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Any FReepers seeing auroras?

Posted on 07/14/2012 9:33:17 PM PDT by djf

Curious if anyobe is seeing auroras. If so, and you feel like telling us, what is your position and latitude?

Still twilight here in the pacific northwest. But clear.


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1 posted on 07/14/2012 9:33:21 PM PDT by djf
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To: djf

I kept my eyes open on the way north through Nashua, NH a short time ago but didn’t see anything.


2 posted on 07/14/2012 9:39:02 PM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: djf
It gets dark late there too, huh?

Here it gets dark around 9:30pm but in the winter it starts getting ark at 3:30pm.

Days are starting to get shorter now though.

3 posted on 07/14/2012 9:39:57 PM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com/)
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To: mvpel

Nashua, NH - that’s where Boston Center is located, right?


4 posted on 07/14/2012 9:41:06 PM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com/)
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To: djf

I used to date Aurora Schmeltzer back in the ‘60s (the decade not her age!)


5 posted on 07/14/2012 9:42:52 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: djf

No areolas either...


6 posted on 07/14/2012 9:43:49 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: djf

I sat on my honches for ten minutes while fixing my TV. When I stood up I definitely saw auras.


7 posted on 07/14/2012 9:44:20 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: tsowellfan

It does get dark here late. Day length in Seattle goes up to 16 hours on the solstice, sunrise at 5:11 and sunset at 9:11

But even this time of year, a few weeks after solstice, at 1 AM or so if you go out and it’s clear and moonless, you will STILL see a “trace” of morning light on the extreme northern horizon!

Of course the opposite is true during winter, when at winter solstice, the highest the sun gets in the sky - 19 degrees!

That’s like holding your fist at arms length!


8 posted on 07/14/2012 9:45:38 PM PDT by djf ("There are more old drunkards than old doctors." - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Revolting cat!
I used to date Aurora Schmeltzer back in the ‘60s (the decade not her age!)

LOL! They're talking about those colors seen around human bodies. Not everybody can see them.

9 posted on 07/14/2012 9:48:06 PM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com/)
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To: djf

...nope...not gonna touch this one....just too easy....its Sunday afternoon and must be good.


10 posted on 07/14/2012 9:50:38 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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What are the furthest radio stations on Am you can get at night from there. From here in Portland, Maine the furthest I ever got was an AM station in Texas.

Boston's pretty easily to get during the day.

New York is easy to hear at night. As early as 4pm in the winter.

Chicago's pretty good at night too.

11 posted on 07/14/2012 9:51:04 PM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com/)
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To: djf
Current aurora oval: Note that this is a general guide, and local conditions may be different.
12 posted on 07/14/2012 9:51:42 PM PDT by djf ("There are more old drunkards than old doctors." - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: djf

DH said a little while ago that the Weather Channel (weather.com) had/ has a time lapse of the auroras on their website.

It would take a much bigger CME (or maybe some kind of variables that I’m unaware of) for me to see them since I’m in S Texas. Around Houston did get some good red skies back in 2003.

If you’re in northern Cali, I’d be outside (especially if higher elevation anyway). Spaceweather is showing the Bz is south, so it’s possible.
The admin at spacew.com has issued a warning for the middle latitudes & their little “lights” are showing strong for higher lats & possible for middle.

Good luck & Clear skies!


13 posted on 07/14/2012 9:53:12 PM PDT by KGeorge
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To: djf
And now for a little Pogo:

"Roar a roar for Nora,

Nora Ellis in the night,

For she has seen Aurora

Borealis burning bright."

Sorry, I couldn't help myself...

14 posted on 07/14/2012 9:53:15 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: djf

No, but if you see her, can you get her recipe for Chicken Pepperoni ?


15 posted on 07/14/2012 9:54:57 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: tsowellfan

I have - when weather was good and I played around with my best AM receiver - gotten as far as LA.

Interesting that the receiver I’m talking about is an old portable b&w TV designed to run on batteries! One of those 5 dollar garage sale deals!

TV is worthless now since digital, but the most sensitive AM setup I’ve ever seen. If I was more ambitious, I’d yank it out, build a cabinet and toss in a power supply. Maybe in like 2315 when I don’t have nuthin else to do!


