Re: Aurora (off topic)

Date: Fri Apr 07 2000 - 02:06:02 PDT

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         Yes, spectacular wasn't it!!!
         I logged onto (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  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 
         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: 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.
    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
    For anyone not familiar with NASA's excellent Space Science News, go here:
    Home page:
    Charlie Eltham
    9 Princes Road
    GL50 2TX
    51.892N  -2.080W
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