HitTheLake Tuesday Aug 2 11:11 AM
Aug 2, 2016: Aurora Borealis peak tonight?
While not precisely an "image of the day", it is an interesting event supported by an image.
Undertoad Tuesday Aug 2 11:48 AM
Thanks HitTheLake... much appreciated.
fargon Tuesday Aug 2 11:49 AM
I'll be getting up at Midnight to watch.
HitTheLake Tuesday Aug 2 12:18 PM
I'm pretty excited about this one. I've been looking up sources of various sorts this morning and this is a new moon tonight (meaning no light pollution from the moon) and where I'm at, we're supposed to have pretty clear skies. I'm just about an hour West of the western tip of Lake Superior, so we're almost in the zone where it should be overhead, which I've never managed to see. Most Northern Lights events I've caught completely by accident (out for a midnight stroll, or driving in the car and noticing it on the horizon). Then I completely missed the last big event about six months ago, and I vowed to watch the site I linked on a daily basis so it wouldn't happen again. The only times I saw it hit "5" on their strength scale during this time we've had overcast skies. This time I'll drive to get out from under the cloud cover if we have a change in weather.
infinite monkey Tuesday Aug 2 12:37 PM
So...Aurora Borealis for Dummies. Ohio. See it, or not see it? Because I'll be at work but can sneak to outside garden if I have a chance of seeing anything.
glatt Tuesday Aug 2 12:53 PM
Growing up in Maine, I've seen them a couple times. But never the spectacular shows you see pictures of. They would just look like a brightness in the sky, like there was a city over the horizon, and they would get lighter and darker, with faint streaking lines.
HitTheLake Tuesday Aug 2 01:17 PM
If you're outside the band of green going to white (Ohio, Washington state, Pennsylvania)... You'll only see it if you have
Gravdigr Tuesday Aug 2 04:36 PM
We had a little Northern Lights activity here in KY several years ago. No dancing lights, just the entire northern horizon lit up red like a killer sunset. At 2a.m..
orthodoc Tuesday Aug 2 08:39 PM
Looks like we'll miss it here in NW PA ... sad about that. The aurora (aurorae?) in Moosonee was (were) frequent and breathtaking. Coming back from the clinic at 3 am (it was just a walk across a couple of backyards), it was regularly there, moving, pulsating, a flowing quality to it. The colors varied, lots of green but many other colors as well. Sometimes, if it was my husband's night on call, he'd wake me up to go outside and look when he was coming home from a call and there was an awesome aurora. I'd love to see it again.
BigV Tuesday Aug 2 10:34 PM
I've seen it in Alaska, dominating the sky. Practically a hazard to navigation. Much safer and more satisfying to pull over and watch from the shoulder. Like orthodoc said, mostly green shimmering waving curtains, the movies I've seen don't seem overly dramatic, not photoshoppy. It really is breathtaking.
Diaphone Jim Wednesday Aug 3 12:20 PM
I am at 39 degrees north in California.
fargon Wednesday Aug 3 12:38 PM
It was overcast last nite.
Snakeadelic Sunday Aug 14 08:33 AM
Umm...wtf is up with IotD? No new posts in weeks, don't know where to look for an explanation, and when I log in there are only 9 threads in the entire category??? If I click something in the Archive list, the thread pops right up.
monster Sunday Aug 14 11:38 AM
you were gone, why do you expect everyone else to hang around waiting for you?
Pamela Sunday Aug 14 10:44 PM
I have a girlfriend driving from SD to ND tonight. She has been sending me pictures of the Lights. I have never seen them myself and they are so beautiful!
footfootfoot Sunday Aug 14 11:03 PM
Snakeadelic Monday Aug 15 08:38 AM