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Northern Lights over Storm Mountain on Thursday evening.

Northern Lights over Storm Mountain on
Thursday evening.

Friday, December 15th - Aurora Alert Continues...

A second large eruption of sunspot 930 has possibly sent another CME (Coronal Mass Ejection) towards Earth. If so, it should arrive on December 16th, re-energizing geomagnetic and auroral activity.

On Thursday evening a superb display was reported across the United States and Canada, with Northern Lights reaching well into our local area. Between 6PM and 7PM last night beautiful greens and deep magenta reds could be seen from Estes Park to Loveland.

Sky-watchers are advised to stay alert tonight for more auroras beginning at sunset. The best photos can be obtained by using a 30 second exposure and a fast speed film or ISO setting. The Geminids are still active also, with several large meteors reported during the Northern Lights display on Thursday evening.

Complete information on upcoming auroral displays, as well as many photos of last nights Northern Lights, can be found by visiting .

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Geminid Meteor Map

Gemeinid Meteor Locator Map

Wednesday, December 13th - Geminids Peak Tonight...

The Geminid meteor shower peaks tonight. Start watching around 9 p.m. local time on Wednesday, Dec. 13th. The display will start small but grow in intensity as the night wears on. By Thursday morning, Dec. 14th, people in dark, rural areas could see one or two Geminids every minute.

In addition, sunspot 930 has released another x-class explosion hurling a CME towards Earth. Radiation in front of the CME has already knocked out sensors on several solar satellites. The CME is expected to arrive sometime on December 14th. Northern Lights with Geminid Meteors???

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Male Hairy Woodpecker

Male Hairy Woodpecker

Sunday, December 10th - Photo Of The Week...

Taken last Sunday afternoon on Storm Mountain, this week's photo features a male Hairy Woodpecker perched on a flowerbox in search of seed. 

As food supplies diminish with the coming of Winter, area birds are now frequenting feeders and other sources of food near residents homes. This is a great time of year for bird watchers to view the many species in our area.

The Hairy Woodpecker (Dendrócopos villósus) is one of several species of woodpecker in our area with the male being easily distinguished by the bright red patch on his head contrasting with the black and white of his body and wings, and by the vertical white stripe running up his back. The Hairy Woodpecker is a year round resident of our area.

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Angry and active Sunspot 930...

Angry and active sunspot 930

Friday, December 8th - Aurora Watch...

Sky watchers, be alert for auroras commonly known as the northern lights. A coronal mass ejection (CME) is expected to brush past Earth tonight, sparking a mild geomagnetic storm. 

The display will probably favor high latitudes such as Scandinavia, Canada and Alaska, but it could descend as well to northern-tier US states such as Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and even Colorado.

The source of the CME is sunspot 930, which has been exploding regularly since it first appeared on Dec. 5th. The "angry sunspot" is slowly turning to face the Earth. As it does, it might send more CMEs our way, and they would hit head-on rather than merely brushing past. By next week, Northern Lights could reach deep into the United States.

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