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Aurora Borealis

Last night on the news, they said that, because of a solar flare, we should be able to see the aurora borealis here in Maine. I was at a friend’s house for dinner and suggested that we should go out and see what we could see.

She and I bundled up in our coats and other winter paraphenalia and went out to look. Since her house faces to the south and is built into a hill, we had to walk around the front of the house in order to look north to see the lights.

She had turned off the lights outside to make it easier to see but this made it very difficult to see the icy path we on which we were walking. We very slowly took baby steps and picked our way over the ice until we could look north.

We looked and saw….nothing. Just dark sky and stars. Bummer.

We turned around to head back in the house and took a moment to admire the brilliant moon and the abundance of stars overhead. It was quite majestic although not what we had come outside to see.

Halfway back to the house, slowly walking over the ice, her husband opened the door to let the dog out and we shouted at him to turn the lights back on. He did and we could easily see where we could step and where there was ice.

Turns out, according to a later news broadcast, the solar flare wasn’t as intense as they had thought it would be so the aurora borealis wasn’t visible in Maine south of Caribou. Caribou, in case you don’t know, is about a six hour drive north of Alfred, Maine, where my friend lives. As much as I love a good road trip, I am not willing to drive six hours just to see the sky light up.

Especially when you can look at pictures on-line. I downloaded these pictures from Wikipedia via Google images. Very, very beautiful! The wonder of God’s creation!!


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