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A CRACK IN EARTH'S MAGNETIC FIELD: You know it's a good geomagnetic storm when *everything* turns green. Sky. Water. Earth. Even the wheels of your Jeep. That's what happened last night in Tromso, Norway:

greenlander_strip A crack in the earth's magnetic field Tromso Norway Aurora.jpg

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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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AURORA VORTEX: Another crack opened in Earth's magnetic field on Sept. 25th. The result was a G1-class geomagnetic storm and this aurora vortex over Lofoten, Norway:

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Eshaness Lighthouse Aurora - 26th September 2020

Quite bright aurora glow that becomes active quickly but briefly at 01:35 on Saturday 26th September. Despite the clouds the activity is seen but the dark clouds give an indication of how bright this brief period was. Shetland Webcams Cliff Cam 3 got the best view as cloud at the southern end of the island was more favourable.

 

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AN OUTBURST OF PINK AURORAS: Auroras are usually green. Not last night, though. "They were the pinkest of all pinks!" reports tour guide Markus Varik, who sends this picture from Tromsø, Norway:

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Observed Flux Density 73.9

Adjusted Flux Density 74.1 = low

Bit of a spike relatively speaking...Sunspot soon??

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AURORAS AT DAWN: Some people dread Mondays. Not photographer Todd Salat. "This Monday near the crack of dawn, BIG auroras appeared near Salcha, Alaska," reports photographer Todd Salat. "I was awestruck, standing near the edge of the lake with the lights reflecting from the waters at my feet."

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Shetland Aurora Clip - Monday 28th September 2020

Brief active aurora as seen through cloud cover from Cliff Cam 3 at Sumburgh Head on Shetland Webcams. Most activity from 22:59

 

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After 2 quarters over 90% in the second half of last year and 2 quarters over 70% in the first half of this year, Q3 has recorded about 64% to finish at 195.

Assuming Q4 to be somewhere around 66% we should be able to finish around 260 before sunspot adjustment which drags the figures down a bit so 240-260 for our final mark. 242 does get us 10th since 1850 though so a second top 10 finish. 

 

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CELESTIAL TRIFECTA: The Harvest Moon. Mars. Northern Lights. "This was the trifecta I didn't know I needed, but now am so very excited to have captured," says Sacha Layos, who sends this picture from Fairbanks, Alaska:

Sacha-Layos-2020_09_30_9999_42trifecta-8-1_1601464474_strip The Harvest Moon Aurora.jpg

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