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Feb 14, 2011 22:23 |  #1

http://news.yahoo.com …geupnorthernlig​htstonight (external link)



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Feb 15, 2011 13:49 |  #2

If this one doesn't produce any lights further south, an X2 flare just erupted a few hours ago. Largest solar flare in years, and directed towards Earth. So, that one may trigger a big event in about 36 hours.

Here's a good page for basic monitoring as well: http://www.orion-drustvo.si/MBKTeam/aur​oramon.html (external link)


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Feb 16, 2011 04:25 |  #3

marubozo wrote in post #11848676 (external link)
Here's a good page for basic monitoring as well: http://www.orion-drustvo.si/MBKTeam/aur​oramon.html (external link)

Space Weather (external link) is also a good site for those who like their data a little less raw.


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Feb 16, 2011 12:02 |  #4

Wish they had "Southern Lights" for us here in FL. LOL Enjoy!


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Feb 16, 2011 12:23 as a reply to  @ WebDevGuy's post |  #5

Any chance of seeing this in southern UK? (Clouds permitting?)




  
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Feb 16, 2011 12:36 |  #6

martyn_bannister wrote in post #11855204 (external link)
Any chance of seeing this in southern UK? (Clouds permitting?)

Looking at Space Weather (external link) - no. You really want to be in the orange or, better still, red areas.


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Feb 16, 2011 13:14 |  #7

hollis_f wrote in post #11855284 (external link)
Looking at Space Weather (external link) - no. You really want to be in the orange or, better still, red areas.

Thankns for that. Miles away then........ <sigh> I've always wanted to see them.




  
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Feb 16, 2011 21:39 |  #8

Wish I would have known about this before NOW.


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Feb 17, 2011 11:43 |  #9

Has anyone got any idea of Times In the Northern UK tonite?


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Feb 17, 2011 14:52 |  #10

Mark Brim wrote in post #11861593 (external link)
Has anyone got any idea of Times In the Northern UK tonite?

I think the biggest problem is going to be the full moon. Anytime between 00:00 and 02:00 would be favourite I would have thought. Although spaceweather (external link) predicts a fair chance now onwards! Good luck!




  
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Feb 17, 2011 16:46 |  #11

martyn_bannister wrote in post #11862741 (external link)
I think the biggest problem is going to be the full moon. Anytime between 00:00 and 02:00 would be favourite I would have thought. Although spaceweather (external link) predicts a fair chance now onwards! Good luck!

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Feb 17, 2011 19:45 |  #12

Well, the CME has just reached earth, but it wasn't quite as strong as anticipated. Unfortunately, the magnetic field is still pointing north and not letting the particles into the atmosphere at the moment so there's little activity, but that could change at any time in the coming hours, so those of you with clear skies over the next six hours or so should keep checking for updates on the sites above or step outside.

It's cloudy here so I have to live vicariously through anyone who is lucky enough to see something. :(


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Feb 18, 2011 00:59 as a reply to  @ marubozo's post |  #13

Well, I had the 5D snapping away from 00:15 to 05:45 when the battery went.

On first sight. Zilch (but then I am in southern UK). Mostly fog/mist.

Anyone fair any better?




  
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Feb 18, 2011 01:42 as a reply to  @ martyn_bannister's post |  #14

For those in the UK, this website is useful. I guess it gives information after it happened, but still helpful.

http://www.dcs.lancs.a​c.uk/iono/aurorawatch/ (external link)

It says there was some activity at about 6am, but not that much. When the bars go really high then you will be happy (or not, depending if you own a satellite). Unfortunately, where I am, there was plenty of broken cloud and strong light from the moon. Also, I am only 53 degrees north.

The website also has instructions on making your own aurora detector.


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