Eclipse Spectacle / Record-thin Moon / Aurora Redux?

I’m told weather was great at Svalbard in Norway for this morning’s total solar eclipse. Completely clear skies. The solar corona, only seen during an eclipse, looks fashionably punk with a head full of beautiful, magnetically-aligned spikes. Because the corona is a million times fainter than the blazing surface of the Sun you can’t see…
Read More

Unique Eclipse To Darken North Pole’s First Day Of Sunshine

Tomorrow March 20, coincidentally the first day of spring, the moon’s shadow will sweep across the Danish Faroe Islands and darken the Norwegian archipelago Svalbard before setting at the North Pole. It’s a little unusual to have a total solar eclipse occur on an equinox, but one that ends at sunset directly at the North Pole makes…
Read More

Northern Lights Recap And Planning For The Next Show

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGPgsxkNRVw&t=16 Northern Lights over Caribou Lake, Minn. by Guy Sander of Duluth, Minn. How to describe last night’s northern lights? Grand expectations – brief but spectacular display around 9:30 p.m. – long lull till nearly midnight – second blast low in the sky around midnight. If you lived near city lights or in an area…
Read More

Aurora’s Out Tonight As Forecast – Take A Look!

Good news! So far the forecast has been accurate. The aurora’s out right now filling the entire northern sky. It massive but still rather faint, soft and with little structure. I’m picking up a few dim rays. Many potentially strong aurora start this way but eventually break out into amazing lights. Well, it happened. The mush congealed…
Read More

Auroras Paint The Sky Green (and Red!) On St. Patrick’s Day

What a colorful coincidence! On the morning of St. Patrick’s Day an unexpected and HUGE geomagnetic storm blew our way. And it’s still blowing. If it wasn’t for that new nova in Sagittarius, I would have slept through the whole thing. Maybe some of you rose before dawn to see the nova and turned around…
Read More