16 posted on 07/14/2012 9:57:03 PM PDT by djf ("There are more old drunkards than old doctors." - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: djf

Aw geez, the sun just set a bit ago, maybe I check later, yeah?


17 posted on 07/14/2012 10:05:13 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: KGeorge

Just went out and Mars is way, way prominent!

But I gave my telescope away back in 2000... (6 in Meade reflector)...

:-(


18 posted on 07/14/2012 10:06:18 PM PDT by djf ("There are more old drunkards than old doctors." - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: djf

I’m in Edmonton, Alberta.

I’m at a high enough altitude that I can definitely see them, if their out. But it’s cloudy tonight.


19 posted on 07/14/2012 10:07:50 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: djf

Oh you didn’t say California, but PNW. You may get some yet. Looks like the Cal/ Oregon border is right on the edge.


20 posted on 07/14/2012 10:10:40 PM PDT by KGeorge
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To: Jonty30

You absolutely would see them!

Best display I ever saw was in western Ontario near Dryden?

I swear you could hear them, making a sizzling/crackling sound.
Heavy, heavy reds and greens. Great sheets of them flowing across the sky. it was beautiful.

The skeeters were killers, though!


21 posted on 07/14/2012 10:11:20 PM PDT by djf ("There are more old drunkards than old doctors." - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: djf

I’ve never had any pleasure to see other colours than green, but one time they were bright enough that I could read a newspaper by them.

Another time, the ends of the aurora connected to form a complete circle. As circular as ever changing Aurora lights can get anyway. :)

I go to a website called Aurora Watch to see when they might be strong enough to take a trip outside the cite.


22 posted on 07/14/2012 10:14:36 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Bernard Marx

That must’ve been before she froze on the trolley.

(The sky’s very bright to the north here at around 46°N in Wisc., but I can’t see through the trees whether there’s any movement or not.)


23 posted on 07/14/2012 10:15:02 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (The patient is bleeding to death! Apply more leeches!)
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To: Revolting cat!

...........I used to date Aurora Schmeltzer ...............

I hope that she was able to light up your life in the back seat of your Nash Rambler..

(That’s the car my first wife had pre-marriage. Should have realized then that she was a total loser!!)


24 posted on 07/14/2012 10:20:11 PM PDT by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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To: djf

In mid-Minnesota, seeing some great ones!


25 posted on 07/14/2012 10:41:59 PM PDT by Thorliveshere
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To: Thorliveshere

Excellent!


26 posted on 07/14/2012 10:46:05 PM PDT by djf ("There are more old drunkards than old doctors." - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: djf
32.8N something. I don't know my exact ballistic address. Nope. I just went out to talk to a man about a horse, and made sure to look north. No lights in the sky in this part of N. Texas.

/johnny

27 posted on 07/14/2012 10:48:53 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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I idn’t see any auroras here. I’m just south of Tacoma an there’s too much skyglow from the Seattle-Tacoma area.

HOWEVER...within 10 seconds of looking skyward, I DID see a shooting star! Good enough for me.


28 posted on 07/14/2012 10:49:52 PM PDT by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: Bernard Marx
LOL! Always LOVED "Pogo". When I read that Walt Kelly died, I made sure to cut out the annual Christmas strip, in case it was the last time it was published. It was all the characters singing, and Nora was in that one too!

"Deck us all with Boston Charlie
Walla Walla Wash and Kalamazoo.
Nora's freezing on the trolley,
Swaller Dollar Cauliflower Alli-ga-roo."

29 posted on 07/14/2012 11:17:11 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Vendome

Postural Hypotension.


30 posted on 07/15/2012 12:53:47 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: djf

I should be able to see them here in WV, but there is some kind of curse that every time a celestial event occurs, it clouds over.

Of course we do rival the Pacific NW as the cloudiest area in the US. I love it here, but it’s not the best place to be an amateur astronomer.


31 posted on 07/15/2012 1:31:36 AM PDT by itzmygun (Elitism + hatred of mankind = LIBERALISM)
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To: shibumi

Prolly...


32 posted on 07/15/2012 2:13:47 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: djf

Only after eating a Taco Bell meat burrito.


33 posted on 07/15/2012 5:21:48 AM PDT by duckman (Dr Ben Carlson: Vision Not Division.)
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