If you see an odd glow in the sky tonight, here’s what it’s called and its cause

You’ve heard of the northern lights? The next few days you may be able to see lights even if you aren’t that far north.

The sun erupted on Sunday, spewing plasma, “a highly ionized gas containing an approximately equal number of positive ions and electrons” right in our direction. There’s no reason to freak out; solar storms are relatively common, and the most significant impact they have on our big blue marble is to possibly disrupt electronics and satellite communications.

When the remnants of the plasma reach our atmosphere, they move towards the magnetic poles and go bang, creating famous and bizarre lights at the poles. The North Pole phenomenon is known as the Aurora Borealis, Greek for “Northern dawn.” The lesser known version of this occurs at the South Pole, called the Aurora Australis.

The burst of super-hot stuff from the sun is called a coronal mass ejection. A corona is more than a beer. The general definition is “a  circle of light seen around a luminous body,” but the sun’s corona is “a faintly luminous envelope outside of the sun’s chromosphere.”

(In related news, what do scientists call a recently-discovered star so big that it practically breaks the scale. Here’s the ginormous answer.)

Tuesday night the auroras (Greek for ”dawn”) were potentially visible as far south as Wisconsin. Anecdotal reports suggest a disappointing lack of red and green glow. Maybe tonight will be more luminous. Let us know if you saw anything last night, and share your experience if you gaze into the sky this evening as well.

Hill People

National Journal March 31, 2007 | Katz, Marisa Scott MulhauMr is not actually from New Jersey. He’s a local, the self-proclaimed “only kid who grew up in Washington without political connections.” But because of his father, a doctor from northern New Jersey, and his mother, a social worker from southern New Jersey, he learned to talk Turnpike exits. It has gotten him jobs with two Democratic senators from the Garden State, first as a spokesman and speechwriter for thenSen. Robert Torrlcelll and now as a senior adviser, counsel, and press-operation director for Frank Lautenberg.

Mulhauser, 31, started in Torricelli’s office in 1997, one White House internship removed from the University of Pennsylvania. He spent the 2000 election cycle in the press shop at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. His toughest assignment: two days to throw together an eight-city Jimmy Buffett tour for now-Sen. Bill Nelson, D-FIa. Next, Mulhauser enrolled in Georgetown University Law Center and signed on as a spokesman and speechwriter for then-Sen. John Breaux, D-La. If you’ve ever wondered whether you can order a hoagie in the land of the po’ boy, “with a little translation, it can be done,” Mulhauser says.

After graduating from Georgetown in 2005, he did a stint at Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll in Philadelphia. But when last November’s election results came in and the phone started ringing, he decided to come back to Washington. “There were years of darkness,” he says. “This was a chance to see things through, to get things done-things that we’d thought about and hoped about and talked about for a long time.” Certainly, talking is something Mulhauser is known for. Around November, he typically loses his voice and jokes about better budgeting for next year. He’ll be talking Turnpike exits a lot for Lautenberg. Where does he come down on Bon Jovl versus Bruce Sprlngsteen? “That’s a trick question,” Mulhauser says. “They’re both like fine wine, to be appreciated in their own way.” -Marisa Katz Tonnie Wybenslngw was tired of moving. She’d had several roommates and several apartments during the course of seven years in Washington. And so, when she decided to leave the Hill to take a job at NASDAQ in New York City, she hired movers. “I told them, ? don’t want to do anything-take everything off the walls, put everything in boxes,’ ” she says. That was only two months ago. Already, the movers are back. After Jason Roe, chief of staff to Rep. Tom Feeney, R-FIa., signed on as deputy campaign manager for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, he went up to New York, took Wybensinger out to dinner, and tried to persuade her to be his successor. It worked. “They’re like family to me,” Wybensinger says. “And, if your family tells you they need you, you don’t usually say no.” Snap decisions are not out of character for Wybensinger, 28. Toward the end of her time at Ohio State University, she announced that she was moving to Washington after graduation. She didn’t have anything lined up. But she’d taken a school trip to D.C. in eighth grade. “Other kids were just happy to be away from their parents,” she says. “I was the person standing in front asking a million questions about how it all worked.” Upon becoming a D.C. resident, she sought out a placement agency, which sent her to an interview with Cassidy & Associates. Although she’d never heard of the lobbying firm, she liked the feel of the office. “It was what I pictured working in Washington looking like,” she recalls. “People were dressed nice, the phones were all ringing, people were running around.” She took a job as an administrative assistant. see here jimmy buffett tour 2011 go to website jimmy buffett tour 2011

