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Thursday, January 08, 2015

 

Aurora Watch Thursday 8 January - Friday 9 January 2015

After last nights surprise geomagnetic storm (which may have been sparked by the arrival of a CME originally expected to miss our planet), which resulted in unaided eye aurora throughout Tasmania until at least 1:30 am this morning despite bright Moonlight, the Australian IPS has issued a Aurora watch alert for the next 48 hours.

As always look to the south for shifting red/green glows, in yesterdays event curtains and beams were reported. As usual, dark sky sites will have the best chance of seeing anything, and always allow  around 5 minutes for your eyes to become dark adapted.

The all sky aurora camera in Southern Tasmania at Cressy may be of help in monitoring for aurora
<http://www.ips.gov.au/Geophysical/4/2>http://www.ips.gov.au/Geophysical/4/2
SUBJ: IPS AURORA WATCH
ISSUED AT 0624 UT ON 08 Jan 2015 BY IPS RADIO AND SPACE SERVICES
FROM THE AUSTRALIAN SPACE FORECAST CENTRE

A combination of both Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) and Coronal Hole
(CH) effects are expected to influence the Earths geomagnetic field
over the next 48 hours, possibly resulting in significant space
weather activity and visible auroras during local nighttime hours.
Aurora alerts will follow should favourable space weather activity
eventuate.
http://www.ips.gov.au

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