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 Post subject: Some of you may be able to see aurora
PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2017 4:39 pm 
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I will try to post a reply to this thread when there is a good storm expected, that is at high enough levels that some of you have a chance to see it.

(I am guessing that that is a 6 or above.

If anyone is interested in e doing this please reply, it takes a little work to do the screen shots, post them to imgur and create the post..... I do not mind doing it, if there are people who would be interested.

ANYHOW there should be a good display over the next few days.

I am also putting a few sites that you can look at yourself here.

This is the one I look at when I am out shooting, it has a nice block of gthe expected level in an hour...


http://www.aurora-service.org/aurora-forecast/

this one has a nice longer term forcast lower on the page

https://www.spaceweatherlive.com/en/aur ... a-forecast

This one lets you put in a city and see what the cloud cover is expected to be.

https://www.cleardarksky.com/


This one is the current cloud cover you will have to change the location. It is a site for people who fly..... so you can also look at temps....

http://www.usairnet.com/weather/maps/cu ... ka/clouds/



what causes me to start this:



Some of you may see the aurora
Sunspot region 2665 erupted this night with an M2.4 (R1-Minor) solar flare that peaked at 02:09 UTC. It was a long duration and highly eruptive event. More information about the solar flare can be found in the article that we wrote this morning.
The solar flare also caused a minor S1 solar radiation storm which could cause minor issues with HF radio communications at arctic latitudes.
But that's of course not what you came here for to read about. You want to have information about the coronal mass ejection (CME) that was launched during the M2.4 solar flare. You came to the right place!
The solar flare was associated with a very nice asymmetrical full halo coronal mass ejection. While it is not perfectly directed towards Earth (the bulk of the coronal mass ejection is heading to the south-west) we do see a very clear halo outline and that means a reasonable part of the plasma cloud is directed towards Earth, and an impact is to be expected. The animations below shows us the coronal mass ejection as seen by SOHO/LASCO.


The PK levels expected These are GRENICH MEAN TIME>>>>>

A table of expected levels

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Where you need to be to see them

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 Post subject: Re: Some of you may be able to see aurora
PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:27 pm 
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Very interesting!
I haven't seen an aurora in decades, but did hear one here about a month ago: I started hearing odd signals on the 6M (50 Megacycle) ham band: Sure enough, there was the telltale raspy sound of aurora!
I wound up working a guy about 120 miles away to the east of me, but it was not direct!
With auroral modulation, it was obvious that I was working him via the North Pole...
Local HF seems to be doing fairly well: The night before last, I couldn't raise anyone on 75M (3.885 Megacycle) AM, but switching to Single Sideband (SSB), I could hear some locals, plus the usual idiot jammers from California, so the band wasn't entirely shut down.
I'll have to turn on the 1970 vintage Swan 250 6M rig and see what I can hear.
Maybe I'll be able to work some more aurora...

-Tom


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 Post subject: Re: Some of you may be able to see aurora
PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:19 pm 
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It was cloudy last night here in Alaska.

BUT tonight is another possibility

this is the prediction for tonight..... Still pretty god if you are in the northern US.....

Generally the best time is 12:00 - 2:00 AM local time, That is 0900 GMT for ALASKA

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It is sunny now, but this is the expected cloud cover for tonight here.

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GRRRRRRR....... clouds come in just as it might be dark enough.



I heard from 1 person that appreciated the heads up..... is anyone else interested in me updating this thread if there is a good storm coming?????



If not, I may just add that person to am email list I have of people who want to see my movie clips, I can send an email update quicker...... (no need to post to imgur.....


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