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Photos: Stunning Northern Lights dance over Seattle — here are tips for catching the next one

12 Oct 2021, 17:11 UTC
Photos: Stunning Northern Lights dance over Seattle — here are tips for catching the next one
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The Northern Lights are a mesmerizing but infrequent occurrence at our latitude in Seattle. Stargazers got a treat Monday night if they were looking northwards, as a moderate G2 geomagnetic storm from the sun produced a solar flare that pushed the Aurora Borealis southwards to us.
Unlike in the Arctic where the Aurora often fill the sky, this far south they are usually restricted to the horizon in the north. They are also easier to see and photograph when you get away from light pollution in the city.
After checking the NOAA space weather forecast, I ventured out to the North Mountain Lookout in Darrington, Wash., which affords an unobstructed view northwards toward Mount Baker. The clouds rolled in quickly, and I only got a few shots, but the Aurora activity was stunning, with changing patterns clearly visible to the eye. There were even some red Aurora caused by the reaction of solar particles with oxygen at higher altitudes.
Aurora Borealis over the North Mountain Fire Lookout in Darrington, Wash. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)
Aurora Borealis over the North Mountain Fire Lookout in Darrington, WA (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)
Photographers in the city were able to spot the ...

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