The Northern Lights in the USA

Posted on 28 February 2019

A recent minor geomagnetic storm in the northern hemisphere means that folks in North America, particularly Alaska, were able to witness the northern lights, or aurora borealis, on 27 February, and can expect to do so again tonight, on 28 February.

This phenomenon, which creates spectacular dazzling green and blue sky-streaks in the nights skies, is caused by solar winds charging particles in the magnetosphere, which then collide with gases and give off light, producing the mesmerising emerald and turquoise colours.

The best places to catch a glimpse of aurora borealis are Iceland, northern parts of Scandinavia, Alaska, and the Yukon. The lights can usually only be seen from early April through to August, but this quick glimpse in February is a real treat!
We can’t wait to see latest pics.

In the meantime, check out these photos of the Northern Lights in America:


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So many things about this night were perfect – the position of the sun just below the horizon, how bright the moon was, how active the aurora was, the calm weather and clear skies; and temperatures most would consider a little chilly but by Alaskan standards it was warm enough. In fact, for this particular picture I stood in the water to get the foreground just right, so I’m glad it was warm enough for me to avoid hypothermia 😂 As a photographer and as a human I would LOVE to be able to go back and experience this night over and over and over again, but going back in time is against the rules of this universe. Maybe you’ve had the same epiphany at some point in your life, but the first time I moved back home for a few months after living on my own for a while, I realized that the “home” that existed in my mind was a function of both space and time, and that simply returning to the same location doesn’t necessarily take you to the same place. You aren’t even the same “you” anymore. We are all rocks tumbling down the river being shaped by our collisions with the other rocks as well as the ever-changing conditions around us, shaping us into that perfectly smooth cobblestone we were destined to become. The joy is in the journey.

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Wishing I was back in the great state of Alaska and getting to watch the Northern Lights again!

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