Amazing Aurora!

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A very special night for Northern Lights watchers.

In 2016 I went all the way to Iceland to try to see the Northern Lights. Sadly it wasn't to be.

Last night was therefore very special. Northumberland in the UK is blessed with some of the darkest skies, so was ideal for viewing.

There were reports coming in of an intense Solar Storm and all indications were it was going to be good. Skies were clear. The forecasts said several pulses were heading to Earth and it was to be a direct hit!

So we waited for darkness and went outside. What we saw was absolutely awesome. The most stupendous display unfolded before us. At first, the sky just looked strange. It looked like cirrus cloud, but through a camera it took on a different dimension.

We took lots of photos (surprise, surprise). Here are a selection. My camera isn't as good as Debs', so mine are more blurry, but it still captured the colours of the display.

The sky was full, from horizon to zenith. All directions, not just the Northern one. Usually you look North, but with this display it didn't matter. The aurora was in every direction!

Enjoy 😎

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Beautiful photos, beautiful event!

We were actually blessed here south of Denver to also see the Northern Lights. Though not as intense as what you witnessed, we were able to see pillars and undulating colors. I've lived in Denver since 1994 and have never seen this spectacle come so far south before. So special!

That's great. What latitude are you? We are about 55 1/2 degrees North here. Denver is quite high too, so that might be different. Normally our displays are just close to the Northern horizon, but this one first showed itself overhead, then the rest of the sky joined in. 😎

Dave

We are 39 degrees north here. Our elevation is also 5900 ft.

Great pics, Dave! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ’―

We had an aurora party last night with family and friends, but not much to see in the North Eastern part of the USA from our particular location, not even on smartphone images. It was a particularly overcast sky.

We still had lots of fun until about 3 AM, with plenty of food, drink, listening to David Bowie’s β€œRise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” album, and watching the movie β€œGeostorm.”

Too bad the weather didn’t cooperate, but nobody hardly noticed amid the other festivities. Lol 😎

Rock On! 🀘
Frank 🎸

Any excuse for a party Frank!! I hope you took things easy on the cocktails my friend!!!

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Hahaha, that's just part of my upbringing and Italian heritage, Nick! 😎

I had a Corona (beer) - get it (Coronal mass ejection). Lol πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸΊ

Late night! Stacy will be in bed for at least another two hours, and then we have quite a mess to clean up in the kitchen, but it was worth it, even without the aurora on display. πŸŒ…

Keep On Rockin' It! 🀘πŸ”₯⚑️🎢
Frank 🎸

I know it is Frank!!!

Just one Coronal Corona until 3am though??

I'm surprised you didn't get Stacy to whip you up a multi coloured Margarita, but then again.. you would likely wake up waaay after her!!

Have a Rockin' Saturday buddy and enjoy the clean up!!

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Yup, just one Corona, Nick, but LOTS of food! Hahaha

I had a sip or two of Stacy's mojito (spelling??). I try to stay away from the "hard stuff," but Stacy's an evil woman! Lol 😎

Been up since about 8 AM playing and listening to music, which is late for me.

Happy Saturday! πŸ₯³
Frank 🎸

One can't beat LOTS of food Frank!

Nothing wrong with the spelling of mojito there, and I doubt Stacy is 'that' evil!!

What Rum does she use though??

It's been a bit too warm for my liking here today and have already burnt my legs sat out in the sun!!

More food then an early night is on the cards it seems!!

Rock On!!

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Hi Nick

Not too sure, JM rum??? I'll have to ask her.

Please use SUNSCREEN, to avoid actinic damage and skin cancer!

Enjoy your night! 😎
Frank 🀘🎸

No better excuse. 😎

Dave

Lol 🎸

Never heard about JM Rum Frank, I personally prefer a nice Venezuelan Cacique 500 Gran reserva when I feel in need of a Mojito!!

I will definitely break out the suncream tomorrow if this weather continues!!

You too my friend!!

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I think it's rum from Puerto Ricco, Nick ?? I know she's very particular about the mint she uses in her mojitos, which she gets from our favorite organic food store.

I'd probably be a terrible bartender, nothing like my dad, who used to take great pride in stocking everything and being able to make his guests whatever they asked for!

One bottle of booze is the same as another unless it has a guitar on it, then I'd take notice! Lol 🀣

Frank 🀘🎸

Stacy certainly sounds like my kind of women Frank... I love attention to detail when it comes to whipping up a quick cocktail!!

You on the other hand???

I'll say no more!!!

Continue to rock the day buddy!!

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Yeah, she's my kind of woman, too, Nick! It took me many years to find her! Lol πŸ‘πŸ˜Ž

Ok, here's the rum she used to make the mojito:

I bet she is Frank!! Honestly, I have never come across this rum before.....

But the next time I am out shopping for some, I will keep it in mind!!

Rock On!!

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Sounds good Nick. If you get some let me know how it stands up to what you usually drink. 😎

Frank 🀘🎸

Will do Frank! Have a Rocking Sunday my friend!!

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You too, Nick! πŸ₯³πŸΉ

Rock On!
Frank 🀘🎸

I've just finished up lunch here and am Rockin' my way to bed for a nap!

Catch you later buddy!!

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All of these photographs were taken between 10:30pm and 12:30am from the same location. We had stiff necks from looking skyward as a lot of the activity was directly overhead. It was the strongest aurora since 2003.

Very awesome, Dave!

Jeff

It was Jeff. I've never stumbled around the garden in pitch black since I was a teenager. 😏

Dave

Well you seemed to have the light to do it this time, Dave!

Thanks for the wonderful images!

Jeff

Awesome, Dave!

Tim 🎼

It was good Tim. My other half took what were seemingly 100's of photos. She really couldn't take a bad one. The display was phenomenal.

Dave

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