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Just a few pics from early this morning at West Sands, St. Andrews  First one was 100iso eq @ f1.8 and 10 sec exposure, strong moonlight about midnight with the faintest of hint of an aurora.

From Salon on the Isle Of Rum & The Isle Of Lewis tonight. Credit; Martin Keivers and Emma Mitchell.  

More shots here from Scotland last night. Fingers crossed again tonight as there is another predicted Kp7 ☺

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STORM WARNING: A pair of CMEs is heading for Earth. The two solar storm clouds were launched on Sept. 9th and 10th by strong explosions in the magnetic canopy of sunspot AR2158. NOAA forecasters estimate a nearly 80% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on Sept. 12th when the first of the two CMEs arrives. Auroras are in the offing, possibly visible at mid-latitudes before the weekend.. http://spaceweather.com/

 

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Which night will be best for spotting the aurora? Friday? Looks like it could be a good show!

 

I would say Saturday as the 2 CME's merge together going by the Models Liam.. But we shall see!  :)

 

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I would say Saturday as the 2 CME's merge together going by the Models Liam.. But we shall see!  :)

 

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Have to keep a look out on both nights then, don't want to miss this chance! If you think Saturday then I'll be able to plan it a little better and get myself to a good view point away from the light pollution. 

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Have to keep a look out on both nights then, don't want to miss this chance! If you think Saturday then I'll be able to plan it a little better and get myself to a good view point away from the light pollution. 

 

Will certainly be out both nights, Hopefully I'll be up Snowdon Saturday night so fingers crossed!

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THE SECOND CME HAS ARRIVED: For the second time today, a CME has hit Earth's magnetic field. The first strike, described below, was relatively minor. The second impact, which occured at approximately 1600 UT, could be more potent CME #2 was propelled toward Earth by a powerful X-class solar flare on Sept. 10th. It could spark strong geomagnetic storms extending from Earth's poles to mid-latitudes. Stay tuned for updates about this developing story--and be alert for aurorashttp://spaceweather.com/

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Lots of sightings across northern UK according to twitter now 

 

Edit did you see anything up Snowdon? seemed promising earlier going by @VirtualAstro twitter 

 

Got back around an hour ago.. To much Cloud to see any if there were

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EQUINOX SOLAR FLARE: Northern autumn began with a bang, albeit only a medium-sized one. Big sunspot AR2172 erupted on Sept. 23rd at 2316 UT, producing an impulsive M2-class solar flare. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the extreme ultraviolet flash:


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The explosion might have hurled a CME toward Earth, but SOHO and STEREOcoronagraph data are not yet available to confirm this possibility. Stay tuned for updates in the hours ahead.


Meanwhile, more flares are in the offing. http://spaceweather.com/


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On the night of 12-13 september, aurora was observed in large parts of Russia. I am first time in life able to observe this beautiful phenomenon, and to photograph it. 57°40′N, Irbit

 

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These are beautiful pictures with very subtle shading of colours against the backdrop of stars, both very nicely captured.  I hope you get to see many more auroras. :)

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CME TO MISS EARTH: A CME launched into space by the M2-class flare of Sept 23rd will not hit Earth, according to NOAA analysts. Forecast models predict that it will sail wide of our planet. More CMEs may be in the offing, however. The source of the Sept. 23rd explosion, big sunspot AR2172, has an unstable magnetic field that is likely to erupt again. Because the sun's rotation is turning the sunspot toward Earth, future CMEs will probably be geoeffective. http://spaceweather.com/

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