AURORA ROCKETS: A geomagnetic storm erupted during the early hours of
Jan. 26th, sparking a surprise display of bright auroras around the
Arctic Circle. Scientists took the opportunity to launch four sounding
rockets from Alaska's Poker Flat Research Range to study the effect of
solar storms on the upper atmosphere. Pictures of the colorful launch
are available on today's edition of http://spaceweather.com.
DON'T FORGET THE ASTEROID FLYBY: A mountain-sized space rock is
approaching Earth for a harmless but eye-catching close encounter on Monday night, Jan. 26-27.
The incoming asteroid, named 2004 BL86, will be just 740,000 miles away
(3.1 times farther from us than the Moon) and visible in ordinary
binoculars. More information and observing tips are available on http://spaceweather.com.
GEOMAGNETIC STORM ALERTS: Did you miss last night's unexpected
geomagnetic storm? Subscribers to our Space Weather Alert Service were
notified while the event was underway. If you would like to join the
group of people who never miss a geomagnetic storm, you may sign up for
the alerts at http://spaceweathertext.com (text) or http://spaceweatherphone.com (voice).