Re: Aurora (off topic)

From: Matthew_Fawcett@eastriding.gov.uk
Date: Fri Apr 07 2000 - 02:06:02 PDT

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         Yes, spectacular wasn't it!!!
         
         I logged onto www.spaceweather.com (as have been doing for the last 
         couple of months) at around 20:30 UT last night and saw a geomagnetic 
         storm warning.  I use the NOAA 15 satellite image page to check out 
         auroral activity (at http://www.sec.noaa.gov/pmap/index.html).  I went 
         there and saw the auroral oval was clearly over the North of England 
         (where I live) at activity level 10 (max) and went outside.
         
         Almost immediately I could see it had started - its the 3rd I've seen 
         and was without doubt the brightest and most dynamic I have ever seen. 
         I watched it from about 20:45 UT to around 22:30UT when it seemed to 
         fade a little.  I checked again at local midnight (23:00 UT) and it 
         had flared up unbelievably - beautiful auroral corona directly above - 
         it looked like the Crab Nebula had suddenly appeared!  Brilliant green 
         and red folds and some very fast streamers.
         
         I went to bed at around 00:00 UT and it was still going strong.  My 
         brother in Law watched it until around 01:00 UT and said it was still 
         clearly visible even where he lives in a town centre.  
         
         Luckily I live in the middle of nowhere and get the darkest skies 
         possible!!
         
         Hope some more of you managed to see this fantastic event.
         
         Matt Fawcett
         
         53.893N 0.273W
    
    
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    Subject: Aurora (off topic)
    Author:  SeeSat-L@blackadder.lmsal.com at MHS
    Date:    07/04/2000 09:34
    
    
    Just wanted to share an experience with a group of people who, I know, will 
    appreciate it. And apologies for cheesing off anyone who missed it.
         
    Last night was my first Aurora experience! It was a seriously emotional 
    occasion, and I was surprised to find myself close to tears. I didn't 
    expect to see them this far south (51.892N  -2.080W), and I missed the 
    previous major event in the UK (1992/3?) as I was in bed!
         
    I took a chance look outside at around 11.30 last night and I saw the 
    lights just starting to appear. The sky looked a little weird, and as I had 
    received a message from NASA's Space Science News (see below), I knew what 
    was happening.
         
    All that skyward gazing has really paid off. I find most people are a little 
    baffled about the sky in general (day or night), and probably missed out.
         
    As I said, just wanted to share it.
         
    Charlie.
         
         
         
    Message from Space Science News:
         
    An interplanetary shock front passed NASA's ACE spacecraft around 
    1630 UT on April 6, 2000, abruptly raising the solar wind velocity 
    from 375 to nearly 600 km/s. Usually such disturbances arrive at 
    Earth about one hour after they pass ACE. Aurorae at middle latitudes 
    could be in the offing tonight. Follow this developing story at 
    http://www.spaceweather.com.
         
    For anyone not familiar with NASA's excellent Space Science News, go here:
         
    Home page: http://science.nasa.gov/
         
         
    -*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-
         
    Charlie Eltham
    9 Princes Road
    Tivoli
    Cheltenham
    England
    GL50 2TX
    51.892N  -2.080W
         
         
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