Solar flare frenzy caused snafus with radio-based devices and satellite transmission on Thursday, but Rye astronomer Dr. Dina Moche says the glitches should end today and the impact was not as great as feared.
"Happily the solar storm was a non-event for Rye," said Dr. Moche. "It's extremely unlikely that we will see auroras either."
According to a bulletion from the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), the storm was not as strong as originally predicted. The NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center reported Thursday "So far the orientation of the magnetic field has been opposite of what is needed to cause the strongest storming."
If you're looking for atmospheric excitement, Dr. Moche is excited about ideal conditions for viewing the planets Venus and Mars.
"They are very bright and easy to see now," Moche said. "They have appeared closer and closer, and will be closest in the sky March 12."
For the best view of the two planets, Moche said to check the western sky after sunset.
Check the EarthSky website for information about the 5 most visible planets for March: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.