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Aurora Borealis

ChiaPet and I saw Deck the Halls last night. The movie gets a solid "Meh" from me. The car ride home, on the other hand, gets two thumbs up.

As we were driving home, I thought I saw something move in the night sky to my left. It looked like a search light but then it stopped moving. ChiaPet noticed me craning my neck to see out the window and glanced over too. There was a strange greenish haze, neither one of us could figure out what it was. We decided it must have been rain picking up light from Madison or something. I asked ChiaPet if we were far enough north to see the Northern Lights and he said no.

Well, according to seph_ski and weather.com -- it was in fact the Northern Lights! I never really thought that I'd ever see the Aurora Borealis in my lifetime, so this is way cool for me!

Edited to add: I'm totally geeking out over the aurora. Check out these clips from YouTube:

Edited to add: Okay, I promise not to spam you with any more aurora stuff. Instead, I'll just keep updating this post because I'm totally geeking out over this.

Check out these clips from YouTube:

Time lapse movie of an aurora display in September 2005 from northern WI.


Time lapse movie of an aurora display on 9/24/2006 in British Columbia, Canada.

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seph_ski
Dec. 16th, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC)
You'll be seeing it again, I'm quite sure. My husband and I used to drive through Wisconsin a few times a year, and it wasn't at all unusual to catch the northern lights on some of those darker highways, even in NW Illinois. Any time there's a decent sized solar storm, which happens more often than you might think, the northern lights creep southward. ;)
kimberlycreates
Dec. 16th, 2006 10:06 pm (UTC)
Awesome! I signed up for email alerts from spaceweather.com so that I'll know when to look for the aurora again theoretically.
experimeditor
Dec. 17th, 2006 03:48 am (UTC)
Crap, I missed it. I heard we were going to have lights on Thursday night and went outside to check it out, but nothing - man, I got hosed.

They'll be back. Three years ago was an absolutely STUNNING display that we watched from our back yard. We got the kids out of bed to see it. It lasted about an hour and a half, which means we let the kids go to school late the next day (shhhh!). It was truly amazing.
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