Northern Lights

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by sheaviance1, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. sheaviance1

    sheaviance1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last night, we seen them in Middle Tennessee!!!!! I've always wanted to see the northern lights!!!
     
  2. SillyChicken

    SillyChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    They're incredible aren't they! I saw them once in MI. Hopefully some day I'll see them again.
     
  3. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    http://spaceweather.com/

    AURORAS IN THE USA: A coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth on Oct. 24th at approximately 1800 UT (2:00 pm EDT). The impact strongly compressed Earth's magnetic field, directly exposing geosynchronous satellites to solar wind plasma, and sparked an intense geomagnetic storm. As night fell over North America, auroras spilled across the Canadian border into the contiguous United States.

    "Wow, wow, wow! These were the best Northern Lights I've seen since 2004," says Shawn Malone, who took this picture from the shores of Lake Superior in Michigan:
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    "The auroras filled the sky in every direction--even to the south," he says.

    Indeed, the display spread all the way down to Arkansas. "When I saw the alert, I ran outside and immediately saw red auroras," reports Brian Emfinger from the city of Ozark. "Within a few minutes the auroras went crazy! Unbelievable!"

    Auroras were seen or photographed in more than half of all US states including Alabama, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois, Nebraska, Kentucky, North Carolina, Indiana, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, Maryland, New York, Montana, Ohio, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Washington, Minnesota, Maine, Michigan, Oregon, Arkansas and California. Many observers, especially in the deep south, commented on the pure red color of the lights they saw. These rare all-red auroras sometimes appear during intense geomagnetic storms. They occur some 300 to 500 km above Earth's surface and are not yet fully understood.

    The storm is subsiding now. Nevertheless, high-latitude sky watchers should remain alert for auroras as Earth's magnetic field continues to reverberate from the CME impact.
     
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Someday, I want to see them.
     
  5. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Yeah, me too. It was all cloudy here last night so I missed them. [​IMG]
     
  6. AK Michelle

    AK Michelle Bad Girl of the North

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    Quote:Come on up Kell, but be warned, they are the most active when it's cold, we can watch them from inside [​IMG]
     
  7. ChickenAlgebra

    ChickenAlgebra Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2011
    Quote:Come on up Kell, but be warned, they are the most active when it's cold, we can watch them from inside [​IMG]

    Can we watch them from your hottub?
     
  8. SeramasLovers

    SeramasLovers Out Of The Brooder

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    Om Goodness that is beautiful! I also hope I will witness it someday as well.
     
  9. AK Michelle

    AK Michelle Bad Girl of the North

    Mar 17, 2009
    Palmer, Alaska
    Quote:Come on up Kell, but be warned, they are the most active when it's cold, we can watch them from inside [​IMG]

    Can we watch them from your hottub?

    Why yes! Yes we can [​IMG] It is one of the best seats in the house for watching the lights.
     
  10. TinyChickenLady

    TinyChickenLady Chillin' With My Peeps

    I caught the end of them [​IMG] So pretty...
     

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