Warming up, then noticeably cooler weather again Monday
Rises at 7:37 AM with 9:45 of sunlight, then sets at 5:22 PM
Rises at 11:53 AM with 11:06 of moolight, then sets at 10:59 PM
The stunning green glow in this image comes from an aurora at Glacier National Park in Montana.
The sun may be partly responsible for lightning strikes on Earth, and scientists think fluctuations in the sun's magnetic field could be used to predict lightning storms weeks in advance.
The Great Red Spot on Jupiter's face is secretly dull in color. But the swirling storm looks crimson thanks to something like a cosmic "sunburn," scientists say.
Anyone who spends time outdoors knows that weather influences soil moisture -- the moisture locked in soils that allows plants to grow -- through temperature, wind and, of course, rain and snowfall.
Fireballs caused by disintregrating asteroids streak through Earth's skies at least twice per month on average, scientists say.
In an early holiday gift to the world's weather and marine forecasting agencies, ocean-winds data from NASA's newest Earth-observing mission, the International Space Station-Rapid Scatterometer (ISS-RapidScat), are being released two months ahead of schedule.
The next few days will be action-packed for Europe's Philae lander, if the probe did indeed manage to survive its historic comet landing intact.