Aurora Watch: Solar Wind Due to Hit the Earth Tonight

There is so much to look at that effects the radio propagation and certainly a lot to learn if you are new at this, but I found this information interesting and wanted to post it. Thanks to Karen [KI4NGX] for the info. She always sends out a ton of really great stuff on space weather and ham radio. 73, KI4WLR

AURORA WATCH: A solar wind stream is due to hit Earth tonight, possibly triggering a mild geomagnetic storm. High latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras.

NEW MEXICO FIREBALL: On Sept 13th at approximately 3 o’clock in the morning MDT, an extremely bright fireball streaked over New Mexico, “It was terrifying,” says eyewitness Susan K. Burgess. “I was stargazing outside my house near Santa Fe when the landscape started becoming very bright, as if a brilliant full moon was quickly rising from the southwest. The fireball itself [slowly moved] over the house and disintegrated with a great deal of scatter in the northwest sky.”

At the Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque, a Sentinel all-sky video camera captured the fireball in flight:


Click to view the complete movie.

Based on data from the video, the visual magnitude of the fireball was -14.6, about four times brighter than a full Moon!

“The fireball was a pure emerald green, uncomfortably bright to look at,” adds Harald Edens located in the Magdalena Mountains west of Socorro, NM. “The object was disintegrating when I saw it, with pieces parallel-tracking and trailing the fireball. Those smaller pieces had all different colors–most notably red. I think it has been a piece of space junk.”

Amateur radio astronomer Thomas Ashcraft not only photographed the fireball, but also recorded echos of a distant radio station bouncing off the meteor’s ionized trail: movie. “This fireball turned night into day!” he says.

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