CME impact strongly compressed Earth’s magnetic field and produced auroras


A coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth’s magnetic field at 06:17 UTC on January 23, 2012 and produce geomagnetic storm (Kp5/G1 Level geomagnetic storm is currently in progress) and ongoing auroras around polar cycle. According to analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab, the CME impact strongly compressed Earth’s magnetic field and briefly exposed satellites in geosynchronous orbit to solar wind plasma. Shifting lines of magnetic force induced strong ground currents in Norway and sparked bright auroras over the upper reaches of North America.


Geomagnetic conditions are again near storm levels, and contacts are currently being made on VHF via the Aurora in both EU and NA. If you are high in latitude, turn the antennas north. It should be noted that there is also a 6 Meter (50mhz) Es opening up and down the east coast in North America with very strong signals.


This CME generated geomagnetic storm of minor G1 level on NOAA’s Space weather scale. That means that weak power grid fluctuations of power system can occur and also a minor impact on satellite operations.  Migratory animals are affected at this and higher levels. Aurora is commonly visible at high latitudes in this conditions.

Space Weather Message Code: ALTK05
Serial Number: 673
Issue Time: 2012 Jan 22 2022 UTC

ALERT: Geomagnetic K-index of 5
Threshold Reached: 2012 Jan 22 2021 UTC
Synoptic Period: 1800-2100 UTC
Active Warning: Yes
NOAA Scale: G1 – Minor



Geophysical Institute at University of  Alaska in Fairbanks forecast that auroral activity will be high. Highly active auroral displays will be visible overhead from Winnipeg, Canada, Sundsvall, Sweden and Arkhangelsk, Russia, and visible low on the horizon from Seattle, Edinburgh and Magadan, Russia.

Geophysical Institute aurora forecast for Sunday, January 22, 2012

Tips on Viewing the Aurora

The Aurora Watcher’s Handbook

Aurora seen from Lake Laberge, Yukon, Canada (Credit: Phil Hart) Aurora seen from North Pole, Alaska (Credit: Coby Brock/SpaceWeather)

The impact also disturbed Earth’s ionosphere. In Atlanta, Georgia, radio engineer Pieter Ibelings monitored a 4.5 MHz CODAR (coastal radar) signal as it bounced off layers of ionization along the US east coast. CODAR transmitters are located all around the coast and are used for mapping the ocean currents to a distance of about 200 miles. These signals also propagate through the ionosphere so they can be picked up all around the world. The signals are almost perfect for ionospheric sounding since they are linear chirps. The CODAR echoes show ionization layers shifting vertical position by some hundreds of kilometers, changes that surely affected the propagation of HF radio signals in the aftermath of the impact. (SpaceWeather)

CODAR ionospheric observations (RFSPACE)

Featured image: Aurora Sky Station, Abisko National Park, Sweden (Credit: Chad Blakley (

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  1. Recently I have read a fractal universe site and the latest selections at and it seems that there is an expectation that this solar energy is being stored somehow, maybe in the core? Or in dna changes?

    What I view as heliospheric compression is also interpreted as Birkeland current Z pinch, solar energy and even magnetism that will only become evident after 2013.
    I view our extraordinary planetary group as the reason we are in a greatly expanded and therefore diluted heliosphere. Periodically we experience a compression that creates a thicker, more orderly and therefore more usable heliosphere in line with what must have been the norm when multicellular life developed.

    This view of an approaching – near- norm is the opposite view where we are enter a different state of being. Our approach to normal is ephemeral. A release of compression –other view of magnetic rope breaking or sun magnetic reversal— will occur and stop the return to a more usable less disordered state. The compressed energy proposed as being readily available will not happen.

    If dna changes are permanent when the compression lifts, then we have new species, better health and fitness. But with the release we will not have the energy to fuel this state and a decline will return with the expanded and loosely arranged heliosphere.
    Any production of new energy will require greater energy input than available. There remains the possibility that a form of solar ions could be collected and managed for energy. That would be extremely local.

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