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A Perseid Aurora
Credit & Copyright: Jimmy Westlake (Colorado Mountain College)
Explanation: Just after the Moon set but before the Sun rose in the early morning hours of 2000 August 12, meteors pelted the Earth from the direction of the constellation Perseus, while ions pelted the Earth from the Sun. The meteors were expected as sub-sand grains long left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle annually create the Perseids Meteor Shower. The aurorae were unexpected, however, as electrons, protons, and heavier ions raced out from a large Coronal Mass Ejection that had occurred just days before on the Sun. In the foreground is Hahn's Peak, an extinct volcano in Colorado, USA. The Perseid meteor shower peaks this year over the next few days, with as much as one bright meteor per minute visible from some locations.

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QUOTE(Bassneck @ Aug 13 2003, 10:17 AM)Holy War Monger- you've got to be f'n kidding me!
Isn't that awesome???!!!???
 

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Do those things have working cannons or what? My brother is building a model of the Missouri now. Not sure he'd want to destroy it after doing all the work to build it like that.
 

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impressive Northern lights.

I remember ONCE, probably 7 years ago or so.. driving to work and seeing northern lights from the Rochester / M-59 area. pretty cool looking.. not nearly as colorful, but rather bright.
 

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QUOTE(fatcat660 @ Aug 13 2003, 12:25 PM)The warships are cool we could battle in the moot
cool pic of the northern lights

I thought of that too
 
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