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Northern Lights Make Appearance in Kentucky

Updated on October 25, 2011
Photo taken in Arkansas by Brain Emfinger.
Photo taken in Arkansas by Brain Emfinger.

If you're from the South (or perhaps this is true everywhere), you probably have a relative in your family that everyone refers to as 'the nut', or 'Crazy Aunt Kathy', or something else along those lines. Well, earlier today our own family quack called to tell us that something was wrong, really wrong. She said that last night, the sky was turning colors like she'd never seen before, with splashes of red and green. She said she "reckoned this might be the end of the world as we know it."

We all figured that she was rambling on about nothing, as usual (Bless her heart...), but come to find out what she was seeing was actually a rare southern sighting of the Northern Lights, sometimes referred to as aurora borealis (this refers specifically to the lights occurring in the more northern latitudes of the earth, while aurora australis refers to the lights that can be seen in the southern latitudes such as Australia and Antartica.)

Typically, when the northern lights are seen in the United States, they are seen no further south than Seattle or Boston. However, on October 24, 2011, people reported sightings as far south as Alabama, all the way to the west coast!

I'm not sure where I was during all of this.. probably taking one of my pregnancy-induced naps or studying for yet another anatomy exam, but I really wish that someone had posted about it on Facebook or something so that I could have perhaps been able to step out on my porch and experienced it. But perhaps all my peers were glued to Facebook and didn't have time to be bothered with such things. (Sad, isn't it?)

If anyone got to experience this event, please feel free to comment and share!


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