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Tuesday, October 04, 2016

 

Aurora Happening NOW! (4 October 9:15pm AEDST)

Unaided eye aurora are being reported from multiple Tasmainian sites including Dodges Ferry, Howra, West Hobart and The Channel NOW. The indexes are currently all rubbish but people are reporting aurora. It is expected that the magnetic field polarity will swing back and forth during the night, so there may be out busts of aurora then it dying down before flaring up again. Weather and clouds are a bit ordinary too.

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".

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

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