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About Nogar

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    Central Alberta, Canada
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    Photography, Northern Lights.

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  1. There are a group of people currently predicting earth quakes based on geomagnetic activity. They are have increasing success.
  2. The magnetic North pole is moving away from Canada and towards Russia ☹️, atleast on the charts. Some even say it's moving 50+KM per year. This would have quite the effect on the aurora oval I imagine, have models like the NOAA aurora ovation updated to incorporate this?
  3. The current investment in space weather is relatively low considering it's impact on earth compared to other fields, I wouldn't be afraid of that funding getting any lower.
  4. It's not direct, but in a sense it has a health effect on me since most of my daily excitement consists of checking the solar wind conditions. It's a real downer when the speed is high and the BT is floored deep into the negative but it's cloudy outside.
  5. At 6:33 UTC over Edmonton, Alberta I witnessed an Auroral substorm after waiting many months and recorded it on real-time video with an ultra wide aperture lens. Though the substorm was a somewhat fainter one the camera revealed vibrant greens and a reddish-pink below racing across the sky. Athabasca, which happens to be 140 KM north of Edmonton features an all sky camera for imaging Aurora. Looking over archives I discovered that this camera picked up a bright auroral substorm beginning at 6:26 UTC, 7 minutes before the one in Edmonton. In previous observations I found that I could see aircraft at altitudes of about 35,000 FT when their above ground position was over 80KM away. This means that the Auroral substorm I recorded over Edmonton and the one recorded over Athabasca were likely the same ones considering how high the Aurora is, and this presents an issue. Using a reference photo I determined the inaccuracy of my camera's time stamp and accounted for it when recording the time of the substorm. The time stamp of the Athabasca camera must be accurate, otherwise it would be seeing into the future in this case. This means the substorm over Athabasca was in fact 7 minutes ahead of the one in Edmonton. Correct me if I am wrong, but when magnetic disturbances occur they first happen at Northern Latitudes and make their way south if strong enough, reinforcing the observation over Edmonton and Athabasca. I will continue to observe for Auroral sub storms over Edmonton and if I can find an even remotely reliable correlation between the Athabasca camera live feed and what is observed in Edmonton then we will be able to predict the most beautiful light show on earth when it is bright enough to break through the light pollution and become visible to the naked eye. This may just be the ramblings of someone desperate to witness the greatest light show on earth while being in a city, but I do believe I could be onto something. I am interested to hear feedback from other community members.
  6. Interesting, hopefully future phones will be better at this. What would be cool is something that could predict local substorms. I'm usually stuck in a city that happens to be around the KP2 viewing line, though I prefer using the NOAA hemispheric power model as my strength indicator. Many nights a camera with a wide aperture lens will pick up a faint green haze that the eye can't see at around 15GW. I have spent many nights outside but only recently got a substorm that was bright and active over the light pollution that lasted 2 minutes at 22GW. Being able to predict these local storms would be a game changer for people stuck in cities to see Northern Lights.
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