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Excellent Astronomy Picture of the Day
« on: April 16, 2009, 12:31:56 pm »

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Re: Excellent Astronomy Picture of the Day
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2012, 11:03:19 am »

Does not count as "Astronomy" per say, but still   -   Picture rich for DSL Warning

Auroras :   http://spaceweather.com/submissions/large_image_popup.php?image_name=Frank-Olsen-_MG_5489_1_2_1327147529.jpg
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Beatiful, cold crisp night last night. Had hoped for an early arrive of the CME from two days ago. We saw some auroras, but not a great magnitude. 

Should be more after the 19th Jan CME "arrives" : http://www.spaceweather.com/
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NCOMING CME: Active sunspot 1401 erupted on Jan. 19th around 16:30 UT, producing an M3-class solar flare and a full-halo coronal mass ejection (CME). The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory recorded the cloud expanding almost directly toward Earth

If your minions are interested, this animated gif of the CME is amazing : 

http://iswa.gsfc.nasa.gov/downloads/20120119_183400_anim.tim-den.gif

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Re: Excellent Astronomy Picture of the Day
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2012, 02:48:35 pm »

Very cool! That's all I get to see of it though, we have rain and heavy overcast here for yesterday and the next day or so. Pneumonia weather... I've never seen the "lights", maybe one day though.
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Re: Excellent Astronomy Picture of the Day
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2012, 02:57:44 pm »

We've had no problems here, but my friend in South Dakota said his internet and cell phones did not work much of yesterday and today... This might be a stinker.
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Re: Excellent Astronomy Picture of the Day
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2012, 04:02:28 pm »

and again - they say the "third times a charm" - so lets just skip # 2..... (action should continue through 1/29 and parts will be visible down to almost Southern Illinois) :

(although this one is destined to be bigger and seems to have picked up MSM's attention)  http://www.spaceweather.com/

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RADIATION STORM IN PROGRESS: Solar protons accelerated by this morning's M9-class solar flare are streaming past Earth. On the NOAA scale of radiation storms, this one ranks S3, which means it could, e.g., cause isolated reboots of computers onboard Earth-orbiting satellites and interfere with polar radio communications. An example of satellite effects: The "snow" in this SOHO coronagraph movie is caused by protons hitting the observatory's onboard camera.

ALMOST-X FLARE AND CME (UPDATED): This morning, Jan. 23rd around 0359 UT, big sunspot 1402 erupted, producing a long-duration M9-class solar flare. The explosion's M9-ranking puts it on the threshold of being an X-flare, the most powerful kind. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the flare's extreme ultraviolet flash:

awesome photo : http://spaceweather.com/submissions/pics/b/BjAcrn-JAcrgensen-s_1201_4987_1327280066.jpg  - looks like an electric Eagle.


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