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Aurora photos from Thursday’s geomagnetic storm

Aurora photos: Red and yellow streamers over a lit-up valley and a dark tree in foreground.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Peter Forister, a weather writer for EarthSky, took this amazing photo from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia on March 23, 2023. Peter wrote: “Photo from the auroral substorm overlooking the Shenandoah Valley near Luray, Virginia. Shot from around 11 p.m.” Thank you, Peter! See more great aurora photos below.

Aurora photos from the geomagnetic storm

On Thursday morning, March 23, 2023, EarthSky warned of a geomagnetic storm in our daily Sun Activity post. And storm it did! People reported seeing the aurora as far south as Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona and Virginia. Enjoy some of our favorite aurora photos from the fantastic storm.

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Purple and yellowish green lights the sky behind a few dark clouds.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Kelly Morris captured this image on March 23, 2023. Kelly wrote: “From the frozen shores of Canyon Ferry Reservoir near Townsend, Montana. The clouds were open just enough to get a few good photos early in the evening before they totally covered the sky. I was pretty excited about my first ever aurora borealis photo shoot!” Thank you, Kelly!
Orange and yellow streamers behind trees with bare branches.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Miguel Caballero in Hamlin Beach, New York, captured this image from March 23, 2023. Miguel wrote: “This was my first time seeing an aurora borealis. My wife was with me. When we saw what was happening in the sky, we both were very happy like two little kids and celebrated with a warm kiss while there was a cold and brutal wind.” Thank you, Miguel!
Light colors of orange and pink before a starry sky.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Paul Smith in Erick, Oklahoma, captured this image of the aurora on March 23, 2023. Paul wrote: “A sub-auroral arc and pink topped aurora from the strong G4 storm on Thursday night. Saw pillars and other incredible features that are very rare from these latitudes.” Thank you, Paul!

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A red glow along the darkened horizon.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | James McCue captured this image of the aurora from Jemez Springs, New Mexico, on March 23, 2023. James wrote: “A friend gave me a heads up that the geomagnetic storm was going on, so I grabbed my camera and set up for a time lapse. I was pleasantly surprised at how vibrant the aurora was so far south. This is my first time viewing the aurora.” Congrats, and thank you, James!
Snowy neighborhood with bright green streaks overhead.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Brian Piersa in Forest Lake, Minnesota, captured this image of the aurora on March 24, 2023. Thank you, Brian!
Green streamers with purple on the horizon and a dark landscape.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Diane Rains in Hudson, Wisconsin, captured this image on March 23, 2023. Daine wrote: “Words are inadequate to describe the amazing experience of last night’s 7.67 Kp (at peak) aurora: Spectacular? Stunning? Superlative? Spiritual? All fall short! So here is the first of my pictures to say what words can’t. I only wish my camera were capable of making an aurora movie. The rapids of this aurora – pulsing waves of light – were surreal! And this aurora sang to me! A mysterious, beautiful sound like crickets on a summer evening, but lower in tone and slower. Her voice joined with the singing of coyotes in our local forest, no doubt affected by the extremes of electromagnetic energy. Magical and lovely!” Thank you, Diane!

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Bright green light on horizon at end of dirt road.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Kathie O’Donnell outside of Rapid City, South Dakota, captured this image on March 23, 2023. Kathie wrote: “Highest KP I’ve ever seen for our area. The clouds went away and out of town we went to view the show. Many people will see the aurora tonight. AWESOME.” Indeed it was! Thank you, Kathie.
Faint green wisps overhead in the sky.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Elmarie van Rooyen in Smoky Lake, Alberta, Canada, captured this image on March 24, 2023. Elmarie wrote: “Had a wonderful treat early this morning. So active!” Thank you, Elmarie!
Green waving light with light red above and brightly lit houses.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | I even tried my own hand at photographing the aurora on March 23, 2023. With just an iPhone and despite neighborhood light pollution, I managed to capture a shot of the waving aurora, some of the best I’ve seen from southern Wisconsin.

Bottom line: A geomagnetic storm produced aurora visible from even southern states on March 23, 2023. See some of EarthSky’s best aurora photos here.

March 24, 2023

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