Solar storms and Northern lights…

Living outside of the city provides for excellent opportunities to view the night sky. I knew there was a difference, I just didn’t realize how significant and subtle the difference was.

I have been following the solar storm reports from Space.com. On Dec 8, they reported “Scientists Spot ‘Tsunami’ on the Sun” and on Dec 13, they reported “Solar Radiation Storm Smacks Satellites and Space Station” and “New Forecast: Severe Space Storm Headed to Earth”.

I went out last night and sure enough, I was able to see the northern lights. They were indistinct curtains of light to the north. I noticed it more out of the corner of my eye. It was hard to make out color, but there was a pale green tone to the light. The light appeared to jump to a new location from time to time.

This was the first time I was able to read about space news, follow a forcast, then actually follow up with an observation. I would not have been able to see this light show, if I still lived in the city.

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