Geomagnetic Storm Underway, Aurora Forecast Looks Good Tonight

** Update 10:30 p.m. CDT: After a day with lots of auroral activity in the eastern hemisphere, we’ve been in a lull the past few hours now that darkness has come to North America. No aurora to report yet, but it’s only just getting dark here. I’ll update again in a bit. ** Update 1:15…
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Big Sunspot Sends Blast Our Way, Storm Expected Sunday

After a few days of all show and no action, that big, scenic sunspot group let loose a powerful M-class flare early yesterday evening. The blast sent a giant cloud of solar plasma — electrons and protons bundled with magnetic energy — in Earth’s direction that’s expected to arrive Sunday (July 16) around lunch time and…
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Surprise In The Sky: Aurora Last Night, Maybe More Tonight

With the moon filling out these nights, seeing northern lights gets harder. Last night, there was a chance of a small storm starting around 1 a.m. (Central time). I happened to be out on a gravel road looking up faint supernovae in the telescope. When I first arrived at this wonderful bit of nowhere around…
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Big Auroras Light Up Memorial Day Weekend

Wow! What a night. I didn’t get to bed until 1:30 this morning. No regrets though. The display of oozing, expanding, pulsing and darting northern lights was second to none. What made this round of aurora so interesting for me was the nearly complete absence of sharp edges. Everything I saw — even the occasional…
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Aurora Out Tonight May 19-20

Well, it finally made it here. The forecast aurora didn’t arrive at all the predicted times, but it did show tonight. Such a capricious creature. I noticed the light around 10:15 p.m. (CDT) this evening — a faint glow low in the northern sky below the W of Cassiopeia — so I got in my…
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