Aurora Out Tonight May 19-20

The bright star Capella in the constellation Auriga is reflected in a lake north of Duluth, Minn. early Saturday morning. Credit: Bob King

Well, it finally made it here. The forecast aurora didn’t arrive at all the predicted times, but it did show tonight. Such a capricious creature. I noticed the light around 10:15 p.m. (CDT) this evening — a faint glow low in the northern sky below the W of Cassiopeia — so I got in my car and drove out for a better horizon. But on arrival, the aurora had faded back. Then at midnight, as if someone had fanned a waning fire and gotten the flame to return, the northern lights reappeared as a bright, green arc with a slow parade of rays that stretched to around 15° high in the north.

Short, soft rays dab the northern sky early Saturday morning (May 20) just north of Duluth, Minn. Credit: Bob King

By then clouds were having their way, leaving only a narrow window of clear sky. I hope it’s better by you. The 3-day forecast calls for just minor activity the next day or two.