Aurora Alert Tonight Dec. 17 / Review: Cosmic-Watch App

Particles streaming from solar blowhole and the side-effects of a Dec. 15 blast will combine to up our chances of seeing the northern lights the next two nights. Spaceweather experts predict minor storming (Kp=5) starting this evening around (updated) 6 p.m. Central Time and continuing through about midnight. “Minor” usually means that observers in the…
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Watch For The Aurora Tuesday Night Oct. 24

What goes around comes around especially when it comes to the sun. Space weather experts predict a moderate G2 geomagnetic storm to erupt late tomorrow (Oct. 24th) afternoon and continue past midnight. The blast of high-speed particles from the sun marks at least the second go-round of a big coronal hole that served up several nights of…
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Geomagnetic Storm Underway, Watch For Aurora Tonight

Just got the latest forecast, and it looks promising. Lingering effects of a coronal hole — and a tighter connection between the blizzard of electrons and protons streaming our way from it — have pushed the Kp index up to 6 this late afternoon. As I write, a moderate (G2) geomagnetic storm is underway with…
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More Aurora Where Last Night’s Came From

How sweet it is when an aurora forecast is dead-on. Last night, the northern lights performed as expected, actually better than expected, and they were right on schedule. At nightfall, I could see a glow low in the north, but because of a work project, didn’t go out for a real look until around 10:30-11…
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Saturn Conjunction Tonight, G2 Aurora Storm Forecast Weds. Night

I hope you’ll have clear skies tonight to see a nice conjunction of Saturn and the almost-half moon in the southwestern sky at dusk. They’ll be fairly close, about 2½° apart, and worth a look. If you haven’t seen Saturn through a telescope lately, tonight’s pairing will serve as a reminder to look at the ringed…
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