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BS: Northern Lights

GUEST,MMario 19 Aug 03 - 10:00 AM
Amos 19 Aug 03 - 10:02 AM
Ebbie 19 Aug 03 - 10:34 AM
Peg 19 Aug 03 - 10:38 AM
GUEST,MMario 19 Aug 03 - 10:40 AM
Ebbie 19 Aug 03 - 04:56 PM
GUEST 19 Aug 03 - 06:07 PM
C-flat 19 Aug 03 - 06:21 PM
GUEST 19 Aug 03 - 06:33 PM
Stilly River Sage 20 Aug 03 - 09:36 AM
GUEST,Scottie 20 Aug 03 - 11:22 AM
greg stephens 20 Aug 03 - 11:26 AM
bflat 20 Aug 03 - 12:48 PM
Clinton Hammond 20 Aug 03 - 01:54 PM
black walnut 21 Aug 03 - 09:05 AM
Billy the Bus 21 Aug 03 - 10:24 AM
Ebbie 21 Aug 03 - 01:14 PM
open mike 21 Aug 03 - 04:19 PM
Penny S. 21 Aug 03 - 06:04 PM
Billy the Bus 21 Aug 03 - 06:09 PM
Dave Swan 21 Aug 03 - 10:06 PM
Rustic Rebel 21 Aug 03 - 11:06 PM
Dave Schipper (old) 21 Aug 03 - 11:13 PM
Cluin 21 Aug 03 - 11:33 PM
open mike 22 Aug 03 - 02:59 AM
Jim McLean 22 Aug 03 - 09:58 AM
Metchosin 22 Aug 03 - 11:24 AM
open mike 22 Aug 03 - 11:14 PM
Rosebrook 22 Aug 03 - 11:58 PM
Jim McLean 23 Aug 03 - 04:16 AM
Cluin 24 Aug 03 - 07:56 PM
open mike 24 Aug 03 - 08:18 PM
GUEST 24 Aug 03 - 10:06 PM
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open mike 25 Aug 03 - 12:20 AM
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Subject: BS: Northern Lights
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 19 Aug 03 - 10:00 AM

Sunday night - as a group of us were leaving the 16th century we walked out the gates and ...

filling the northern skies - the Aurora Borealis! Fascinating - very clear - quite active. Ive seen them before - but never so clear and covering such a portion of the sky. It was absolutely fascinating.

One of the group grew up in Cananda - and he was marveling - because he had never seen the 'lights' so far south (though we were really only 25 miles or so south of toronto - which I think he forgets.


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Subject: RE: BS: Northern Lights
From: Amos
Date: 19 Aug 03 - 10:02 AM

Check the MArtian Fiction thread, MM -- this may be an unsettling coincidence, but....


A


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Subject: RE: BS: Northern Lights
From: Ebbie
Date: 19 Aug 03 - 10:34 AM

Yep. It takes about 10 days from the time the lights are visible to when the Martians start looking for a landing place.:)

(The Northern Lights are awesome, aren't they, Mario. They're one reason that I live in the north.)


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Subject: RE: BS: Northern Lights
From: Peg
Date: 19 Aug 03 - 10:38 AM

wow! very cool.
I did catch a glimmer of them last winter in Royalston, MA (near/in the Berkshires) but not a full show. I would love to see them. Light pollution from cities and even from small towns who do not think of such things have all but destroyed our chances to see some of the beauty and wonder the night sky has to offer.


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Subject: RE: BS: Northern Lights
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 19 Aug 03 - 10:40 AM

I've seen them before - but this was by far the most active and LARGE display I've ever seen. Before they've been like waves and sheets of lights with gentle motion almost undulating- this display was more like a "dancing waters" fountain display.


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Subject: RE: BS: Northern Lights
From: Ebbie
Date: 19 Aug 03 - 04:56 PM

As a rule, you see the more spectacular lights farther north in Alaska but in the 15 years I've lived in Juneau, I've seen most forms of the Northern Lights, and I've seen them in every month but June and July- the sky is just too light in those months.

Most common is the diaphanous chartreuse curtain that travels from left to right- and you can see the stars right through it.

