How to see an aurora

Last week a powerful X-class solar flare erupted smack in the middle of the Sun. It was optimally positioned to affect Earth. We broadcast live solar views the next day on our community observatory, while the mass media correctly warned of an impending aurora. Sure enough, last Friday night we got one.

What’s that, you say? You looked and saw nothing? That’s because last Friday’s aurora only amounted to a bright glow in the northwest. A few low subtle streaks came and went. Later the Moon rose, and its light on high streaky cirrus clouds confused . . .


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