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    Northern/Southern Lights

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    If its night where you are step outside and take a gander at the pole nearest you! Im at 45N latitude and in the heart of a major metropolitan area and the northern Lights are clearly visible. Ive rarely seen them this bright this far from the pole and theyre displaying the full range of colors as well! A very unusual event indeed!


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    Re: Northern/Southern Lights

    It looks like we may be in for several days of nice displays: http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/data/realtime/realtime-update.html#top


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    Re: Northern/Southern Lights

    It would be good to see but "the aurora australis (or the southern lights) ..... is only visible from high southern latitudes in Antarctica, South America, or Australasia". This means only those in Tasmanian or South Island, New Zealand are likely to see it.

    [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zP-Em5VESuY&NR=1[/media]

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    Yeah I knew it was a long shot there flynn aus but as strong as these are I thought there was a chance they may extend far enough towards the equator for some of yall to see them. Its rare to see them here and hardly ever are they visible from the heart of the city!


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    Re: Northern/Southern Lights

    Well the impending sunrise (Still over an hour away.) has washed out the lights so I suppose its time to call it a night and get some Zs.


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    Re: Northern/Southern Lights

    Quote Originally Posted by 19322532233B3A3F36530 link=1291548012/4#4 date=1291552099
    Well the impending sunrise (Still over an hour away.) has washed out the lights so I suppose its time to call it a night and get some Zs.
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    Both the northern and southern lights are high on my "bucket list".

    I had a chance to see them in Denmark in 1998... but social events got in the way those few days and I forgot. ::)


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    Re: Northern/Southern Lights

    Quote Originally Posted by 0728223F460 link=1291548012/6#6 date=1291562389
    Both the northern and southern lights are high on my "bucket list".

    I had a chance to see them in Denmark in 1998... but social events got in the way those few days and I forgot. *::)
    Yep, mine too, have you seen this recent NASA link, spectacular. http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap101124.html

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    Re: Northern/Southern Lights

    If you ever get a chance to see a good display--grab it with both hands. Pictures and videos dont do it!

    I was in northern Canada (just south of Algonquin Park in Ontario) when, as a kid, I saw a marvellous display. They were even better than the NASA link above, with rippling curtains of blue, red, turquoise and purple. The "edges" were really sharp, and it did look like curtains, not like some of the vague blurry lights that often get photographed.

    It is still burned in my visual cortex after more than 45 years as one of the most spectacular things I have ever seen.

    Greg



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