be visible for the next few days.
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