From there she landed a spot with then-Rep. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. Since Toomey was running for the Senate, his office stopped filling vacancies and Wybensinger quickly moved up the ladder. “I was a staff assistant for about six days, and then a legislative correspondent for a few months, and then an LA left and I became an LA handling Financial Services Committee issues for him.” When Toomey lost the Senate race, Wybensinger moved over to Feeney’s office, working her way up from legislative assistant to legislative director and deputy chief of staff. She’s absorbed a lot about Florida in the process. “Never underestimate Floridians,” says the die-hard Buckeye. She still owes Feeney spokeswoman Pepper Pennington a week’s worth of lunches for Florida’s crushing win over Ohio State in the BCS championship game. What if they end up facing off in the NCAA basketball final? “We haven’t come up with a bet this time around,” Wybensinger says. “Maybe just one lunch.” -M.K.

Katz, Marisa


  1. Larissa aesch -  May 6, 2016 - 10:28 am

    About 1:15am Eastern time, Queens,NY there was a strange blue light in the sky. I googled this and it has just recently started happening for the past several months.other people have seen it and it’s also on YouTube but no explanation. Eerie

    • Aaron -  May 10, 2016 - 10:44 pm

      I was on a rooftop in West Philadelphia tonight at 1am and saw a gigantic light East-Northeast of us that was brighter than the entirety of downtown.It started a blue color so I thought it was lightning except it was way too bright and took up too much of the night sky, then faded to green and disappeared. It’s weird and I have no idea what it is because it was only for about four seconds then it was gone. It was weird, please help.

  2. M B -  February 7, 2016 - 8:17 pm

    Went out to smoke and saw a bright red ball heading south/south east, it was 903 pm in San Luis RC MX it was moving very fast without sound. At first I thought plane, ( didn’t have glasses on) then I noticed no sound but when it got closer I thought I saw flame it the tail. It lasted about 45 seconds before it was out of sight.

  3. Yoong May -  January 27, 2016 - 12:37 pm

    I live in Burma/Myanmar (Yangon) .now 2:56 Am.At 1 am Tonight ,The sky was so bright for 10 mins.I was so shocked .I laid down on sofa see this brightness through windows.I showed my mom n brother who didn’t sleep.Its feels like 5:30 AM or 6 :30AM .Firstly too bright and then getting darker and brighter again.Like light bulb.Finally absolutely dark as night .What’s happened? This is my very very first time in my life O.O

    • jared nielsen -  January 30, 2016 - 3:51 am

      i was outside at 4:15am. i see red glow stronger at southern direction. i believe it must be red star name, nemesis or wormwood come closer to our earth. it is best visible if you lived in south america. you will understand why it must be happen in the bible revealation 8:10-11. you know why “the red star” passed our earth many times to destroy civilations on earth. now be prepare for your christ 2nd coming or being doom with them the wick creatures. may god be with you. please remember jesus first and your family shall be reap by jesus’s angels. you will be happy when you meet family together with jesus and their celestial people in heaven.

  4. patty -  December 29, 2015 - 6:12 pm

    It is 9pm now and I am from southwestern pa. In the eastern sky behind the clouds there is a pulsating pink glow. It has been going on now for more than 10 min. Nowhere else but behind the clouds, which are moving very slow. Ok, 5 more mins, the clouds are gone and so is the glow. Boy, that was cool!

    • Laurie -  January 1, 2016 - 10:36 pm

      It’s 10:30 pm January 1st 2016. I looked out into the sky as I was letting my dog out for a few minutes before bed. The sky is pinky and usually bright for this time in the evening. It’s been somewhat a gray day and somewhat overcast, so,Imthink this is very strange. It’s not a full moon either. What could this be? This is what one would see at perhaps just past dusk.

      • Kyle -  January 7, 2016 - 8:18 am

        Yes, I thought it was odd too – I actually have been seeing this pinkish sky for about a month now when I feed my cat in the evening and then again early in the morning – but I can only see this pink glow when there is cloud cover. I am wondering if this has anything to do with planet Nirubu? There have been predictions that it is nearing earth in the next 6 – 7 months. It is an interesting subject – not sure what to believe – however you may wish to explore the topic further – Cheers!

