Bright Moon Vs. Upcoming Geomagnetic Storm

The moon rose last night 99% full and made for a spectacular sight just after sunset. It’s amazing how much detail you can see on the moon’s face in early twilight when it’s light is only a little brighter than the background sky. The blotchy rayed craters Copernicus, Aristarchus and Tycho and a full spate…
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Watch For The Aurora Tuesday Night Oct. 24

What goes around comes around especially when it comes to the sun. Space weather experts predict a moderate G2 geomagnetic storm to erupt late tomorrow (Oct. 24th) afternoon and continue past midnight. The blast of high-speed particles from the sun marks at least the second go-round of a big coronal hole that served up several nights of…
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Geomagnetic Storm Underway, Watch For Aurora Tonight

Just got the latest forecast, and it looks promising. Lingering effects of a coronal hole — and a tighter connection between the blizzard of electrons and protons streaming our way from it — have pushed the Kp index up to 6 this late afternoon. As I write, a moderate (G2) geomagnetic storm is underway with…
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Holey Sun Could Fire Up Auroras Tonight

In one of the Winnie the Pooh stories I read to my kids, the lovable bear carries around a bag or sock with a hole in it. One day, he and Piglet get lost in the forest, but thanks to the the hole, the crumbs lead them back to safety. The sun’s like that. It…
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More Aurora Where Last Night’s Came From

How sweet it is when an aurora forecast is dead-on. Last night, the northern lights performed as expected, actually better than expected, and they were right on schedule. At nightfall, I could see a glow low in the north, but because of a work project, didn’t go out for a real look until around 10:30-11…
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