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Aunt Lisa

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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #15 on: March 09, 2012, 06:35:31 PM »

UGH!!!! I'll never see them :(
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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #16 on: March 09, 2012, 07:29:27 PM »

UGH!!!! I'll never see them :(

Tonight should be a good night if there aren't too many clouds...

lots of solar activity this week should have them shooting down this far 8) 8) 8)
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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #17 on: April 24, 2012, 07:50:46 PM »

GEOMAGNETIC STORM: Earth is passing through the wake of a CME, and this is causing geomagnetic storms at high latitudes. Last night, auroras were spotted in more than a dozen US states including Michigan, Nebraska, Kansas, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, and Colorado.

http://spaceweather.com/

A solar event near the limb took us by surprise. The effects of this event
were first felt early on the 23rd GMT, but the ejecta from the sun arrived
just now (5:30pm Apr 23 GMT). 

Tonight there will be aurora over the northern tier of the US, Northern UK,
Southern Scandinavia, and Southern Alaska.  Observers in Southern New
Zealand and Tasmania should watch the sky tonight, if the activity proves to
be long-lasting.

The Geophysical Institute                     
University of Alaska Fairbanks
903 Koyukuk Ave N             
Fairbanks, Alaska  99775-7320
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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #18 on: April 24, 2012, 08:36:58 PM »

Once again, a day late and a dollar short UGH >:( >:( >:( >:( I will go to Alaska one year I swear ;)
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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #19 on: April 27, 2012, 12:34:15 PM »

"Plasma Jam" | First Photos/Video Alongside the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)

This timelapse video contains the first-ever photos from alongside the edge of the Northern Lights, aka. the Aurora Borealis.

Captured at 100,000 feet using a modified GoPro HD Hero2 camera attached to a carbon fiber frame, this homemade spacecraft reached altitude using a helium weather balloon and also hosted other scientific instruments used to measure features of the Aurora.



"Plasma Jam" | First Photos/Video Alongside the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)
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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #20 on: April 27, 2012, 12:42:50 PM »

Great video, thanks for posting!
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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #21 on: April 27, 2012, 12:45:43 PM »

Awesome video!!!
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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #22 on: April 28, 2012, 12:45:22 PM »

I lived in the UP for a year and never appreciated seeing them as I was a young college student...   They are pretty amazing
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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #23 on: July 13, 2012, 09:58:34 PM »

Auroral Alert

A significant event located on the Sun facing Earth took place on July 12.  The effects of this event will begin to reach Earth early on the 14th of July GMT.
Observers in North America should watch for aurora on the nights of the 14th and 15th local time. Depending on the configuration of the disturbance, auroras may be visible as far south as the middle tier of states.
Activity may remain high also on the 16th.  Auroras should be visible Southern New Zealand, Tasmania, and of course, Antarctica.

http://www.spaceweather.com/

REVISED FORECAST: The CME launched toward Earth by yesterday's X-flare is moving faster than originally thought. Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab have revised their forecast accordingly, advancing the cloud's expected arrival time to 09:17 UT (5:17 am EDT) on Saturday, July 14th. Weekend auroras are likely. Aurora alerts: text, voice.

X-FLARE! Big sunspot AR1520 unleashed an X1.4-class solar flare on July 12th. Because the sunspot is directly facing Earth, everything about the blast was geoeffective. For one thing, it hurled a coronal mass ejection (CME) directly toward our planet. According to a forecast track prepared by analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab, the CME will hit Earth on July 14th around 09:17 UT (5:17 am EDT) (+/- 7 hours) and could spark strong geomagnetic storms.

Get up early before the sun comes up, supposed to rain later in the day.
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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #24 on: July 14, 2012, 09:29:00 AM »

Sounds like there's going to be good chances to see the northern lights for the next year or so...   moving toward the height of the 11 year cycle over the next 12 months!!!

http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/weather/weather_news/will-we-see-northern-lights-this-weekend-solar-flare-could-result-in-light-show-in-the-sky
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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #25 on: July 14, 2012, 11:09:45 PM »

Looks like it will be cloudy as usual.
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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #26 on: July 17, 2012, 03:31:11 PM »

I was out looking about 1:30 this morning...   the dogs thought I was up to let them out though so they went out with me ;) ;) ;)  There were some clouds but they were scattered.  I probably could have seen them if they were there.  I did watch a few airplanes flying over though...   do you ever wonder where all those people are going at that time of night???   They can't all be cargo planes :-\ :-\ :-\

If you didn't get a chance to see anything here is some time lapse video that was recorded in Michigan!

July 16th 2012 Northern Lower Michigan Solar Storm on Vimeo
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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #27 on: July 17, 2012, 04:00:53 PM »

Oooooppppssss....

I forgot to post the link to the article that goes with the video...   

I guess I was so excited from watching the video 8) 8) 8)

http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/07/stunning_time-lapse_video_capt.html#incart_river_default
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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #28 on: December 13, 2012, 06:03:36 PM »

The answer appears to be right at the sign that marks the Arctic Circle.  That is the yellow sign, and the pics are captured by a National Geographic photographer.




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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #29 on: March 16, 2013, 11:48:39 PM »

WILL THE SKY TURN GREEN ON ST. PATRICK'S DAY? A magnetic filament snaking around sunspot AR1692 erupted on March 15th at about 0600 UT. The slow explosion, which took hours to unfold, produced an M1-class solar flare and a bright CME. SOHO (the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) photographed the expanding cloud, which is heading directly toward Earth. The CME left the sun traveling some 900 km/s (2 million mph). Three-dimensional computer models based on observations from SOHO and NASA's twin STEREO probes predict the CME will cross the void between sun and Earth in two days or less. NOAA forecasters estimate a 70% chance of polar geomagnetic storms when the cloud arrives on March 17th. This means the sky could turn green on St. Patrick's Day! High latitude (and possibly even middle latitude) sky watchers should be alert for auroras this weekend.

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