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Aurora alert
03-17-2015, 09:44 PM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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There is an unusually good chance that the shifting, shimmering colours of the northern lights - possibly the most spectacular display of the season - will be visible all across Finland on Tuesday night

The space weather service of the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) reports that magnetic disturbance levels are high. According to FMI researcher Tiera Laitinen displays of the northern lights may be the most impressive of the season, while clear conditions are increasing the chances of observing them in Tuesday's night sky all the way down to the south coast.

A magnetic storm that began on the surface of the sun on Sunday spewed out a cloud of highly-charged particles which grazed the earth's magnetic field on Tuesday morning which then channeled the particles towards the polar regions.

"It shook the magnetic field to such an extent that large magnetic disturbances are being measured down here on the surface, too. Some of these particles from the sun leak into the earth's magnetic field, dive into the atmosphere and create the northern lights," explains Tiera Laitinen.

The magnetic storm now underway is unusually strong and the cloud of solar particles is exceptionally highly charged - this should mean bright northern lights over all of the country. It is possible, says Laitinen, that they will be the most spectacular of the season.


03-17-2015, 09:47 PM #2
Shadow Incognito Anonymous
Wow, that'll be something to look for, is it clear there? Looking around, the belt of predicted N lights is well N of me gaah.gif
03-17-2015, 09:49 PM #3
Octo Mother Superior
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For once we're under a high pressure spell so the weather is crisp and clear hyper.gif
03-17-2015, 09:54 PM #4
Coolchick Member
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(03-17-2015, 09:49 PM)Octo Wrote:  For once we're under a high pressure spell so the weather is crisp and clear hyper.gif

i thought it was always crisp and clear in finland.


Just Plain Nuts.
03-17-2015, 09:57 PM #5
Octo Mother Superior
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The rule is when any significant sky watching event takes place it's cloudy cry.gif
03-17-2015, 10:19 PM #6
Octo Mother Superior
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Major solar storm hits Earth, pulls northern lights south

The Aurora Borealis or northern lights that usually can be viewed only in the far north will dip south, so more people should be able to enjoy the colorful sky show. Forecasters were not sure just how far south it would be visible.

Forecasters said early Tuesday, before sunrise, auroras were already seen in the northern tier of the U.S., such as Washington state, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Space Weather branch chief Brent Gordon said if the storm effects continued through Tuesday evening, there was a “very strong possibility” that the northern lights could be seen as far south as the middle United States, even Tennessee and Oklahoma. That also means much of Russia and northern Europe, as far south as central Germany and Poland, had the potential for the sky show.

03-17-2015, 10:43 PM #7
Octo Mother Superior
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I have a nice view of the northern skies from my balcony, but I don't see anything yet. I have some light pollution, but I did see a satellite cruise over so I should be able to spot some wild auroras for sure

03-17-2015, 11:38 PM #8
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03-18-2015, 03:55 AM #9
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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The only Aurora Ill be seeing is an Oldsmobile



03-18-2015, 05:25 AM #10
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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What colours do you get up there Octo....greens only, or reds too?
03-18-2015, 10:21 AM #11
Octo Mother Superior
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Green is definitely most common, but I've seen all colors yay.gif Didn't see any last night though, probably because I went to bed 13.gif
03-18-2015, 08:16 PM #12
Octo Mother Superior
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Well, there were auroras alright. Thankfully people with cameras caught them.




03-19-2015, 01:19 AM #13
Shadow Incognito Anonymous
Crazy beautiful.



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