Auroras overnight to sunrise in Alaska, excellent data for a show in Europe NOW

Good morning! We had an excellent show as we awoke for the day! People on their way to work and school squeezed in a few aurora shots and posted them to our facebook wall. Have a look on your computer here!! If you are on mobile, click here! If you really enjoy aurora photos and reports and love to chat about it, join us in our facebook group.

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Data is getting better as we are now in our daytime with sunlight. Northern Europe is seeing lights now.  Kp 7 is predicted, Kp 5 as of this post. Surprise!

About 8am, North Pole, Alaska.

And about 830am as the sun rose

Auroras quiet

The last couple of nights, the clouds and fog come and go, and the auroras did come out, small green displays on the horizon, briefly rising higher. The same is forecast for tonight. Kp 1 or 2. Fairbanks and the interior has a good chance at seeing lights tonight, and the lower the latitude, the less chance of seeing lights. Anchorage has a slim chance.

Tomorrow night, Jan 17/18, we expect a little more storming as a glancing blow from a coronal mass ejection may hit earth. In other words, we may see auroras throughout the entire state of Alaska, and most of Canada. Be on the lookout Sunday night/Monday morning in North America.

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Auroras tonight in northern Europe

The G1 storm did not happen during our night time in Alaska, but auroras are being seen in northern Europe as the sun goes down. Tromso is seeing lights over the entire sky, but many other areas are cloud covered, such as northern Scotland, with green peeking through any openings. The Kp level is 3 as of this post (1115am Alaska time), but could still rise to 5. If the CH HSS holds out, Alaska should see lights tonight (if the weather is clear).

Sunday night auroras G1 storm possible

On Sunday night, auroras are possible due to a coronal hole. Alaska, Canada, and the very north portion of the contiguous USA may catch the aurora if the Kp level reaches 5. Fairbanks and northern Canada can see auroras at Kp 0. Every time an aurora alert is posted, people ask what time. Sometimes they reference space weather data. The answer is no one knows a time, they are just guesses. The time of the aurora showing up is anytime it is dark, but typically, the time is closer to midnight. The aurora can appear anytime from sun down to sun up. Kp alerts are also not aurora alerts. Just because the Kp level rises does not mean you will see the aurora. Other factors come into play, however the higher the Kp level, the lower in latitude the aurora may be seen.

Does _____ (insert your city), have a chance at seeing the aurora? Well, for one, if you are inside the city, the aurora lights will be washed away by light pollution. Get to the outskirts of town, the farther the better. Photos taken of the aurora with a city nearby will result in orange tinted skies, and faded greens with possibly no structure. A black night sky would be much better! As far as location, Kp 5 is not strong enough to reach southern portions of northern states (Yes to northern Montana for example, but no to mid to southern Montana). If you are not sure, should you try to see anyway? Yes, because you never know what the storm will do!

For coronal hole information see NOAA Space Weather G1 storm watch

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Auroras highly possible tonight

The sky is gorgeous tonight over North Pole, clear skies and tons of stars twinkling. Wasilla is also looking excellent. The current Kp index is 4 and the forecast is active. We can expect lights anytime now. Entire state of Alaska and Canada have a good chance tonight.

New Year’s time lapse, by Birch Leaf Photography

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