        • Caleb -  January 13, 2016 - 8:05 pm

          I just looked out my window and the sky looked like pinkish orange and I could see all around my yard and its 11 at night it’s usually pitch black where I live, but no it’s bright, almost too bright I don’t know what it is

          • Dustin -  January 19, 2016 - 1:28 am

            Hi, so I am a smoker and I smoke outside and it is now 1:18am and there is a orange-redish glow on the horizon, almost likes the start to a sun rise. I’ve been seeing this for over a month now, at first started out pinkish and strated around 10:00pm to 11:00pm and getting darker and brighter. Everytime I look at it I get this bad feeling. Tonight it is really bright, the brightest it’s ever been! I do belive that it is Nibiru. I have watched a lot of documentaries on it. I live in Vancouver BC Canada. It does scare me, and would love to be proven wrong lol

        • KERRY -  March 31, 2016 - 9:54 am

          This is a very touchy subject that a lot of people deny talking about but yes the evening sky has been very strange and they are definitely hiding something up there especially with all those chemtrails that they are pumping out to cover the strange color of the sky and i always see it the most when the sunsets Could it be planet Nibiru my fear that this is so i believe and prepare myself to hear or see something about this discovery soon i look up at the sky everyday through out the whole day

  5. Carlo -  December 29, 2015 - 12:15 am

    Its 3:04 am we had our first snow coveringearliev this evening and the sky above Toronto has a pink hue, strange?

  6. Ryan Gould -  December 23, 2015 - 3:19 am

    I saw a purple burst over Eugene Oregon just before the clouds cleared from a short storm of just light rain clouds had a light orange tint to them passing the moon then boom a little pop and a purple round glow instant. 1:51 am Dec 23 2015

  7. Mary -  December 17, 2015 - 4:05 pm

    Right now their is 4 light green objects in the sky in Pensacola, FL and it is still floating. Is it a UFO?

  8. Madison -  November 21, 2015 - 6:04 pm

    Yes, have seen a red light. Just now. At first I thought it had something to do with a red moon for some reason. I did not know what in the world it was until I got on this website.

    • Gene -  November 30, 2015 - 4:41 am

      It was around 5:20 this morning, I had just got to the top of my stairs after taking my dog out, the sky lit up a bright yellowish green color for a couple seconds. Ive never exsperianced anything like it, was like a bomb going off with no sound or something exsploded in the sky. Ive googled it and havent come up with a reason why just yet. Any ideas?

  9. Ruth -  November 7, 2015 - 8:17 pm

    At around 6:45 PM in the western sky in Congress, Arizona a huge circular glow appeared with a slightly brighter oblong glow in the center. As it slowly faded, the center became circular and eventually faded as well.

    • Brent -  November 12, 2015 - 2:24 am

      5:00 am, Ashland, Ky. I saw what I believe to be a very similar occurence while on my way home. The sky is overcast with rain clouds. It is sprinkling, but no heavy rain. There is no presence of thunder or lightning. Other than the reflection of city lights bouncing off the clouds, the sky is dark.
      All of a sudden, as if something exploded in the atmosphere beyond the clouds, the clouds had a faint orange glow. This glow was very large and oval with a deep dark center. I thought whatever exploded had puched a hole through the clouds. However, no firey ball of anything fell, like whatever it was desintegrated. The glow faded away slowly and with no trace of any atmospheric catastrophe.

  10. Alex -  November 7, 2015 - 6:43 pm

    Im in Visalia California and what we just viewed was a red fire ball, well it was a bigger than a star, as it seemed to open up like a giant mist from behind it. It looked as if it was to slow it down. Because it did. Then the peacock looking thing appeared to detach itself and the vessel or object itself continued slowly floating towards the East. Then it had a smaller glowing misty thing directly underneath it. then my girlfriend turned to a zombie and bit me!. Ok. everything but my girlfriend biting me is true. nor did she turn zombie. And the object appeared to float Eastward until it was no longer visible. Don’t worry, just do like me… Give it your best and give God the rest. Don’t be mean to your fellow humans. We are all just always trying to solve problems. Peace

  11. Justin -  October 26, 2015 - 10:49 pm

    I live in Texas, tonight October 26 2015 at almost midnight i saw a strange bright white light fall from the sky was to bright to be a shooting star and lasted for 6 seconds then is just disappeared. I have no idea what it was but after doing research, this bright white light has been seen all around the world… Yet still no answers…

    • John -  November 7, 2015 - 10:04 pm

      I live in Anaheim CA and at about 7:30 I also saw white light coming down from the sky and then assending back out to space till I could only see a tiny little white dot. At first I thought it was a helicopter with its spot light on, but it was not! It was not like anything I have ever seen. It really captured my attention.

