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Sue Bee

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Posted: 02/22/12 12:05pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Link to story and video

Some of you folks get to see Auroras on a regular basis, but even with the recent heightened activity, we have not been fortunate enough to see any (the one night that it was visible in Chicago, and the weather was good, we missed it).


Here is an article about the rocket that Nasa launched to study the Northern Lights.

Pretty cool stuff, IMO.

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AURORA WATCH: High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras on March 6th and 7th. Sunspot AR1429 has hurled two CMEs into space since it emerged over the weekend. Neither cloud is heading directly toward Earth, but both could deliver glancing blows to our planet's magnetic field. NOAA forecasters say there is a 30% to 40% chance of polar geomagnetic storms during the next 24-48 hours.



http://spaceweather.com/



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Orion wrote:

There is a HUGE geomagnetic storm hitting the Earth right now and if it were dark, the Aurora would be visible over all of Canada and most of the US!

It's dark now, but very cloudy, windy and rainy. Not good for viewing...


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There is a HUGE geomagnetic storm hitting the Earth right now and if it were dark, the Aurora would be visible over all of Canada and most of the US!


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Last night, or actually this morning, in Ashland Wi, from Space Weather




My MIL's father built a cabin not far from there in the 40s which she still owns, so whenever we go up there, I check for solar activity

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Another good NASA site.. You might find very interesting.

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/

Back when I had a public "Home page" it was my "Heavenly bodies" link.

They had a very nice video as the APOD yesterday (3/5/2012) you might wish to check it out. There is a calendar link at the bottom you can path to it from there.


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Back when I was in college, my friend and I were talking at work about going to watch the northern lights after we closed and didn't want to be rude so we invited the high school girl we were working with to join us.

I don't think she really believed that we were just going to sit on the hood of his car and stare up at the sky.

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I have been fortunate enough to see the Northern lights twice in my lifetime in NE Texas. Pretty awesome. I have never had the opportunity otherwise.


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knesdad wrote:

Orion wrote:

There is a HUGE geomagnetic storm hitting the Earth right now and if it were dark, the Aurora would be visible over all of Canada and most of the US!

It's dark now, but very cloudy, windy and rainy. Not good for viewing...

That storm has now abated without being seen from North America. There is however, a much bigger one coming in at 10:30 PST tonight (+/- 7hrs!) which could cover almost all of North America. Of course, this is nature, so it might just miss us!

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The weather forecast for Chicago area is clear skies. It has been years since I have seen an aurora show, so hopefully tonight will be one.

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