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Aurora seekers, here's your big chance...

NOAA has issued a severe geomagnetic storm watch for this weekend. The space weather forecast is for auroras to be visible potentially all the way down to California. North of 45 degrees should be an absolutely amazing show.

If you're flying from the US to Europe (or the other way around) at night, sitting on the northward-facing side of the plane might offer you a great view. And travelers to the Nordic countries will almost assuredly get an amazing show. Even Scotland might get a peek.

Keep your eyes open tonight through Sunday night -- you might see a historic display!

You can track the the aurora at this site: Space Weather

Also, if you still have your solar eclipse glass, you can use them to see the absolutely massive sunspot that's producing the storm. DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN WITHOUT ECLIPSE GLASSES!

Hope if the aurora is on your bucket list, this is your weekend to bag it!

-- Mike Beebe

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It IS on my bucket list but bummer, this is the weekend we’re driving to Southern California for a graduation. Maybe our house camera will pick up something ;)

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Thank you! Unfortunately we are not in Seattle right now; we are visiting friends in Northern California. But they have a clear view of the northern sky from their rural hilltop (no city lights around) so maybe we will have a chance to see it even here.

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I will be out camping on Wharncliffe Chase ,by the Dragon of Wantleys den with my eyes north

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We saw it in its glory last night! We walked across the street to a park that usually closes it gates at night, and it was perfect viewing. The only drawback was when people would drive in, and their headlights as many were not considerate/did not realize. We watched it for 4 hours before walking back home (maybe 2 blocks, lol). All of us got some great photos, but you could really see it with the naked eye as well. Once it really got going, it was almost like a ray of sun the way the lines were and it filled the entire sky. Just unreal!!!

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I live just north of Portland, Oregon and we had a fabulous display of the Lights last night. I saw photos from family in the Seattle area; what a difference in intensity to the north of us! Hopefully there will be more great views tonight.

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My husband saw it on flight from DC to Birmingham last night. Surprisingly, American did not add a fee for the "Aurora Flight".

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Den, I am hoping for that as well! We are in a rural area, so no light pollution. It was epic!

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My Facebook feed this morning was full of striking colors of Northern Lights in the panhandle of Idaho. Missed it while I am in Italy. One neighbor sent me a photo showing them over our home!

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Pretty much all the UK got the display.
In.winter they are reasonably common in Scotland, saw em.three times there last year.
The " season " is usually played out by mid April ,as the nights are getting to be short by then.
Activity is at the peak of its normal 20 year cycle but last night was historic

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It was visible as far south here as Kansas City which is about the same latitude as Seville Spain.

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We saw them last night too! When we were in Iceland in the winter I was hopeful that we would see them and we didn’t. I never imagined that I’d see them from home, and we lucked out with a perfectly clear night. The colors were stunning!

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Unfortunately it was very overcast here in Michigan, but here's a link to Spaceweather.com. They have a huge amount of technical info and maps about solar activity, including some beautiful photos from around the world. You can even sign up to receive texts when there is a lot of solar activity. There may be a lot more aurora sightings tonight!

Spaceweather website

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Yes…visible from Southern Oregon last night. Husband, son, &DIL saw the display from Crater Lake along with lots of other people.Came home at 4:30 am 😬.
I wish we could post photos. Colors were magenta, greenish, and yellow. Of course, having Crater Lake in the photos made it extra special, and also photos of the Big Dipper & North Star against a magenta background.

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Apparently it was visible in my neighborhood last night and tonight. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see it because we are in L.A. I did see pictures though, even though it’s not the same.

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I spent 8 days in Norway in March hoping to see the northern lights and it was cloudy every night. I am now back home in Australia where the southern lights were spectacular last night. But where I live, it was cloudy! Maybe tonight.

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Very visible over our area last night, but I went to sleep early and missed the whole thing!
Lots of great photos on our local fb town page, just taken from people’s back yards.
If I have to get up in the night tonight, I’ll have a look out and see if they are there again….a slim chance apparently.
Isn’t nature amazing.

You can see the International Space Station going by though!

https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/sightings/index.cfm

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Carol--I can only imagine how beautiful it was there by Crater Lake! One of our son's friends climbed Mt Hood on Friday night and said it was beautiful with the aurora.