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Northern Lights thrill Montanans ^ | 7 Mar 2012 | David Sherman

Posted on 03/07/2012 6:56:47 PM PST by smokingfrog

The Aurora Borealis - better known as the Northern Lights - made an appearance in some parts of Montana on Tuesday night.

Vikki Higginbotham shared these pictures that were taken about 20 miles north of Great Falls toward Fort Benton (scroll down for larger views).

We also received reports of people seeing the Northern Lights in Babb, Browning, Harlem, and Hingham.

Vikki also shared a link to, which provides information about more viewing opportunities:

Be sure to look skyward on Wednesday night, as there is a pretty good chance that they will be visible again.

The Geophysical Institute of the Universty of Alaska at Fairbanks says (link):

Forecast: Auroral activity will be active. Weather permitting, active auroral displays will be visible overhead from Inuvik, Yellowknife, Rankin and Igaluit to Juneau, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Sept-Iles, and visible low on the horizon from Vancouver, Great Falls, Pierre, Madison, Lansing, Ottawa, Portland and St. Johns.

If you have pictures to share, you can post them to the Viewer Photo Gallery page or email them to us at

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Montana
KEYWORDS: aurora; space; weather

1 posted on 03/07/2012 6:56:51 PM PST by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

this is about the big explosion on the sun that NASA was talking about earlier today.

2 posted on 03/07/2012 7:05:21 PM PST by ckilmer
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To: ckilmer

I think it is.

3 posted on 03/07/2012 7:08:47 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: ckilmer

I have never paid close attention to this as I never thought that this could come as far south as Madison WI - I am a bit west of there and am hoping in the next couple nights I can catch some lights!

4 posted on 03/07/2012 7:08:49 PM PST by MissH
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To: ckilmer

The stuff from the big explosion won’t hit us until tomorrow. This is about the medium size explosion from 2 days ago. I’m hoping the Northern Lights make it all the way to Oregon tomorrow!

5 posted on 03/07/2012 7:15:19 PM PST by derllak
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To: smokingfrog

As I wrote to my e-mail friends a few minutes ago:

The Sun has emitted one of its most violent plasma storms in recent years yesterday.

Travelling at 4 million miles an hour, it’s set to hit the earth Thursday and Friday. Sat communications are endangered.

Northern latitudes to as far south as the Great Lakes should be able to view the Aurora Borialis (SP)

The attached is a show of the Northern Lights, but not like I remember the show many moons ago in an August
aboard the C&C39, “Red Baron” with Marge and Ralph Byrne, a hundred miles or so off the coast, on our way to Maine.

I happened to draw the 8pm to 4am watch, and suddenly these beautiful Northern Light’s appeared.

They looked like ribbon candy, pulsating white, green and yellow, dancing back and forth, up and down. For an hour we were awestruck!

Then the Persius (sp) meteor showers of August became visible in the darkened sky, as we watched hundreds of entrails of meteors streaking across the sky. Finally, at our watch end, the new moon poked it’s point above the horizon off our starboard bow - we thought it was a ships running light, until it kept getting brighter. The night was over.

One unbelievable night - a bucket list event!

6 posted on 03/07/2012 8:30:34 PM PST by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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To: derllak

Why does this stuff always happen when there is a full moon?

Worse, the aurora map on is down for “upgrades” - bad timing.

7 posted on 03/07/2012 8:38:54 PM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: The Antiyuppie

I remember seeing the aurora borealis at approximately 39 degrees latitude (very rare) approximately one week before 9/11. Be on guard FReepers.

8 posted on 03/07/2012 11:17:24 PM PST by quickquiver (No, means N O.)
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To: smokingfrog
That's one of the things I want to see before I wind up on the wrong side of dirt.
A buddy of mine worked in Alaska for the same oilfield service company that I worked for and said even the best video can't capture what it's really like.
Said he could spend hours watching it when it was really active, said words can't describe, other worldly was the best he could do.
9 posted on 03/07/2012 11:31:12 PM PST by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: quickquiver

Didn’t see aurora borealis this time around, however, the computer screen has been fibrillating on occasion today.

10 posted on 03/13/2012 4:16:15 PM PDT by quickquiver (No, means N O.)
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