Thursday, March 8, 2012

Solar Flares and Aurora over Lake Superior, Upper Peninsula of Michigan 03062012

I suspect that we would all welcome, if only for a moment, a reprieve from the madness that our nation has found itself immersed in because of inept and corrupt politicians.  I am, therefore, taking the opportunity to change the subject….but just for a moment or two.

In lieu of today’s solar flares:


GEOMAGNETIC STORM WARNING: A CME propelled toward Earth by yesterday’s X5-class solar flare is expected to reach our planet on March 8th at 0625 UT (+/- 7 hr). Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab, who prepared the CME’s forecast track, say the impact could spark a strong geomagnetic storm. Sky watchers at all latitudes should be alert for auroras. Aurora alerts: text,phone.

Mild geomagnetic activity is already underway following a lesser CME impact on March 7th. Shortly after the cloud arrived, a burst of Northern Lights appeared over the US-Canadian border. Shawn Malone photographed the display from the shores of Lake Superior:

Aurora over Lake Superior, Upper Peninsula of M..., posted with vodpod

Above image:  “This eruption hurled a bright CME into spaceshown here in a movie from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory. Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab estimate that the CME will reach Earth on March 8th at 0625 UT (+/- 7 hr), possibly triggering a strong-to-severe geomagnetic storm. An animated forecast track shows the progression of the fast-moving cloud.”

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