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Tuesday, November 03, 2015

 

Aurora Happening Now (3 November, 10:30 AEDST)

Aurora have been reported as of a few minutes ago in Tasmania (White Beach, Stanley, Dunalley, Taroona) in gaps between the cloud. The Australian IPS has now  issued a G1 storm alert. Geomagnetic conditions are fluctuating wildly, with the Bz see-sawing between positive and negative.  Velocity: 668 km/sec Bz: -1.0 nT Density = 4.0 p/cc, Kindex currently 3. It is likely that there will be bursts of auroral activity during the night as the solar wind polarity continues to change.

Sadly, the weather over most of Southern Australia is rubbish at the moment. (the lightning has one away here, but it is still raining)

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 consistently over the last few aurora and a large green "blob" has been seen.

Here is the near-real time satellite view of the clouds http://satview.bom.gov.au/
Cloud cover predictions can be found at SkippySky.  

The all sky aurora camera in Northern Tasmania at Cressy may be helpful.
<http://www.ips.gov.au/Geophysical/4/2>

SUBJ: IPS GEOMAGNETIC DISTURBANCE ALERT
ISSUED AT 0810 UT ON 03 NOV 2015 BY IPS RADIO AND SPACE SERVICES
FROM THE AUSTRALIAN SPACE FORECAST CENTRE

MINOR (G1 - MINOR) GEOMAGNETIC DISTURBANCE IN PROGRESS (K OF 5 REACHED)
PRELIMINARY AUSTRALIAN REGION K INDICES FOR 03 11 15: 335- ----


FOLLOW THE PROGRESS OF THIS EVENT ON THE IPS SPACE WEATHER STATUS PANEL,
HTTP://WWW.IPS.GOV.AU > SPACE WEATHER

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