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Arctic Aurora Watch

Aurora over Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, February 2010. "This photo was taken right outside the front door of the KISS building," Ed Stockard writes. "They were intensely bright as indicated by the lit up streets and community center. This is a 41 second exposure." Photo: Ed Stockard

Space Weather News for Sept. 12, 2010
http://spaceweather.com

ARCTIC AURORA WATCH: A magnetic filament on the sun erupted during the late hours of Sept. 10th, hurling a bright coronal mass ejection (CME) into space.  The CME is not heading directly for Earth, but the cloud’s southern flank could deliver a glancing blow to our planet’s magnetic field on Sept. 12th or (more likely) Sept. 13th.  People in Alaska, Canada, Iceland, Greenland and Scandinavia should be alert for Northern Lights in the nights ahead.  Check http://spaceweather.com for updates and movies of the eruption that prompted this alert.

Get your batteries ready, folks in the high latitides, and prepare for the sublime torture of the aurora! 

Ed Stockard, a contestant in the Air Greenland photo contest, has visited Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, in February a number of times to assist with flight operations for Summit Station winter staff turnover/resupply. So he’s experienced the aurora cat and mouse game many times. “Aurora photography for me has been hit and miss,” he writes. “Well maybe there are a lot of misses.

“I’ve found that I have to be proactive and have the camera ready on the tripod and batteries charged up. The northern lights can come and go quickly. On some trips to Kangerlussuaq I don’t see any due to weather or lack of solar activity. I subscribe to alerts at spaceweather.com to give me clues of high activity times.”

Have you voted for Ed Stockard to win the Air Greenland photo contest yet? Well, do it again!

Ed’s photo has been selected by Air Greenland as a finalist in the contest. The artist has done all he can; now you need to vote. If he wins, Ed will receive two travel vouchers from Air Greenland. Vote for Ed!

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