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Northern lights wow Maritimers

By Joe Thomson Apr 24, 2023 | 12:13 PM

Nova Scotians were treated to the rare sight of the aurora borealis last night.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association announced that a severe geometric storm has hit earth and the results have led to the Northern lights being seen in not-so-Northern locations. They said that the lights might even be visible as far south as Alabama.

As a result, many Maritimers were able to see the lights for the first time in their lives.

Skylar MacDonald and her partner David Anderson noticed people talking about the lights on social media. Sure enough, when they looked outside, they were able to just barely see them off in the distance from their back deck in Whycocomagh

“It was just such a beautiful experience, and the skies were very clear too, so conditions were incredible,” said Macdonald.

They ended up driving to Lake Ainslie where the calm water mirrored the lights perfectly for some truly amazing photos.

It was MacDonald’s first time seeing the lights in person, and while she said it was an amazing experience, she is grateful to have taken some photos to really capture the full extent of the lights.

“You can tell that they’re there and you can see where the light is, but the colors aren’t there. So, what you see in the photos is definitely much more than what you see in person and it’s because the cameras allowed that light in and really captured the scene,” said MacDonald.

Experts say that storms like this can occur more frequently during the current phase of the solar cycle, so keep your eye to the sky for a spectacular view.


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