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The Aurora Borealis is back

Submitted by Roanman on Wed, 01/25/2012 - 20:22


We've been enjoying the effects of the largest solar storm since 2003.

All kinds of disruption to GPS, satelite guidance systems, air travel, and communications have been the result.

That's the bad news.

The good news is that the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights as they are known in these parts have been going ape shit crazy.

From The Inquisitor here's one minute fourteen seconds of spectacular.



Aurora Borealis

Submitted by Roanman on Thu, 08/05/2010 - 06:44


 From the Christian Science Monitor.

The photo links to the story, the story links to some outstanding photography and easy science.


Missed Tuesday's northern lights show? Another is on its way.

For folks along the northern rim of the US, a second chance to see the northern lights will come when another solar outburst hits Earth Wednesday or Thursday. 

By Pete Spotts, Staff writer / August 4, 2010 

If you're still in the hunt for aurora borealis, the outbursts of hot, ionized gas the sun sent toward Earth on Sunday may just keep on giving.

Space-weather forecasters say that there's a 20 percent chance for a major geomagnetic storm tonight – an event stronger than last night's that would make any auroras visible farther south than last night's northern-light show reached.


Northern Lights

Submitted by Roanman on Sat, 04/24/2010 - 10:45


This photo was taken in Saluit, Nunavik, Canada on April 14, 2010.

To get to Saluit, you drive north from the Mackinac Bridge until the road ends.

Then you find an airport and fly north 'til Canada just about ends.

The photo links to page after page of photos in the Aurora Gallery at

Very cool.

I've been studying sunspots.

Sunspots have something to do with the Northern Lights.

Business is slow.


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