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Roger Parsons
03 June 2024 16:27:36
"Planetary Line-up" is fake news by crap journalists and barking "Web-crazies". e.g.
"Five planets will align in the night sky on Tuesday in a celestial lineup that will not occur again for 17 years. Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Uranus and Venus will all be visible at the same time in an ultra rare planetary alignment, which Nasa has dubbed a 'planet parade'."
https://www.independent.co.uk/space/five-planets-aligned-tonight-how-to-watch-b2309863.html 

Sky & Telescope says: There is no "planet parade" spectacle!
"There is no "planet parade" spectacle! Friends and relatives may be asking you about the incredible "Planet Parade" they've heard is happening in the sky. Some internet and "news" outlets are calling it the third great celestial spectacle of this spring after the solar eclipse and the auroras.
Sorry. This is a case of a crazy-weird falsehood ballooning from a tiny kernel of truth and rolling like wildfire through the modern world.
The kernel of truth? This week, the seven planets other than Earth are in a line spanning about 90° along the ecliptic. But most of them are too close to our line of sight to the Sun to be seen at all. Only modest Saturn and Mars are in naked-eye view as dawn begins these mornings."

This Week's Sky at a Glance, May 31 – June 9
https://skyandtelescope.org/astronomy-news/observing-news/this-weeks-sky-at-a-glance-may-31-june-9/ 
RogerP
West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire
Everything taken together, here in Lincolnshire are more good things than man could have had the conscience to ask.
William Cobbett, in his Rural Rides - c.1830
Roger Parsons
08 June 2024 19:39:39
"A powerful explosion on the sun today peppered Earth and nearby spacecraft with "hard" protons. The radiation storm fogged satellite cameras for hours. Following close behind, a CME is heading for Earth, and its arrival on June 10th could spark G2-class geomagnetic storms." Full story
https://spaceweather.com/ 
https://aurorawatch.lancs.ac.uk/ 
RogerP
West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire
Everything taken together, here in Lincolnshire are more good things than man could have had the conscience to ask.
William Cobbett, in his Rural Rides - c.1830
Roger Parsons
13 June 2024 20:57:39
 Noctilucent clouds (NLCs) are spilling out of the Arctic to lower latitudes. Marek Nikodem spotted the electric-blue clouds at midnight (June 11-12) over Szubin, Poland (+53N):     
"These are our first noctilucent clouds of the season here in Poland," says Nikodem. "It was a very nice display."
https://spaceweathergallery2.com/full_image.php?image_name=Marek-Nikodem-CDS_4125_1718152701.jpg 
https://spaceweather.com/ 
RogerP
West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire
Everything taken together, here in Lincolnshire are more good things than man could have had the conscience to ask.
William Cobbett, in his Rural Rides - c.1830
Roger Parsons
13 June 2024 20:58:44

"For the second day in a row, protons from the sun are raining down on Earth. This is causing a shortwave radio blackout inside the Arctic Circle--also known as a polar cap absorption event. The protons are being funneled toward the Arctic by Earth's magnetic field; their ionizing effect extinguishes shortwave transmissions at all frequencies below 30 MHz. This event should last for another 24 to 48 hours. You can monitor its progress here."
https://spaceweather.com/ 
RogerP
West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire
Everything taken together, here in Lincolnshire are more good things than man could have had the conscience to ask.
William Cobbett, in his Rural Rides - c.1830
Roger Parsons
15 June 2024 16:45:23
A CME hit Earth's magnetic field today, June 15th (1157 UT). The unexpected impact sparked a minor G1-class geomagnetic storm, which could wax and wane for the rest of the day.
Also:
A POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS SUNSPOT:
Only a few days ago, sunspot AR3712 didn't exist. Now it's 8 times wider than Earth and growing fast:
Magnetograms of the sunspot reveal a mixed-polarity magnetic field with north (+) and south (-) poles bumping together. Magnetic reconnection could soon cause an X-class solar flare. Any such eruption this weekend will be geoeffective as the sunspot is turning to directly face Earth.

https://spaceweather.com/ 
https://aurorawatch.lancs.ac.uk/ 
 
RogerP
West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire
Everything taken together, here in Lincolnshire are more good things than man could have had the conscience to ask.
William Cobbett, in his Rural Rides - c.1830
Roger Parsons
19 June 2024 17:50:27
Summer will officially arrive in the Northern Hemisphere on Thursday (June 20) at 4:51 p.m. EDT (2051 GMT) — the June Solstice.  
At that moment, the sun will reach the point at which it's farthest north of the celestial equator. To be more precise, when the solstice occurs, the sun will appear to be shining directly overhead for a point on the Tropic of Cancer (latitude 23.5 degrees north) in the eastern Pacific Ocean, roughly 1,100 statute miles (1,800 kilometers) southwest of Los Angeles.  