      • cam -  January 19, 2016 - 2:37 am

        I live in Australia at about 7:50 I saw a bright light with a blue tinge curving high in the sky then suddenly it disappeared and shot upwards never to be seen again. We are not alone. I see these things only at dusk and dawn.

    • Tyler -  January 23, 2016 - 5:27 am

      I saw that tonight too, idk what it was. At first i thought it was the ISS but I’ve seen that in the sky, it was too big, too fast, to be that. Idk what it was but for some reason it filled me with fear. Idk…

  12. neetu -  September 17, 2015 - 12:22 pm

    i live in india today what i saw is the reddish sky in the midnight even its raining. At the tym of raining sky always got dark but today i m seeing very different it maked me so much shoked i m not getting what’s happening in the sky

    • ceri -  October 12, 2015 - 5:07 pm

      I live in Sutton and the sky is orange tonight it is usually. Not orange. Hear in Sutton but I just don’t. Get it why is the sky orange?

  13. Trisha Whisnant -  August 29, 2015 - 9:04 pm

    I live in Cincinnati Ohio, for the past 8 weeks around 11 pm ,on a Fri and Sat, my husband and I have seen what looks like lite Ning without thunder! My husband thinks Jesus is coming back soon. I have to agree, all the signs are here. Another strange thing is the constant humming of locusts.

  14. Debarati Sen Roy -  August 14, 2015 - 8:31 am

    I’m from India, Kolkata. Date-14th August, 2015
    I have been seeing a very bright, big, round and yellow ball of light in the North sky for the past 5-6 days. After seeing it tonight between 6:45-7:00 PM for the 3rd time, I went onto the internet and saw that many people from all over the world have seen the same phenomena but noticeably, tonight I saw in the North east.

    • Terri -  October 16, 2015 - 10:38 pm

      I saw the same light in the sky tonight. It was strange and makes a person wonder. I live in Modesto, CA and apparently people all around the world have been seeing the same thing I saw. Sure would like to know what it really is.

  15. Susanne -  July 23, 2015 - 6:40 am

    22 July and 23 July 2015. I live in New Orleans Louisiana. Two night’s in a row, we saw what could be described as a tear in reality. My daughter who is 20, my Sister, 38, my brother in law 38, my fiancé 44 all saw this with me. There were white lights going in to this strange tear. It was bright Orange on the outside, but Black on the inside. The white things would show for a second, then disappear. Their movements were incredible to say the least. And then there was something that almost looked like an airport shuttle. As soon as it to the tear (it took about 10 minutes) it also dissappeared. After all the light entered it started closing or something. I mean we are not sure what we saw. Once is was closed. Just a regular cloud appeared. I try to film it, but my camera wouldn’t pick it up. Could someone please tell me what this is??? It was here again last night. I view it toward the West of New Orleans. Thx

    • Lanai -  July 24, 2015 - 1:38 am

      I saw a bold reddish/orange streak in the sky (similar to fireworks) at 10:20pm tonight, about 10 seconds, then dissipated to gray smoky line.
      I live in Hawaii.

      • Greymon -  July 24, 2015 - 11:35 am

        I saw this flash of light like a lightning up in the clear sky just a few seconds ago. I’m color blind but I think is light yellow or green. It looks like a very short version the usual lightning. I’m in the Philippines. Posted 25Jul2015 2:33 am Manila time.

      • Mike Giardelli -  July 24, 2015 - 10:13 pm

        I saw a bright pulsating red object kinda teardrop shape travel from west to east about 12:30am EST in Orange City Fl.

        • Riffers -  September 23, 2015 - 10:32 pm

          My friend and I saw a bright pink light, looking closer it had two separate tail ends. Then it faded away. Just gone! Western NY area

    • Lisa -  August 9, 2015 - 8:44 am

      On 8/7/15 at around 9:00-9:30 pm, I saw an orange glow in the northeast sky. I watched it for a short time and went to get my binoculars for a closer look, and 30 seconds later, when I returned, it was completely gone.

  16. Terry -  June 10, 2015 - 1:58 pm

    Yesterday after the rain late evening we had a green glow every where,not in the sky.Other friends and people saw it too.We have never seen this before.We are in west Georgia and the date was 06/09/2015.If anyone knows anything about this we would like to know.

