Of Particular Significance

Increased Chance of Northern/Southern Lights

POSTED BY Matt Strassler

POSTED BY Matt Strassler

ON 05/09/2024

A couple of days ago, I noted a chance of auroras (a.k.a. northern and southern lights) this week. That chance just went up again, with a series of solar flares and coronal mass ejections. The chance of auroras being visible well away from their usual latitudes is pretty high in the 36-48 hour range… meaning the evening of May 10th into the morning of May 11th in both Europe (with the best chances) and in the US and Canada.

Keep in mind that timing and aurora strength are hard to predict, so no prediction is guaranteed; it could come to nothing, or the auroras could show up somewhat earlier and be stronger than expected.

Meanwhile, the SciComm 2 conference continues at the Perimeter Institute. As part of it, experimental particle physicist Clara Nellist gave a public talk to an enthusiastic audience last night, reviewing the LHC experiments and their achievements. You can find it on YouTube if you’d like to watch it.

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  1. Because we are in the Southern Chambers, we get to witness the Australis Borealis
    This the page to track it for when and where to see at its best. From Melbourne Australia, short 30/45 flight to Tasmania can have exciting opportunities. https://www.sws.bom.gov.au/Aurora

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