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    Well, it's Friday again. Good morning and good weekend everyone.Smiley Happy

     

     




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    3.  The Aurora Page [Last reviewed in the Scout Report on January 6, 1999]

    http://www.geo.mtu.edu/weather/aurora/

     

    Based at Michigan Tech, the Aurora Page was created by Michael Dolan and  celebrates the meteorological phenomenon commonly known as the Northern Lights. For those who may not be familiar with this phenomenon, it is a natural light display that tends to happen in the Arctic and Antarctic regions, caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms

    in the thermosphere. On the site's homepage, visitors can view a nice collection of aurora-related links culled from organizations such as NOAA, Johns Hopkins University, and NASA. Moving on, the Images area contains hundreds of high-quality photographs taken all over the world. Also, visitors who are interested in building their own automated aurora detection system will appreciate the link that provides detailed instructions for completing such a project. The site is rounded out by a collection of

    websites related to space exploration and astronomy. [KMG]

     

    To find more high-quality online resources in math and science, visit Scout's sister site: AMSER, the Applied Math and Science Educational Repository at http://amser.org.

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    I've seen them twice. The first time was about 20 years ago when we were vacationing in Conucopia, Wisconsin on the southern shore of Superior. We were there for a week and we saw them 3 nights in a row laying on the beach on Siskiwit Bay (saw a lot of meteors(ites) as well). The second time was, IIRC, about 6-8 years ago when they were visible over N. Illinois.

     

     




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    Computer-Joe wrote:

    I've seen them twice. The first time was about 20 years ago when we were vacationing in Conucopia, Wisconsin on the southern shore of Superior. We were there for a week and we saw them 3 nights in a row laying on the beach on Siskiwit Bay (saw a lot of meteors(ites) as well). The second time was, IIRC, about 6-8 years ago when they were visible over N. Illinois.

     

     

     


    I saw them in October 2001.  Nice display.  We woke the neighbors, and called people  it was that intense and we have a good amount of light pollution.

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    Edited by dhascall on Jul 2, 2012 at 8:46:48 AM

    Like music?  Look at this video.  100 greatest guitar riffs played in one take.  I like #8.  Misirlou!

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    Edited by hpmsrm on Jul 2, 2012 at 10:58:45 AM

    Between 1974 and 1984 we lived in a small town on the NW corner of Des Moines, Iowa.  I don't remember the date.....but there was one night during that period when I spent nearly all night in our back yard watching the most extensive display of the aurora  that I have ever seen in my life time.  Brilliant rippling lines of white, green and red light covering the entire northern sky.....from the horizon to the zenith overhead.  There were also periods of huge pools of green light covering some areas of the sky.....sort of like looking at a pale green water lake straight overhead.  I have never seen anything like it before or since.  Truly amazing.  The sun must have released a tremendous blast of coronal plasma right at good old earth.  Thank God for our planet's enormously powerful magnetic field which protects us puny humans from radiation volleys like that.  I'll never forget that night.

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    hpmsrm wrote:

    Between 1974 and 1984 we lived in a small town on the NW corner of Des Moines, Iowa.  I don't remember the date.....but there was one night during that period when I spent nearly all night in our back yard watching the most extensive display of the aurora  that I have ever seen in my life time.  Brilliant rippling lines of white, green and red light covering the entire northern sky.....from the horizon to the zenith overhead.  There were also periods of huge pools of green light covering some areas of the sky.....sort of like looking at a pale green water lake straight overhead.  I have never seen anything like it before or since.  Truly amazing.  The sun must have released a tremendous blast of coronal plasma right at good old earth.  Thank God for our planet's enormously powerful magnetic field which protects us puny humans from radiation volleys like that.  I'll never forget that night.


    The 2001 Lights had the same greens, reds and whites.

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    dhascall wrote:

    Like music?  Look at this video.  100 greatest guitar riffs played in one take.  I like #8.  Misirlou!


    Thanks I enjoyed it and he is very talented.

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