Surprise Aurora Steals Into The Night

Charles Darwin closed the last paragraph of his book On the Origin of Species with this wonderful observation: “There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of…
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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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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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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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The Face Of Earth-Approacher 2014 JO25 / Sun Blows Off Some ‘Steam’

Tonight, we finally get a chance to see Earth-approaching asteroid 2014 JO25 canter across the sky a day hours after its closest approach to Earth. You’ll need a 3 or 4-inch telescope to find and track it, and I hope you do. Unfortunately, my skies will be cloudy, so if you see this giant hurtling rock, please…
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