Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Geomagnetic Storm Happening NOW!

A Geomagnetic Storm is happening NOW (10:00 pm AEST), it may produce auroras in Tasmania, Southern New Zealand and the Antarctic territories. Check for near real time updates and look towards the south to see if you can catch an aurora (from Tasmania you may see more of a reddish glow than sheets of light in the sky, you will also need to get your eyes to accommodate for around 5-10 minutes to be able to see any aurora).

This is the result of a Coronal Mass Ejection from the Sun on August 1. Some media outlets have been a little, shall we say, hysterical, but while it's the first decent CME for a while it's not particularly large. Anyway, look out for auroras.

UPDATE: 11:00 PM AEST. The K index is still up at 6, and the Solar wind velocity is still high, biyt no reports of aurora from anyone. Even if I could see aurora this far north, my Southern horizon is covered in cloud.

UPDATE 2: Looks like everywhere in AUstralia that could see aurora is covered in cloud. Meh!


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