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Moe Monkey
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Icon 1 posted November 07, 2004 21:48      Profile for Moe Monkey     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I've just come in from the most amazing display of northern lights I've ever seen. My fingers are still cold, can't type.

Go outside.... Look up... Now!

(This is a time limited offer!)

[Eek!] [Eek!] [Eek!]

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Moe Monkey
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Icon 1 posted November 07, 2004 21:53      Profile for Moe Monkey     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Check this out:

SpaceWeather.com

Apparently we're due for more over the next day or so.

(Still in awe, it was like being in the middle of a red and green bonfire and watching the flames lick up all around me)

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Icon 9 posted November 07, 2004 22:37      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
cloudy here [cry baby]

enjoy though! Auroras are awesome!

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Icon 1 posted November 10, 2004 16:29      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Overcast and rainy here, but this photo was taken nearby, might have to check the weather maps and go for a drive tonight. Aurora are a very rare sight here.
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Icon 11 posted November 11, 2004 08:33      Profile for MTB Babe   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by The Famous Druid:
Overcast and rainy here, but this photo was taken nearby, might have to check the weather maps and go for a drive tonight. Aurora are a very rare sight here.
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Holy crap thats so beautiful!!!!!!!!!

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Icon 1 posted November 11, 2004 09:34      Profile for drunkennewfiemidget     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I'm moderately sure those can't be seen from here.. not far enough north.. or too much smog or something.

I don't know. I'd like to see them in person once in my life.

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Icon 3 posted November 11, 2004 09:46      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
dnm, in Ottawa, or outside of the city light, you will see them every now and then. When I lived in Southern Ontario we would see them at least once a summer. [Smile]
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Icon 1 posted November 11, 2004 11:46      Profile for N9IWP     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Here are some pix taken ~40 miles north of me Sunday night (note that what I saw wasn't as good)

http://www.previewgallery.com/reprints.php?pid=abc123photography&eid=northern_lights_&cid=northern_lights_over_lake_marinuka

Brian

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Icon 1 posted November 11, 2004 11:53      Profile for spungo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by N9IWP:
Here are some pix taken ~40 miles north of me Sunday night (note that what I saw wasn't as good)

http://www.previewgallery.com/reprints.php?pid=abc123photography&eid=northern_lights_&cid=northern_lights_over_lake_marinuka

Brian

Nice pics!

It's like God's technicoloured snot!

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Moe Monkey
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Icon 1 posted November 13, 2004 18:09      Profile for Moe Monkey     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by drunkennewfiemidget:
I'm moderately sure those can't be seen from here.. not far enough north.. or too much smog or something.

DNM, these ones were seen as far south as Alabama ! When the Sun blasts enough stuff in the right direction, you'll see 'em in Ottawa, trust me. When I was outside (not far from you), they were visible in every direction, even down to the southern horizon.

Technically, the Sun should be kind of quiet (we're near the middle of a solar minimum, if I'm counting my years right), but for some reason there have been a few really big sunspot groups over the past year sending out some major crap every so often. Also, apparently November is a good time to look for them, not sure why.

MM

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drunkennewfiemidget
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Icon 1 posted November 14, 2004 05:08      Profile for drunkennewfiemidget     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Moe Monkey:
quote:
Originally posted by drunkennewfiemidget:
I'm moderately sure those can't be seen from here.. not far enough north.. or too much smog or something.

DNM, these ones were seen as far south as Alabama ! When the Sun blasts enough stuff in the right direction, you'll see 'em in Ottawa, trust me. When I was outside (not far from you), they were visible in every direction, even down to the southern horizon.

Technically, the Sun should be kind of quiet (we're near the middle of a solar minimum, if I'm counting my years right), but for some reason there have been a few really big sunspot groups over the past year sending out some major crap every so often. Also, apparently November is a good time to look for them, not sure why.

MM

Really? That sucks. I'd have loved to see them. It's something I've never seen before. I guess I'll have to pay more attention in the future..
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Moe Monkey
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Icon 1 posted November 14, 2004 20:05      Profile for Moe Monkey     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by drunkennewfiemidget:
I'd have loved to see them. It's something I've never seen before. I guess I'll have to pay more attention in the future..

Keep an eye on that SpaceWeather site, it will tell you when to pay attention (only when the Sun is belching out stuff, and only directly at us, and only when the Sun's magnetic field is aligned to the South... or is it the North?) Anyway, they issue alerts when aurora activity is high. Then it's just a matter of glancing out a window now and then.

It helps to be a bit of an astronomy geek, too -- If you don't generally get into this stuff, checking the web site is probably more bother than it's worth.

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Moe Monkey
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Icon 1 posted November 16, 2004 11:46      Profile for Moe Monkey     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Here's a picture of the Northern Lights from the other side:

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(From SpaceWeather)

I think I see DNM's house under there... [Big Grin]

Moe

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