June solstice 2024 brings changing seasons to Earth on June 20 — What to know
https://www.space.com/june-solstice-2024-changing-seasons 
RogerP
West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire
Everything taken together, here in Lincolnshire are more good things than man could have had the conscience to ask.
William Cobbett, in his Rural Rides - c.1830
Roger Parsons
24 June 2024 17:47:47
Noctilucent Clouds...
"Last night, an outbreak of noctilucent clouds (NLCs) lit up Europe as far south as Paris. This is supposed to be a bad year for NLCs because of high solar activity. However, the clouds didn't get the memo."  😁
https://spaceweather.com/ 
RogerP
West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire
Everything taken together, here in Lincolnshire are more good things than man could have had the conscience to ask.
William Cobbett, in his Rural Rides - c.1830
Roger Parsons
28 June 2024 17:55:45
Noctilucent Clouds
"Sky watchers in Europe are reporting intense displays of noctilucent clouds. To say this is a surprise would be an understatement. Solar Max has arrived, and solar activity should be melting the clouds away. Water vapor injected into the mesosphere by the Tonga volcano and SpaceX rockets could be upending normal trends in noctilucent cloud formation."
https://spaceweather.com/ 

RogerP
West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire
Everything taken together, here in Lincolnshire are more good things than man could have had the conscience to ask.
William Cobbett, in his Rural Rides - c.1830
Windy Willow
28 June 2024 18:39:30

Noctilucent Clouds"Sky watchers in Europe are reporting intense displays of noctilucent clouds. To say this is a surprise would be an understatement. Solar Max has arrived, and solar activity should be melting the clouds away. Water vapor injected into the mesosphere by the Tonga volcano and SpaceX rockets could be upending normal trends in noctilucent cloud formation."https://spaceweather.com/

Originally Posted by: Roger Parsons 


I thought I may have seen nocilicent cloud 2 evenings back, whilst sat in the garden, this makes me now believe I did indeed see it, as this was the same night as the amazing display in ireland, although what I saw was just a small part and nowhere near as spectacular as the online pictures.
South Holland, Lincs 5m/16ft ASL

Don't feed the Trolls!! When starved of attention they return to their dark caves or the dark recesses of bridges and will turn back to stone, silent again!
Roger Parsons
28 June 2024 18:51:27
Keep looking!!!!
RogerP
West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire
Everything taken together, here in Lincolnshire are more good things than man could have had the conscience to ask.
William Cobbett, in his Rural Rides - c.1830
four
  • four
  • Advanced Member
29 June 2024 12:09:04
Hmmm ...  I aren't convinced there's any change in frequency at all, but periodically they get a bit of publicity so increased reports helped by social media.
They are very much a peak summer thing a month or so either side of longest day and are quite common then but not every night plus it needs to be mainly clear. 
You will mainly see them from at twilight an hour or more after sunset or before sunrise at UK latitudes - typically just as brightest stars become visible.
Roger Parsons
29 June 2024 12:51:07

Hmmm ...  I aren't convinced there's any change in frequency at all, but periodically they get a bit of publicity so increased reports helped by social media.They are very much a peak summer thing a month or so either side of longest day and are quite common then but not every night plus it needs to be mainly clear. You will mainly see them from at twilight an hour or more after sunset or before sunrise at UK latitudes - typically just as brightest stars become visible.

