An Unusual Display

September 3, 2002
Photographs taken between 10:30 and 11:40 p.m.

FYI, I watched this show starting at 10:15 p.m. (when I drove north from Bismarck, ND).  Activity was quieter starting at ~11:30 p.m.  I thought there wouldn't be much activity the rest of the evening, and so I left for home at 11:45 p.m.  As soon as I arrived in Bismarck - at midnight - another substorm commenced.  I could easily see the northern lights from my home in Bismarck, ND.  The lesson - I should have given the aurora more time (guess I was impatient).  Had I stayed out, I would have seen more substorms!

Looking northwest - the lights of Washburn, ND, on the horizon.  Usually I see the bright rays in the northeast in the evening.  This show was different.  Most of the rays were in the northwest sky.

Looking northwest - the lights of Washburn, ND, on the horizon.  No, those green clouds on the right half of the photo aren't clouds; the glow of the aurora and the shadows make them look like clouds.

Looking north - lots of activity towards the horizon.

Looking east at a ray.

Looking east-northeast.

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