September 16, 2005

Southern Aurora — high alert

Photographed today, the giant sunspots shown above, are good indications that there could be some interesting Southern Aurora displays tonight or tomorrow night.

Shevill Mathers. our resident planetary expert, suggests not being deterred by the presence of the moon high in the sky.

“It will reduce the effects somewhat, but this should not stop you from looking to the south during the evening,” he says. “If it is a big display then we would expect to see various levels of activity extending perhaps from east to west and maybe overhead.”

He took this close-up two days ago.

Continued …

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