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Sunday, August 28, 2016

 

GeomagneticWarning (29-30 August, 2016)

The Australian Space Weather Service (SWS ) has now  issued a  Geomagnetic Warning and on 29-30 August UT from  high speed solar wind stream a coronal hole. This translates out to being around the 30th to possibly the 31st for Australians. Evening and morning skies are Moon free, but cloud is problematic. It is possible aurora may be seen in Tasmania and Southern Victoria if the minor storms eventuate.

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, as well as bright proton arcs and "picket fences".

As don't forget the continuing "Planet dance". All five bright planets are visible in the early evening sky to the west. While Venus and Jupiter were at their best on Sunday the 28th, they will look great for weeks to come, with the Moon jining Venus, Mercury and Jupiter on September 3.
http://astroblogger.blogspot.com.au/2016/07/a-rare-planet-dance-in-august-2016.html
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: SWS GEOMAGNETIC DISTURBANCE WARNING 16/35
ISSUED AT 2342UT/27 AUGUST 2016
BY THE AUSTRALIAN SPACE FORECAST CENTRE.

The effect of a high speed solar wind stream from a recurrent
coronal hole may raise the geomagnetic activity to unsettled
to minor storm levels on 29 and 30 August.

INCREASED GEOMAGNETIC ACTIVITY EXPECTED
DUE TO CORONAL HOLE HIGH SPEED WIND STREAM
FROM 29-30 AUGUST 2016
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GEOMAGNETIC ACTIVITY FORECAST
29 Aug:  Unsettled to minor storm
30 Aug:  Unsettled to minor storm


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

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