    • Court Jezter -  June 19, 2015 - 10:58 pm

      All month I’ve been noticing that even at 11:30 pm it still looks like the sun is setting. This is the most epic thing I’ve ever seen.

      • nathan -  August 20, 2015 - 9:32 pm

        I don’t know. It is 11:31 pm here in texas, and i see the exact same thing as you right now

      • Trisha Whisnant -  August 29, 2015 - 9:05 pm

        Yess! At the same time!

    • Donna Haskins -  July 18, 2015 - 7:34 pm

      There is a beautiful light over the moon in A
      ustin Texas tonight

    • Kasandra Tio -  September 19, 2015 - 5:03 am

      I know you said that the green tint was not in the sky but I hear that green tinted skies means a tornado or sever weather.

  17. karen -  April 27, 2015 - 1:53 am

    At 4.10am this morning looking south on hayling island I saw a strange light moving across the sky low. It moved quite slowly leaving a tail. It was very bright bigger than the stars, it took at least 10 secs to pass, can you tell me what this was?

    • Barbara -  June 6, 2015 - 7:55 am

      YES ..i saw one…last nite over Warren RI..it lasted a real long time….was glowing almost a neon green then turned a blueish color and faded out…it was AWESOME to see :-)

  18. Amber -  March 16, 2015 - 10:36 pm

    Well, it may be something else, but from what yall are discribing, it sounds pretty similar. Iive in Texas, and it is about 12:30 at night, and the sky is very veryy bright orange. If it was usually like this, or it was just the sunset, Id understand. But this is 12 a.m. and the sky is glowing orange… it doesnt usually do this. Its gorgeous, though, and very cool. Thus fascinates me.

  19. timmy -  March 3, 2015 - 9:50 pm

    Tonight the sky looks bright to the north like the sun is about to come up and to the south its like a red dawn color its 11:30 pm but it seems like the sun is coming up.the sky is just bright. Pensacola FL

  20. lauren -  October 14, 2014 - 11:56 am

    I saw a strange red light fly across the sky tonight it was huge it cant be an airplane my dad thinks itvwas a ufo but I have no clue what to believe someone plz tell me whats going on

  21. Zachary -  August 19, 2014 - 8:36 pm

    I remember i was taking trash out last summer and i seen a green beem went over the my house and red oringe mixed and some blue and purple i live in the the country and it was crazy i turned around and saw lightning. i live in nothern Indiana it is comon to see them but rarey.

  22. jack -  July 7, 2014 - 10:45 am

    Yes its true i saw it…
    Mizoram you check the news tomorrow if you don’t belive..@mizoram

  23. Curniya -  July 5, 2014 - 2:59 am

    Tonight I was shooting fireworks with my cousins and then I looked up & noticed a red ball moving through the sky. Knowing me , I thought it was a UFO . But now I know what it was . My cousins had thought it was an airplane but the light was too big to be an airplane.

  24. Elizabeth -  June 24, 2014 - 9:26 am

    Last night I saw a orange glow at 11 or 12 am and I took a video of it. My Mom’s friend said it was Et. I don’t think he saw the orange glow.

    • Elizabeth -  June 24, 2014 - 9:34 am

      I live in Peyton, Colorado. I forgot to put where I live

    • vishnu -  January 6, 2015 - 10:33 am

      I saw glow,it blinked twice it was just near the orion.i saw it around 7:30(IST).

  25. Zobe -  November 20, 2012 - 10:36 am

    I live in south Florida. I never thought that it could happen far south, but last night the sky had that reddish like glowing until very past midnight. Was this an Aurora Borealis? Did the sun erupt again?

  26. Donna -  October 24, 2011 - 7:45 pm

    i seen it tonight about 45 min after the sun went down it was off to the north west of where i was standing and was a redish orange color and was moving and only lasted about 5 min then it was gone . my husband tried to take some pics of it not sure if he could get it or not. but it was cool and i live in illinois about an hour from indy

  27. Bob, Indiana -  October 24, 2011 - 6:56 pm

    About 8:45 CDT saw a red fluctuating glow in the NNW section of the sky. Haven’t ever seen the aurora this far south. We’re in Newburgh, Indiana, further south than most of Kentucky! It disappeared after a few minutes. Sad.

