Tracking Aurora?

Those of us living at high or mid level latitudes might be interested in seeing the aurora. With the sun entering into another of its 11-year-high cycles, there has been a lot of activity, and even some press about things such as geomagnetic storms and coronal mass ejections. If you are interested in more, these links will help you monitor what we call “space weather” and allow you to catch an aurora in action!

Spaceweather.com: The main site for all news about space weather. Check here for daily, and sometimes hourly postings about conditions.
3-Day Estimated Planetary K Index: The K Index is a good indicator of the size of auroral ovals here on earth. In New Hampshire, we have to reach a 6 or 7 before we see aurora. Larger values allow people further south to see them.
Interplanetary Magnetic Field Plots: Wondering how the magnetic fields are changing out in space?
OVATION Aurora: A new in-development tool for auroral visibility prediction.

Good luck with your quest! Bring a warm coat and a digital camera. If you see any aurora, send in pics!

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