Aurora Treads On Kitten Feet Tonight July 16-17

Pale green rays and patches lolled about the northern sky at 11:45 p.m. (CDT) Monday night. It was Day 3 for the geomagnetic storm sparked by last week’s large solar flare. Photo: Bob King

To my amazement, the northern lights are out again tonight. It’s not a big show – more of an aurora on cat’s feet – but faint rays and patches have been appearing and disappearing across the northern sky since twilight’s end.

Since it’s hard to say how expansive they might become, you might just want to keep an eye if you’re outside tonight. The auroral oval map shows the lights extending all across the northern states as of around midnight Tuesday July 17.

4 Responses

  1. Jamie

    I live in Kentucky and I saw the northern lights last night (July 17). I had no idea they would be visible. I took my dog out around 10:30 and I always look at the sky and all of a sudden it was dancing across the sky. I live in the country away from the city and can pretty much see every star at night. They were dancing in green all in the sky above my house. Coolest thing I have ever seen.

    1. astrobob

      Jamie,
      It’s not often the aurora makes it so far south. You were lucky to catch them – they were out in a “spotty” way last night.

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