Northern Lights visible in Washtenaw County: Did you see them?
Photo courtesy of Brian Ottum
Brian D. Ottum, an amateur astronomer from Saline, sent us the photo at right, and Eastern Michigan University admissions advisor Tom Kasper contributed the gallery below. If you took a photo, email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll post it here.
The lights were visible due to a massive burst of solar wind that hit Earth on Monday. According to SpaceWeather.com, "the impact sparked an intense geomagnetic storm. ... As night fell over North America, auroras spilled across the Canadian border into the contiguous United States."
"This was one of the best aurora displays I’ve seen in the Ann Arbor area," wrote Ottum, a business consultant who maintains a 16-foot observatory in his backyard in Saline. "But the sun is entering a very active phase, so we can expect to see more over the next couple years. Yes, these are rare for us in the middle-latitudes."
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