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10-24-2003, 11:52
NOAO is predicting that a magnetic storm generated from recent sunspot activity should be hitting the Earth tonight. They are rating it a 3 out 5 on whatever scale they use. On the trail or at home, it might be a good night to look for the Northern Lights.


Bad Ass Turtle
10-24-2003, 12:03
Yo Radar ...Footslogger here. Logged in under my wife's name because we can't figure out how to change user ID's. Anyway, was just curious if your location makes a difference in terms of seeing the lights. I'm out here in Laramie, WY.

BTW ...was great to see you at the Gathering. Enjoyed your "digital" presentation and now just trying to figure out how to get my shots organized into some sort of presentation format.

All the best ...

GA -> ME 2003
The "Wet Year"

TJ aka Teej
10-24-2003, 15:17
The storm hit 12 hours early!

In a message dated 10/24/03 2:28:55 PM Eastern Daylight Time, cdeehr@gi.alaska.edu writes:

The combined shock front from three solar events arrived at Earth on
the 23rd around 3 PM Greenwich Mean Time (12 hrs earlier than
forecast). The effects of this arrival will contribute to aurora in
northern continental Europe where it is now evening. Tasmania and
Southern New Zealand should be seeing early morning aurora now.

If the solar wind magnetic field remains southward, there should be
aurora visible as far south as Northern California, Nevada, Utah,
Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky, and Virginia tonight, Friday,
October 24th. The time of highest activity for any given observing
site is around 11 pm local time. Observers should check the sky
every half hour after sunset, however.

More activity is expected this weekend as the solar active regions
continue to rotate into a position more directly facing Earth.