Aurora Cam


I just found the greatest thing, smiling from ear to ear all I can think about is sharing Aurora Cam. This link takes you to a site with further links to aurora cams set up around the world. In real time, or in the case of the cam at Yellowknife, NWT which I’m currently glued to – updated every 20 seconds – watch northern lights as they happen around the world. Don’t expect a planetarium laser show every time – just sit back, get comfy and let aurora cast her spell.

Each cam will tell you if geomagnetic action is taking place. To get the most out of this without losing interest – keep an eye on http://spaceweather.com/┬áthe site is updated every 10 minutes and gives advance warning of solar impacts as well as estimated intensity and scope. When spaceweather indicates solar storms in progress – high tail it over to Aurora Cam.

http://www.auroraspy.co.uk/index.php/live-aurora-cams

Why So Uppity Mr. Sun?


The new year is arriving with a cosmic marching band. The sudden discovery of asteroid 2014 AA, a mere 24 hours before slamming the atmosphere and burning up over the Atlantic Jan. 2, now sunspot AR1944 is flexing gargantuan solar muscle.

This sunspot is so huge, it can be seen as a naked eye pock mark on the sun. Minding its manners for a day or two after showing up on Jan. 1, proved too much – AR1944 is in a tizzy, soon to be facing earth and by all appearances ready to kick ass. Waiting for a possible slap from a M4- class flare that erupted yesterday, could soon be over shadowed by a for more potent flare, coupled with AR 1944 facing earth.

NOAA scientists predict a 75% chance of M-class, and 30% of X-class flares within the next 24 hours. I know it’s difficult for those who don’t ponder solar activity to fathom the power of an earth directed super spot like AR 1944. I realize these predictions come and go, most often resulting in nothing more than a few airplanes altering course and spectacular auroras. Cry wolf enough times and soon nobody pays the slightest attention.

I think of these warnings as I would a tornado watch. All the elements are in place for a really bad day-it might take shape, or if we’re lucky just rain and hail like a banshee before the sunlight lets us get on with our day. Regardless, the warning is taken seriously and prepared for.

I’ve spoken about the Carrington event of 1859 till I’m blue in the face. If eyes don’t roll they glaze over as I recite the details; a solar flare witnessed by John Carrington, one that messed with our planet so much, telegraph stations burst into flames. A solar hit strong enough that if it happened today, could wipe out power for months. No cell phones, computers, ATMs, gasoline, water, heat, lights. Forget grocery stores or banks, forget your lights coming back anytime soon.

https://notestoponder.wordpress.com/2012/06/21/carrington-event/

So call me the little ponderer who cried wolf, or get your head wrapped around solar flares and all their ramifications. There isn’t a thing we can do to stop them, a major “event” will happen again – all we can do is get some emergency supplies together and not go bat shit when our precious cell phones go dark.A link to space weather warnings currently in effect, click on the colored symbols for descriptions….

http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/alerts/warnings_timeline.html

 

1654 Still Hanging Out


Sunspot AR 1654 is still active, as well as now earth directed. A CME is expected to reach earth later today, resulting in large geo-magnetic storms. This means; get outside and look for auroras

Photo – Rune Bjorkli – Porsanger, Norway