Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Virtual Adventure: Aurora

CNN reports that a significant northern lights event will occur in the next day or so. The sun hurled a bunch of plasma directly at Earth on Sunday. It will impact our atmosphere on August 4.
Here's the projected viewing area for the aurora. The green band will have aurora directly overhead. The green line farther south indicates the lowest possible places where you might be able to see the aurora on the low horizon.

So, after checking the weather for northern Maine (too much rain over the next 48 hours), let's fly to Minneapolis, MN, rent a car, and drive six hours to the border with Canada. It's pretty rural there so the skys will be darker, and the weather forecast looks pretty good.

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