Aurora — The Big Picture From 518 Miles Up

What an amazing image! Those cresting wave forms? That’s the aurora seen from 518 miles up by the Suomi-NPP satellite. An intense display lit up the sky across northern Canada on Dec. 22 just hours after the winter solstice, when a mass of energetic particles from the sun smashed into Earth’s magnetic field and funneled down to…
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Jupiter’s Poles And Auroras Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before

NASA’s Juno probe just sent back the best and most detailed images ever of Jupiter’s polar regions. I’m sure you’ll agree they’re wonderful eye candy. They were made during the spacecraft’s first flyby of the planet during its long looping orbit. The photos show a chaos of whirling storms and weather activity and a notable…
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Aurora Update / Moon Glows Near Jupiter

The auroras we talked about on Monday may still happen, but they’re not exactly on schedule. A moderate G2 storm was expected to get underway today – a day early – beginning late morning or early afternoon, but it’s still pretty quiet out there. Assuming the blast arrives late, that would be a good thing because it would…
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Surprise Auroral Storm / Comet Lovejoy Update / Jupiter,moon Tight Tonight

No one suspected it was coming, but this morning from about 3 a.m. till dawn (Central time) Earth’s magnetic bubble went bananas and busted out with auroras. At peak, the Kp index hit “7” for a G3 or strong geomagnetic storm. If only we’d known. The storm appears to have been sparked by a large…
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Chance For Auroras Across Northern U.S. Tonight Oct. 8-9

An interplanetary shock wave possibly associated with an Oct. 6 coronal mass ejection (CME) blew by Earth this afternoon and sparked auroras at high latitudes. As of 6 p.m. CDT we’re in the middle of a minor G1 geomagnetic storm. Judging from the satellite images of the auroral oval, the “apron” of northern lights that…
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