Undertoad Tuesday Nov 4 01:25 PM
Elspode Tuesday Nov 4 02:52 PM
City lights and cloudiness have prevented me from seeing the recent auroral outbursts which have occurred in conjunction with the very active sunspot region which has been moving across the face of the sun these past couple of weeks. Three more CMEs were observed today, but they were not pointed directly at Earth. However, because the ejected material spreads outward in a sphere from the point of ejection, the Earth will catch some of it, and more middle latitude aurorae are expected in the next couple of days. Go to www.spaceweather.com to keep track of things.
warch Tuesday Nov 4 04:18 PM
Too damn cloudy here. Grrr. Although we did get our first snow.
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Nov 4 07:01 PM
I've seen the whitish rays, that elspode refered to, up in MA. But nothing compared to the light shows I saw in Canada and Alaska.
Bitman Tuesday Nov 4 08:17 PM
Whit Wednesday Nov 5 09:33 AM
Um, not to spoil that first shot for anyone, but that's not the Aurora. That's actually Courage the Cowardly Dog's house. This just means he must be saving Muriel from something bad again. Stupid dog.
chrisinhouston Wednesday Nov 5 10:11 AM
http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/ has some really nice images of the sun giving off the solar flares that are the cause of auroras.
Elspode Wednesday Nov 5 01:07 PM
Yup...the latest flare is the largest ever seen in the modern era, and maybe the largest ever. It completely blinded one of the satellites used to measure such things, for a period of *11 minutes*. There were radio blackouts reported from the radiation, which arrived 9 minutes after the flare (light travel time, doncha know). The particles associated with the flare will strike the Earth a glancing blow sometime on Thursday, so keep your eyes open at night. Could be another good light show, even though it isn't a direct hit, what with the size of the event.
Uryoces Wednesday Nov 5 01:48 PM