Spectacular aurora borealis takes over the North American night sky

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A famous Robert W. The service poem notes, “the northern lights have made for strange sights,” but as of Tuesday morning on Monday night, a large area of ​​North America was seen by people themselves with a breathtaking sight.

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An astonishing and vivid aurora borealis stretched across the Alberta sky, as far as the eye could see, the colors of purple, pink, teal and green dancing and shimmering.

People throughout western Canada, as far south as the Okanagan in BC, have reported seeing aurorae – but it was not limited to this side of the range.


Posts on social media said the light display could be seen by Americans as far south as Iowa, Minnesota and Ohio.

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Even a Hollywood A-lister shared the sight.

Pedro Pascal is the lead actor the last of us, an HBO TV series filming in Edmonton this week.

NS game of Thrones The actor posted a picture of the northern lights on Tuesday morning while he was driving.

Normally, aurora watchers would need to leave the city’s bright lights on to properly take in the astrological show, but even at 5 a.m. Tuesday, it was vivid enough to see inside Edmonton.

Granthshala Edmonton meteorologist Phil Darlington said That in his experience, Monday night was the first time the station’s Granthshala News Skytracker camera in downtown Edmonton was able to detect the northern lights.

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According to a previous Granthshala News interview with Frank Florian, director of planetarium and space science at Tellus World of Science in Edmonton, light is created by charged particles emanating from the Sun, which travel through space and collide with Earth’s atmosphere.

Light moves because charged particles affect the Earth’s magnetic shield.

“These particles mix like a downward spiral on Earth’s magnetic field and at Earth’s north and south magnetic poles, causing charged particles to interact with Earth’s atmospheric gases to give rise to light,” he said earlier this year. Was. Such was the light show.

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Florian said that weather and temperature on Earth are not factors in when the northern lights will occur.

However, the further north a person is, the better chances they will see the light due to the closer they are to what is called the “auroral oval”.

The ellipse is usually centered around Earth’s magnetic north and south poles, but may expand during periods of intense solar activity.

When the oval expands, the northern lights are visible from more southern points, Florian said. Sometimes after a powerful geomagnetic storm, they can be seen as far south as the United States.

Edmonton-area residents who want to pay attention to the northern lights Sign up for Aurora View Email Alerts.

AuroraWatch is powered by Andy Kale, Ian Mann, Kyle Murphy and David Milling of the University of Alberta’s Department of Physics.

Their website provides real-time monitoring of geomagnetic activity in the Edmonton area, although it says that larger activity can be observed Alberta-wide.

Yellow alerts are issued when there is a greater than 50 percent chance of an auroral display, and red alerts are issued when there is a greater than 70 percent chance.

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Monday’s show starts red alert after 10 pm, effective till 7 am

Below: Monday night/Tuesday morning photos of the aurora borealis

– With files from Allison Bench, Granthshala News

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