“Such a CME could result in a severe geomagnetic storm, causing aurora at low latitudes, with possible disruption to high frequency radio communication, global positioning systems (GPS), and power grids,” NASA scientists said in a statement.
…Experts also predict that the magnetic storm will likely enhance normal aurora displays (also known as the northern and southern lights). As the effects of the CME bombard Earth, these stunning light shows will be especially visible …”
From the Globe and Mail:
“That means for North America the “good” part of a solar storm, when it creates more noticeable auroras or Northern Lights, will peak Thursday evening and Friday morning. Auroras could dip as far south in North America as the Great Lakes, along the Canadian border, or lower…”
“…the storm could intensify in the hours ahead depending on electromagnetic conditions in the wake of the CME. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras.”
And so on, and so on.
So, yes, it’s a work night. Yes, it’s overcast and raining cats and dogs in Toronto. Yes, there is a full moon. And yes, there is a great party happening tonight to boot. But I am nothing if not determined. Wish me luck, and if you live at a higher latitude, get out there tonight and may the shutter gods be good to you!