Aug
17
2006

Aurora watch: Photo by Craig M. Groshek, via Wikipedia
Aurora watch: Photo by Craig M. Groshek, via Wikipedia

Here it comes

Sunspot 904 erupted yesterday, Aug.16. A lot of astronomers were watching as it happened. See pictures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Aurora watch alert

A coronal mass ejection (CME, movie) is heading toward Earth and could spark a geomagnetic storm when it arrives on August 18th or 19th. The cloud was hurled into space yesterday by a C3-class explosion in the magnetic field of sunspot 904. Sky watchers, prepare for auroras.

Watch for Northern Lights Friday and Saturday night.
Source; SpaceWeather

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

bryan kennedy's picture

This flair was a C3-class event. That just means, it's big, but not enormously big and probably won't cause radio problems. We had an X-class event back in 2000 on Bastille Day, July 14th. That one caused massive radio disruption across the planet for a couple days.

posted on Thu, 08/17/2006 - 3:47pm
JARVIS's picture
JARVIS says:

I have never seen an Aurora Boreallis (however you spell it). I wish we could see some here. I think it would be an awsome sight to see.

posted on Thu, 02/28/2008 - 10:10am
tis-chick-s0-fly's picture
tis-chick-s0-fly says:

I haven't seen one either, but I wish I can see it too. I think it will be very cool to see one. The pictures look really cool and amazing.

posted on Mon, 10/27/2008 - 11:07am
bert123's picture
bert123 says:

i must say the northern lights are pretty cool to see but you cant see them from the city so that sucks.
IBI Call it what you want IBI

posted on Thu, 02/28/2008 - 10:16am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

the norhtern lights are a lot better when your on a fishing boat out on lake Milacs you should try it some time

posted on Thu, 02/28/2008 - 10:58am
spazmonkey01's picture
spazmonkey01 says:

yes I tried to see that too but I live in the city also so you have street lights in your way it does suck because in the movie 8 below the dog died from the northern lights and they looked pretty cool and i wanted to see them.

posted on Thu, 02/28/2008 - 10:46am

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