The first week of November ushered in quite a celestial display across the globe. From northern lights to a visible Venus and winter constellations, skygazers were treated to a variety of events this week.
For several days, the northern lights, officially known as the aurora borealis, were visible across parts of Alaska. The event is fairly common in Alaska this time of year, as the nighttime hours are longer.
"This show was caused by the busiest stretch of activity in this solar cycle," according to AccuWeather.com Astronomy Expert Mark Paquette.
Those that missed the aurora still had a chance to view Venus and rising winter constellations on clear nights.
Additionally, numerous reports of a fireball across the Southern California sky surfaced on Nov. 6, though few succeeded in capturing the event.
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Much cooler air with temperatures more typical of mid- to late September will sweep across the Great Lakes and Northeast into next week.
Much of the southern United States dealing with the aftermath of Cindy will get a break from hot, humid and stormy conditions by the end of the weekend.
This weekend’s taste of September across the north-central United States will give way to a resurgence of heat, steamy air and severe weather by midweek.
The recent April-like rainy stretch of weather will quickly get erased by a resurgence of sizzling heat in northeastern China this week.
A welcome period of more seasonable conditions will grace Germany this weekend before the risk of stronger thunderstorms returns around the middle of next week.
Cooler air will continue to pour across the United Kingdom this weekend, providing relief from the longest June heat wave in more than 40 years.
Tropical Storm Dora in the eastern Pacific Basin threatens to increase downpours along Mexico's southern coast into Monday.