The Northern Lights / Aurora Borealis
A North Dakota Perspective

By Lyndon Anderson

Beauty of the Northern Lights

While the display that I described on page 2 was not the strongest, or most colorful display that I have ever seen, it was one of the most memorable.

That's the beauty of the northern lights the subtle displays can be as breathtaking as the strong displays.

I can almost imagine the thoughts that went through the minds of the Lewis and Clark party when they saw the northern lights on November 6, 1804, while camping for the winter at Fort Mandan.

The above photographs are from a display during one of the shortest nights of the year - June 18, 2003.

While my experience with the northern lights is minimal it is growing.

I rarely saw the northern lights growing up or even in my adult years.  It wasn't until the year 2000 that I started to actively "chase" the northern lights.

The first major display that I saw in recent years occurred on the evening of May 24, 2002.

My reaction "wow!"

I have actively pursued the northern lights since then, and have viewed and photographed many displays.

This hobby has been very rewarding as I continue to chase what I call the "greatest show on earth."

Page 1 - Overview of Information in Online Brochure
Page 2 - An Aurora Chasing Story
This is Page 3 - Beauty of the Northern Lights
Page 4 - Science of the Northern Lights / Resources
Page 5 - The Northern Lights in North Dakota
Page 6 - Northern Lights Forecasts
Page 7 - Putting it all Together
Page 8 - Photographing the Northern Lights
Page 9 - Okay, So You Have Photographs, Now What?

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