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Old 09-09-2011, 11:33 PM   #1
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Online tools to monitor northern light activity around Calgary:

K-index from the NOAA
- http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/rt_plots/kp_3d.html
- the index usually needs to be 7ish or higher for a chance of seeing the lights as far south as Calgary.

Spaceweather for the Southern Prairies
- http://www.spaceweather.gc.ca/sr-1-e...uthernprairies
- issues geomagnetic storm watches and forecasts

Aurora Watch Alberta
- http://corona-gw.phys.ualberta.ca/AuroraWatch/
- free email alert service to let you know if there's a decent chance of seeing the northern lights in Calgary

Twitter search
- https://twitter.com/#!/search/realti...within%3A100km
- a real-time way of checking to see if there's any northern lights reported in the sky by anyone within 100km of the Calgary area
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Old 09-10-2011, 12:10 AM   #2
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Yup sure is pretty cool
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Old 09-10-2011, 12:16 AM   #3
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Yup, we just got a crazy display in Kensington of all places... Stuck around for a few minutes and was gone in a flash.
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Old 09-10-2011, 12:22 AM   #4
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Yup - just watched them for about 10 minutes up in Coventry Hills. Quite bright green at one point. Seems to have faded away now. Actually quite amazing.
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Old 09-10-2011, 12:28 AM   #5
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Spaceweather.com has some crazy pictures from across Canada. This one was taken on Sept. 3rd in Fort Nelson, B.C. by Steve Milner. There are a bunch of them from a magnetic storm in august as well.

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Old 09-10-2011, 12:29 AM   #6
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Beautiful as always, sure do appreciate them more living Southern Alberta now, such a pretty site. Thanks for the heads up cmyden
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Old 09-10-2011, 12:30 AM   #7
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Nothing up by Chinook. =/ Bit of a shame. Been a while since I last saw the Northern Lights.
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Old 09-10-2011, 12:30 AM   #8
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Tonight may have been the most amazing display I've ever seen and I'm in my 50s.
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Old 09-10-2011, 12:50 AM   #9
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In Copperfield the best show was to the east. Could also be due to light polution to the north of me.

Just came in from seeing the best show I've ever seen in Calgary.
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Old 09-10-2011, 01:10 AM   #10
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Yeah I took a drive out to Coach Hill and watched for a while. Pretty cool.
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Old 09-10-2011, 03:35 AM   #11
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Watching them up north now. They're pretty spectacular tonight.

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Old 09-10-2011, 09:56 AM   #12
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I saw them around Patterson at 10:50 for about 25 minutes. Should have stayed up and watched for them all night. First time I have seen them in Calgary in about 3 years, and the first time I have seen them with colour in awhile.
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Old 09-10-2011, 11:49 AM   #13
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In Edmonton and saw them last night. Actually the first time I've ever witnessed them; was pretty amazing.
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Saw some decent bursts of them at Molly Malones patio last night. They lasted for about 10-15 and there were some points where it was pretty green.
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Old 09-10-2011, 02:30 PM   #15
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Got tweets last night from calgary talking about this, in saskatoon there wasn't anything, but I was determined and drove out of the city to where you can really see the sky, and the northern lights were weakly on display out in Sask, nothing close to what it was like in Alberta. Still, it was night being out under the stars for a few minutes.
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Completely missed them.

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Old 09-10-2011, 05:59 PM   #17
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Seems to be some higher Geomagnetic activity happening again today.

http://www.spaceweather.gc.ca/sr-1-e...uthernprairies

^^ Good page trying to forecast the likelihood of northern lights in southern Alberta.

Seems like when it gets to level 6 or 7 on clear nights we have a good chance of seeing northern lights in Calgary.

Hopefully there will be more chances to see them in Calgary over the next year or so with the solar sunspots approaching the peak of their 11 year cycle.
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Old 09-27-2011, 12:17 AM   #18
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Anything tonight? The K index is nearly off the chart...

http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/rt_plots/kp_3d.html

Don't think I've ever seen it hit 8.


Space Weather Canada hasn't issued a storm watch though...

http://www.spaceweather.gc.ca/sr-1-e...uthernprairies
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Old 09-28-2011, 12:16 AM   #19
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Saw them in the SE tonight.Pretty good show but they faded fast. Got a few pics, uploading now.
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Old 09-28-2011, 12:25 AM   #20
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Well, if I didn't work a 13 hour shift today, I might have been more inclined to drive around a bit. Instead, I found a dark corner of Copperfield and some new showhomes. Sorry it isn't much of a composed photo.. i was using my car roof and my wallet as my tripod. lol.

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