At 1am this morning, I found myself on the side of the road, mouth agape, staring at the sky. My vocabulary was reduced to the word “WOW!” and a series of expletives too impolite to print. I was gawking at the most amazing aurora borealis show I’ve seen in my 10 years in Alaska. I was in complete awe.
If you have been paying attention to the media, and assuming the electric grid in your area hasn’t been obliterated, there is a solar storm going on right now. The Northern Lights are visible all over Alaska, Canada and the northern Lower 48 due to a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), which sounds really painful, by the way. It is possible the storm could affect satellites, your GPS and wipe out your power grid. Obama is to blame.
As I have written before, in the 16 immutable Laws of Northern Lights Viewing, I have learned many lessons over the years of fruitless aurora watching in the bitter cold. Add one to the list: when you see the most dazzling light show ever, you will be in the least photogenic spot possible. These photos were taken along the Parks Highway next to a boring road or on Stampede Road with some telephone lines in my way. This did not diminish the experience, which bordered on spiritual, but had I taken these photos with the lights reflecting in a lake, I’d be famous and could quit my day job.
Solar Storm, September 12, 2014
Have you seen the Northern Lights?
Are you jealous?
This post, along with several other photos from the solar storm, was featured on NBCnews.com at this link:
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