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Where to see the Northern Lights.
« on: August 03, 2010, 09:57:56 AM »

Aunt Lisa mentioned she had never seen the northern lights in another thread...

and in the sun storms thread Tiny mentioned that the storms should make the northern lights more visible...

This article mentions that too but doesn't go into any specifics...


http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2010/08/sun_storms_may_bring_northern.html

I will go back and find the links I posted for Aunt Lisa in the other thread and post them here when I do...

Everyone please feel free to post away on your experiences on seeing the northern lights :) :) :)
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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2011, 01:58:21 PM »

Just got this from Twitter...

Some kind of a solar event (I don't follow all that) occurring today that should trigger the Northern Lights tonight.  If the sky stay clear enough tonight it may be an opportunity to see them.  Sometimes it's as difficult to see them as it is to find morel mushrooms :) :) :)

I enjoyed the comments at the bottom of the article...   

I want to meet the gal that wants to know which direction to look for the NORTHERN lights ;D ;D ;D

http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10150217317361897&id=91618601896
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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2011, 09:17:41 PM »

She is probably from Arkansas.   ;)

It is a spectacular sight, almost as much as Kim Kardashian's, well, never mind.

Get out of town away from the city lights.  I saw them once just north of Ida when they were forcasted a few years ago.
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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2011, 11:56:21 PM »

Says low on the horizon for chicago and cleveland.

http://www.gi.alaska.edu/AuroraForecast/2

http://www.spaceweather.com/

My son came home home very late one night several years ago and woke us up all excited saying something big must have blown up because the sky is all green. We went out and the whole northern sky was beautiful shades of green, it was amazing. Went on for hours.
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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2011, 07:53:56 AM »

Well, I seen some northern lights alright last night . . . that lightning show was awesome!
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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2011, 08:16:25 AM »

Well, I seen some northern lights alright last night . . . that lightning show was awesome!

It woke me up just in time to hear some hail...

it didn't last long.
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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2011, 08:30:47 AM »

It woke me up just in time to hear some hail...

it didn't last long.

Me too, I could hear it tinging off the windows. I thought, oh boy this is going to be a bad storm. Luckily it wasn't too bad, besides, we needed the rain.
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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2011, 10:37:25 PM »

So much for northern lights

For years, scientists have been predicting the Sun would by around 2012 move into solar maximum, a period of intense flares and sunspot activity, but lately a curious calm has suggested quite the opposite.

According to three studies released in the United States on Tuesday, experts believe the familiar sunspot cycle may be shutting down and heading toward a pattern of inactivity unseen since the 17th century.

The signs include a missing jet stream, fading spots, and slower activity near the poles, said experts from the National Solar Observatory and Air Force Research Laboratory.

"This is highly unusual and unexpected," said Frank Hill, associate director of the NSO's Solar Synoptic Network, as the findings of the three studies were presented at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society's Solar Physics Division in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

"But the fact that three completely different views of the Sun point in the same direction is a powerful indicator that the sunspot cycle may be going into hibernation."

Solar activity tends to rise and fall every 11 years or so. The solar maximum and solar minimum each mark about half the interval of the magnetic pole reversal on the Sun, which happens every 22 years.

Hill said the current cycle, number 24, "may be the last normal one for some time and the next one, cycle 25, may not happen for some time.

"This is important because the solar cycle causes space weather which affects modern technology and may contribute to climate change," he told reporters.

Experts are now probing whether this period of inactivity could be a second Maunder Minimum, which was a 70-year period when hardly any sunspots were observed between 1645-1715, a period known as the "Little Ice Age."

Global Warming??????

"If we are right, this could be the last solar maximum we'll see for a few decades. That would affect everything from space exploration to Earth's climate," said Hill.

Solar flares and eruptions can send highly charged particles hurtling toward Earth and interfere with satellite communications, GPS systems and even airline controls.

Geomagnetic forces have been known to occasionally garble the world's modern gadgetry, and warnings were issued as recently as last week when a moderate solar flare sent a coronal mass ejection in the Earth's direction.

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Scientists predict rare 'hibernation' of sunspots
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110614/ts_afp/usspacesun
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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2011, 10:35:22 PM »

Did anyone see the Northern lights last night around 10 PM?
I've heard from a lot of people who did. They were green and red and seen across most of the United states. I didn't find out until 11 PM and by then they were done.

Lots of pictures from all over the US at this site. Scroll down to the links.
http://www.spaceweather.com/
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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #10 on: February 26, 2012, 04:36:40 AM »

I don't know where to see the northern lights but in the north sky.  I do know I found the southern cross the day before yesterday! :)   8)
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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #11 on: February 26, 2012, 10:34:25 PM »

Auroras in the northern hemisphere are called the aurora borealis. In the southern hemisphere, they’re called the aurora australis.

Auroras appear when charged particles – streaming from the sun – get trapped by Earth’s magnetic field and flow toward our planet’s two geomagnetic poles. The particles collide with gases in the upper atmosphere, causing these gases to glow. In the same way electrons passing through the gases in a neon tube make a neon sign light up. The colors of the aurora are caused by different gases. Oxygen atoms emit red and green light. Nitrogen molecules give off blue and violet light.

Not nearly as many people see the aurora australis, or southern lights, as do its northern counterpart. The most vivid and frequent displays of southern lights are seen over the wilderness of Antarctica – where scientists go to study them.
 
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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2012, 08:31:03 PM »

I was surf fishing once at the mouth of the Platte River where it dumps into Lake Michigan.  Looking to the NNE is an unobstructed view of the sky over the lake......one of the most amazing sights I've ever seen. 

And wouldn't ya know it, did not have my camera!
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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #13 on: March 09, 2012, 09:19:42 AM »

I just received this link in a tweet from the MEN...

some absolutely breathtaking video of the Norther Lights over Lake Superior 8) 8) 8)

Aurora over Lake Superior, Upper Peninsula of Michigan
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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #14 on: March 09, 2012, 05:18:59 PM »

I was surf fishing once at the mouth of the Platte River where it dumps into Lake Michigan.  Looking to the NNE is an unobstructed view of the sky over the lake......one of the most amazing sights I've ever seen. 

And wouldn't ya know it, did not have my camera!

That is a beautiful area, I've canoed that river since I was 4... :D
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