Northern Lights over Northern Lights Lake
On March 10, 2011, a coronal mass ejection hit Earth and sparked northern lights that reached as far south as Madison, Wis. Here’s the northern lights dance over Northern Lights Lake. Grand Marais, MN. (110311-120)
This was a really cool event. About 11pm, I looked outside and the northern lights were so bright that I could see them in Grand Marais — not the brightest I’ve seen in town but pretty good. I woke up my partner and made her come and look before I left to drive further north to one of my standard northern lights locations. It wasn’t that good there, so I went further north and arrived just as they burst into massive action. Rays, curtains and pulses filled the sky. At points, the northern lights were directly overhead. I was actually shouting out loud in joy (but also to keep the wolves away :) ). After they died down, I drove further up the Gunflint Trail to Bearskin Lake and saw a moose in the road. Plus, three massive shooting stars. Great night!