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11.11.04

Solar disturbances spike aurora activity across the globe

For Immediate Release
Nov. 10, 2004

A spot on the sun is bursting with large flares and tremendous coronal mass
ejections, sending charged solar particles to Earth. The waves of particles
descending on the planet are responsible for the aurora displays that have
been visible as far south as the Carolinas.

Aurora forecasters at the Geophysical Institute predict maximum aurora
activity until Friday, Nov. 12, and possibly into the weekend.  The aurora
should be visible in regions far south of the Arctic, including most of the
United States, if clear skies cooperate.

Region 0696, the portion of the sun responsible for the heightened aurora
activity, began erupting Saturday, Nov. 6. By Nov. 7, people began
witnessing the aurora throughout the country and around the world.

“Look for the aurora from a dark place with a view of the poleward horizon
in half hour intervals throughout the night,” said Aurora Forecaster and
Professor Emeritus of Physics Charles Deehr. “The largest activity is
expected at your local midnight.”

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