For the last couple of days, solar storms have been "extreme", sending at least one solar flair right at earth (and another that should've hit tonight), giving extreme aurora borealis (northen lights) as far south as FLORIDA. Finally got to see the northern lights for the first time in my life last night, and it was extremely cool. One guy on the radio called in from Florida, reporting that it was showing beautifully. Another guy, some 55 years old, reporting that it was the first time in his life that he had got to see it. Several pictures from a few places around the US can be seen here
, on the space weather
site, which also gives info on the current storms on the sun.
Very cool stuff. Where I worked Sat and Sun, is on a strip mine (which is being reclaimed). NO outside light polution. HUGE open area, with only a few small hills. In clear nights, the "haze" from looking into the Milky Way's thicker parts (ie: looking towards or away from the center of our galazy, as opposed to looking "up" and "down" from it, away from all the thckness of the stars) can easily be seen. The entire horizon (all the way around) on the 7th had a beautiful green-ish blue "haze", and looking towards the north (easy to find north, given the north star) had waves of white moving from north to east and west, and hues of orange and red flow from north to south.
Anyone get to see it and/or take pictures of it? I would've tried if I had known about it being out and what-not, but, my camera doesn't take exposures longer than maybe a 10th of a second...