Northern lights visible from Ann Arbor, Michigan, October 24, 2011

ANN ARBOR, October 25, 2011, 6:00 AM.

Did you see them?

The Northern Lights were visible from Ann Arbor at about 10:30 p.m. on October 24, 2011, described by Julie Weatherbee as “giant red areas like someone had set off a red smoke bomb”.

This epic time lapse was captured by lakefxnet as seen from East Martin, Michigan, north of Kalamazoo.

Eric Hines captured the aurora over Lake Michigan, near the Indiana Dunes.

Aurora over Lake Michigan by Eric Hines (EHinesNWI)) on
Aurora over Lake Michigan by Eric Hines

Discovery Magazine notes that this was an unusually active event, and that the aurora was visible into the southern United States including Missouri (via KSPR).

The Michigan Tech Aurora page is a good starting point for the science. The POES auroral activity map shows geomagnetic activity.


In terrestrial weather for Ann Arbor, this is shaping up to be a three layer day. Wear a shirt, sweater, and fall jacket, and you should be good for a chilly morning and a nice day with a slight chance of rain. Forecast graph is from Weatherspark.

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More Space weather for October 25, 2011 from

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  • 6:05 a.m. fix lede to be clearer
  • 6:00 a.m. Eric Hines photo, KSPR Missouri sighting. needs a map too.
  • 5:26 a.m. time lapse video. now, need exact timestamps for storm
  • 5:15 a.m. aurora map
  • 5:00 a.m. Space Weather site
  • 4:45 a.m. Weatherbee quote, Discovery Magazine

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