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Old April 14 2013, 01:11 AM   #1
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Aurora in the northern USA

If you're looking for some in-depth science details on the potential of seeing the Northern Lights across Central PA and Northeast tonight, check out this link.

http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/Aurora/.

Look north between 8-11 pm, and get away from city lights if possible to help better the view.
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Old April 14 2013, 02:26 AM   #2
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Would be cool, if it was viewable from here.
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Old April 14 2013, 04:17 AM   #3
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New Jersey's supposed to be prime territory for viewing the aurora.

So far, nothing has been seen. The word from people throughout the state is that nobody's spotted it yet.
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Old April 14 2013, 05:29 PM   #4
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I didn't see shit
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Old April 14 2013, 08:46 PM   #5
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I didn't see shit
But did you see any auroras? <rimshot>
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Old April 15 2013, 07:38 PM   #6
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Ive had bad luck with the last few meteor showers and this as well...which saddens me because my stepdaughter has taken an interest in astronomy and celestial happenings.

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Old April 15 2013, 07:38 PM   #7
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I didn't see shit
But did you see any auroras? <rimshot>

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Old April 15 2013, 09:25 PM   #8
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Ive had bad luck with the last few meteor showers and this as well...which saddens me because my stepdaughter has taken an interest in astronomy and celestial happenings.
That's the US north-east coast. I'm in Massachusetts, and if there is anything cool going on in the sky, it will be overcast at least. Space probes and telescopes are now providing the most amazing views, yet there is still something magical about seeing planets and nebulae "live" through a backyard telescope. You need to find a "star party."

You probably know of the free, multi-platform space simulator Celestia. While it is not inherently designed for education, like many commercial variants, the Celestia Motherlode includes educational add-ons.
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Old April 18 2013, 09:07 PM   #9
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In Canada, I get to see them fairly often enough where I'm located. Sometimes the naked eye won't really see much other than a faint glow, something to keep in mind when looking for them. But cameras can capture some amazing views. The last time my Dad and I were out shooting, we had captured an aurora by accident. These were taken in March of last year.



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Old April 25 2013, 03:39 PM   #10
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Ive had bad luck with the last few meteor showers and this as well...which saddens me because my stepdaughter has taken an interest in astronomy and celestial happenings.
That's the US north-east coast. I'm in Massachusetts, and if there is anything cool going on in the sky, it will be overcast at least. Space probes and telescopes are now providing the most amazing views, yet there is still something magical about seeing planets and nebulae "live" through a backyard telescope. You need to find a "star party."

You probably know of the free, multi-platform space simulator Celestia. While it is not inherently designed for education, like many commercial variants, the Celestia Motherlode includes educational add-ons.

Yes, Ive been to the local astronomy club meetings before as well as the local college viewings, thought its been some time since I have. I wanted to take my stepdaughter to the observatory, only to find that its been closed to the public for a few years.

Hale-Bopp was one of my favorite viewings with the club:http://www.bobthealien.co.uk/cometshalebopp.htm

I've used Celestia before though I plan on buying a new telescope with a drive and planetarium software of it's own.
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Old April 25 2013, 03:41 PM   #11
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In Canada, I get to see them fairly often enough where I'm located. Sometimes the naked eye won't really see much other than a faint glow, something to keep in mind when looking for them. But cameras can capture some amazing views. The last time my Dad and I were out shooting, we had captured an aurora by accident. These were taken in March of last year.

Yes i know you can, you bastards!

I've only seem them once, in late 1989 during a major flare. I even remember the episode of STNG that aired that week: "Booby Trap"
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