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The Northern Lights

October 12, 2010

I take back all implications that it is a chore to live in a place where snow in September is not entirely ridiculous.

Thanks to J.D. who knows all the right buttons to press in order to be able to capture this. (30 second exposure) He came home from school last night around 10:30 after some night-before-reports-are-due report writing, threw a completely insufficient jacket and a pair of crocs at my nearly sleeping self and told me to come see. They were spectacular for about 20 minutes: waves of green light folding and unfolding and spiraling across the entire band of the sky. We’ve seen them once per year since moving here but this was definitely the most spectacular display.

I asked J.D. for the scientific explanation, which of course he gave. Something about electrons crashing their solar powered rockets into the atmosphere? There’s a reason why he’s the one teaching high school science.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jaelyn permalink
    October 12, 2010 10:44 am

    amazingly beautiful photo. Wish I had been there!

  2. Uncle Dave permalink
    October 12, 2010 3:35 pm

    Absolutely wondrous. We used to see the northern lights all the time up in Gleneden but I haven’t noticed any recently. I’m very envious.

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