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PostPosted: January 30th, 2011, 10:38 am 
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Seems like there should be some active skies early Feb, particularly for those who are out camping in the typically clear winter nights.

Would be great if it could extend to DF 2011!!

check out the link


http://www.spaceweather.com

hmm, the link might be date and time sensitive, as it might be a link to the home page only. So if you click on it tomorrow or later, maybe do a search in their site for "coronal hole" or "archive dated 2011/01/30" to find what I am talking about.

Enjoy!

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PostPosted: January 30th, 2011, 11:17 pm 
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ah, the point is, there should be some major, huge, fantastic aurora's in the night sky!!

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PostPosted: February 2nd, 2011, 10:34 am 
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Got these pictures last night, Feb 1st. As I was heading out of town, they were very intense, covering the whole sky and visible through the town lights. By the time I got to the little lake (literally 2 minutes away), it had calmed down significantly. Very happy with the way the pictures were turning out though, exposure-wise anyway. Tonight (Feb 2) right through to the weekend is supposed to be cloudy, so I'm glad I was able to at least get out one night.

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PostPosted: February 2nd, 2011, 10:39 am 
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Re: the northern lights, I posted a link here that forecasted a spectacular show due to a large coronal mass on the sun but no one took note? Great pictures BTW!!

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PostPosted: February 2nd, 2011, 10:40 am 
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I took note :thumbup:


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PostPosted: February 2nd, 2011, 10:40 am 
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PostPosted: February 2nd, 2011, 10:45 am 
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http://www.gedds.alaska.edu/AuroraForecast/

This is the sight I use. Looks like it will be a good night tonight too.

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PostPosted: February 2nd, 2011, 10:51 am 
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Red Lake Rob wrote:
http://www.gedds.alaska.edu/AuroraForecast/

This is the sight I use. Looks like it will be a good night tonight too.


If it stays clear... That site, is there anything other than Alaska on it? Nevermind, just changed to North American view and I see Gillam is smack-dab in the middle of the intense band. Here's praying for clear skies tonight!


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PostPosted: February 2nd, 2011, 12:05 pm 
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Either I'm going crazy (which is a definite possibility) or someone moved my last posting? :wink:

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PostPosted: February 2nd, 2011, 1:16 pm 
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Coo-Coo Coo-Coo :thumbup:

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PostPosted: February 2nd, 2011, 1:48 pm 
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SWIFT wrote:
Either I'm going crazy (which is a definite possibility) or someone moved my last posting? :wink:

What was it about?

There hasn't been any "moving" that I can see.

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PostPosted: February 2nd, 2011, 3:00 pm 
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Well then that's it, I am crazy! Must of thought I was in one thread, when I was actually in a different thread?? :oops:

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PostPosted: February 2nd, 2011, 6:36 pm 
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SWIFT wrote:
Well then that's it, I am crazy! Must of thought I was in one thread, when I was actually in a different thread?? :oops:


*sigh*

must be rough, having that Old-Timers, eh? :lol:

Low1, beautiful photos. :thumbup:

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PostPosted: February 4th, 2011, 3:16 pm 
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Game on!
as of the 2:45 pm NOAA
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/pmap/pmapN.html
Works like a rain radar brightest red means a good chance.
It may not be that far south but if we are lucky and the skies clear.
On sapce weather http://www.spaceweather.com/
check out the solar wind density.
it is 3.6 and rising.
I read from one poster there that is how they tell when they should try
for cloud cover
http://www.intellicast.com/National/Sat ... Vapor.aspx
Now to hope.
Jeff

Edit 3:30 update....... :cry:
Red have died down... let's hope it comes back....

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PostPosted: February 4th, 2011, 5:16 pm 
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And another forecast!

It's been cloudy the last 2 nights up here, but it's clearing off and supposed to be clear overnight.

From spaceweather.com

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AURORA ALERT: A G2-class (Kp=6) geomagnetic storm is in progress. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras, especially during the hours around local midnight.


And another:

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Time of prediction: Friday, February 4, 2011 21:15 GMT*
Predicted Kp: 6
Lead-time for prediction: 52.6 minutes
Forecast:Auroral activity will be high(+). Weather permitting, highly active auroral displays will be visible overhead from Inuvik, Yellowknife, Rankin and Igaluit to Vancouver, Helena, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Bay City, Toronto, Montpelier, and Charlottetown, and visible low on the horizon from Salem, Boise, Cheyenne, Lincoln, Indianapolis and Annapolis.


http://www.gedds.alaska.edu/auroraforecast/ (you may need to click on the “North America” view in the top left corner, and you may have to refresh. Then, over on the right side, there is a link to the “Short Term” forecast.


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