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Large CME Headed for Venus May Bring Aurora in Glancing Blow

CHANCE OF AURORAS: A coronal mass ejection (CME) heading mainly for Venus might deliver a glancing blow to our planet, too, on Jan. 19th. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras when the cloud arrives.

In Finland, the Northern Lights are already shining. Aurora tour guide Andy Keen took the above picture last night in the Municipality of Inari.

“We didn’t need head-torches as the forest was illuminated by the Aurora dancing above our heads,” describes Keen. “For over two and a half hours we witnessed one of the best light shows that I’ve ever observed in over 5000 hours of ‘chasing’ the auroras. Ribbons, curtains, mini spirals, bursts – you name it and we had it.”

“Some of our group were so amazed by what we were witnessing that they simply lay on their backs in the snow and soaked it all up. Others ran around making noises like over excitable school children – myself included. It was absolutely mind-blowing to say the least. If this is a sign of things to come as Solar Maximum approaches, then all I can say is that we’re all in for a real treat over the coming months and years.” Aurora alerts: textvoice.

…(Space Weather)

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January 17, 2012 - Posted by | Solar, Weather | , , , , , ,

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