Aurora borealis: over Edinburgh in 2004.Courtesy piglicker
Aurora borealis: over Edinburgh in 2004.
Courtesy piglicker

The aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, are caused by high-energy particles streaming from the Sun collide with molecules high in the Earth’s atmosphere. The Sun has been pretty active of late, and scientists at the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska Fairbanks are predicting another aurora peak for the night of the 19th, perhaps lasting through the night of the 20th. The aurora may be visible throughout Canada and the northern tier of states in the US, as well as Russia, Scandinavia, New Zealand and Tasmania.

Check their website for hourly forecasts , and for general information on auroras.

If you see the aurora, let us know! Post a comment with your location and the time you saw it (or didn’t see it), and we’ll try to produce an aurora map.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Liza's picture
Liza says:

I stood around in my backyard, in Saint Paul, last night around 9:30, but I didn't see the aurora. There were a lot of clouds, so I didn't see much of anything, actually...

posted on Fri, 10/20/2006 - 9:38am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Same here -- clouds in Michigan. Oh well -- maybe we can find some event that gives us a longer lead-time...

posted on Thu, 10/26/2006 - 11:51am

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