|Asunto:||[mutantes] Jupiter, the Moon, and maybe Northern Lights|
|Fecha:||Viernes, 22 de Febrero, 2002 13:00:31 (-0400)|
|Autor:||Ana A. Risio <anarisio @.....net>
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To: SpaceWeather.Sent: Friday, February 22, 2002 12:18 AM
Subject: Jupiter, the Moon, and maybe Northern Lights
Space Weather News for February 21, 2002
Solar activity intensified on Feb. 20th and 21st when sunspot magnetic
fields erupted several times, producing a series of M-class solar flares.
At least one of the eruptions also hurled a coronal mass ejection (CME)
toward our planet. Sky watchers at high latitudes -- e.g., northern
Europe, Canada, and across the northern tier of US states -- should be
alert for Northern Lights late Friday (Feb 22) or Saturday (Feb 23) when
the CME will likely sweep past Earth.
Even if the incoming CME fails to ignite auroras, there will still be
something remarkable to see in the sky this weekend: a close encounter
between Jupiter and the Moon. Sky watchers in North America can find the
eye-catching pair close together in the southeastern sky after sunset on
Friday. The two will appear even closer together on Saturday morning from
parts of Europe, where the Moon will pass directly in front of the giant
For more information about these events, and pictures of the recent
Saturn-Moon occultation, please visit http://www.spaceweather.com
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