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7 January 2015

      What a beauty. Comet Lovejoy. The image is at http://spaceweather.com, January 7th – there is also a comet photo gallery to browse. Lovejoy is still getting closer to the Sun and may yet surprise us all.

Elsewhere at Space Weather we learn thee was an unexpected geomagnetic storm in the early hours of Wednesday January 7th. Bright auroras were visible at the poles – but what happened? The interplanetary magnetic field tipped and opened up a crack in Earth's magnetosphere. Solar wind poured in.

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