Visible Aurora Photography
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If you’ve ever dreamed of photographing the beautiful glowing auroras in the sky, but don’t live in a place where they’re visible, you may soon get your chance. The sun put on a bit of a show yesterday and sent a “coronal mass” toward earth, which will likely result in some visible auroras over the northern part of the lower 48 US states.

Here’s a detailed, but understandable explanation from the NOAA NWS Space Weather Prediction Center:

We have completed initial analysis of the CME associated with today’s X1 (NOAA Scale – R3) solar flare from Region 1944 (center disk) and have developed a forecast for a geoeffective event. Despite the CME not coming directly at Earth, a partial impact to the magnetic field that protects Earth is expected and a resulting geomagnetic storm as high as G3 (strong) levels is forecast to begin early to midday (UTC) on Thursday, 9 January (just after midnight Early morning hours EST). Approximately 130 days of G3 conditions occur every 11 years, so this isn’t something out of the ordinary – though it has been a while.

If you don’t mind getting up early and have few to no clouds in your area overnight, you may get a chance to see the Aurora if you live in the Northern lower 48.

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So, if you don’t mind staying up late and the sky is clear near you, you may want to grab a tripod and a heavy jacket (maybe two jackets) and see if you can capture some of the light show.

From: Earthsky.org

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