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NORTHERN LIGHTS: A minor geomagnetic storm on Nov. 4th made the ice crack in Norway. Actually, it was the weight of the photographer that did it. Ole Christian Salomonsen walked out on the water's frozen surface to get this shot. "I had to walk out on the ice," he explains, "because there were so many trees on shore blocking the view. The temperature was below -10 degrees celsius. You could see your breath turning to steam, and it was really silent in the woods. The only thing you could hear was the ice cracking and freezing together--a really awesome sound! The crisp clear ice made a lovely surface for catching the aurora's reflections." The next chance for a shot like this could come on Nov. 9th when a solar wind stream is expected to hit Earth's magnetic field. It's only a minor stream, but often that's enough for a vivid display around the Arctic Circle. High latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras.

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SOLAR ACTIVITY MONITOR

Solar X-rays:

Geomagnetic Field:
Status
Status
 

                              From n3kl.org

About the Solar X-ray status monitor

The X-ray Solar status monitor downloads data periodically from the
NOAA Space Environment Center FTP server. The previous 24 hours
of 5 minute Long-wavelength X-ray data from each satellite
(GOES 8 and GOES 10) is analyzed, and an appropriate level of
activity for the past 24 hours is assigned as follows:
Status
Normal: Solar X-ray flux is quiet (< 1.00e-6 W/m^2)
Status
Active: Solar X-ray flux is active (>= 1.00e-6 W/m^2)
Status
M Class Flare: An M Class flare has occurred (X-ray flux >= 1.00e-5 W/m^2)
Status
X Class Flare: An X Class flare has occurred (X-ray flux >= 1.00e-4 W/m^2)
Status
Mega Flare: An unprecedented X-ray event has occurred (X-ray flux >= 1.00e-3 W/m^2)
The designation "Mega Flare" was chosen by Kevin Loch when the status monitor was created on March 4, 1999.
There is no "official" designation for flares in this range.

About the Geomagnetic Field status monitor

The Geomagnetic Field status monitor downloads data periodically from the NOAA Space Environment Center FTP server. The previous 24 hours of 3 hour Planetary Kp Index data is analyzed and an appropriate level of activity for the past 24 hours is assigned as follows:
Status
Quiet: the Geomagnetic Field is quiet (Kp < 4)
Status
Active: the Geomagnetic Field has been unsettled (Kp=4)
Status
Storm: A Geomagnetic Storm has occurred (Kp>4)

BELOW:

Q: What is Landsat?

A: Landsat is the name of a series of satellites that have been used by governments, scientists and educators to monitor changes of the Earth's land surface. Landsat satellites provide a means for measuring the change in the amount of healthy vegetation, extent of damage and rate of regeneration following a forest fire, and various other applications and professionals in the defense and agriculture industries. Since the launch of Landsat 1 in 1972, these satellites have continuously monitored the Earth. The USGS currently operates Landsat 5 and Landsat 7. These satellites contribute over 400 images per day to the EROS data archive.

BELOW: Flying Under Comet Hartley 2

This image montage shows comet Hartley 2 as NASA's EPOXI mission approached and flew under the comet. The images progress in time clockwise, starting at the top left. The image was taken by EPOXI's Medium-Resolution Instrument on Nov. 4, 2010. The sun is to the right. "Click Image"
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UMD
 

Cassini and Amateurs: With the help of amateur astronomers, the composite infrared spectrometer instrument

aboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft has taken its first look at a massive

blizzard in Saturn's atmosphere. The instrument collected the most detailed

data to date of temperatures and gas distribution in that planet's storms. The

data showed a large, turbulent storm, dredging up loads of material from the

deep atmosphere and covering an area at least five times larger than the biggest

blizzard in this year's Washington, D.C.-area storm front nicknamed

"Snowmageddon." "We were so excited to get a heads-up from the amateurs," said Gordon

Bjoraker, a composite infrared spectrometer team member based at NASA's Goddard Space

Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Normally, he said, "Data from the storm

cell would have been averaged out."

FULL STORY @

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/

cassini/whycassini/cassini20100429.html

BELOW: Heat emitted from the interior of Saturn (red) shows up in this false-color image of Saturn, made from data taken in 2008 by Cassini's visual and infrared mapping spectrometer. (Click image for fullsize and story)

 http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/whycassini/dimmer-switch.html

Credit: NASA/JPL/ASI/University of Arizona