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Wednesday, June 08, 2011

 

M 2.5 Solar Flare and Coronal Mass Ejection, Possible Aurora

On June 6 at 4:00 pm local time there was an M2.5 solar flare and a spectacular associated coronal mass ejection. The video below is from the Solar Dynamics Observer, via Helioviewer (tip of the hat to the Bad Astronomer for putting me on to it.)

The CME was not aimed directly at the Earth, there is the possibility that the CME will brush past Earth, so people should be alert for aurora in Tasmania and Southern New Zealand late tonight (8th, around midnight or so), early morning of the 9th and the evening of the 9th. Australians should keep an eye on the IPS Space Weather page, (as opposed to Spaceweather, which is northern hemisphere specific). More nice images and videos at Spaceweather, Universe Today and the Bad Astronomer.

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Comments:
But the weather is cloudy tonight, in Tasmania
 
Welcome to the wonderful world of astronomy :-)
 
hahaha, I looking for a "like" button for your commment.
 
bad sky bad sky!
 
Happy blogoversary :)
 
Hey Teena, I had completely forgotten! Thanks for the good wishes!
 
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