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Northern Lights Visible Possibly as Far South as NYC, Michigan, and Oregon...
Reaganite Republican ^ | March 8, 2012 | Reaganite Republican

Posted on 03/08/2012 2:54:18 AM PST by Reaganite Republican


The massive solar storms currently bombarding the earth with charged particales (@ 4 million mph!) are the largest in over five years, driven by a double solar flare. This phenomenon could bring the beauty of the Aurora Borealis to places it's rarely seen early this morning and heading-on-in to Thursday night...


What we have is the Sun belching-out a cloud of gas (twice) who's strong electrical charges will temporarily warp the Earth's own magnetic field as it gets here... which is now. They also play havoc with elements like Nitrogen in our upper-atmosphere, and thus the auroras are produced.


But as we wait for the Northern Lights to put on a show, such a wave of powerful matter can also have far less entertaining effects, such as in 1972 when the state of Illinois had most long-distance telephone communications wiped-out by a solar flare... and this one's a double. Other worries include GPS/satellite communications and power grids.


The Sun is now in the midst of a cycle of increased solar storm activity, expected to peak over the next twelve months- thus providing perhaps additional rare opportunities over the coming months to witness the astonishing Aurora Borealis without having to travel to the Arctic.


How to tell if the show is nearing your area? The Canadian Space Science Data Portal has a active 'Auroral Oval' map that tracks Northern Lights aurora activity in real-time -here-


NOAA has a North American visibility predictor map based on intensity rating of the solar storm -here-, others -here-


And here's a closer look at the culprit this time -care of NASA time-lapse photography- an unusual double solar flare that began erupting last month: 

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Video/more at Reaganite Republican

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TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Astronomy; Science; Weather
KEYWORDS: astronomy; aurora; borealis; lights; northern

1 posted on 03/08/2012 2:54:26 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

4 million mph!

Faster than a Govt Motors’ Chevy Dolt?


2 posted on 03/08/2012 3:45:06 AM PST by carriage_hill
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To: Reaganite Republican
2012 and solar flares
3 posted on 03/08/2012 3:50:45 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: carriage_hill

Geez wonder if all those Volts will suddenly catch fire......


4 posted on 03/08/2012 4:31:41 AM PST by njslim (St)
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To: njslim

If the past (Ford Pinto etc) is any indication, they will.


5 posted on 03/08/2012 4:37:05 AM PST by carriage_hill
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To: njslim
Geez wonder if all those Volts will suddenly catch fire......

It would be so very sweet if this storm caused every Volt on the road to short circuit and stop working. Then news video of Volts being towed off the roads and highways everywhere in the country.
6 posted on 03/08/2012 4:44:49 AM PST by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 ! We should take off and Newt washington from orbit.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Northern lights have always been visible in Michigan under certain conditions. I’ve a friend who lives in N.W. Kansas who has even seen them......


7 posted on 03/08/2012 4:48:54 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (The only solution to this primary is a shoot out! Last person standing picks the candidate)
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To: njslim

“Geez wonder if all those Volts will suddenly catch fire”

Maybe the charged particle wave will FIX the Volts... as good a chance as GM ever figuring it out lol


8 posted on 03/08/2012 8:53:55 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...

Another “extra, extra” ping for APoD members. Have a great Thursday.

And Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Spring’s upon us. (yay)

Thanks Reaganite Republican.


9 posted on 03/14/2012 9:36:11 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.)
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To: SunkenCiv; Reaganite Republican
Thanks for the wallpaper!
Since this all started last week ,we’ve been having trouble with our computer networking systems!
10 posted on 03/15/2012 4:19:24 AM PDT by moose07 (The truth will out, one day.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Gorgeous! Thank You for posting this.


11 posted on 03/15/2012 4:29:57 AM PDT by left that other site
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