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Awesome video from the South Pole

February 07, 2019; 5:50 PM

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This fascinating video is a compilation of shots over a recent winter from the South Pole. According to Spaceweather.com. Roger Schwarz has spent the last 14 Southern Hemisphere winters at the South Pole! This may seem crazy to some, but he is there to operate the Keck Telescope Array at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. There is a lot to look at in the night sky when it's dark for six months out of the year!

There have been some high-latitude auroras recently. But, nothing out of the ordinary. If you are curious about the latest aurora activity, or would like to see some of the best images you can find, check out the Spaceweather.com Realtime Aurora Photo Gallery.

Most of us won't be seeing the auroras this week. But, you can spot the brand new crescent moon the next few evenings. The new moon was Tuesday. It was not your ordinary new moon, but signified the start of the Chinese New Year. My neighbors let me know about it by shooting off a lot of fireworks!

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I labeled Uranus on this graphic. But, it will not be nearly as bright as it appears here. You will need a telescope or binoculars to see it. But, if you can find Mars, then you won't have to look far to find Uranus. The moon will be even closer to these planets over the weekend.

Enjoy your time outdoors! Thanks for reading. Just look up, you never know what you will see.

The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of AccuWeather, Inc. or AccuWeather.com

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