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WhiteWolf
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07/16/2017 03:57PM
 
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mr.barley
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07/16/2017 04:53PM
I'm in southern MN and go to work at 1:45 am. I have a shot.
ghamer
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07/16/2017 05:01PM
Thanks for the heads-up!
07/16/2017 05:18PM
Might want to remind those Hawkeyes to look up;-) Wait a minute; my bad. That advice would be for folks living in Wisconsin...
OSLO
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07/16/2017 06:41PM
The CME arrived earlier than expected--just before sunrise--and the conditions have been declining throughout the day. The timing was really unfortunate, otherwise this would have been a great show. I would guess that lights will still be visible tonight in northern MN, with best chances as soon as it gets dark out. At this point, I don't like the odds for people in Iowa to see much, particularly without a camera. That all having been said, conditions can change rapidly, and they are hard to accurately predict. I hope that I am wrong and things pick up!
07/16/2017 06:50PM
quote Frenchy19: "Might want to remind those Hawkeyes to look up;-) Wait a minute; my bad. That advice would be for folks living in Wisconsin..."

hey.....according to Garrison Keillor, you Minnesotans are the guys always staring at your shoes......
07/16/2017 07:12PM
quote cowdoc: "quote Frenchy19: "Might want to remind those Hawkeyes to look up;-) Wait a minute; my bad. That advice would be for folks living in Wisconsin..."


hey.....according to Garrison Keillor, you Minnesotans are the guys always staring at your shoes......"


Excellent point!!!
jhb8426
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07/16/2017 10:20PM
quote cowdoc: "hey.....according to Garrison Keillor, you Minnesotans are the guys always staring at your shoes......"

So what the hell does he know. He spends a good chunk of his time in Europe and on the east coast.
07/16/2017 10:27PM
Just saw this on the news. I'm a little disappointed we spent 2 hours driving home from the Laura Ingalls Wilder pagent in Walnut Grove last night and didn't see anything.
OSLO
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07/17/2017 10:49AM
As expected, the lights were very weak last night, even in northern Minnesota. We are headed towards solar minimum, so we don't have many sunspots right now, and the northern lights are therefore also decreasing in frequency.
QueticoMike
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07/17/2017 03:36PM
Ely police dept. posted this picture this morning..........


OSLO
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07/17/2017 08:15PM
quote QueticoMike: "Ely police dept. posted this picture this morning..........



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Yeah, a weak arc such as the one in the photo was visible a couple of times last night. There are a huge number of photos online because there was so much media attention associated with this solar flare, but the event really was a major letdown because of the timing of the CME.
WhiteWolf
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07/18/2017 01:49AM
Even though it was a bust-- I did get my son out for a view of Jupiter and Saturn- among with some Messier objects- through my 10" scope. The hoopla worked. He is now interested in seeing more objects in darker conditions and myself getting the green light to up the eyepiece viewing from 1.25" to 2"--- which is like using a Carlisle paddle compared to a ZRE bent Carbon in viewing deep space objects. Of course with proper instruction on both ends....
 
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