Often the lights are white, like jet contrails that quiver in the black sky. The first ones I ever saw were like maybe 12 silent jets streaming across the mountain.

I have also seen coronets. One May 7th we had a beach party for some Australian friends and the lights came out like smoke rings that eventually covered the sky, linking and overlapping like some kind of game someone was playing.

Sometimes the lights are deep, deep red drapes that are being shaken out like you would shake a rug. Sometimes they hang overhead, undulating and dripping with ball fringe...

At night I watch the Northern Lights
Stream across the sky
Silver and gold in ripples and folds
Of a purple scarf flung high.
Green canopy of the Northern Lights!
Gleaming stars hang nigh
All nourish my soul in the crystal cold
Alone in the Northern Lights
Alone in the Northern Lights...


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Subject: RE: BS: Northern Lights
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Aug 03 - 06:07 PM

the northern lights, Aurora Borealis, are more prominent
every 11 years. They are directly related to solar flares.
Every time there is a Coronal Mass Ejection (C.M.E) which
is a sun spot that explodes, it sends magnetic waves toward
the earth and this causes the display of lights. You can see
pictures at www.spaceweather.com and you can sign up for an'
e-mail nitification list where you will be alerted when a
sun spot spouts off and then 2-3 days later, the lights may
be visible. the NASA site has notices and photos too. I will
look for a URL to send along.


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Subject: RE: BS: Northern Lights
From: C-flat
Date: 19 Aug 03 - 06:21 PM

I always thought Aurora Borealis was a tennis player!?


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Subject: RE: BS: Northern Lights
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Aug 03 - 06:33 PM

and don't forget to be an the look out for the tali end of the Perseid meteor shower...august's shooting star show has been dimished by the
light of the moon this year, but some may still be seen streaking thru the heavens. Here is the NASA site where space-y information can be found: http://science.nasa.gov/


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Subject: RE: BS: Northern Lights
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Aug 03 - 09:36 AM

Meanwhile, I'll post one of my favorite links, the archives for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) office in Fairbanks, Alaska. Lots of great aurora borealis (and other) photos in there if you go poking around. The page I have bookmarked for the site is here, to see what the river behind the office is doing, to see how much snow is out there, or the levels of light (those long summer days and those long winter nights are interesting there on the river).

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Northern Lights
From: GUEST,Scottie
Date: 20 Aug 03 - 11:22 AM

I am a Scot and the nearest I have come to them was watching the film Local Hero. Does anyone know where you can see them in Scotland ?


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Subject: RE: BS: Northern Lights
From: greg stephens
Date: 20 Aug 03 - 11:26 AM

Re Scotland: I've never actually sen them in Scotland, but I've seen them in Cheshire and in Devon in England, much further south: so presumably they are more common in Scotland. Have to keep your eyes open though, I've only managed to see them twice in a lifetime in England.


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Subject: RE: BS: Northern Lights
From: bflat
Date: 20 Aug 03 - 12:48 PM

Can you see them in Helsinki or Tallinan? I'm heading there very soon and would like to know. Thanks.

Ellen


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Subject: RE: BS: Northern Lights
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 20 Aug 03 - 01:54 PM

Back home in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, we'd have nights when you could HEAR them!

Here in Windsor, the light pollution is so bad you could cut with a knife... That's one reason why so many of us enjoyed the few hours of power outage last week... Some people got to see the starts for the first time in thier lives...

How sad is THAT eh?


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Subject: RE: BS: Northern Lights
From: black walnut
Date: 21 Aug 03 - 09:05 AM

We saw them Sunday night up at The Woods Music & Dance Camp - Lake Rosseau/Ontario. Almost the whole gang of us went out to watch them dance. Absolutely marvellous!!!

~b.w.


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Subject: RE: BS: Northern Lights
From: Billy the Bus
Date: 21 Aug 03 - 10:24 AM

The last good display of the "Southern Lights" I saw was ca 1980. Rays, cartwheels and pulses over ¾ of the sky. Great stuff! Stewart Island is only 47° South, so usually we only see a white glow on the southern horizon. Don't have many earthquakes either, but had a pretty good 7.1° Richter jolt a couple of hours back. Whoops... Another minor aftershock right now. No radio reports of damage in southern NZ, but it seems they evacuated a Pub in Sydney. Ain't the 'powers of nature' magic?

