Bad Astronomy

The Prodigal Sun

The other day I mentioned that the Sun had a hiccup, and this might produce aurorae.

It did! Pictures are popping up all over the web, and a good place to start is SpaceWeather’s gallery.

This might cheer up the folks who are fretting over PZ’s apparent win… but the votes haven’t been tallied completely yet, and that last minute surge for the squiddies is a mite suspicious. So I’m not conceding just yet.

Tip o’ the van Allen belt to Astroblog for the aurorae notice.