Poker Flat visit

The open house at Poker Flat yesterday was fun. Displays, short lectures, and tours were put on despite the pouring rain. We were there and had a great time. The Controller said it was their 1st open house, and hopefully they will do it again. We recommend going next time if you missed it!

The entrance to Poker Flat Research Range, with the SALMON aurora webcam in the background on top the hill (barely visible in the clouds and rain). Click on photo to get a better look.

last night in Minnesota

The past 2 nights have been great for aurora watchers in Minnesota, and other states in the northern USA. Check out this photo from a cornfield in Minnesota. Photo: Warren Gammel

The kp level rose to an 8 for a short time last night, but maintained a level 6 most of the night (2nd night in a row). The storm continues tonight, although it is weakening (currently a 3). Those in higher latitudes where it gets dark should see a show. Alaskans wait another month for the sun to set.


Check out the ovation aurora forecast. This map shows where the aurora has been detected. The current kp level is very high, fluctuating between 5 and 8, currently at 7. The upper portion of the US and parts of Canada should be able to see it tonight.
Head away from any light pollution, and try to find a space with the northern horizon unobstructed. Good luck!

the aurora continues…

The kp level is currently a 7, which should be seen all the way down 52 degrees latitude (other factors need to be taken into consideration also, such as the solar winds). It is Europe’s turn for a show tonight (right now). It is predicted to continue, so folks in the lower 48 and parts of Canada should see another show tonight.

For kp updates see, and for more in-depth solar information, check out

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