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The Aurora Borealis May Be Visible Tonight In The Northern US (cnn.com) 42

An anonymous reader quotes CNN:A geomagnetic storm could bring a spectacular show to skies across the northern United States on Sunday night. The Aurora Borealis phenomenon -- also known as the Northern Lights -- may be visible "as low as New York to Wisconsin to Washington State," according to NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center... NOAA said the best viewing times to catch the light show, clouds permitting, will be between 11 p.m. ET Sunday and 2 a.m. Monday, and again between 2 a.m. ET to 5 a.m.

The Aurora Borealis May Be Visible Tonight In The Northern US

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  • by Rei ( 128717 ) on Sunday July 16, 2017 @11:18PM (#54823141) Homepage

    I'm in Iceland, yet won't be able to see it. In part because it's cloudy, but mainly because we don't get a real "night" at this time of the year. You'll have a better view of it in the states than up here by the Arctic Circle ;)

  • Wul, the aurora borealis is real byooful tonight. If you're awake go see 'em. If you're not...then God bless ya. ::hic::

  • by Anonymous Coward

    As per http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/communities/space-weather-enthusiasts [noaa.gov], the Kp index peaked several hours ago and is on the way down. The official forecast called for higher activity though 06 UTC, and then declining after that. The Kp index was higher several hours ago, so there was a good opportunity to see the Aurora Borealis in eastern Europe and parts of Asia. If we were going to get a good show in North America, it would be happening right now. But that's not happening, and based on the forecast, I dou

  • At this time of year? At this time of day? In this part of the country? Localized entirely within your kitchen?

    May I see it?

  • The good news: For once it's not cloudy when some interesting event is happening in the sky.

    The bad news: All I can see is the blue-white glow from the new ultra-bright LED lights they installed last year on the nearby highway. (A literally glaring example of Jevons Paradox.)

  • by Tangential ( 266113 ) on Monday July 17, 2017 @12:59AM (#54823491) Homepage
    Forget the Russians, by tomorrow there will be 'news' stories tying this to AGW somehow.
  • "...the best viewing times to catch the light show, clouds permitting, will be between 11 p.m. ET Sunday and 2 a.m. Monday, and again between 2 a.m. ET to 5 a.m."

    Otherwise known as 11pm to 5am.

  • Northern US, like let's say, Alaska?
    No shit, Sherlock

  • by Tomahawk ( 1343 ) on Monday July 17, 2017 @03:36AM (#54823829) Homepage

    This isn't a US only phenomenon! Remember, guys, there's a "rest of the world" too!

    For the rest of us, this could be visible in:
    - Ireland
    - Most of the UK (Sorry London!)
    - Denmark, and the rest of the Scandinavian countries (darkness permitting)
    - The North of Netherlands, Germany, Poland, and Belarus
    - Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia
    - Across most of Russia as low as Moscow
    - Maybe even Northern Kazakhstan
    - All of Canada (darkness permitting)
    - As well as the North-Eastern half of the USA (From Oregon down to Kentucky, and over to Delaware).

    • by Mjlner ( 609829 )

      Finland is part of "rest of the world" too, you insensitive clod! (And a good place to see the Northern Lights, darkness permitting.)

    • Not quite... (Score:4, Informative)

      by dfm3 ( 830843 ) on Monday July 17, 2017 @08:10AM (#54824557) Journal
      The aurora are not always visible all around the globe at the same latitude; they often appear brighter in one hemisphere and not the other at a given time. There's a good visualization here: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/produ... [noaa.gov]

      So, it could very well be that Fairbanks could get a very good show one night (assuming it's not mid summer and it's dark enough) while Iceland might not see anything, even though they are both roughly at the same latitude.

      Also, the aurora typically aren't as intense right at the poles, but are often most intense at less extreme latitudes around 60 degrees. So it's not unheard of for the aurora to be very impressive in Alberta, while not even being visible in the north part of the Yukon.
  • Took out the camera and headed off to some of the overlooks in the mountains near me. No luck, as it was cloudy to the north, and a little hazy as well. Directly overhead was nice and clear.

    Chatted with a couple guys who were out trying to see the lights as well. Drove on through the woods Found a man and woman at a south looking overlook, standing outside a pickup truck. I slowed down to tell them they were looking the wrong way, but they weren't interested in talking, or her even looking. Drove a littl

  • Came from sunspot 2665, which is just about to move out of the earth facing part of the sun. Fired off a small M class flare Thursday? Hit Sunday. The 10 meter ham band was hoping pretty good Sunday.

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