Aurora watch - solar storm

begreen Posted By begreen, Jan 23, 2012 at 7:30 PM

  1. begreen

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  2. piejam

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    Thanks for the post..enjoyed looking at this one...
     
  3. Backwoods Savage

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    That is an amazing picture!
     
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    If it's clear out tonight, look north.
     
  5. CTguy9230

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    i've only seen the northern lights twice in my life
    living in new england...both times you could tell the
    sky was either red or green but it was nothing like
    the show they put on further to the north,,

    it must be incredible to see in Alaska or Canada
     
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    Why does this always seem to happen when it's cloudy here?! ARG! I saw the northern lights once over the lake when I was a kid, but not since. I'd love to see them again...

    That photo is amazing, it looked like an eagle to me.
     
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    Hang in there. I saw a great show of lights when living in Cornwall, CT. It stunned me so much that I pulled off the road and parked, in Carol King's driveway. (Found that out later.) The other big show I saw was in Maine, on the ocean off of Camden. Both times were stunning, but the CT experience was more colorful. When you catch a good show it's breathtaking.
     
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    guess i'll have to keep an eye to the north tonight then...
     
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    Living in Illinois, I've only seen the northern lights once. I was driving home from work around 10pm when I noticed a red glow behind me ( I was driving south). Since I was alone on the road, I twisted my head around to see what is was. Man, it was gorgeous! I stopped for a minute to admire it since I had never seen anything like it, but I had a serious decision to make. I could stay where I was and watch the show, or hurry home to wake my wife so she could also enjoy it.This was in the days before cell phones, so I couldn't call her. Since she is a science teacher and also had not seen the aurora the decision wasn't hard. I put the pedal to the metal and hoped it was still happening by the time I got home. Fortunately, she got to see the tail end of it.
    It's getting close to sunset now with only a few clouds in the sky, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it's big and bright enough to see from my farm.
     
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    We are clouded over here. I'll keep checking later in hopes it clears off. I saw a beautiful display when I was a kid then a fair one twenty or so years ago. Maybe tonights the night.
     
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    Tonight is cloudy here, and so was last night. There is not a clear night predicted for several days here. I think we will miss the aurora, if in fact it would be visible here.
     
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    Cloudy here too w/snow showers and freezing rain expected. Wish I could see it tho
     
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    It's over till the next one. Sun spot cycle is just warming up, so there will be more.
     
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    Barnicles I missed this one barnacles I say!!!
     
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    Were pretty goods ones last night,
    Tonight it's cloudy, -1° & light snow.
     
  18. begreen

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    Lucky man. The aurora is the one thing I would head up north in winter for. Here's another clip:

     
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    The guy I rent a room too took these last night. It's not something that is easy to photograph and it's a much different experience when seeing it in person. I've set out a lawn chair and stared at the sky for a few hours before just watching.

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    In all the videos I have seen of the lights they seem to be wiggling around and moving alot. Do they really move like that or do they speed up the video?
     
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    They are time-lapse videos and definitely sped up. In a way that's a shame because it diminishes the majesty of a good auroral display. Sometimes they can be lazy and drifting and sometimes they can be quite dynamic. When I saw them off the coast of Maine they were moving very quickly, faster than we were sailing, in sheets overhead.

    Here's more stunning examples of high-definition, time-lapse, auroras:

    My fave: http://vimeo.com/21419634 - watch full-screen on the biggest screen you can.
    and http://vimeo.com/21294655

    And here are some real-time examples:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLO54lJJeks
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZqunGsw814
     
  22. bogydave

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    Sometimes the just shoot out in a ray, sometimes wavy moving lines. Sometimes very fast, sometimes slow.
    Oxygen atoms mean green, reds & purples are nitrogen atoms.
    Continually changing & dancing.
    I believe the videos are sped up.
    All my pictures came out black, I need a better camera to get pictures.
     
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    The ones I posted were taken with a ~$3000 camera/lense

     
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    Ironically, the few nights that this was going on were the only couple of overcast days we've had in seems like weeks. A couple of photographers from the newspaper drove north to get out from under the snow cover and took some shots, but it was hard to get a sense of what they looked like from the photos.

    If you can picture the lights moving like that video about half speed, that's probably a more accurate representation. Agreed, they look kind of silly whipping around like that--majestic is a good word for the real thing.
     

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