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Surprise Aurora Steals Into The Night

26 Aug 2018, 16:57 UTC
Surprise Aurora Steals Into The Night
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Moonbeams poke from a raft of clouds at right while a coronal aurora flashes in eerie shapes nearby around 1:30 this morning over Duluth. Bob King
Charles Darwin closed the last paragraph of his book On the Origin of Species with this wonderful observation:
“There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”
Here’s what last night’s aurora looked like from space in a photo taken by the SUOMI NPP satellite early this morning. The winding ribbon near the top is all northern lights. Lots of clouds are visible too thanks to the bright full moon. I marked Chicago and Miami for reference. NASA/SUOMI NPP
Those final words about endless forms most beautiful could be said of last night’s aurora. Either the fire smoke began to clear or the northern lights just got brighter, but this morning’s aurora simply wouldn’t let up. Had the full moon not been out I think we ...

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