  28. Keith -  October 24, 2011 - 6:48 pm

    I’m in southern Missouri and the night sky is pink.

  29. Roni -  August 25, 2011 - 5:09 pm

    It is just before sundown tonight and suddenly the sky and a aura all around was orange—not red, but navel orange orange. Why?

  30. Bob -  August 18, 2011 - 6:41 pm

    At 6:15 AM as the sun was about to rise in the east. There was a strange orange glow coming from behind the clouds. The houses facing west were all lit with this orange glow. Similar to what I would see at sunset, not sunrise. But I live in Flemington, NJ (just 20 minutes north of Princeton).

  31. Becky -  July 22, 2011 - 8:04 am

    Don’t know where I’ve been….When can the Northern Lights most likely to happen again?

  32. Toronto Canada. -  August 26, 2010 - 7:01 am

    My cousin seen some red light in the sky and trippped he didn’t even sleep ahahah so this morning we google it and found out it was the nothern lights it happpened around 2am

  33. Tiffany -  August 9, 2010 - 9:41 pm

    I just got inside from watching the sky flicker with light over and over again – like big intermittent flashes that fill the sky for a split second.

  34. raven2uk -  August 6, 2010 - 6:16 pm

    the sky over lncolnshire this evening had an amazing pink glow to it.

  35. annonymous -  August 5, 2010 - 10:59 pm

    I live in Gig Harbor, WA and I saw flashes of light out my window through the blinds late lastnight until around 2 am.

  36. jessie -  August 5, 2010 - 7:58 pm

    i live in brunswick ohio, just 20 min south of cleveland ohio and i didnt see them hope i do 2nite. i will take pics.thx.

  37. Alex, MA -  August 4, 2010 - 9:16 pm

    I didn’t see them, but it served as an excuse to drink a sauternes in the woods under the starlight with my roommates. Thanks, northern lights!

  38. zyanya -  August 4, 2010 - 6:19 pm

    do you think it will reach brentwood california 94513 its by sanfransico california

  39. majock -  August 4, 2010 - 5:20 pm

    yeah i see it hear too in calgary AB canada
    I how go around to china :)

  40. jen -  August 4, 2010 - 5:18 pm

    will i be able to see it from California?????

  41. Steve-Colo -  August 4, 2010 - 5:11 pm

    We are in the foothills of the Rockies between Denver and Cheyenne and just before sunset we saw an orange glow North and N.west. Not the bluish light we see from “normal-Northern lights. Good luck to all looking!

  42. Mitch -  August 4, 2010 - 5:03 pm

    if you are anywhere in canada and you don’t see them look north and line the power lines up with the moon.
    you can even see them by doing this on a regular night.

  43. Alex, MA -  August 4, 2010 - 4:23 pm

    I don’t know if I’ll see it, but what a great excuse for a midnight hike in the Arboretum

  44. Terry -  August 4, 2010 - 4:16 pm

    Don’t discount what your seeing. Back in the early ’80′s, like in ’83 I think, I was jogging down the gravel road in NE Arkansas and my sister and I stopped to look at the pinkish/orangish cloud and we pondered if it was a forest fire off in the darkness. We watched the news later to find out it was the Northern Lights!
    Gosh, I wish I could still jog!

  45. Bedazzelle -  August 4, 2010 - 4:08 pm

    OH WOW!!! I love the aurora! Its mostly seen in Alaska! I have a documentary on them with actual footage of the beautiful aurora’s! I live on the east coast in Pennsylvania, sadly, i dont think i will see it….

  46. Laura -  August 4, 2010 - 4:03 pm

    I live in Kent(30 minutes South of Seattle), and I also saw a weird flash of white light across the entire sky last night.(Technically this morning)… I thought it was lightning, but wondered how, since the sky appeared mostly clear of clouds! That is just insanely cool!!

  47. Collin -  August 4, 2010 - 3:58 pm

    i hope that it will be able to be seen on willow grove pa.

  48. The One You Hate -  August 4, 2010 - 3:51 pm

    Holy crap!!! Maybe it’ll reach Antarctica, where I live. This is serious. I am taking a field trip to see the native populations of the Eskimos and I am apparentally like 3% Eskimo. So my parents thought it would be good to reach what they call my “roots”. Strangly, I have internet here… ”;

  49. Christine -  August 4, 2010 - 3:50 pm

    How bout Massachusetts??
    hmmm hopefullyy

  50. Mr Downunder -  August 4, 2010 - 3:22 pm

    Do you think that those of us in the great southern lands of Australia and New Zealand (the greater of the two) have a hope seeing the northern lights or should we just be content with the much better southern aurora/southern lights.

