01-24-2012 07:56:57 PM - edited 01-24-2012 07:59:21 PM
The latest huge CME from the sun is producing super spectacular aurora displays. Hers a link to lots of photos. Amazing. Don't know how long they'll be posted at this address.
Be sure to scroll all the way down and view the video. WOW!
01-25-2012 07:56:06 AM
Truly amazing Phil and thanks for the link to the photos/video.
Believe I've mentioned before about 25 years ago I took the family camping at East Harbor State Park on Lake Erie in Port, Clinton, Ohio. I couldn't sleep so went catfishing late at night. All of the sudden I saw these green and red lights flashing across the sky and had no idea what they were. I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me and walked down to some other fisherman. They were also seeing the same thing. Pretty amazing to see.
The next morning all the newspapers and TV stations reported the Northern Lights had moved far south and they were visible from Port Clinton the night before. It sure became crowded that night along the Lake Erie shores but there were no Northern Lights to be seen. Glad I saw them when I did.
Here's some more photos of the auroras from space.com.
I don't particularly care for the photos taken with a "fish eye" type lens.
The below photo by astrophotographer Helge Mortensen of the aurora over Norway a few days ago is outstanding and really sticks in my mind.
01-26-2012 10:52:39 AM
Spaceweather.com has neat photos!
01-27-2012 04:51:08 PM - edited 01-27-2012 04:53:31 PM
This is a link to NPR Science Friday today. The sun has been releasing hugh solar flares. I learned more about how the sun worked from this segment then I have ever heard before. The conversation was in plain English.
A big 3 out of 5 solar flare blew up today just as the show was starting at 2 PM EST.
01-27-2012 09:36:13 PM
Interesting SKP and some more great photos.
I can't even fathom what the scientists said in the link from the UK article Phil posted. Particles/protons are hurtling out of the sun towards Earth at 93,000,000 mph!
Maybe all these extreme sun activities/huge flares are causing us to have such a mild winter with hardly any snow?? The local news weather forecaster here said he's never ever seen anything like this mild weather at this time of year. Knock on wood!
Well, I better not knock on my wood piles outside since every time I load up firewood in my wheel barrow the mosquitoes start flying and the bugs start crawling! Unbelievable for this time of year!
01-28-2012 12:36:10 PM
The flare during the show would not hit the Earth because of the Sun's spin. Because the Sun is not solid the equator spins at 24 days and the poles at 27 days. Then the guest went on to how the flows in different layers worked but it was easy to understand.