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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Strong Geomagnetic Storm Hits Tonight Sept. 7-8

The big aurora blast we were waiting for appears to have fizzled with only a minor spike in activity. But the sun has more in store. Wednesday’s giant X9.3 flare in sunspot group 2673 sparked a coronal mass ejection (CME) that’s arrived sooner than expected. It slammed Earth’s magnetosphere around 6 p.m. (Central time) this evening and…
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Solar Storm Headed Our Way / Aurora Alert Tonight Sept. 6-7

The large sunspot group, active region 2673, that grew in great haste over the weekend, has proceeded to shoot out flares like a 4th of July fireworks display. Seven moderate or M-class flares erupted Monday and five more on Tuesday. During one of Monday’s flares, the spot group launched a CME or coronal mass ejection toward…
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