Possible auroras for northern U.S. tonight May 7-8

A low auroral glow silhouettes distant clouds early this morning (May 7) around 12:15 a.m. A similar aurora might be visible tonight. Photo: Bob King

Although not in the forecast for the U.S., looking at tonight’s satellite plots of the auroral oval – the permanent rings of auroral activity centered over the north and south magnetic poles – it’s obvious activity is up as of 10 p.m. Central time. Similar conditions existed both yesterday morning and last night.

Those living in the northern U.S. who have access to dark skies might want to be on the lookout for low arcs of aurora and faint rays late tonight. Let us know if you see any.

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My name is Bob King and I work at the Duluth News Tribune in Duluth, Minn. as a photographer and photo editor. I'm also an amateur astronomer and have been keen on the sky since age 11. My modest credentials include membership in the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) where I'm a regular contributor, International Meteorite Collectors Assn. and Arrowhead Astronomical Society. I also teach community education astronomy classes at our local planetarium.

2 thoughts on “Possible auroras for northern U.S. tonight May 7-8

  1. Hey Bob,
    Congratulation on your fabulous morning of comets, meteors and aurora. I was thinking that the next few days are the best bet to try a comet triple whammy. ISON (if one has the large telescope) in Gemini is in the west (not too far west?) at sunset with little moon interference, PANSTARRS and Lemmon in the morning sky and easy to find. Here’s an odd question. Has any sungrazer near perihelion been seen in a dark sky during a total solar eclipse? Sounds wonderful but highly improbable.
    Norman S.

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