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Postby sandra » Fri Mar 04, 2011 1:35 am

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Gust in Solar Wind Brings Day of Bright Auroras
March 4, 2011 NASA space physicist James Spann captured this image of the March 1 aurora display just outside Fairbanks, Alaska.A stream of charged particles from the sun rushed into Earth’s upper atmosphere on March 1, sparking a day-long geomagnetic storm that ignited a breathtaking display of the northern lights.
Sky watchers in Scandinavia, Northern Ireland, Canada and Alaska reported seeing bright ribbons of green dance through the night sky.

The ionospheric light show happened to coincide with an international scientific conference in Fairbanks, Alaska, on the aurora phenomenon.

“I am afraid now that I have been ruined for life since my first personal viewing of the aurora was so amazing," NASA space physicist James Spann told Spaceweather dot com.

http://www.earthweek.com/2011/ew110304/ew110304d.html


There has been so much more solar activity, the suns been sending us all kinds
of goodies as of late. Cool picture right.
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Postby WarAngel » Fri Mar 04, 2011 2:56 am

sandra wrote:There has been so much more solar activity, the suns been sending us all kinds
of goodies as of late. Cool picture right.

You're right. That picture is cool. :thumbup:

iirc the sun will reach "Solar Maximum" within the next couple years. So this could be the start of it.
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