Aurora Australis Surprise (Last Night)

"Aurora Surprise:

"Last night, an unexpected geomagnetic storm sparked bright auroras over Earth's poles. The arctic half of the display was invisible--too much summer sunlight. But the antarctic half was a doozy. J. Dana Hrubes sends this picture from the Amundsen-Scott Station at the geographic South Pole.

rubes is "wintering over" at Amundsen-Scott as the station's Science Leader. One of his jobs is tending to


the South Pole Telescope, silhouetted here by the aurora australis. Affectionately known as "Spot", the telescope takes advantage of the South Pole's steady skies and long nights to study dark matter and the origins of the Universe. Excuse the interruption!

More auroras are possible on June 26th and 27th when a minor solar wind stream is expected to hit Earth's magnetic field. Stay tuned! "

www.spaceweather.com/

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posted on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 - link to this photo

2 Comments

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Wed, June 25, 2008 - 7:49 AM
Sweet Skylar
Please remember to keep us posted of any Northern Hemisphere activity.

BTW: did you pick up U.S. Postage Stamps of the Austalis and Borialis?
Wed, June 25, 2008 - 9:12 AM
It's almost always too light at night way up in the Northern Hemisphere in late spring, summer and fall to see the aurora borealis.

I think they pack up their cameras, so to speak, in April and maybe don't start again until late October.

Thank you for the comment though...gives me opportunity to explain. (as I understand it, anyway)

No, I didn't get any of those stamps.. though vaguely recall hearing about them. I should do that.

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