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beskeptical
2004-Jul-26, 04:28 AM
Don't need a new thread, just want to give a heads up if it's dark where you are and you're inside, go out and look north, (or south if your on the oz side of the planet). :D It's almost dark here. Hope it holds out for a few more hours.

Trebuchet
2004-Jul-26, 04:39 AM
Don't need a new thread, just want to give a heads up if it's dark where you are and you're inside, go out and look north, (or south if your on the oz side of the planet). :D It's almost dark here. Hope it holds out for a few more hours.

Forgive my ignorance, but does this mean you're expecting an aurora? I may stay up a bit late!

Trinity
2004-Jul-26, 04:40 AM
I haven't seen the aurora this far south in probably 3 or 4 years. I'll keep my eyes peeled on the drive home tonight :)

Meteora
2004-Jul-26, 04:44 AM
Stupid clouds....

Of course, I'm probably too far south, anyway. :x

Maksutov
2004-Jul-26, 04:54 AM
Don't need a new thread, just want to give a heads up if it's dark where you are and you're inside, go out and look north, (or south if your on the oz side of the planet). :D It's almost dark here. Hope it holds out for a few more hours.

Partly to mostly cloudy here, with lightning flashes from the t-storms coming in. The northern sky near the horizon seemed bright though.

Check out this photo (http://science.nasa.gov/spaceweather/aurora/images2004/24jul04/Rubin1.jpg).

Details about it here (http://science.nasa.gov/spaceweather/aurora/gallery_01jul04_page2.htm).

beskeptical
2004-Jul-26, 09:21 AM
Don't need a new thread, just want to give a heads up if it's dark where you are and you're inside, go out and look north, (or south if your on the oz side of the planet). :D It's almost dark here. Hope it holds out for a few more hours.

Forgive my ignorance, but does this mean you're expecting an aurora? I may stay up a bit late!Yes. But not yet I guess. :( It faded just as darkness fell.

But have no fear fellow sky watchers, more CMEs are on their way.http://www.sec.noaa.gov/alerts/warnings_timeline.html Here is the explanation (http://www.sec.noaa.gov/alerts/description.html#K)of the warnings and alerts. Basically, the top graph shows the CME events and the bottom one is the geomagnetic activity prediction. There are many other sites, you can learn a lot from checking them. I have settled down to checking this one (http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/spaceweather/) first and then link to other sites from there.

beskeptical
2004-Jul-27, 04:19 PM
Finally, a few night's surveillance pays off. :D :D New, (since geomagnetic storm 2 days ago), geo storm in progress now that started last night just as dusk fell in WA state. Severe storm means small but easily seen aurora activity out my window. :D :D :D

Of course it wasn't enough to impress my son or call the neighbors in the middle of the night, but to a dedicated 'any sky phenomena' watcher, it was worth a few hours of patient watching for intermittent activity. :D :D :D :D

Trinity
2004-Jul-27, 05:26 PM
I watched the skies, but in vain. :(

Thought it was a clear, starlit night (Sunday night) I couldn't see the aurora.

beskeptical
2004-Jul-27, 06:31 PM
I watched the skies, but in vain. :(

Thought it was a clear, starlit night (Sunday night) I couldn't see the aurora.Sunday night the activity increased really late, maybe even dawn where you are.

Last night it started at just the right time, dusk here on the west coast.

Trinity
2004-Jul-27, 09:00 PM
I watched the skies, but in vain. :(

Thought it was a clear, starlit night (Sunday night) I couldn't see the aurora.Sunday night the activity increased really late, maybe even dawn where you are.

Last night it started at just the right time, dusk here on the west coast.

I think I was watching a little after 2AM, still not early enough I guess. :(

Launch window
2004-Jul-27, 10:43 PM
Yo beskeptical


thanks for the information on the solar weather, all we need now is a clear sky

dvb
2004-Jul-27, 11:03 PM
I seen the aurora walking home from a friends house around 2 in the morning a few nights back. Not very unusual around here though mind you.

Squink
2004-Jul-28, 12:56 AM
Tonight is looking good (http://sec.noaa.gov/pmap/index.html).

Trebuchet
2004-Jul-28, 04:14 AM
Last night it started at just the right time, dusk here on the west coast.

Dang, didn't even think to look last night! Oh well, Steve Poole (local TV weather guy) says tonight might be good as well. Just getting dark now.

beskeptical
2004-Jul-28, 08:56 AM
Tonight is looking good (http://sec.noaa.gov/pmap/index.html).Well, gotta go. It looks like she just started back up. :D