Aurora Borealis

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by geds, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. geds

    geds New Member

    Mar 27, 2011
    How many folks saw the aurora last night? They showed photos of it on the news last night from northern AL! I almost jumped in the car and made a 4 hour trip just to get to see them! I now wish I had.
  2. Zhurh

    Zhurh Active Member

    Mar 19, 2010
    Upper Yukon, Alaska
    You sure do got a thing for those green night lights; you'll see them nx sept half the night long pulsating & twisting in 3D. I barely notice them anymore, but back when I had dogteam; I enjoyed seeing them. I had this short training trail maybe 12 mile loop. Several miles of it was on this high pointed ridge and it was real narrow trail, dropped right off, never made any mistakes up there. There be times I run the dogs, could see two different mnt ranges on left & right, northern lights be out and then I'd hear wolves, pretty cool. Those things stunned me years back, but not so much today. Guess in the end you can't eat that sort of thing, so not as important as it once was. no joke.

    When you do your trip nx Sept, make sure you're set up for night picts as you'll see darker night skies than you have ever witnessed anywhere in your life so far.

  3. geds

    geds New Member

    Mar 27, 2011
    The lights here were red last night.

    Took your advice and booked a night Chena Hotsprings. Hope the Aurora will be out and dazzling that night!

    We are ready to leave tomorrow - don't know how we're going to make it a year before leaving!

    Been following your hunting stories - sounds like you had a very successful season this year - Congrats!
  4. Zhurh

    Zhurh Active Member

    Mar 19, 2010
    Upper Yukon, Alaska
    You'll enjoy yourself up here, might see bou out chena road if they are still around there. I have friends that live out that road and they see them from time to time and also high moose density. My one buddy lives maybe 25 miles out chena road and he has shot several grizz near his house and always gets his moose around his house.

    I always liked Chena, we'd take the kids out there when we were in Fairbanks when they were younger. The best hot springs I have been to are in Canada, Leard in Northern B.C. When we drive through, we always spend an entire day there.

    WE done good this season, lucky. In our family, 3 moose, bunch of caribou, couple bear in the fall, more bear during Spring season too; could have shot wolves but was waiting on moose. Saw more grizz and wolves this year than any other year so far; all the locals up the Taylor now compliment F&G, they use to bad mouth them every chance they got, ha ha.
  5. geds

    geds New Member

    Mar 27, 2011
    We appreciate your advice and are looking forward to the trip!
  6. Marlin T

    Marlin T Well-Known Member

    Jul 8, 2005
    New Mexico

    AURORAS IN THE USA: A coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth on Oct. 24th at approximately 1800 UT (2:00 pm EDT). The impact strongly compressed Earth's magnetic field, directly exposing geosynchronous satellites to solar wind plasma, and sparked an intense geomagnetic storm. As night fell over North America, auroras spilled across the Canadian border into the contiguous United States. A US Department of Defense satellite photographed the crossing:

    "This shows the auroras on Oct. 25th at 0140 GMT," says Paul McCrone of the Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center in Monterey, California. He created the image using visual and infrared data from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program's F18 polar orbiter. DMSP satellites carry low light cameras for nightime monitoring of moonlit clouds, city lights and auroras. Some of the auroras recorded by the F18 on Oct. 25th were as bright as the city lights underneath. ​
    This "big picture" from orbit makes sense of what happened next. The bright band swept south and, before the night was over, auroras were sighted in more than thirty US states: Alabama, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Maryland, Georgia, New Mexico, Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois, Nebraska, Kentucky, North Carolina, Indiana, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, Maryland, New York, Montana, Ohio, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Washington, Virginia, Texas, Arizona, Minnesota, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Oregon, Arkansas and California. ​
    Many observers, especially in the deep south, commented on the pure red color of the lights they saw. These rare all-red auroras sometimes appear at low latitudes during intense geomagnetic storms. They occur some 300 to 500 km above Earth's surface and are not yet fully understood. Aurora alerts: text, voice.​
  7. permafrost

    permafrost Active Member

    Feb 24, 2010
    Oklahoma, USA
    Saw them here in Okla. City, also. They were red here.
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