incoming CME tonight. expect auroras.

Auroras predicted tonight in the upper contiguous USA, most of Canada, and southern areas of Alaska, where it gets dark at night.

This is from an incoming CME expected to hit tonight. Look for auroras to the north and low on the horizon if not overhead. Kp 5 is possible.

Poker Flat Open House July 18, 4pm

It’s time for the Poker Flat Open House, July 18, 4pm. This event is well worth the drive. Enjoy a tour of the facilities, meet with the experts, and learn about the aurora and rocket research. The aurora webcams are not part of the tour, unfortunately. For more information, call 907-474-7558 or email info@gi.alaska.edu.
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June 28/29 aurora in Idaho

This summer has been great for auroras down in the contiguous USA and southern Canada. Every week, there has been a great show, weather permitting.

Idaho isn’t known for auroras, but maybe you should consider traveling away from city lights when the forecast is good. Look to your north, and look low to the horizon. A common time to see them is around midnight, but it could be sooner, or later than that. For serious aurora watchers, plan on being up much of the night.

You can see color with the naked eye. A camera with manual settings can capture what your eye sees. Expect another aurora show on the nights of July 17/18/19. Details as the time gets closer. If you live in the northern areas of the lower 48, you may be able to see the northern lights more often than you think!

Keith Currie’s photo from
Priest Lake, Northern Idaho. 49 Degrees N. Used tungsten white balance on camera. 2000 ISO, f1.8, 0.5 sec. exposure. 24mm Canon L 1.8 lens on 1DX. For more of his work see keithcurriephoto.com
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