Northern Lights

Everything on this entire trip for me is now eclipsed by the fact that last night I saw the Northern Lights for the first time ever.  I’ve been stalking the shores of Lake Superior at night, but clouds have taken away any chances of a sighting.

But, here’s the story….I was camped out by the fire, listening to the Detroit Tigers on the radio.  I’m a big baseball fan, and to call me rabid about the Tigers probably wouldn’t be too out of line.  We had just blown a three-run lead in the top of the 9th, and I couldn’t sit still, waiting for the last 1/2 inning of play.  So, I strolled down to the beach.

OMG!  I see the dark arc at the horizon, with an equal band of hazy white light above.  I tear back to the Fireball, shouting at John to Getupgetdressednorthernlightsoutthere.  Snap a leash on Jezzy and bolt back out the door, running for a good viewpoint.

What a show we were treated to for about a half hour.  Spears of light pushing out of the light, then fading away.  Photos I’ve seen of Northern Lights led me to believe they would be multicolored, but that’s not the case.  In any case, it was a dazzling display, which all too soon faded to just a fuzzy whitish halo.

No photos, but an internal picture that I’ll treasure for a lifetime.

PS – Tigers won in the bottom of the 9th.  Five games left in the season.  We are one game ahead of KC for the Central Division Championship.

 

16 thoughts on “Northern Lights

  1. What an awe-inspiring sight that must have been. I have dreamed of seeing them some day. Love poring over photos at Space Weather. Congratulations on finally catching them in person!

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    • I’d like to see the Cardinals win, too. I saw Bob Gibson pitch once – always been a fan.

      Next on must is to see Northern Lights w/color. See earlier comment from quietsolopursuits.

      Thanks for checking in, Carla.

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  2. The northern lights are a mesmerizing sight to see! I’ve been lucky enough to see them several times and I still get chills up and own my spine every time. The color and whether they are multi-colored depends on the strength of the solar activity that creates the northern lights, and the temperature of the atmosphere. They are most likely to be multi-colored on cold winter nights when a very strong solar flare hits the atmosphere. Congratulations!

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