Photos: Sunday's Rare Aurora Lights the Night Sky

By Grace Muller, Staff Writer
October 9, 2012; 4:27 AM ET
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Rare Aurora Lights the Night Sky

Lucky night owls saw the Northern Lights on Sunday night in the Great Lakes and in Canada.

Storified by Accu Weather · Mon, Oct 08 2012 07:11:23

Lucky night owls saw the Northern Lights on Sunday night in the Great Lakes and in Canada.
Many thanks to Sarah D'Angelo for this ...Facebook

Here's a link for warnings about space weather put out by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasting coming auroras: 

Space Weather Alerts and Warnings TimelineA Table of SWPC Alerts and Warnings and Descriptions of SWPC Alerts with helpful user information are online. Also available are NOAA Sca...
Good space conditions for an aurora are hard to forecast. Other than analyzing satellite information, looking at the strength of the solar wind and proton density can help indicate the strength a geomagnetic storm. The stronger the geomagnetic storm, the more likely viewers would be able to see the Northern Lights farther south than usual.

The most difficult part of forecasting whether a CME will have an impact on the Earth is the arrival time. However, Astronomy blogger Mark Paquette said that a rule of thumb is it usually takes 36-48 hours to reach the Earth.
Northern Lights - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaNorthern Lights is a common name for the Aurora Borealis (Polar Aurorae) in the Northern Hemisphere. Northern Light or Northern Lights ...
Check out this awesome picture of the Northern Lights from viewer Justin. He said it was the best yet this year! Hoffman
Aurora: Sun's Shimmering Energy Shocks Earth's Magnetic Field
Pretty green lights #yeg #summeryeg #edmonton #northernlights #night #explorealberta #canada #explorecanada #alberta #ohcanada #dark #picoftheday #niceshot #instapic #pictureoftheday #awesome #pretty #beautifulD Y
A nice northern lights show is currently underway. Very bright at times. I captured this photo about 15 minutes ago
I finally saw the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) last night! I wondered if I would ever see them (other than in pictures), and sure enough, Mother Nature put on a spectacular show! "Amazing" just doesn't begin to describe it. Something else to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving day.Joan Richard
Now I know why the football game kept scrambling & cutting out yesterday-it was solar flares. there were lots of Northern lights last night.Vickie Gray
Got a rare treat last night coming through the Rocky Mountains. Started seeing green light and as I crested a pretty tall peak there in the sky was the northern BLEW MY MIND and I had to pull over to watch of the most amazing things I have ever seen. Then I hit an elk going down the mountain... And that kind of ruined the mood.Russell McClendon
Edmonton northern lights #unreal #beautiful #northernlights #yegJerilyn M
Northern lights over Edmonton #yeg #summeryeg #edmonton #northernlights #night #explorealberta #canada #explorecanada #alberta #ohcanada #dark #picoftheday #niceshot #instapic #pictureoftheday #awesome #pretty #beautifulD Y

And an awesome photo from Norway:

The northern lights #volcano #norway #northernlights #bucketlisttessaarkell


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