  51. gwacle -  August 4, 2010 - 3:10 pm

    will NJ See it?

  52. Lalo -  August 4, 2010 - 3:06 pm

    I live in Riverside, California, and my cousin Alex lives in Anaheim, California. Will we be able to see the aurora borealis?

  53. Stu -  August 4, 2010 - 3:04 pm

    Im in Kerang Vic Aussi…
    i might be south enough, dunno.
    Wouldnt mind if we could just tow them round the World a bit for every one to have a good look at!
    pics will do..

  54. Bubba -  August 4, 2010 - 2:57 pm

    I once saw the borealis after 12 coronas.

  55. olayemi -  August 4, 2010 - 2:56 pm

    ihope it reaches colorado

  56. debbie -  August 4, 2010 - 2:52 pm

    Hi to you all,Im here in South Wales Great Britain hoping to maybe get a glmpse too,is that hoping or what!! Its wonderful to see all your comments from all over the world.

  57. stefan rhoades -  August 4, 2010 - 2:50 pm

    last night, i’m not sure if it was the eruption or just part of the sunset but the clouds outside my house were all wierd colored when the sun wasn’t even visible. i live in miami fl

  58. Pardha -  August 4, 2010 - 2:32 pm

    i saw a red light spread throughout the sky and at one point it turned purplish and then back to red

  59. Clifton Palmer McLendon -  August 4, 2010 - 2:17 pm

    Years ago I saw them in Central Texas.

  60. Deandra -  August 4, 2010 - 2:01 pm

    Late on Sunday evening here in Austin, Tx, I was sitting outside and thought I saw a shooting star. This time though, whatever it was was alot slower and had a bigger, green streak than a shooting star!

  61. Vicky -  August 4, 2010 - 1:52 pm

    My sister and I saw it last night from outside of Grand Rapids, MI. It was very faint and had no color.

  62. Kellina -  August 4, 2010 - 1:46 pm

    Hopefully it will reach TEXAS!!! :D

  63. sweet-corn -  August 4, 2010 - 1:43 pm

    whaaaat! I’ve been playing northern lights by kenny G since sunday. I haven’t listened to music in a long while, so I went looking for something without words–just instrumental. found a old dvd in a second hand music shop. like the sound and bought it. I wake to it, and then before going to sleep I play it a few times. something about it gives me quiet stillness I need. now I find here on this sight actually what northern lighs MEAN!I’ve been sitting down to sunsets listening to it, and rising early in the morning playing it as well before my day starts. *special–something very special is happening here.{walking away shaking my head and smiling.}

  64. bob -  August 4, 2010 - 1:38 pm

    becareful what you wish for.

  65. Andrea -  August 4, 2010 - 1:34 pm

    I’ve always wanted to see the northern lights! I’m guessing Georgia is much too far south to see them. :/

  66. Thea -  August 4, 2010 - 1:32 pm

    Corona is more than a beer – haha

  67. Mary -  August 4, 2010 - 1:05 pm

    Hopefully I will see it tonight in Buffalo New York! :) What time would be good to go outside?

  68. Anne -  August 4, 2010 - 12:54 pm

    Will we be able to see it in Toronto, Canada? :D

  69. Riajl -  August 4, 2010 - 12:53 pm

    Believe it or not I’ve actually seen it here in Texas about a year and a half ago!!

  70. Essie -  August 4, 2010 - 12:37 pm

    Oh goodness! I stayed up till 4 last night in Oregon, waiting for some lights to appear.
    And nope.
    It stayed pitch black all night. I live in Portland, OR, shouldn’t I be able to see it? D;

  71. Steve McLardo -  August 4, 2010 - 12:32 pm

    i like cheese

  72. Therese -  August 4, 2010 - 12:28 pm

    When I was a teenager, I lived in a suburb of New York City. Over 35 years ago and I still remember looking at the night sky bursts of colors would be spilling across this gigantic canvas. Frightened at first, I noticed there were no sounds besides the usual crickets, but the sky was changing with splashes of hues in deep colors. Orange, green and then a rare darker red color would cover the previous colors. I have not seen the northern lights again and I doubt I will see these in Arizona, but I will look.
    Thank you.

