Supposedly, there’s a big solar flare happening right now. And, supposedly, that means that we will be able to see the Northern Lights tonight. It seems that somehow a solar flare leads to the Northern Lights showing up. How that happens, as a non-astronomy-inclined person, is a big mystery to me. (My husband has tried to explain it to me… I can’t make heads or tails of it.)
I’ve heard before that we were supposed to see the northern lights from the PNW, but I’ve still never seen them. Maybe they show up after I go to bed. Maybe you have to go out of town to see them. Maybe the Aurora Borealis is actually a myth, like unicorns, wizards, or the Loch Ness Monster.
I read one article that said that you’ll see them better if you use your camera to take a long-exposure photo of the sky. That just sounds like ghost-hunter-type behavior, to me. “I swear, if you just point your camera over here for a few minutes, you’re bound to pick up something. So what if you can’t see it now?”
I might be a little pessimistic about my chances of actually seeing the Aurora Borealis tonight, but that doesn’t mean I won’t look for it, and it certainly doesn’t mean I don’t think it’s beautiful.
In fact, I think I’ll celebrate the Northern Lights by looking at some beautiful projects, filled with luminous, shifting colors, just like (hopefully) the sky tonight.
Revontuli -huivi/Northern Lights by AnneM
knit/lab Colorwork Crescent by Kieran Foley
Paintbox Log Cabin Blanket by Katherine Keyes
I heard the same rumor about tonight. I have seen the lights before, and what they say is true – sometimes they are so subtle that you almost don;t notice them, they look like the lights from a distant city. And, if you live where there are man-made lights to the north of you, it is likely you won;t see them unless they are hugely intense. But if you have dark sky to the north, then it is worth checking for them, for they are amazing when they happen. Sadly, where i live now, we have a city and a paper mill to the north, as well as a lot of trees close to the house. So perhaps I will go for a drive tonight. I’ll think of you!
Yeah, I’m in Seattle, so usually it’s too cloudy here to really see them. It looks like it’ll be clear. Maybe we’ll get lucky. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.