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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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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Super Aurora Friday Night, Stronger Storms Predicted For Saturday Night

I didn’t expect much aurora Friday night based on the forecast. Maybe a low, green arc at most. But no, the sky put on an incredible show that continues even now into the wee hours of Saturday. I first saw a faint, glowing haze low in the northeastern sky around 10 p.m. CDT. The camera revealed…
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Astronomers Spot Intense Auroras On Uranus

One of our favorite topics here is the northern lights. Although auroras are uncommon in middle northern latitudes, you can always take a plane or train up to Churchill on Hudson Bay and see them nearly every night of the year. If you could get in a rocket ship and launch for Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn,…
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