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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #60 on: June 23, 2015, 11:31:10 PM »

By Christy Strawser

DETROIT (CBS Detroit) Last night brought devastating storms to parts of Michigan, but like it’s always darkest before the dawn and spring follows winter, there are good weather things in store.

A series of gorgeous nights are expected to visit much of the country, including metro Detroit, as a serious solar storm pushes the aurora borealis — or northern lights — much farther south than usual.

Metro Detroiters could see the lights Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Your best bet for visibility is between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., said Jim Keysor, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gaylord, Mich.

“It will be visible all through Michigan, particularly on the 25th during the first half of the night, all the way through the state of Michigan,” Keysor said.

He added: “It was visible quite a bit last night, not as much coming up tonight, more so on the 25th.”

Star gazers should cast their eyes to the north as night falls to glimpse the lights.

http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2015/06/23/solar-storm-brings-northern-lights-to-metro-detroit-skies/

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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #61 on: June 24, 2015, 07:33:39 AM »

Does that mean they were called Southern Lights?   ;D ;D ;D

My Dad spent the first two years of WWII up in Alaska.  He was at Fort Richardson / Elmendorf Air Field.  He was unloading supplies to build the Al-Can Highway which was being quickly built for military use. 

They would work 12-16 hour shifts and for part of the year it is dark all the time.  The 'northern' lights were visible all around them...  in every direction!

He was running a crane and unloading ships.  The tides would cause a great change in the elevation of the ship he would be unloading.  When he would start it would be way down below him at the pier and by the time his 'shift' was over the ship would be way up above him...   partly because a boat raises as you unload it but also because of the tide rushing way up the bay they were working in.
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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #62 on: June 24, 2015, 07:47:42 AM »

I was out close to midnight last night.  Didn't see anything.

Did anybody else see anything later?
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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #63 on: September 08, 2015, 07:38:34 PM »

When I was little my Dad had a cousin that had a small cottage just east of where these pictures were taken.  I don't remember seeing the northern lights like this though.



More pictures at:

http://www.mlive.com/news/bay-city/index.ssf/2015/09/bay_county_photographer_captur.html#incart_m-rpt-2
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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #64 on: September 08, 2015, 07:58:55 PM »

Saw some spectacular ones years ago flying into Denver from San Jose.
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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #65 on: September 08, 2015, 11:57:41 PM »

Space weather said there would only be a 1 percent chance of seeing any. RATS.
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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #66 on: September 09, 2015, 08:32:36 AM »

Some more awesome northern lights photos...

this time up in the Keweenaw peninsula!


https://michpics.wordpress.com/2015/09/08/twilit-aurora-from-the-keweenaw-peninsula/

Here's a direct link to more of the photos:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/erichackney/21209209386/
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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #67 on: November 05, 2015, 09:22:57 AM »

I was out Monday night watching and didn't see anything but didn't make it Tuesday (slept better that night)!

Anyway, if you were in the northern part of the state you definitely had a view...

This would be the ultimate it looks like:



Several more neat photos at the 'featured photos' link at:

http://www.detroitnews.com/
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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #69 on: July 30, 2017, 03:02:21 PM »

I see them out here all the time.  No artificial illumination from populated areas to block them.
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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #70 on: July 31, 2017, 08:35:52 AM »

Just like fireworks, they are amazing to see from 35,000 feet.
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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #71 on: July 31, 2017, 08:38:28 AM »

I see them out here all the time. No artificial illumination from populated areas to block them.

That's a big factor and lets the novice find them much easier. 

My Dad had served 2 years in the Army in Alaska and worked a lot of 'night' shifts while he was there.  He could stand outside on a clear night even with some interfering light and still pick them out.  Often he would see them as they were just beginning to flare and long before other people around (me included) could see them. 

We were on a trip to Florida one time and were in the mountains so most likely Tennessee or Kentucky.  A 'light show' had been predicted for the night so we were standing out behind the motel with some other people looking for them. 

Dad could see them and was describing where and what he was seeing way before anyone else could see anything.  After several minutes other people started seeing them too.

I don't know if my Dad just had exceptional eyesight (I never could get away with much) or he just knew what to look for from the time he spent seeing them 'up close'.
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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #72 on: July 31, 2017, 10:29:05 AM »

Just like fireworks, they are amazing to see from 35,000 feet.

Better at 50,000 feet in a Learjet....
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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #73 on: July 31, 2017, 10:47:51 AM »

I've done both (wasn't quite at 50K, typical private jets seldom exceed 45K and generally speaking cruise at 41K)......35 was the better view because of the angle.
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Re: Where to see the Northern Lights.
« Reply #74 on: July 31, 2017, 01:40:34 PM »

Last time I was on the company Lear we were crusing at 49,900.  I looked at the altimeter, was sitting right behind the co-pilot with a clear view of the instruments and out the windshield.  526 and change too.

Nice thing about flying private is you can carry a piece.  No TSA to deal with.  In fact, nothing to deal with except Crown Royal and ice cubes.
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