Aurora Borealis seen in Southern Wisconsin Oct 24th

Aurora borealis, or sometimes called "Northern Lights," were seen by many people across southern Wisconsin and the Midwest during the twilight timeframe after sunset on Monday, October 24th.

Each occurence of aurora borealis is different in terms of colors, shapes, etc.

Below are a couple pictures taken by Brian Weinberg of the northern lights from State Highway 106, a couple miles west-northwest of Palmyra.  They were forwarded to us by Mark Baden, Chief Meteorologist of WISN TV-12 Milwaukee; and Brian gave us permission to post them.  Click on images for larger versions.

northern lights 1  northern lights

Here are a couple of photos from Scott Weberpal, taken about three miles north of Eagle at Scuppernong Prairie.

northern lights 3  northern lights 4

For addtional information concerning aurora borealis, click here.

Other useful links on this subject are...

Space Weather Prediction Center

Possible Locations

Below is a diagram showing how solar particles from the sun are deflected by the earth's magnetic field and where the aurora borealis are generated.  This image is on the Wikipedia web site.  Click on image for larger version.

magnetic field

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