Aurora watch this weekend

From SpaceWeather:

EARTH-DIRECTED FLARE: Active sunspot 1401 erupted today, Jan. 19th, for more than an hour around 16:00 UT. The long-duration blast produced an M3-class solar flare and a CME that appears to be heading toward Earth. Forecasters say strong geomagnetic storms are possible when the cloud arrives during the late hours of Jan. 21st. High-latitude (and possibly middle-latitude) sky watchers should be alert for auroras this weekend. Check for movies and updates.

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  1. AvantiBev says:

    Auroras on January 21st. There SHOULD be beautiful skies on St. Agnes Day. Another brave Italian like Coast Guard Capt de Falco.

  2. frjim4321 says:

    Thank you! I appreciate that very much.

    The 48 hour prog chart shows lots of nice high pressure and thus the possibilities of clear skies.

    Drat, though, mostly cloudy Saturday night in Whitefish Bay; mostly cloudy also in Columbus!

    Would love to see an Aurora!

  3. mamajen says:

    I’m really hoping we are able to see some here in upstate NY. My husband has never seen an aurora. It’s been a long time since I saw one.

  4. gambletrainman says:

    Just my luck! They’re calling for between 1/4 and 1/2 inch rainfall both Saturday and Saturday night

  5. Supertradmum says:

    Thank you. As I am in Ireland, I may be able to see something if it is clear. However, it rains most days. I miss the aurora. A fun story. My family, wrapped in winter clothes and duvets, were sitting outside waiting for a famous meteor shower when we lived in upper Alberta. It was about minus 25 Fahrenheit. Just as the meteor shower began, a huge green aurora blazoned across the sky for hours. Our comment “Oh, the blasted Northern Lights!” We never saw the meteors, hidden by this display. It was amazing and lasted for at least four hours.

  6. Supertradmum says:

    By the way, one can hear the aurora as well as see it. Sounds all crackly and poppy.

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