Huge Solar Flare Today! January 25th, 2012

January 25th, 2012

According to this article posted 7 hours ago:

Space Hurricane: Huge Solar Storm Pounding The Earth. Right Now!

English: An M9.1 flare (see the GOES X-ray plo...

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By Denise Chow

Denise was an intern at the New York Daily News and GQ magazine. She has a masters degree in journalism from New York University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto.

This story was updated at 1:28 p.m. EST.

A wave of charged particles from an intense solar storm is pummeling the Earth right now. Aurora displays are expected tonight.

The storm began when a powerful solar flare erupted on the sun yesterday (Jan. 23), blasting a stream of charged particles toward Earth. This electromagnetic burst, called a coronal mass ejection (CME), hit Earth at about 9:31 a.m. EST (1430 GMT), according to scientists at the Space Weather Center at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

“It’s a minor to moderate storm,” Yihua Zheng, a lead researcher at the Space Weather Center, told “Probably in the next 10 hours or so, people at high latitudes can see auroras. This could maybe cause communication errors at the polar caps, but the magnetic activities are probably not too strong.”

The northern lights displays will be especially visible for people in northern latitudes where it is currently night…

Read more:

Space Hurricane: Huge Solar Storm Pounding The Earth. Right Now!

Prayer by: Kevin Leland

Please Lord, let there be northern lights here in Vermont, and let me see them!  ~Amen.

Seeing the Aurora Borealis live and in person is one of my bucket list items. I’m really hoping (and praying) that I’ll be able to see them tonight or tomorrow. I’ll take pictures. I’ll post them here when I see them!

I just went out for a walk and didn’t see anything. I’m going back to Google and see what I can find out about the possibility of seeing them tonight. Maybe the Northern Lights Display, sparked by this mornings solar flare  has been visible to others, somewhere else in the Northern Hemisphere of the world?

Attention Bloggers around the Northern Hemisphere of the world, including Vermont… Please send any links to photos or video (especially iPhone generated) of any Northern Lights displays you were blessed enough to see… We will post them here at Bangari, linked back to your site, or wherever you want the links pointed, and you will get credit. Your photos will be available to others under a Creative Commons share and share alike agreement–They also must give you credit in the form of a byline and a link.  You will also get passive revenue from Bangari.

Drop Your link to your photos of Northern Lights Displays in comments below.


I didn’t get to see them…hopefully there will be more. Here is a photo from a mesmerizing video taken over Lapland…click the photo to go to the site to see the video:

Tina Freddette saw a light display last night! She also gives us a weather report for tonight around the Champlain Valley…Possibility of seeing the Northern Lights? Maybe, 10% ? I’ll update that number as I get more information.

Here is a preview of Tina’s report (sorry, no photos)

Tina M Fredette About 6-6;30 this evening I caught a glimps of some of this action through the cloudy sky…It almost appeared as if there were 2 moons –light sources close to one another glowing through the cloud system that hung over head….I was amazed!

Tina gives us the Weather for the Champlain Valley:

Caution = snow/rain/mix= early am be safe driving on slick roads when traveling..How many of us carry an emergancy kit containing survival supplys in case of accidents leaving the road, remember your cells cannot always save you..your bag should consist of items for warmth (extra clothing) Sleeping bag rated for 0 degrees, food, water, blankets, flashlite ( extra batterys), flares, extra medicines, first aid kit..Winter boots…These items could save your life if you are not seen or rescued right away!!!!

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Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 28. Calm wind becoming east between 5 and 8 mph.

Tonight: Snow likely before 2am, then snow and sleet likely between 2am and 3am, then sleet after 3am. Low around 24. Calm wind becoming southeast between 11 and 14 mph. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Friday: Rain, snow, freezing rain, and sleet before 3pm, then rain and snow likely. High near 36. Southeast wind 6 to 14 mph becoming west. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow and sleet accumulation of less than one inch possible


3 responses to “Huge Solar Flare Today! January 25th, 2012

  1. I just witnessed what I believe was some Aurora tonight up in Lyndonville, VT. I have only seen one other instance that occurred so long ago I can’t even remember at this point, but at least 10 years ago. Anyway, I stepped outside to walk to dog about an hour ago and noticed a strange contrast in the normal glow that we get from light pollution from Lyndon State College and the houses in town. There was the normal whitish glow from LSC but the it was fading across the horizon into this crazy dark orange rusty sorta color. And the coloration extended way past the LSC campus into areas on town where I know there is not enough light pollution to account for this amount or color of light in the sky. So I walked up the back hill to get a good elevated look and get away from any lights on my house. Then when I faced the college campus and turn 180 degrees, the sky is like dark dark red all around the tops of the treeline and extending upward. I had to call my mom out to have a witness and make sure my eyes weren’t playing tricks on me, but she said she could clearly see it too…Really cool stuff. I wish I had a nice camera but all I got is my two eyeballs…Sorry!

    • Thanks for the report! I went for a ride as soon as I saw this post. I just got back, but didn’t see it. I’m further south, and too close to the city light pollution right now I think.

  2. It looks like we recently had another solar storm. Again, I didn’t see the Northern Lights! It was funny though. I must be obsessed! I actually had a dream, just last night (March 10th) -and in my dream, I saw them in techno-color (I dream in color) they were pink and and reddish-violet. Has anyone in Vermont seen them? Please report! This post got about 50 hits the other day, so I’m not the only one trying to see them!

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