Northern lights aglow in Michigan

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Cool crisp nights and northern lights ... pure Michigan.

Skywatchers received a celestial treat Monday and Tuesday nights when a storm on the sun sent waves solar particles 93 million miles to earth’s magnetic poles to create an aurora borealis.

The light show stretched from New Hampshire to Nebraska with those of us living in the Michigan Mitten and Rabbit treated to red and green ribbons that shimmered against an inky sky.

In Houghton, Michigan Technological University engineering student John Winegar snapped photos of the lights after an evening class.

“The northern lights are awesome,” Winegar said. “I try an get photos every chance I can. I would have gone out Tuesday night too but I had to cram for an exam.”

While Monday night’s viewing was primo, it was just so-so on Tuesday night as the solar storm subsided.

According to the Aurora Alert Service, the viewing for Wednesday night will be excellent to those living above the Mackinac Bridge.

For those living between the bridge and the Ohio state line, the viewing will be iffy and will occur much lower on the horizon.

TGreenwood@detroitnews.com

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