August 30th, 2004

and AWAAAAAAAAY!

Aurora!

I'm going to let Charles Deehr at the university of Fairbanks describe this one, 'cause he's smarter than I am:

The interplanetary magnetic field is directed southward, leading to moderate geomagnetic disturbances. The midnight aurora associated with this activity is now well southward over Russia. Late night aurora was not visible in Alaska due to forest fire smoke. If the interplanetary field remains at the present level, there will be aurora visible tonight (Aug 30) in northern Europe. Indeed, southern Scandinavia should be seeing aurora now (2030 UT).

We apologize for the lateness of this warning, but there was no solar event leading to this activity. There was a small solar event today, the effects of which will not reach earth before Sept 2nd. If the interplanetary magnetic field remains southward at the present levels, there will be aurora over the northern half of the USA tonight (Aug 30).


Anyone local want to go aurora-chasing tonight?