Aurora Out Tonight July 14 From Duluth, Minn.

Fuzzy auroral arc across the northern sky at 11:15 p.m. tonight July 14. Photo: Bob King

The lights are out! Or should I say the lights are on? A thick, diffuse  auroral arc spanned the northern sky at 11:15 p.m. (CDT) seen from Duluth, Minn. The top of the arc was just below the W of Cassiopeia seen to the upper right in the photo. I hope you’re also seeing the northern lights from your place tonight.

Time to go back out for more.

11 Responses

  1. Debra val

    We are up north in lakewood wi. Heard northern lights were out havent seen them yet. Do u know if they will be?

  2. Kraig

    My wife and I were out near Boulder Lake around the time you took the photo of the arc. Great aurora up there a little later in the evening!

  3. Stephan

    Hi Bob,
    after the announcements, I thought I might get lucky and be able to watch an aurora here, too, but to no avail. I wondered why this is so, because my hometown, Stuttgart in Germany, lies roughly on the same parallel as Duluth – but then I dug a little deeper and found out that maybe the reason for “no aurora” down here lies in the location of the magnetic North Pole: it is situated quite a distance away from the geographic North pole, into the North American continent, it’s somewhere in northern Canada. So that may be the reason why you have these lovely auroras so “far south”, and we don’t. The aurora oval is shifted to the American continent; Here in Europe we might need to travel to Norway, or Scotland, in order to see auroras…

    But then I saw another exciting event: As I was out anyway, and the sky was clear, I wanted to watch the conjunction of the Moon with Jupiter through my telescope. After he had risen in the North East, I observed Jupiter through high magnification, then I saw first the glare, then the huge bulk of the Moon’s disk appear in my field of view. I noticed that the two were close, very close, in fact I thought, “the Moon might not…” and then he did: the Moon “swallowed” Jupiter. The entire event took me by surprise, and it was a lovely sight to see first two of Jupiter’s moons disappear behind the bright side of the Moon, then Jupiter himself. A little later the other two moons disappeared. It was 3:40 am our time.

    Even more spectacular was the re-emergence of Jupiter about forty minutes later from the “Dark Side” of the Moon: First two moons re-appeared, then the bright disk of Jupiter himself crawled slowly over the jagged rim of the huge grey disk of our Moon. The “Jupiter-rise” lasted only about one and a half minutes, followed by Jupiter’s moons Ganymede and Callisto. What a lovely surprise! And it showed me once more how fast our Moon moves among the background stars – and planets.
    A nice Sunday, to all of you
    from Stephan
    in Stuttgart

    1. astrobob

      Thank you Stephan for writing in. I’ll reply in more detail later, but right now I’m headed out to see the conjunction.

  4. Bill

    Just watched a great Aurora display! So bright we can still see it from our house in Duluth Heights.

  5. Charli

    Hi Bob!!

    Last night was amazing, my fiancé and I went to Saxon harbor in northern WI and we seen the large white fuzzy Band of light, I didn’t know what it was. We continued to stay for a while and nothing, so when we left we decided to take the lakeshore drive home, all of the suddend the band started to expand, it was truly wonderful.. something I had never seen before.. However I was wondering why there were no color we found a place to view the lights and the pulsating and all the movement lasted for a long time. By the time we left at 1:30am central they were still going but white.. If we would have stayed do you think the lights would have changed colors??

    1. astrobob

      Hi Charli,
      Wasn’t the expansion incredible? I saw it too – very sudden. The arc was white but when it blew up into all those rays I saw some pale greens. You’re right, after that it was mostly white with more pale green (to my eyes). The biggest explosion happened around 2:30 a.m. when the rays were incredibly bright and active. I noticed subtle purple-pinks and green. I figured that was the end, but as it happened, the most colorful rays I saw were around 4 a.m. when a piece of the aurora near the moon glowed pink.

  6. Louisa

    Saw them down here about 30 minutes south of Green Bay, Wisconsin. A brief but bright group of arcs in the due north. I was just about to go to bed and saw on the SWPC graphs Bz sinking to the far south at 1:30 and stayed up longer. By 2am, the skies down here just exploded with white, red, and green dancing arcs, curtains, and rays that almost reached the zenith. Very nice forum and enthusiasm for one of mother natures spectacular shows!

  7. James P Howard

    I wish We In Malvern, Arkansas Had a View Like The Upper States Have When It Comes TO Viewing SuperMoons Activity And More.

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