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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

 

Aurora happening NOW! (11 pm 22 March)

Despite all the indices being ordinary, camera visible aurora have been seen in Avoca Victoria and unaided eye visible through cloud in northern Tasmania. If conditions hold this may be an excellent auroral event. However, conditions are expected to fluctuate rapidly through the evening so there may be several bursts of short lived aurora. The waning Moon will rise after 1 am so should not interfere too much with aurora visibility.  .

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, 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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