Originally Posted by: four 


The Space Weather link I gave is usually reliable. I don't read or trust information from general social media or even the general press on such things. New Scientist, which I also treat with caution, says: "Record amount of water from 2022 Tonga eruption is still in atmosphere. Millions of tonnes of water vapour have been lingering in the atmosphere since the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano erupted in 2022." It does not mention NL clouds but links its theme to Global Warming. Whatever your opinion, we might get some good views, so "Clear Skies" and keep looking.
RogerP
West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire
Everything taken together, here in Lincolnshire are more good things than man could have had the conscience to ask.
William Cobbett, in his Rural Rides - c.1830
Roger Parsons
03 July 2024 08:01:56
Green Ghosts in a geomagnetic storm
"Last week, a photographer in South Dakota caught Green Ghosts in a geomagnetic storm. Green Ghosts are a relatively new discovery. They appear when sprites shoot into the atmosphere above strong thunderstorms. This may be the first time the mysterious ghosts have been photographed surrounded by auroras. "
https://spaceweather.com/images2024/02jul24/greenghosts_strip3.jpg 
https://spaceweather.com/ 
RogerP
West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire
Everything taken together, here in Lincolnshire are more good things than man could have had the conscience to ask.
William Cobbett, in his Rural Rides - c.1830
Roger Parsons
03 July 2024 08:15:52
Astronomy Photographer of the Year shortlist revealed
https://www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on/astronomy-photographer-year/galleries/2024-shortlist?f24_pid=c31dabb0-06c7-4d2e-bd99-3e8da31945b0 

RogerP
West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire
Everything taken together, here in Lincolnshire are more good things than man could have had the conscience to ask.
William Cobbett, in his Rural Rides - c.1830
Roger Parsons
04 July 2024 10:24:14
Spaceweather: "Yesterday, July 3rd, just before sunrise in Florida, a Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral carrying 20 Starlink satellites. After the launch, a magnificent display of noctilucent clouds (NLCs) spread across the sky."
https://spaceweather.com/images2024/04jul24/rocketNLC_strip.jpg 
https://spaceweather.com/ 
RogerP
West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire
Everything taken together, here in Lincolnshire are more good things than man could have had the conscience to ask.
William Cobbett, in his Rural Rides - c.1830
Roger Parsons
08 July 2024 07:07:48
"A potentially-large sunspot group is hiding just behind the sun's southeastern limb. It's the big dark spot in this helioseismic map of the sun's farside. The active region will rotate onto the Earthside of the sun early this week."
https://spaceweather.com/images2024/07jul24/fatsidemap.jpg 
https://spaceweather.com/  

RogerP
West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire
Everything taken together, here in Lincolnshire are more good things than man could have had the conscience to ask.
William Cobbett, in his Rural Rides - c.1830
Roger Parsons
10 July 2024 14:50:46
"Sunspot AR3738 is getting really big. Watch this movie showing how it has grown in the past 5 days. Now almost ten times wider than Earth, the sunspot group is directly facing our planet with a 'beta-gamma' magnetic field that harbors energy for geoeffective solar flares."
https://spaceweather.com/images2024/09jul24/fastgrowing_crop_strip.gif 
https://spaceweather.com/ 

RogerP
West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire
Everything taken together, here in Lincolnshire are more good things than man could have had the conscience to ask.
William Cobbett, in his Rural Rides - c.1830
Roger Parsons
11 July 2024 13:15:47
Meteor shower dates - 3 in July and August.
https://www.rmg.co.uk/stories/topics/meteor-shower-guide 


RogerP
West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire
Everything taken together, here in Lincolnshire are more good things than man could have had the conscience to ask.
William Cobbett, in his Rural Rides - c.1830
Roger Parsons
11 July 2024 18:48:10
The May 10th Superstorm Had an Unprecedented Effect on Satellites
" Earth just experienced the biggest mass migration of satellites in history. On May 10, 2024, approximately 5000 spacecraft had to maneuver to maintain altitude, resisting a geomagnetic storm that was trying to pull them down."
https://spaceweather.com/ 
RogerP
West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire
Everything taken together, here in Lincolnshire are more good things than man could have had the conscience to ask.
William Cobbett, in his Rural Rides - c.1830
Roger Parsons
15 July 2024 11:06:12
Update:
"Jonathan McDowell of Harvard University reports that all 20 Starlink satellites launched on July 11th have re-entered Earth's atmosphere. A failure in SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket caused the satellites to be deployed lower than usual, too low to escape the drag of the atmosphere below. Right now, our atmosphere is extra-puffed up by high solar activity, so the satellites were doomed despite "warp 9" thuster firings."
https://spaceweather.com/ 
RogerP
West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire
Everything taken together, here in Lincolnshire are more good things than man could have had the conscience to ask.
William Cobbett, in his Rural Rides - c.1830
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