EarthSky Facebook friend Kevin Palmer Photography captured this beautiful photo of the northern lights, or aurora borealis, early in the morning of February 19, 2014. He wrote:
The northern lights were visible all the way in Central Illinois early this morning. It was worth the 4 hour wait before they got this bright at 2:30am.
According to SpaceWeather.com:
A minor geomagnetic storm is in progress on Feb. 18-19. The cause: Magnetic fields in the interplanetary medium have tipped south, opening a crack in Earth’s defenses against the solar wind. High-latitude sky-watchers should be alert for auroras.
More images of last night’s auroral display, below.
Bottom line: Photos of the beautiful aurora, or northern lights, seen on the night of February 18-19, 2014, when the lights reached at least as far down as central Illinois.
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