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More Aurora? Enough Already!

I’ve been tempted to blog about the northern lights the past two nights. This morning I caved. The past two nights we’ve had weak displays here in Duluth, Minn. Too little to move the needle mostly because they’ve been low and faint. But I find that the more northern lights I see, the more I…
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Stormy Auroras May Open November

Welcome to the “dark month”. Severed from Daylight Saving Time, the sun sets for many of us before 5 o’clock today. Back to driving home from work in a tunnel of night. On the up side, night begins so early, it’s easy for anyone to step out and enjoy the stars without having to stay up…
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Pink pillars of aurora light up the Big Dipper last night (Oct. 13). Watch for more to come this week. Credit: Bob King

Northern Lights May Show Three Nights In A Row

Seems every night I go out this month there’s some aurora smoldering away in the northern sky. Now, NOAA space weather forecasters are predicting G1 or minor storms tonight through Friday night from early evening till around midnight for the U.S. and Canada. Nothing big, but the aurora’s can’t-pin-me-down nature can sometimes mean bigger storms than expected or nothing…
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Extent of the aurora oval around 9:45 p.m. CDT tonight October 6, 2015. Credit: NOAA

Moderate Auroral Storm Expected Weds. Night Oct. 7-8

Just a tickle tonight. That’s all I can see at the moment. A faint arc low in the northern sky, but it bodes well for tomorrow night, when we may get a G2 (moderate) geomagnetic storm. Coronal holes have unleashed stronger-than-usual solar winds in our direction. You may have caught the weekend aurora especially if you…
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As a display evolves, rays often grow from the arcs, stretching upwards while flickering and moving along the band. Credit: Bob King

Aurora Alert Tonight Sept. 11

During the early morning hours today, Earth got whacked by high speed solar winds whooshing from another coronal hole in the sun’s magnetic canopy. The result: a powerful G3 geomagnetic storm visible across the upper Midwest, Northern Plains states and Washington State. Because it wasn’t in the forecast and began around 1 a.m. CDT I suspect…
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