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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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Part of a long, low arc of northern lights in the northern sky tonight around 10:45 p.m. CST. Credit: Bob King

Aurora Simmers Tonight, More Expected Tuesday Nov. 3

The aurora’s out there alright. Just not storming to the level predicted. I saw it along the bottom of the northern sky when I took the dog for a walk tonight. A symmetrical arc stands about 10° high right now flickering with occasional short, faint rays. No telling if activity will heat up further, remain…
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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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