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Friday, April 10, 2015


Geomagnetic storm happening NOW (10 April)

 K-Index plot diagramThe coronal mass ejection hit in daylight, but a class 2 geomagnetic is still going on. At the moment the Kp is 4 Australia wide and 5 in Hobart. However the Bz is North, so this may not produce significant aurora.

Camera only colour has been reported in Tasmania.

However, the best thing is to keep on looking, while there is camera only colour, something stronger may occur, and if the polarity switches south then serious aurora should happen, possibly as far north as Victoria. Cloud is hampering reports from Tasmania, but it is well worthwhile popping out a regular intervals to check.

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 waning Moon will interfere quite a bit after it rises around 9:30 pm.

The all sky aurora camera in Southern Tasmania at Cressy may be helpful, but has been on the blink lately,
<http://www.ips.gov.au/Geophysical/4/2>http://www.ips.gov.au/Geophysical/4/2Further monitoring at


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