1. palandri's Avatar
    ....Federal space weather forecaster Joe Kunches said the sun shot out a strong solar flare late Tuesday, which should arrive at Earth early Thursday. It should shake up Earth's magnetic field and expand the Aurora Borealis south, possibly as far south as Colorado and central Illinois. He said best viewing would probably be Thursday evening, weather permitting....
    Goodbye freeze, hello northern lights; solar flare should expand shimmering skies south a bit | Star Tribune
    01-08-2014 03:05 PM
  2. jmshub's Avatar
    My grandfather talked of seeing the Northern Lights around here (SW PA) when he was a kid. Of course, there wasn't all of the light pollution back then. I'd love to see them...I have looked but have never seen them.
    01-08-2014 03:07 PM
  3. palandri's Avatar
    My grandfather talked of seeing the Northern Lights around here (SW PA) when he was a kid. Of course, there wasn't all of the light pollution back then. I'd love to see them...I have looked but have never seen them.
    Maybe you'll see them Thursday.
    Last edited by palandri; 01-08-2014 at 10:26 PM.
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    01-08-2014 03:16 PM
  4. snowmutt's Avatar
    "....maybe as far as Central IL"?

    I am all in. Will see what time, and hope to see them.

    That could be really amazing, and something I never thought I would be able to see.
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    01-08-2014 08:44 PM
  5. Agent-P's Avatar
    "...as far south as Colorado"

    Ooh, I hope so. I'd love to see this. Looks like I'll be staying up late Wednesday night.
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    01-08-2014 08:55 PM
  6. palandri's Avatar
    "...as far south as Colorado"

    Ooh, I hope so. I'd love to see this. Looks like I'll be staying up late Wednesday night.
    Thursday night.
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    01-08-2014 09:58 PM
  7. hopmedic's Avatar
    But not as far south as northern Georgia.....
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    01-08-2014 10:43 PM
  8. jmshub's Avatar
    Thursday night.
    Which is kind of technically REALLY late Wednesday night!
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    01-08-2014 10:59 PM
  9. palandri's Avatar
    But not as far south as northern Georgia.....
    They actually went that far south in like 1860. I think they called it the carrington flare or something like that. It was such a disruptive solar flare that even telegraph wires melted and caused fires.

    Addendum: I found more information on the carrington super flare:

    ...On September 1–2, 1859, the largest recorded geomagnetic storm occurred. Aurorae were seen around the world, even as far south as the Caribbean; those over the Rocky Mountains were so bright that their glow awoke gold miners, who began preparing breakfast because they thought it was morning.[3] People who happened to be awake in the northeastern US could read a newspaper by the aurora's light.[5] The aurora was visible as far from the poles as Cuba and Hawaii.[6]...
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_storm_of_1859
    Last edited by palandri; 01-09-2014 at 02:24 AM.
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    01-09-2014 01:56 AM
  10. Agent-P's Avatar
    Thursday night.
    Whoops, my bad. Thursday night.
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    01-09-2014 02:49 AM
  11. polomint's Avatar
    I'm hoping it comes down as far as Manchester, UK :)
    01-09-2014 04:06 AM
  12. palandri's Avatar
    I'm hoping it comes down as far as Manchester, UK :)
    That's very possible.
    01-09-2014 08:27 AM
  13. palandri's Avatar
    I am wondering now what would happen to our mobile phones if we had another carrington super flare?
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    01-09-2014 01:15 PM
  14. hopmedic's Avatar
    I am wondering now what would happen to our mobile phones if we had another carrington super flare?
    Hopefully it wouldn't affect the cameras! The phone can be replaced, but if it kills the camera, there would be nothing to remember it by!
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    01-09-2014 01:28 PM
  15. palandri's Avatar
    The BBC just posted some recent pictures of the Northern Lights in the UK: BBC News - Northern Lights illuminate the UK
    03-02-2014 06:52 AM
  16. LTTG's Avatar
    It looks so beautiful!!!
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    03-02-2014 07:04 AM
  17. stalemate1's Avatar
    Hopefully it wouldn't affect the cameras! The phone can be replaced, but if it kills the camera, there would be nothing to remember it by!
    I tried taking photos of it in Norway in 2008, the camera just couldn't see it, it just showed a blank night sky. So you need a very very good camera if you are going to photograph it.

    Sent from my GT-I9100 using Mobile Nations mobile app
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    03-04-2014 02:10 AM
  18. stalemate1's Avatar
    They sure are beautiful, I wish I could see them again with my own eyes.

    Sent from my GT-I9100 using Mobile Nations mobile app
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    03-04-2014 02:12 AM
  19. stalemate1's Avatar
    The ones I saw in Norway looked like strands of long neon fur blowing in the wind. A camera just can't capture its beauty, no matter how expensive or advanced. You can't live an experience through a video.

    It's like a video of fire is not the same as seeing it with your own eyes. It looks almost completely different... Its just too hard to explain.

    Sent from my GT-I9100 using Mobile Nations mobile app
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    03-04-2014 10:56 AM
  20. stalemate1's Avatar
    come on guys, surly some one has some photos if it to share ?
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    03-05-2014 11:41 AM

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