WOW! We had – are still having – a gorgeous aurora storm this early morning. Lots of people drove out to the countryside for a look. At 11:45 p.m. Saturday the aurora was a thick, fuzzy band of light. 15 minutes later it broke up into a maelstrom of green rays reaching nearly to the zenith.
Every stage of aurora was visible over the next couple hours: flaming patches, a coronal display near the zenith, long curtains, multiple arcs. Around 1:30 a.m. the lights settled back into a simple arc … but not for long. By 2 a.m. there were several arcs and more rays, and at 2:35 a.m. the magnetosphere cut loose for what was the probably the most incredible display of the morning – a northern sky packed with brilliant, towering rays that raced to the zenith. Soon after, the rays softened and began flickering rapidly on and off, a phase of the aurora called “flaming”.
I hope you were able to see some of nature’s best sky painting. I shared it with some nice folks, who like me, parked their car along a country road and stayed up late.
I’ll have more photos later this morning, especially of the conjunction. I’d love to see and share some of your photos, too. Please e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org