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Elve Giant

19 August 2018

At www.spaceweather.com (Sunday 19th August 2018) – a giant elve over Russia. High above a thunderstorm in central Russia an enormous ring of light appeared in the night sky – caught on camera by Ilya Jonkowsky. Elves appear when a pulse of electro magnetic radiation from cloud to ground lightning propagates upwards towards the base of the ionosphere.


Meanwhile, a coronal hole is now facing the Earth. The solar wind is expected to cause auroral displays over the next few days.

Also, a new comet on the block. This one has suddenly brightened …

  … but will this be another dud. One thing on the positive side is that this one will come closer to the Earth than PanSTARRS.

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