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Are those of you who live in north central to north eastern US, Canada, and the UK, planning to watch the Northern Lights tomorrow (August 4, 2010)?

Asked by Brian1946 (32273points) August 3rd, 2010

According to ABC news and this, the plasma from a mass coronal ejection should arrive here tomorrow, and could cause auroral activity that might be visible to those who live as far south as Michigan and points east.

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lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I certainly will try and I know the perfect spot to go :)

Jude's avatar

“The old lady” and I will.

She’s a cosmology freak.

Brian1946's avatar


Thanks for your answers and color me green to match your skies for tomorrow. :p
I hope you get some photos that you can share.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Brian1946 -I will take a camera and if I get any good ones I will send some to you!
Thanks for posting this btw :)

Brian1946's avatar


Thanks mucho and you’re most welcome! :)

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Aww, I am a bit too far south to see. That makes me a little sad. :(

Brian1946's avatar


I live in Los Angeles so I’m way too far south to see them.

Do you live just south of Michigan or in one of the other states along that latitude?

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I live about 3.5 hours south of Detroit.

rpm_pseud0name's avatar

I live in Maine, can you get any more North Eastern in the US than that?

Cruiser's avatar

I will sneak in the highest point in my county (697’) tomorrow night and see if I can see them

CMaz's avatar

I’m sad too. :-(

aprilsimnel's avatar

I don’t know if I’ll be able to. New York City has too much light bouncing off from all the buildings and so on.

Brian1946's avatar


How far would you have to go to escape most of the terrestrial light interference?

aprilsimnel's avatar

Maybe 200 miles or so north, at least. Not only are there a lot of lights in the metro area at night, but the aurorae might not be visible this far south, anyhow.

MissAusten's avatar

Wow, I will keep an eye out and hope they are visible here in CT!

When I was in middle school or early high school in Indiana, we once saw Northern Lights. I was in a car with a friend and her mom, and even though we knew what it was, it was still very freaky. Seeing the sky like that, unexpectedly, totally had me thinking of some kind of horrible nuclear disaster or end-of-the-world scenario. Even then I had a morbid imagination. I’d love to see it again!

rpm_pseud0name's avatar

So far, here in Maine (currently 10:17PM) I see nothing… the article did say it may be visible from Aug. 3–4, so I will continue to keep an eye out.

rpm_pseud0name's avatar

An hour later – still nothing. I am going to try & stay up until 6 or 7am. I have only seen aura borealis once in my life & I would really like to see them once more.

rpm_pseud0name's avatar

Another hour has passed &.... holy *&$#%^ what is that in the sky, oh wait… still nothing.

Coloma's avatar

I’m in California…sooo, no northern lights for me. :-(

I am waiting on the Perseid meteor showers this month.

Pulled an all nighter up in the mountains about an hour from my place with a friend last August.

A very good show!

One monster sheared right across the highway while driving, got us even more excited than the triple expressos. haha




Wow…a whole 697 feet….dude, I hope you can breathe at that elevation. hahahaha

rpm_pseud0name's avatar

It is now 1:37am… there is definitely some activity going on in the sky… it’s thundering with heavy rainfall. No northern lights yet.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

No… I’m too far south here in Colorado.

Cruiser's avatar

@Coloma I was prepared to bring oxygen with me but it was cloudy here!

I hope someone saw them!!

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