  73. sunnygirl -  August 4, 2010 - 12:25 pm

    AWWWW. I normally live in northern Utah, but my mom, brother and sister and me have gone down south to Texas to visit some relatives and friends. Not that I’m complaining about visiting family, of course, but it would be SO COOL to see the northern lights from our backyard!
    Oh well. My dad started flying back to Utah this morning at 8:30 AM. It’s currently 2:20 where I am and that means it would be 1:20 where he is. I hope he’s home so that we can call him and tell him about the aurora borealis so that he can hurry quick get a half-decent disposable camera and take some pictures tonight!
    That’s some rotten luck, isn’t it? But it’s a good thing that my dad’s over there!!!

  74. Wesley -  August 4, 2010 - 12:15 pm

    I reside in Renton, 30 minutes from seattle (WA) and saw them in yellow flashes.

  75. Anonymous -  August 4, 2010 - 12:11 pm

    ^^^ Number one, the world isn’t ending, shutup. Number two, learn how to spell PROPHECY before you give your opinion.

  76. Mike -  August 4, 2010 - 11:59 am

    I remember reading that the Northern Lights were seen in Virginia during the Civil War. Sure enough, here’s a link that lists a collection of solar storms that have written accounts.

  77. nm -  August 4, 2010 - 11:44 am

    i saw a few dull flashes of light in seattle, looked like far off lightening or something. but there were no thunderstorms in the area as far as i know. started around 10:30p and continued intermittently until i went to bed at 11:30p.

    • Trisha Whisnant -  August 29, 2015 - 9:11 pm

      Yes here too at the same time!

  78. Hillary murimi -  August 4, 2010 - 11:33 am

    I see this as an end time profesy being fulfilled and not just solar storm!

    • Trisha Whisnant -  August 29, 2015 - 9:08 pm


  79. Corvenzo -  August 4, 2010 - 11:33 am

    ARRGHHH!!! So Close!!! Think it might reach Chicago?

  80. seth -  August 4, 2010 - 11:32 am

    Living in hawaii I won’t get to see it but for those of you that do please take phenomal pictures for us to be enthralled by :) thank you

  81. optrix -  August 4, 2010 - 11:15 am

    I live in portland oregon. last night I awoke at 4 am and decided to get a late night snack, and when i looked out of my window the sky had a unregular dark orange glow to it. usually at 4 it has a dark blue/black complexion. Maybe this could have caused it?

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  83. James -  August 4, 2010 - 10:37 am

    If anyone sees the aurora berealis, please take photos and share them with me. I am from South Africa; Limpopo, if only was i in the northen parts of US…

  84. Lucy-Gita -  August 4, 2010 - 10:36 am

    The sky had a beutiful pink silk over it. It was just amazing. I wish the people in London would get to see this.

    Santa Ana, CA 6:15pm

  85. Deathgleaner -  August 4, 2010 - 10:29 am

    I’m based in Seattle, and I didn’t see it.

  86. wisconsinite -  August 4, 2010 - 10:19 am

    I saw a great orange-colored glow yesterday morning around 5am as the sun was rising. We live in Wisconsin and I am betting that this is what it was. It lasted for just a few minutes as the sun rose. My husband and I both noticed the strange sunrise coloring – almost like the sky had been “photoshopped” to be extremely saturated in color. Wish I had my camera ready. I’ll keep my eyes open tonight for more auroras!

  87. Shaneel -  August 4, 2010 - 10:16 am

    Oh I wish I could see this, but there is no way this is going to reach Florida! I guess I will have to satisfy with pictures

  88. Siphiwe -  August 4, 2010 - 10:14 am

    When can we expect to see this phenomenon here in South Africa? Anyone who has an idea please help, just estimate the time +2:00 GMT

  89. Jojo -  August 4, 2010 - 10:08 am

    Will these lights one day reach the tiny, mini, teenie weenie state of Rhode Island? OMGG I HOPE SO!!! :D :D :D

  90. Ace -  August 4, 2010 - 9:52 am

    Darn it, Gage, your’e still more north than i am, and i’ll never get to see them

  91. Gage -  August 4, 2010 - 9:47 am

    Sadly, I do not believe it will reach as far south as Tennessee. I wish, though.

  92. Lucy -  August 4, 2010 - 9:36 am

    Do you think the auroras will reach Hampshire, UK? I’ve always wanted to see the northern lights. It’ll probably be cloudy tonight though, we’ve had some thunder and rain. :(


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