Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Northern Lights Visible Across the U.S.

Of course this happens after I move to the Southern Hemisphere:
Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, are unusual so far south -- the colorful, 20-minute display was a rare sighting caused by a recent solar storm. This video [go to link for video] was captured by the color allsky camera at the Automated Lunar and Meteor Observatory, or ALaMO, at the Marshall Center in Huntsville, Ala.
They even saw them in Texas! I saw a green curtain effect aurora in Alaska when I worked there in the 1980s - but in the Lower 48? Never. Lucky.

MSNBC has a few shots that people sent in. One, from Wisconsin:


  1. When we first moved to Ashland there was a big solar event and the Northern Lights were visible right here. It looked like there was a big forest fire behind Grizzly Peak. No shimmering curtains or wild colors but it was very impressive. At one point I stood with my back to Grizzly and looked straight up and the lights extended beyond the center of the sky above and I could see them in front of me a bit. Very cool. ;~)

  2. Dang. Never saw it down thee.