The Aurora Borealis is visible right now in my neighborhood. This is odd, since I live in New Hampshire. But what else could vertical glowing occasionally flashing smeary clouds be in the dark of night? It’s the first time I’ve ever seen it. I was out walking my dog (an occasional contributor to this blog) when I noticed the display. I dragged him about half a mile, running to tell my family so they could come out & see it before it faded away. I kept wanting to shout, “THE AURORA BOREALIS!” and wake up the neighborhood. But we’re not exactly that tight-knit a community, so I thought I should constrain that urge. It was a big display, not all swirly like those ghostly sci-fi looking greenish images that you see from Alaska, but, like I say, vertical glowing smudges spiking up. It was a perfect example of accidental beauty.
Now, I have to disclose that it did not appear to be exactly in the Northern sky, in fact, I thought that direction, where I just saw it, was South. But, I am hoping that my hopelessly bad sense of direction explains this apparent anomaly.
For an unrelated story of my adventures in New Hampshire, click here.