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Quiet Aurora And Star-Drenched Nights

Like a pot set to simmer that never boils, the aurora never quite bubbled up into easy viewing last night. It was there alright, so long as you had dark skies and could see down to the northern horizon. I watched it on and off for an hour and a half while hunting globular clusters…
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Aurora Chance Tonight Aug. 7-8 / See It Rain Plasma On The Sun

Just in time before the moon thickens and brightens the sky, there’s a chance for a G1 (minor) geomagnetic storm tonight. The last solar blast — a G2 or moderate storm — occurred on August 2-3 and sparked a very attractive display in the lower half of the northern sky seen from the northern U.S. and Canada.…
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Excellent Aurora In Progress Aug. 2-3

If you live in the northern half of the U.S. or southern Canada and you’re crazy enough to still be up, step outside, allow your eyes a few minutes to dark-adapt and look north. The sky’s alive with aurora. Dark, aurora-less skies ruled around 10-11 p.m. CDT at the time the aurora was expected to show, but…
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One-Two Solar Punch Could Ignite Auroras Aug. 2

A blast of solar plasma coupled with a gust of particles from a coronal hole has left the gate and is now racing toward Earth. NOAA space weather forecasters in Boulder, Col. are predicting that the duo of duo of subatomic solar exhalations will reach our planet sometime tomorrow morning (Aug. 2) and initiate a…
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Lazy Waves Of Aurora Lap Northern Sky Tonight

Just got back from a little auroral adventure. The moderate storm we were expecting last night is happening tonight! Right now. I saw a lot of small plumes bloom and fade over the northern horizon around midnight, but every 15 minutes or so, one of them would slowly unfurl like a fiddlehead fern and reach all…
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