Cheers - Sam


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Subject: RE: BS: Northern Lights
From: Ebbie
Date: 21 Aug 03 - 01:14 PM

Glacious! (as a Eureopean immigrant friend of mine says. Being in Alaska, she knows 'glaciers' but hasn't quite caught onto our exclamatory expressions.) A 7.1 sounds a bit more than just a jolt, BtheB. How much damage?


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Subject: RE: BS: Northern Lights
From: open mike
Date: 21 Aug 03 - 04:19 PM

aurora forecast here for northern hemisphere region:
http://www.gi.alaska.edu/aurora_predict/worldmap8.html
on this page is a repoprt of geo-magnetic storms
http://spaceweather.com/
that is what gives rise to northern lights.
(or southern lights, too)


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Subject: RE: BS: Northern Lights
From: Penny S.
Date: 21 Aug 03 - 06:04 PM

Where to get email notification

I have this set up - but my email was all to pieces last week, and this week, and I picked it up too late.


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Subject: RE: BS: Northern Lights
From: Billy the Bus
Date: 21 Aug 03 - 06:09 PM

Hi, Ebbie. The quake went for the best part of 2min, so if was quite a jolt. Fortunately the epicentre was 70km from Te Anau, the nearest town. Things falling off shelves appears to have been the worst damage. No reports of injury or damage to roads etc. Cheers - Sam


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Subject: RE: BS: Northern Lights
From: Dave Swan
Date: 21 Aug 03 - 10:06 PM

I've looked up from a dogsled and seen them above the Yukon Territory far away from light pollution, and from the cabin of a jetliner returning from Anchorage. They are absolute magic.


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Subject: RE: BS: Northern Lights
From: Rustic Rebel
Date: 21 Aug 03 - 11:06 PM

The lights were active here last night. I have seen the sky dance many, many times up here. The lights are prolific here, and as many times as I have seen them, I am always awed.
Peace, Rustic
Also some a great show this year with the meteors. Saw one that looked like it could have landed in my back yard, it was so huge and firey.


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Subject: RE: BS: Northern Lights
From: Dave Schipper (old)
Date: 21 Aug 03 - 11:13 PM

All I can add is the best Northern Lights I ever remember was at a golf course some where near Ironwood Michigan after a night of beautiful music. The Great Northern Folk Festival was short lived but it will always be a great memory. Later in the evening I think a friend (Fritz) invited us to a house artist were congregating... and I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for Sally Rogers and Jim Craig who we ran into that night.


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Subject: RE: BS: Northern Lights
From: Cluin
Date: 21 Aug 03 - 11:33 PM

The best view I ever had of the Lights was a couple days into January a few years ago. I was coming back to the Sault after spending New Years with some good friends in Kitchener and had just passed Sudbury, going west, shortly after midnight. At about 1 AM, I pulled over for a pee on a very dark stretch of HWY 17 and saw the brightest, most glorious, colourful display of the Aurora Borealis ever. And Clinton is right; I could hear them.

...the only down side was I was alone and wishing I had someone to share it with.


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Subject: RE: BS: Northern Lights
From: open mike
Date: 22 Aug 03 - 02:59 AM

the link that penny mentions has a gallery of photos submitted
such awesome colors! Hooray Dave, that you were azble to see them from dog sled--the perfect combination of wonderful things!!
looks like there are some visible right now, but alas,
the claouds are covering this area, and delivering much
needed rare summer rain, but there is lightning as well,
so we may be out chasing smokes when the sun comes up again!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Northern Lights
From: Jim McLean
Date: 22 Aug 03 - 09:58 AM

You can see The Northern Lights in Aberdeen. There was a popular Scottish song called 'The Nothern Lights of old Aberdeen, mean home sweet home to me; the Northern Lights of Aberdeen ...etc..
We called them the Heavenly Dancers, merry dancers up in the sky'' '
I can't remember the words off hand but it was written, I think, by Mary Webb and should be on the 'net somewhere.
Cheers,
Jim McLean


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Subject: RE: BS: Northern Lights
From: Metchosin
Date: 22 Aug 03 - 11:24 AM

We've seldom seen them here in southern BC, maybe really visible 3 or 4 times in the last 50 years, but I had the pleasure of a spectacular display about 5 years ago in the Rockies on the Panther River. To add to the pleasure of that night, was a nearby chorus of wolves howling off to the right and a band of coyotes yipping and howling off to the left. You don't get a night of music and light show much better than that.


