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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Saturn Conjunction Tonight, G2 Aurora Storm Forecast Weds. Night

I hope you’ll have clear skies tonight to see a nice conjunction of Saturn and the almost-half moon in the southwestern sky at dusk. They’ll be fairly close, about 2½° apart, and worth a look. If you haven’t seen Saturn through a telescope lately, tonight’s pairing will serve as a reminder to look at the ringed…
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Sun Won’t Quit — Aurora May Return Tonight Thru Wednesday

I almost didn’t wake up in time for this morning’s occultation of Aldebaran by the last quarter moon. Let’s just say I made myself get up. Sure glad I did. Despite some fire haze, Aldebaran waited just off the moon’s edge through the telescope. The contrast of that bit of fire with the broad, daylight-tinted…
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