Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Aurora borealis glows in central Virginia, seen as far south as Texas (Photos)
and apparent "Sphere Alliance" message confirmation



Looks like Denise got "a hit" and the message from the Sphere Alliance was verified...and on scehduled!  Also got a private double confirmation in an email from Denise of whom she is talking to... which I may write up later... so fun! -AK

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2015/06/23/aurora-borealis-glows-in-central-virginia-seen-as-far-south-as-texas-photos/

Aurora borealis glows in central Virginia, seen as far south as Texas (Photos)
By Angela Fritz June 23 at 10:30 AM

A gorgeous aurora was seen on Cape Cod, Mass. last night. (Chris Cook via spaceweather.com)

A series of coronal mass ejections over the past few days have hurled bursts of solar gas and magnetic field at our planet, sparking a severe geomagnetic storm and pushing the aurora borealis deep into the Lower 48.

On Monday night, the northern lights were photographed in states that rarely get to witness the optical manifestation of a solar storm. The Northeast was brimming with hues of green, pink and purple, but photographers in Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Arkansas and even Texas.

[Solar eruptions trigger severe geomagnetic storm]

If you happened to head outside around 1:30 a.m. in central Virginia, you might have caught this view. A very dark sky was needed to see the aurora down here, but David Murr in Louisa, Va., shared some great northern lights with us.





Another shot from The Plains, Va.:
Georgia:

West Virginia:
Arkansas:
On the Appalachian Trail near the Massachusetts-Connecticut border:














More twitter images here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2015/06/23/aurora-borealis-glows-in-central-virginia-seen-as-far-south-as-texas-photos/

New Hampshire:
Nantucket:
Minnesota:
South Dakota:
Michigan:
Pennsylvania:
Colorado:
Wisconsin:
North Dakota:
Ohio:
New York:


Angela Fritz is an atmospheric scientist and The Post's deputy weather editor.
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camera man
6/23/2015 6:55 PM GMT+0200
any chance of seeing them again tonight?
Chris Smolinski
6/23/2015 7:02 PM GMT+0200
Actually, yes, there is another CME on the way.
76_phoenix
6/23/2015 5:36 PM GMT+0200
Truly amazing! Thanks for the pics since it's doubtful I'll get to see them in this area.
ademarsay
6/23/2015 5:18 PM GMT+0200
Wowwowwow . . . wish I lived out where it was dark enough to have a chance of seeing an aurora. I wonder if anyone offers aurora-viewing tours of Canada or Alaska? Thanks for bringing the show to us, Angela. Anne
angela-cwg
6/23/2015 6:43 PM GMT+0200
Yes, I think they do!
Dagg333
6/23/2015 8:51 PM GMT+0200
Lots of aurora tours actually!
Chris Smolinski
6/23/2015 5:06 PM GMT+0200
Great pictures, Angela, thanks for posting them.

I was outside until shortly after midnight, but was not able to see any aurora. I did see two satellites and a meteor, so it wasn't a total waste of time Smile
angela-cwg
6/23/2015 6:44 PM GMT+0200
There's always something interesting to see if you look up.
rwalker66
6/23/2015 4:59 PM GMT+0200
I didn't bother staying up to look at it, because right before I went to bed CWG put out the tweet:

Solar storming quieting down. Unlikely to see aurora in Mid-Atlantic.
Belles_Lettres
6/23/2015 4:50 PM GMT+0200
Wow, just wow, Angela. Thanks for collecting and posting!
angela-cwg
6/23/2015 6:44 PM GMT+0200
You're welcome!
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