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New aurora activity

We had clear skies in southern MN last evening. Yellowish in the center of the horizon. I’ve read that near Fargo, they stretched across the horizon and were much brighter. Luckily, I’m in a rural area with no light pollution.
 
The large M class CME is first acording to the auroral update:
http://www.spacew.com/update.html

Thanks for the update Jon.

What kind of photographic equipment do I need to capture this event? I know you can replicate it quite nicely with a DSLR but my 5.0 megapixel sony doesn't have manual exposure so I think that is out. Do you think I will have better look with video? I might borrow my dad's Panasonic 3CCD digital cam. Its no VX2100 but it be worth hauling out tonight.
 
OH MY GOD The first display was simply incredible and that is from Nebraska!!! I hope it comes back.
 
Hmm...I didn't see anything. But, then again, I wasn't watching. :)

I guess I'll have to stick closer to the window tonight. Only drag is I'm south of Omaha, so the northern sky is pretty bright. Honestly, as cold as it is, I have little desire to drive across town and set up outside.
 
Ok, I'm just kidding. Just trying to keep you guys on your toes! Hehe.
 
Sunspot 720 sent out a big solar flare with yet another CME coming our way. The flare was an X3. The Space Environment Center (SEC) is currently reporting a G3 geomagnetic storm, probably from the previous flares. According to http://www.spaceweather.com the storm is going to hit sometime on the 18th or 19th.

Hopefully it will be powerful enough to see in central Illinois. The storm last November was unbelievable!
 
Tonight is the BIG one. I can feel it, lol. JINX.....sorry all. I predict it will start at 4 p.m. central and last right up until sunset. The clouds will go away just in time to see it go bye bye. Seriously though, good things are going to happen tonight in the Aurora department. I am not sure I've ever seen them mention possible extreme geo storming. Usually they stop at strong to severe and let it do what it will do. The one that got us on the 7th of November wasn't even an X class flare was it?

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I'm excited about tonight, but I'm worried about clouds. The last couple of nights, we've had clear skies (for the most part) up until about 1:00 AM, at which point it goes from clear to overcast in about a half hour's time. It looks like we might be starting off with cloud cover tonight. Bah.

If it's clear, though, I might go ahead and drive north of town and get away from the city lights. I mean, I look at those shots you got from Blair back in November, and that's only 30 miles up the road, so it's not like I'd have to go far to find dark skies. I guess I could drive west or east, for that matter, but might as well head north and get Omaha behind me.
 
Yeah Jeff even if you were to drive east or northeast a bit it should get better. The ones last time were seen smack in the middle of Omaha, but of course not as well. I think you'd be fine on the north side of Council Bluffs. That is if it isn't as cloudy as it is right now. Might actually have to make a bit of a drive for this one tonight. Looks like Norfolk or Yankton should be clear by sunset. At least it will be warmer!
 
I wonder if this is worth another late night in the desert. I'm at the 34th parallel but during the last big show, a faint red glow was seen out of Flagstaff, so there might be a shot. I'll watch the indices and see. Wouldn't that be a trip if it was seen this far south (it has before, in Payson, 1 hour up the road from my town).
 
Impact! It is herrrreeeeeeeee. Solar wind speed just went from crawl to near max. Now 2 more steps, Bz needs to go south and clouds need to go with it.
 
Sigh...I'm completely socked in here. And given the bit of snowmelt that occurred today, we're probably in for some fog, even if the cloud cover does manage to beat it (which, looking at IR, seems unlikely).
 
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