Wednesday, January 8, 2014

8 January 2014 Once in a while you can get shown the light

Cassi Creek:  If the CME is large enough we may get to see some lower latitude aurora between midnight tonight and dawn tomorrow. 
I’ve seen lower latitude displays a few times in Colorado and Missouri.  The displays were mostly red in color.  It looked as if there was a huge wild fire surrounding  my location.  Amazing!  I’d really like to see the aurora at high latitudes.

From EarthSky News:
The sun produced its first X-flare of 2014 on January 7. Now space weather experts are saying we might get auroras at lower latitudes than usual on January 9. The prediction is for January 9 at midday UTC. Translate to your time zone here. Those in North America should look outside on the morning of January 9, between midnight and dawn.

STORMY SPACE WEATHER: Giant sunspot AR1944 is directly facing Earth and crackling with solar flares. Yesterday, Jan. 7th, an X1-class explosion in the sunspot's magnetic canopy hurled a CME in our direction. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras on Jan. 9th when the cloud is expected to arrive. NOAA forecasters estimate a 60% chance of polar geomagnetic storms.Aurora alerts: text, voice.
The X1-flare that hurled the CME toward Earth also accelerated a swarm of high-energy protons in our direction. Effects of the proton fusillade are visible in this Jan. 7th coronagraph movie from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO):”

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