GEOMAGNETIC STORM TODAY: As predicted, a high-speed stream of solar wind is buffeting Earth’s magnetic field today. Since it arrived on Sept. 27th, the stream has sparked G1- and G2-classgeomagnetic storms and bright auroras around the Arctic Circle.
NOAA forecasters say the storms could intensify on Sept. 28th as the stream reaches peak speeds in excess of 700 km/s. High-latitude sky watchers should remain alert for auroras. Free: Aurora Alerts
“I can’t get enough of these lights,” says Katarina Srsenova, who took this picture last night in Iceland’s Thingvellir National Park
More photos are pouring in. Browse the gallery for the latest sightings:
THE STRANGE THING ABOUT THIS SUNSET….Yesterday at sunset, Mila Zinkova was looking west from Pacifica CA when “something strange happened,” she reports. The sun split into multiple layers and a green flash appeared. But, that wasn’t the strange thing.
Temperature inversions above the ocean surface frequently distort the setting sun off the Califonia coast. “Take a closer look at the picture,” urges Zinkova. “Where did that vertical pillar of light at the bottom come from?” Scroll down for the answer:
“It’s the spout of a whale,” she explains.
In the complete video she recorded, multiple spouts can be seen grazing the bottom of the miraged sun. “Of course the sunset was unusual not because of whales, but because of some very complex temperature inversions in the atmosphere. While the lowest sun was setting, producing green flashes, the upper suns were not in a hurry to leave. They kept disappearing and reappearing.”
Just another evening on the California coast…. Turn up the volume and watch it again.