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Subject: RE: BS: Northern Lights
From: open mike
Date: 22 Aug 03 - 11:14 PM

the aberdeen song is in the D.T.
here: No. Lts. of Aberdeen


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Subject: RE: BS: Northern Lights
From: Rosebrook
Date: 22 Aug 03 - 11:58 PM

When I was in 2nd grade, our teacher had us dabbing watercolors on a page and then holding up the page, letting the colors mix and run down the page. She said that's what the Northern Lights look like. I remember being amazed that something like that with wavy colors would be in the sky. Since then, I've longed to see them...

Rose


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Subject: RE: BS: Northern Lights
From: Jim McLean
Date: 23 Aug 03 - 04:16 AM

Thanks for the link, open mike. I notice the chorus has a missing line;
The Northern Lights of old Aberdeen,
Mean home sweet home to me,
The Northern Light of Aberdeen,
Are what I long to see.
Jim


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Subject: RE: BS: Northern Lights
From: Cluin
Date: 24 Aug 03 - 07:56 PM

...written by a woman who had never been to Aberdeen.


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Subject: RE: BS: Northern Lights
From: open mike
Date: 24 Aug 03 - 08:18 PM

and this just in from the aurora watch e-mail announcements:
AURORA SEASON: In less than one month Northern autumn
will begin--and that means aurora season is beginning, too.
Geomagnetic storms tend to be most intense during the weeks
around the September equinox because the
interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) near Earth tips farther south
than
usual at that time of year. South-pointing IMFs encourage auroras.
September and October are usually best, but already in August sky watchers
from Canada to Arizona have been enjoying colorful Northern Lights. Visit
Spaceweather.com for more information and pictures.


SPACE STATION BONUS:
A Swiss astronomer has recorded a remarkable movie of
the International Space Station (ISS) crossing the face
of the sun. See it
on Spaceweather.com.


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Subject: RE: BS: Northern Lights
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Aug 03 - 10:06 PM

There was a very nice display above Duluth, Mn. last month. We all stood out in Charlies back yard for the better part of an hour watching the heavens pulsate and ripple.
It was awesome.

troll


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Subject: RE: BS: Northern Lights
From: Janie
Date: 24 Aug 03 - 10:06 PM

Although it has been rare, and I'm sure not as spectacular as when seen up North, I have seen the Northern Lights several times in Central West Virginia, and have seen them twice in 17 years here in the northeast Piedmont of North Carolina. Never quite figured out what was going on atmosphericly to make that possible, but boy, what a blessing.

Janie


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Subject: RE: BS: Northern Lights
From: open mike
Date: 25 Aug 03 - 12:20 AM

Hey, i was near Duluth last month!
Went thru there on the way to Bayfield WI
to sail on Lake Superior. No i guess it was this
month...early august. Went to Stockton Island
in the Apostle Islands.


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Subject: RE: BS: Northern Lights
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 25 Aug 03 - 03:14 AM

The best lights I saw were when I was in Maine in 1990, but I once saw them in Philadelphia! (Around 1962, I'm guessing.) Looked like a greenish-white circle with lines radiating out from it. Either that or the salt from my soft pretzel smeared on my glasses.

We don't see them in Hawaii, of course. But from my former house on the Big Island I could often see the North Star and the Southern Cross at the same time, just by turning around.

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: BS: Northern Lights
From: madwaff
Date: 25 Aug 03 - 05:50 PM

There was a reasonable show of aurora last Thursday (21st) north of Aberdeen at about midnight.... no colours but 'curtain' forms - lasted about 30 minutes

happens fairly often here

cheers
madwaff


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