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#1 star drop

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 09:06 PM

We were watching a bright aurora tonight. It was fading and drifting to the west from our site in western New York as we just came in.

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 09:16 PM

It was amazing! Bright red waving rainbow in shape. Saw them in E/C Illinois. Have some neat pics, will try and post tomorrow.
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Posted 24 October 2011 - 09:22 PM

It was beautiful here in Janesville too! I was looking at Jupiter when I looked up at Cassiopeia and saw an orangeish cloud. I thought it was a cloud reflecting light pollution until I turned around. Wow!

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 09:34 PM

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 09:39 PM

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Great shot. I was more focused on making sure my son who was with me, and my wife and daughter on the way back from the stable saw them that I didn't have time to get my tripod out :( Hopefully we see more over the next few months.

Definitely the best I've seen since I moved here from north western Ontario...

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 09:41 PM

Picture 2 - as they are fading

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 10:13 PM

The first I have ever seen! That was AWESOME!

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 10:55 PM

Darn Wouldn't ya know it was cloudy with light showers here, I got an alert email from space weather.com about the event and had hopes it would clear up but no luck. Maybe next time . Ouranos Thanks for posting those awesome pictures !

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 11:25 PM

I was in the obs setting up for a imaging run when I saw it. It was the first one I had ever seen. Really massive looking and very bright here in Okla.

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 11:36 PM

The show was amazing here in N. Michigan. I was able to capture pictures until my battery ran out. It looked like what I imagine a domed stadium would be if the ceiling was lined with running Christmas tree lights. I posted a pic here.
http://www.cloudynig...t/1#Post4878724

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 01:02 AM

A friend of mine saw them in NC, about 50 miles west of Charlotte.

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 02:57 AM

I missed it,what time did it happen?Not even sure I could of seen it from here.Did get to see the biggest meteorite I've ever seen in my life though,so I'm not totally disappointed.

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 03:39 AM

I went out at 9 to start imaging and they had already started, lasted until about 9:45

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 05:43 AM

You folks are so lucky to be viewing the Northern lights. Here I have to make do with street lights.

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 05:53 AM

Yeah i second that Maverick199....just walked in after gazing at Orion again. How far south can you see the "northern Lights"? im at latitude 28 and i dont think its possible here but i could be wrong. I am like Maverick though i have street lights to take its place......

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 07:29 AM

There are some references to auroras being seen as far south as Texas and Georgia. Here is a link to an article about last nights aurora.

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 07:39 AM

I was attending the Mid-Atlantic Star Party in Robbins, NC last night and it was visible in the northern sky around 8:45 pm for about 20 minutes then faded.

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 08:54 AM

wow it was seen pretty far south but i am much further south than north georgia(by about 200 miles) so as far as i can tell it wasnt visible here but again i could be wrong.
was it a one time thing or will it occur for a few days?

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 09:37 AM

"The Weather Channel predicted that the auroras could be seen in southern states for several more nights as the increased solar activity continues."

guess i answered my own question. I will be looking out tonight to see if i see anything.

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 10:14 AM

Wow, just read all the news and looked at some amazing pictures shot last night from many different states from the links on the spaceweather.com site.

Nice that your group was able to see them here in NC. You guys sure were blessed with some great weather this week for your star party!

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 12:20 PM

I thought it was a noctilucent cloud at first, then I read this post...here is my pic!

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Last night was by far the best night to observe here in my white zone of WNY.

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 02:26 PM

Nice image, Joe!
Our daughter took this image as the display was waning.

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 02:35 PM

Here is another one of her images.

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#24 Jskrapper

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 02:41 PM

Wow Ted, she got some great shots! I get more and more into observing every day I get out there.

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 04:32 PM

According to spaceweather.com we got hit by a giant coronal mass ejection. About 10ish last night, the aurora cover most of the dome of the sky. I am sure folks living further north than me had an awesome show. Unfortunately, I was on my way out and didn't get any photos.






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