Big Auroras Light Up Memorial Day Weekend

Wow! What a night. I didn’t get to bed until 1:30 this morning. No regrets though. The display of oozing, expanding, pulsing and darting northern lights was second to none. What made this round of aurora so interesting for me was the nearly complete absence of sharp edges. Everything I saw — even the occasional…
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Geomagnetic Storm Tonight May 27-28 — Watch For Aurora

The space weather crew just sent out a revised forecast for a moderate aurora storm (G2) tonight. It’s already underway with Kp=6 as of 8 p.m. (CDT). I encourage you to watch the northern sky as soon as it gets dark. A coronal mass ejection from May 23 has hooked into Earth’s magnetic envelope stoking…
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Aurora Out Tonight May 19-20

Well, it finally made it here. The forecast aurora didn’t arrive at all the predicted times, but it did show tonight. Such a capricious creature. I noticed the light around 10:15 p.m. (CDT) this evening — a faint glow low in the northern sky below the W of Cassiopeia — so I got in my…
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Auroras Expected To Bubble Up Mid-Week May 16, 17

A solar outburst, called a coronal mass ejection, paired with a high-speed particle blast from a recent coronal hole may liven the sky with auroras both Tuesday and Wednesday nights (May 16-17). Things will get off to a gentle start tomorrow beginning around  nightfall when a minor G1 geomagnetic storm is expected to commence. Typically, the…
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Amateur Photo Helps Researchers Uncover New Form Of Aurora

Last fall, Dave Markel, a photographer based in Kamloops, British Columbia was out photographing the northern lights when he saw something really strange. Crossing over his head and running almost perfectly from east to west, a narrow arc of light glowed for almost an hour. Markel took photos of the phenomenon and posted it on social…
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