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Solar Flair and Northern Lights today the 8th

pierre_pierre
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Solar Flair and Northern Lights today the 8th

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17295337
The storm - the largest in five years - will unleash a torrent of charged particles between 06:00 GMT and 10:00 GMT, US weather specialists say.
They say it was triggered by a pair of massive solar flares earlier this week.
It means there is a good chance of seeing the northern lights at lower latitudes, if the skies are clear.
The effects will be most intense in polar regions, and aircraft may be advised to change their routings to avoid these areas.
In the UK, the best chance to see them will be on Thursday night, the British Geological Survey says.
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Re: Solar Flair and Northern Lights today the 8th

Not far off full moon so sadly not much will be visable:-
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Full Moon:- 09:41 UTC 8th March 2012

Coincidentally its “D” day for Greece, the major part of the debt is due to be returned (or defaulted on today).
Experts recon a 60% default, which means a major hit for insurance companies and banks. Wonder what kind of economic shambles a European Power grid failure could cause.
Lot depends on the polarity of the solar storm which won't be known until couple of hours before. 
Worth a look on iplayer:-  http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01d99vb/Horizon_20112012_Solar_Storms_The_Threat_to_Planet_Ear...
pierre_pierre
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Re: Solar Flair and Northern Lights today the 8th

there is a video on my link, no need to go to iPlayer
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Re: Solar Flair and Northern Lights today the 8th

@p_p different link, the iplayer link is to the Horizon program on solar flares.
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Re: Solar Flair and Northern Lights today the 8th

Don't rely on your GPS today...
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Re: Solar Flair and Northern Lights today the 8th

I'm a bit worried that this storm may affect the navigation system I'm using for a trip I have to make today.
Here's the specification of the system: http://users.plus.net/QL:378C4A2D
Please advise.
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Re: Solar Flair and Northern Lights today the 8th

&jelv.
I think you’ll find that version 186 is the latest version….you need to update your device  Cheesy
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Re: Solar Flair and Northern Lights today the 8th

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2111506/Solar-storm-March-2012-Largest-solar-flare-6-...

All quiet in sunny Leeds Smiley
Wouldn`t like to be up in the air today, especially around the north/south pole  Shocked
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Re: Solar Flair and Northern Lights today the 8th

Thought I might have been able to save a few bob by seeing the Northern lights from my back garden rather than taking a trip north but seems I will be out of luck as the forecast is cloudy for the North West this evening.