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Friday, February 27, 2015

 

Geomagnetic alert for February 28- March 1

A geomagnetic alert a has been issued  by the Australian IPS, the activity is due to a high speed solar wind stream form a coronal hole. The activity is likely to peak late in the evening of the 28th to the early morning of the 1 March, possibly lasting to the night of the March 1. If aurora occur, this may be visible in Tasmania, New Zealand, and possibly Southern Vic, WA and Southern South Australia. However, geomagnetic storms are fickle, and the storm may arrive in daylight or may fizzle out entirely .. or might just be spectacular.

However, the waxing Moon may make it difficult to see displays in the early evening.

Dark sky sites have the best chance of seeing anything, and always allow around 5 minutes for your eyes to become dark adapted.

As always look to the south for shifting red/green glows, beams have been reported too.

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 GEOMAGNETIC DISTURBANCE WARNING 15/02
ISSUED AT 26/2330Z FEBRUARY 2015
BY THE AUSTRALIAN SPACE FORECAST CENTRE.

INCREASED GEOMAGNETIC ACTIVITY EXPECTED
DUE TO CORONAL MASS EJECTION
FROM 27 FEBRUARY 2015 TO 01 MARCH 2015
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GEOMAGNETIC ACTIVITY FORECAST
27 Feb:  Quiet
28 Feb:  Quiet to Active, some minor storm periods possible.
01 Mar:  Unsettled to Active, minor storm possible.

Further monitoring at
http://www.ips.gov.au

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Comments:
Thanks for that - great resource for auroras that i was not aware of!
Having lived in Tassie for 6 years and not seen an aurora i really need to get out and see one!
Love your blog.
 
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