An Impressive Northern Lights Show

By: Angela Fritz , 5:10 AM GMT on October 25, 2011

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The United States saw a pretty impressive showing of the aurora borealis on Monday night!

What's usually reserved for Canada was seen as far south as Arkansas. According to spaceweather.com, a coronal mass ejection (CME), reached Earth at around 2pm EDT on Monday, which compressed the planet's magnetic field and provided the natural fireworks show. Apparently, the CME was strong enough that it could have affected satellites.


The Northern Lights seen from El Dorado Springs, Missouri. User: thebige


Seen from Kentucky. User: brandonchristy1


Seen from Norway. (spaceweather.com)

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12. Angela Fritz , Atmospheric Scientist (Admin)
7:15 PM GMT on December 02, 2011
Love it, thanks!
11. presslord
1:59 PM GMT on December 01, 2011
Angela!! Please check this outLink

sorry about post #10...I forgot who I was for a second there
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10. Portlight
1:55 PM GMT on December 01, 2011
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9. Angela Fritz , Atmospheric Scientist (Admin)
5:37 PM GMT on November 28, 2011
Quoting presslord:
Read it and weep Angela! We're a 5.5 point favorite!


I just want to forget this weekend's games. All of them.
8. presslord
7:45 PM GMT on November 21, 2011
Read it and weep Angela! We're a 5.5 point favorite!
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7. SPLbeater
3:40 PM GMT on November 18, 2011
whats the chance dat i will see somethin here in Central NC? them lights coulb be entertainin
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6. solserenade
10:56 PM GMT on November 14, 2011
Beautiful photos! I kick myself for missing the aurora that night ... oh well .. the best one is the next one!
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4. BaltimoreBrian
2:23 AM GMT on October 26, 2011
At least we can see Jupiter. Brightest this week for the next 10 years, peaking on Oct 29. I can see him in between the clouds now :)
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3. Angela Fritz , Atmospheric Scientist (Admin)
9:34 PM GMT on October 25, 2011
We missed it here, too. There were some reports from central California that people saw it, but we had no chance, being in the Bay Area. Admittedly, I didn't even go outside to try. :P
2. BaltimoreBrian
8:35 PM GMT on October 25, 2011
I missed it! Some friends in rural Maryland/VA saw the aurora borealis but in Baltimore they were all washed out by city lights. Rats.
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1. Neapolitan
1:59 PM GMT on October 25, 2011
Awesome pictures, Angela. Thanks! I've lived in and visited Northern tier states--Minnesota, Montana, etc.--so I've seen the aurora any number of times. But I've never seen this amount of red. Amazing...
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