Swedish Meatballs Are Delicious, But You Should See Their Auroras

One of the better aurora videos that captures a display in great detail in real time. It really heats up at about a minute 30 seconds in. We had a fine but brief display of the aurora this week over the northern states and Canada on Thursday night, March 15. Would that we all could…
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Getting To Know The Weird Purple Aurora Called STEVE

Last May, the work of citizen scientists helped establish the existence of a weird form of the aurora nicknamed Steve. Now almost a year later, aurora scientists know a lot more about Steve and happily have kept the name and turned it into a nerdy acronym — STEVE for “Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement.” Apparently,…
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Johnny-Come-Lately Aurora Still A Thrill

Night before last. Nothing. Then tonight, the aurora snuck up behind us around 10 o’clock — a whisper of a glow low in the north. Within 15 minutes it evolved into single arc, then two concentric arcs. When those arcs brightened and rose in altitude, I knew rays would soon be on the way. True…
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Northern Lights Possible Tonight March 14-15 / Farewell Mr. Hawking

“Et tu, Brute?” It’s a portentous overnight for the aurora since midnight marks March 15, the Ides of March. You’ll recall that was the day in 44 B.C. when Caesar was stabbed to death by a group of Roman senators including his friend Brutus. The Latin quote, which translates as “And you, Brutus?”, comes from…
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All Day And All Of The Night — The Sky From Sunset To Sunrise

In 1964 the Kinks released the hit song All Day and All of the Night, a title I’m flagrantly appropriating because there’s good stuff to see in the sky this month from start to finish. Still a great tune, BTW. First, you can’t pass up Venus and Mercury together in the western sky at dusk.…
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