Possible Auroras on the way

13 years 9 months ago #36781 by galwayskywatchers
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ANGRY SUNSPOT: Sunspot 930 emerged from behind the sun's eastern limb on Dec. 5th and promptly exploded. The X9-class flare it produced was the strongest solar flare in more than a year. Since then, several more flares have been observed, including an M6-flare just hours ago. Although the explosions were not squarely Earth-directed, we might not completely escape their effects. A series of coronal mass ejections (CMEs) could deliver glancing blows to Earth's magnetic field tonight and tomorrow. From www.spaceweather.com

Ronan Newman
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13 years 9 months ago #36789 by fguihen
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spaceweather. excellent!!! metEireann cant even get it right over our little country, and these guys are telling of interstellar weather!!! fantastic site.

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13 years 9 months ago #36790 by albertw
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I prefer www.spacew.com/ simple green/yellow/red :-)

anyway, looks like strong activity at high latitudes at the moment

Updated: 12:30 UTC 05 December:

Effects of another solar wind disturbance will produce periods of active to minor geomagnetic and auroral storm conditions on 7 and 8 December. Some upper-middle latitude regions may spot periods of enhanced auroral activity. Also, please note that we do not currently anticipate any serious effects from the large X-class flare that occurred a few hours ago. Additional major flares and associated CME's from Region 930 during the next two weeks could, however, produce significant Earthbound impacts if this region continues to prove volatile.

MAJOR SOLAR FLARE

A major class X9.0 solar flare was observed from new Region 930 at 10:35 UTC on 5 December. The region is still too close to the eastern solar limb to discern significant detail. However, it is obviously complex enough to produce energetic activity and is therefore a candidate for possible future significant activity during the next two weeks. Additional major solar flares and potentially strong Earthward directed coronal mass ejections are considered possible.

Albert White MSc FRAS
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13 years 9 months ago #36800 by Seanie_Morris
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Again, it's raining here...

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13 years 9 months ago #36803 by dave_lillis
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Its just pouring here also, typical!

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13 years 9 months ago #36850 by SunCrazy
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hmmmmm...I dont want to be pestimistic...but I sit next to the window here at work on the 4th floor, and I think that if there is an aurora we will miss it :(
I also think I am gonna need a rowing-boat to get home ... :shock:

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13 years 9 months ago #36852 by jhoare
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Not to worry. Even if you don't need that boat tonight Dublin city centre will be the new Venice in a few decades time anyway. It won't do much for tourism though because it'll have plenty of competition.

John

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13 years 9 months ago #36864 by fguihen
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always raining. got my new scope about a month ago and still have had bugger all chance to learn to use it. always always raining, or cloudy

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13 years 9 months ago #36902 by dave_lillis
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I also think I am gonna need a rowing-boat to get home ... :shock:

It would probabily be faster then driving :lol:

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13 years 9 months ago #36927 by galwayskywatchers
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From the NOAA Space Environment Center...A large number of energetic solar protons are streaming past Earth. This is a sign that a coronal mass ejection (CME) may be heading our way. Protons are accelerated in shock waves at the leading-edge of CMEs, so when the proton count rises, we can guess that a CME is coming, sky watchers should remain alert for auroras tonight. Skies breaking here.

Ronan Newman
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13 years 9 months ago #36928 by voyager
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From the NOAA Space Environment Center...A large number of energetic solar protons are streaming past Earth. This is a sign that a coronal mass ejection (CME) may be heading our way. Protons are accelerated in shock waves at the leading-edge of CMEs, so when the proton count rises, we can guess that a CME is coming, sky watchers should remain alert for auroras tonight. Skies breaking here.

Ronan Newman
Galway Astronomy Fest
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Bucketing with rain here :(

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13 years 8 months ago #37925 by galwayskywatchers
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AROUND THE CORNER: Sunspot 930, which caused so many beautiful auroras in mid-December, is due to return this weekend. Tall magnetic loops now visible on the sun's eastern horizon herald its arrival,The sunspot was last seen on Dec. 17th disappearing over the sun's western limb. The sun spins on its axis every 27 days, and that is why sunspot 930 will soon reappear--on the eastern limb following a 2-week transit of the sun's farside. What will sunspot 930 bring this time, hopefully might clear up this bloody weather.

Ronan Newman
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13 years 8 months ago #37927 by Seanie_Morris
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Clear it up? You must be joking! My guess is more unsettled weather! :P

You know, with the brain-power we have here as a collective (even Michael O'Connel's! ;)), if we all pooled our mental powers together and wished for really bad weather for the next aurora, maybe it'll turn out to be a clear night...

:D

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