APOD: Aurora in the Backyard (2015 Mar 19)

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APOD: Aurora in the Backyard (2015 Mar 19)

Post by APOD Robot » Thu Mar 19, 2015 4:10 am

Image Aurora in the Backyard

Explanation: On the night of March 17/18 this umbrella of northern lights unfolded over backyards in Vallentuna, Sweden about 30 kilometers north of Stockholm. A result of the strongest geomagnetic storm of this solar cycle, auroral displays were captured on that night from back and front yards at even lower latitudes, including sightings in the midwestern United States. A boon for aurora hunting skywatchers, the space storm began building when a coronal mass ejection, launched by solar activity some two days earlier, struck planet Earth's magnetosphere. So what's the name of the backyard observatory on the right of the wide field view? That's Carpe Noctem Observatory, of course.

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Re: APOD: Aurora in the Backyard (2015 Mar 19)

Post by Beyond » Thu Mar 19, 2015 4:17 am

Aurora's are nice to look at, but tomorrow's APOD is 'new moon'. I'm waiting to see what the picture looks like. :yes:
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Re: APOD: Aurora in the Backyard (2015 Mar 19)

Post by Boomer12k » Thu Mar 19, 2015 4:51 am

Awesome, and he took it from the Backyard... :D

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Re: APOD: Aurora in the Backyard (2015 Mar 19)

Post by Ann » Thu Mar 19, 2015 5:12 am

They say we had auroras over Malmö, too.

But I was asleep.

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Re: APOD: Aurora in the Backyard (2015 Mar 19)

Post by daddyo » Thu Mar 19, 2015 5:40 am

Ionic umbrella

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Re: APOD: Aurora in the Backyard (2015 Mar 19)

Post by JLewis98856 » Thu Mar 19, 2015 6:05 am

What's that stuff in the top of the picture that looks like lightening?

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Re: APOD: Aurora in the Backyard (2015 Mar 19)

Post by down to earth » Thu Mar 19, 2015 6:13 am

Man, that looks so amazing. I wish I could have been there to see that!

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Re: APOD: Aurora in the Backyard (2015 Mar 19)

Post by geckzilla » Thu Mar 19, 2015 6:14 am

JLewis98856 wrote:What's that stuff in the top of the picture that looks like lightening?
Some tree tops, if we're both looking at the same thing.
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Re: APOD: Aurora in the Backyard (2015 Mar 19)

Post by starsurfer » Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:15 am

geckzilla wrote:
JLewis98856 wrote:What's that stuff in the top of the picture that looks like lightening?
Some tree tops, if we're both looking at the same thing.
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Re: APOD: Aurora in the Backyard (2015 Mar 19)

Post by starsurfer » Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:15 am

Beyond wrote:Aurora's are nice to look at, but tomorrow's APOD is 'new moon'. I'm waiting to see what the picture looks like. :yes:
Maybe someone has found a new moon of Saturn or Jupiter?

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Re: APOD: Aurora in the Backyard (2015 Mar 19)

Post by Ron-Astro Pharmacist » Thu Mar 19, 2015 4:34 pm

"Magnum diem dictō gratias ago tibi"

http://mentalfloss.com/article/57898/20 ... d-be-using

The list should have included "good day to say thank you" since we weren't there to carpe camera but we still got to sees that awesome night. Kudos to Clear Skies!

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Re: APOD: Aurora in the Backyard (2015 Mar 19)

Post by BMAONE23 » Thu Mar 19, 2015 4:56 pm

starsurfer wrote:
Beyond wrote:Aurora's are nice to look at, but tomorrow's APOD is 'new moon'. I'm waiting to see what the picture looks like. :yes:
Maybe someone has found a new moon of Saturn or Jupiter?
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The NEW MOON is the only phase the moon can be in during the occurrence of a Solar Eclipse, like the one tomorrow

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Re: APOD: Aurora in the Backyard (2015 Mar 19)

Post by LocalColor » Thu Mar 19, 2015 10:10 pm

We had cloudy skies - but folks south of us were lucky.

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Re: APOD: Aurora in the Backyard (2015 Mar 19)

Post by neufer » Fri Mar 20, 2015 3:21 pm

Beyond wrote:
Aurora's are nice to look at, but tomorrow's APOD is 'new moon'.
I'm waiting to see what the picture looks like. :yes:
Actually, a new moon could be rather interesting ...
.. provided, of course, that there are active erupting plumes to be observed: Now it just so happens that the Dawn spacecraft is biding its time on the 'boring' dark side of Ceres: However, there just might be active erupting plumes to be observed:
http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2015/03191629-lpsc-2015-dawn-at-ceres.html wrote:
LPSC 2015: First results from Dawn at Ceres: provisional place names and possible plumes!
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Re: APOD: Aurora in the Backyard (2015 Mar 19)

Post by Roberto Capacci » Fri Apr 10, 2015 7:35 am

Awesome :)