back to article Potential sat-bothering cannibal coronal mass ejection slams into Earth's atmo tonight

A so-called cannibal coronal mass ejection is set to hit Earth on December 1, creating geomagnetic storms across the skies at higher latitudes. When the Sun's magnetic field lines twist and realign, the star ends up shedding gigantic clouds of charged particles from its surface. These coronal mass ejections (CMEs) weigh …

  1. TheMaskedMan Silver badge

    "Meanwhile, folks across the pond in the UK might not get to see the Northern Lights. The bulk of the geomagnetic storm will hit during the day when it's too bright to see, according to the Met Office."

    Naturally. Interesting astronomical events are always accompanied by diabolical weather conditions in the UK, rendering them invisible. Tonight, when the skies are clear and viewing conditions would be perfect, said interesting event happens on the other side of the planet. It's a conspiracy.

    1. Michael Hoffmann Silver badge
      Unhappy

      Meanwhile, in Victoria it's been wrist-slittingly awful "summer weather" so zero chance of catching the southern lights either.

      1. Benegesserict Cumbersomberbatch Silver badge

        They can see it in Mallacoota.

    2. Steve Button Silver badge

      Even if it's not cloudy, we've got an almost full moon in the early evening which will probably drown out most of it. Definitely a conspiracy.

    3. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

      Even here in the semi-arid mountains it was snowing last night, or the aurora might well have been visible. The El Niño finally starts producing after weeks of drought right when the sky gets more interesting. Oh, well. We need the water.

    4. Bill Gray

      And here in the northeastern US, it's raining. Not sure for what event El Reg ran this quite accurate assessment of the correlation of clouds with interesting astronomical events, but it's lined up with my experiences all too well.

      On 2024 April 08, the path of a total solar eclipse will pass a couple hours' drive north of me. I am not inclined to believe in long-range weather forecasts of the "it will be raining on day X four months from now". But I might make an exception here.

  2. HuBo
    Pint

    Nothing seen so far ...

    Nothing seen so far at latitude 49.6°N in northern France (22:00 to 08:00), likely too many clouds. This cannibal CME should go 'til 19:00 (sun sets at 16:50) so maybe some opportunities in early evening ...

  3. ThatOne Silver badge

    NOAA's Aurora 30 minutes forecast

    For those who don't know about it: https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/aurora-30-minute-forecast

  4. Scott 26

    Our local FB community notice had stunning pics from the weekend's show (I missed it :( )... and we are at a whisker over 41deg S (normally The Lights are visible at ~45deg S - 900km to the south)

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