Chris Peterson wrote:
I'd say that you've got to be kidding Chris but I don't recall that you ever have.
I live a little north of Corpus Christi at about 28 deg. 1 min. N.
During the last solar max, between 2001 and 2004, we had some spectacular auroras in Colorado, and they were seen well down into the northern states of Mexico (indeed, in a few cases, in the tropics). Powerful auroras certainly are observed occasionally at your latitude
(a few times a century, anyway)
- So you should definitely get outside at night more often...maybe go see a show.
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Thanks for the info on deep auroras y’all. And I don’t recall hearing about any widespread solar storm induced electrical mayhem during the period Chris mentioned. That’s good, since I wouldn’t want to hope for anything that would cause massive damage. (Not that hoping for anything could make it happen – not superstitious.)
Therefore I stand corrected, (although the northern states of Mexico are still mostly to my north). But I’m only conceding that my chance is non-zero, not that my odds are greater than an Icelandic photo of a volcanic eruption with lava under an aurora filled sky during a meteor shower with exploding bolide, IMO.
Wow, Art. I thought I had served up a nice hanging curve ball for you (looking forward to seeing a funny SNL “I don’t want to be a whiner” clip), but I guess that wouldn’t be abstruse enough. And thanks for the reference to the Aurora theater in Corpus. I live here but had never heard of it. My wife and I will have to check it out.
So seeing an aurora is based partly on latitude, is effected by attitude, but does being at higher altitude also help? Certainly being away from clouds and light pollution would be important too. My location down here is very often lousy for night sky observation due to clouds, high wind, morning fog, dust from caliche roads and farmers plowing up drought parched fields, and ever increasing light pollution. So, can you see why my attitude has become so hopeless Art? I think I’ll go get a glass of wine to go with my whining.
Just as zero is not equal to infinity, everything coming from nothing is illogical.