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dangergirl
02-15-2009, 08:30 PM
I was wondering if the northern lights can be predicted and if so when the next viewing would be. I heard they can be seen from New Hampshire. Is this true? I am dying to see them someday and thought it would be cool to be able to see them from NH! :)

hobbes
02-16-2009, 08:59 AM
You can get notified of aurora activity through ADEC: http://www.aurorachasers.com/Adec/Subscribe/index_html

dangergirl
02-16-2009, 10:03 AM
Thank you! I am gonna sign up now! :)

MsCntry
02-16-2009, 10:29 AM
I have always wanted to see them too. If we can see them from NH that would be awesome!!! :D I will sign up too!!

JimS
02-16-2009, 12:05 PM
Well, good new and bad news...

Good news, the aurora is a random event, that is unpredictable more than a few days out. There could be a great storm next month, and we would not have any idea about it today.

The bad news is that it is currently the solar minimum, and statistically, we have to wait a few years for the frequency of solar storms to increase. Sure we could have one next month, but in a few years, that next month will be much more likely.

I check http://www.spaceweather.com as part of my normal checking in with the world. It has a subscription service as well...

As for ones I've seen...2001-2005 were the last good years. October 2003 and November 2004 had some great shows!
(Check back in the photojournal for pics)

Bill O
02-16-2009, 08:40 PM
November 2004....awesome. I watched the Aurora all night from my bedroom window.

Steve M
02-17-2009, 03:22 PM
In 1998 I watched the Northern lights from my back yard in CT. First time ever seeing them. Last time too I think.:(

Bill O
02-17-2009, 05:57 PM
October 2003 I saw them in CT.

Patrad Fischroy
03-06-2009, 09:08 AM
For those of you near enough to the Durham area, ther ewill be a lecture given on solar activity and the Northern lights this Saturday.

http://physics.unh.edu/observatory/IYA_lectures.html

Brad
03-06-2009, 10:54 AM
For those of you near enough to the Durham area, ther ewill be a lecture given on solar activity and the Northern lights this Saturday.

http://physics.unh.edu/observatory/IYA_lectures.html
Will we see you there?

Patrad Fischroy
03-06-2009, 07:08 PM
Will we see you there?

Not likely, and I am suddenly reminded that I should qualify that location with a Durham,NH so as to keep you research triangle folks from getting confused

Bill O
03-11-2009, 07:41 AM
30% chance of Aurora by the end of the week according to spaceweather.com

In the meantime the space shuttle launch will be visible for most of the east coast tonight: http://www.space.com/spacewatch/090310-space-shuttle-launch-spotting.html

Rich
03-11-2009, 02:15 PM
In the meantime the space shuttle launch will be visible for most of the east coast tonight: http://www.space.com/spacewatch/090310-space-shuttle-launch-spotting.html

Lets hope the launch goes off. Those poor guys have been waiting for the "pisstiller" (it changes the urine into drinking water) to be fixed for a few thousand orbits now! The new part is on this mission.

dangergirl
03-11-2009, 07:27 PM
Thanks for the info! We will be spending the next two weekends on ridgelines in NH!!! Hopefully it will be clear! This weekend the pemi loop, next weekend the presi traverse!

Charlie
03-11-2009, 08:09 PM
30% chance of Aurora by the end of the week according to spaceweather.com

In the meantime the space shuttle launch will be visible for most of the east coast tonight: http://www.space.com/spacewatch/090310-space-shuttle-launch-spotting.html


Lets hope the launch goes off. Those poor guys have been waiting for the "pisstiller" (it changes the urine into drinking water) to be fixed for a few thousand orbits now! The new part is on this mission.

well it's not happening tonight

Patrad Fischroy
03-12-2009, 11:29 AM
Last word I got is they are shooting for Sunday for the shuttle launch. If not then the next launch window is in a month. I wouls like to see it this Sunday as I am in South FL right now and would get a pretty good sight.

Bill O
03-15-2009, 09:32 AM
Last word I got is they are shooting for Sunday for the shuttle launch. If not then the next launch window is in a month. I wouls like to see it this Sunday as I am in South FL right now and would get a pretty good sight.

Does anybody know if they are launching in the same direction as last week?

Patrad Fischroy
03-15-2009, 10:36 AM
It would appear so.

http://www.geocities.com/astronomy_302/SpaceShuttleLaunch.html

But no official verification on the claim.

Bill O
03-15-2009, 11:53 AM
From that article it sounds like all launches to rendezvous with the ISS take it up the east coast.

Patrad Fischroy
03-15-2009, 06:11 PM
Yeah, it seems strange. I tried to find something to corroborate that but I was unable to find it.

Bill O
03-15-2009, 07:14 PM
I'm heading to the beach to watch. Clouds could be a problem.

I'll have a good view over Long Island Sound if its clear.

Edit: Called it off, too cloudy.

RI Swamp Yankee
03-15-2009, 08:01 PM
We have a perfect clear sky. Quite sure I saw it between the trees accross the street just about 7 minutes after scheduled liftoff. Kind of orange flickering and quite bright.

Bill O
03-15-2009, 08:03 PM
We have a perfect clear sky. Quite sure I saw it between the trees accross the street just about 7 minutes after scheduled liftoff. Kind of orange flickering and quite bright.

Sounds like it.

Patrad Fischroy
03-15-2009, 08:23 PM
I saw it here from South Florida, a very nice sight.