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    Cyburbian nerudite's avatar
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    Aurora sightings...

    Anyone else getting an awesome light show at night? For the past month and half Edmonton has been getting some awesome aurora shows. As a California native, I find this phenomenon absolutely amazing.

    This was taken near Edmonton... but I don't think it does it justice.


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    Beautiful!

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    Awesome

    I havent seen a really good one around these parts since 1991.

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    I haven't seen one since the 60s. Oh, you mean up in the sky?

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    Good Og those colors are vibrant.

    I heard from someone in the yukon recently that the lights have been strong.

    I saw my first aurora borealis this past winter, and only because the local news ran a ticker tape at the bottomof Monday nite football about the lights. IT was cascading curtains of pink almost forming a cone. It was then impossible to return indoors!

    The rewards of northern living!!!

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    Yeah, I've seen those.

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    Hmmm...I seem to remember the Northern Lights from college.

    Oh, you're talking about the whole lights in the sky thing. Never mind

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    aurora

    We used to see them in Aroostook County (Northern Maine) quite often. Once my then wife and I went to a drive in. The movie sucked but the aurora borealis were very bright so we spent the evening watching the sky, and didn't even argue. I once went to an Eric Clapton concert at Three rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, sometime in the early '70s. I think it was the 5th of July. (On a side note, NEVER go to a concert on the 5th of July. Too many left over firecrackers and sparklers. I still have images of a thrown, burning sparkler going down my back. It didn't happen.) Anyway, the concert sucked. (Detect a pattern?) But on the way back to Ohio, while my date slept, I watched a rare (for southwest Pa.) display of Aurora. Really, I did.....I'm sure it was....I think. No, It was, and I stand by it!
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    Re: aurora

    Originally posted by Tom R
    We used to see them in Aroostook County (Northern Maine) quite often.
    When were you in Potato County?

    Presque Isle? Houlton? Mars Hill?

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    The County

    1979 to 1984. Lived in Caribou. Worked at NMRPC in Caribou and for PI. I miss the outdoors but its too hard to make a living up there.
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    Cyburbian donk's avatar
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    all this talk of the northern lights in my neck of the woods, and I have yet to see them here.

    I am further north then PI or Cariboo.

    Hints for looking?
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    Cyburbian nerudite's avatar
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    I don't know... usually the auroras are most active/easiest to see around midnight local time (according to the various websites I've checked out). I usually see them early in the morning when I get up, because that's when the skies are clearest here.

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    Originally posted by donk
    all this talk of the northern lights in my neck of the woods, and I have yet to see them here.

    I am further north then PI or Cariboo.

    Hints for looking?
    They're caused by sun spots the particles from which are captured by the earth's magnetic field and I guess the ionisphere ionizes or some such. Anyway if you can get on an astronomical site you might use it as a predictor of good viewing nights. The night must be clear, something we had a lot of in Northern Maine, and get away from city lights and look up and north.
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    Re: aurora

    I've got years of up-close and personal Aurora sightings.

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    Re: Re: aurora

    Originally posted by Dan
    I've got years of up-close and personal Aurora sightings.

    I was waiting for someone to post a Colorado pic. Thanks for not letting me down.

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    This is pretty embarrasing. The two Canadians (oops - sorry Nerudite) replying so far have both yet to see the Northern Lights.

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    Canadians and the lights

    I have seen them!

    I lived in Labrador for a few months and saw the Northern Lights all the time. They were incredible but also a little spooky.

    BTW Tranplanner I don't think I am going to make it to TO before the new year but I won't forget the ale.

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    I have seen them, just not in this location.

    The funny thing is that the only place I have seen them is 45 minutes noth of TO as a child.

    Where I live now, there is hardly any light pollution.

    It also coul dbe that the only time I'm outside at 12:00 is when i am in the City and drinking.
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    Re: Canadians and the lights

    Originally posted by jmf
    BTW Tranplanner I don't think I am going to make it to TO before the new year but I won't forget the ale.
    Awwww.....

    You'll have to let me know what you want in return!

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    There was some solar flare activity quite recently and I'm wondering if anyone has seen any the last few days?
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    No Northern Lights sightings from here in NW Ohio. One of my work pals lives in SE Michigan, away from the lights of cities or towns. She witnessed the NL spectacle a few years ago on a clear and cold October night. Many years ago this Bear was camped on the Lake Superior beach, NW of Paradise, MI. About 2:00 AM we witnessed an awesome Northern Lights display. Lasted a few hours. We just sat on a driftwood log, drank beer, and saluted the heavens, thanking them for the brilliant light show.

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    I too have seen them camped on the lakefront of Superior in the Munising/Christmas area.
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    We drove up to Talkeetna Thursday night and got quite a show.
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    Quote Originally posted by DetroitPlanner View post
    I too have seen them camped on the lakefront of Superior in the Munising/Christmas area.
    I saw them in the Munising/Christmas area as well. They really are amazing.
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    Quote Originally posted by Whose Yur Planner View post
    I saw them in the Munising/Christmas area as well. They really are amazing.
    As have I. I have a friend named Aurora, does that count too?
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