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Aurora sightings...

nerudite

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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.

 

Chet

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Awesome

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

Jen

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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!!!
 

Jeff

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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 :)
 

Tom R

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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!
 

Mastiff

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Re: aurora

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

Presque Isle? Houlton? Mars Hill?

Wait... Loring A.F.B., right?
 

Tom R

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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.
 

donk

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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?
 

nerudite

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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.
 

Tom R

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donk said:
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.
 

Dan

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Re: aurora

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

 

nerudite

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Dan said:
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. ;)
 

Tranplanner

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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.
 

jmf

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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.
 

donk

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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.
 

Tranplanner

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Re: Canadians and the lights

jmf said:
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!
 

Maister

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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?
 

Bear Up North

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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.

Bear
 
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