A recent solar storm has reached earth bathing the outer magnetosphere with electrically charged particles that have already produced aurora in the northern latitudes. The forecast is high for tonight November 3, 2015. What I found most interesting was the forecast from the Geophysical Institute at The University of Alaska, Fairbanks that produced this first map and listed Annapolis as one of the cities in the zone for high activity. This includes all of Maryland north of US 50, Delaware north of Dover, and all of Pennsylvania. Scroll farther down for the latest measurements, viewing tips, and epic aurora video.
Forecast: Auroral activity will be high(+). Weather permitting, highly active auroral displays will be visible overhead from Inuvik, Yellowknife, Rankin and Igaluit to Vancouver, Helena, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Bay City, Toronto, Montpelier, and Charlottetown, and visible low on the horizon from Salem, Boise, Cheyenne, Lincoln, Indianapolis and Annapolis.
Solar Storm Watch
The NOAA/Space Weather Prediction Center issued a G3 (Strong) geomagnetic storm watch issued for 02 November has been extended to include 03 November. A G2 (Moderate) watch has been issued for 04 November.
Measurement (Tuesday Evening)
As you can see, we are at the highest of this solar storm. Disruption to satellite communication is possible at this point and the levels may still climb.
How to see it:
- There is no guarantee to see this, but the clear weather will help. Tips:
- Get away from urban lights.
- Allow time for your eyes to adjust to the dark. Usually 10 to 20 minutes
- Look north (as in northern lights)
- Timing can be at any point during the night or early morning.
Epic Video From Feb 2014 Event
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