Boulder Colorado Aurora Borealis imaged by Halloween Webcam
There was a major Solar Storm/Flare on Tuesday, October 28th, 2003 with
subsequent additional activity the next few days.
This caused the Aurora Borealis to be visible much further South than
normal - I'm at 40.017° North Latitude ... so I let the
Halloween webcam operate until dawn to see if it could get a picture of a Boulder
Colorado Aurora Borealis ... and it did! My neighbors probably wondered why my
Halloween decorations & lights were all on night ... and blinking
on & off as people fiddled with 'em via the
but it was all for the sake of science! ;-)
There was an local paper (The Denver Post) that included the picture below.
This appears to have been shot from just beyond the Boulder, Colorado foothills
looking to the East - my guess it's about 20 miles W-NW of the Hulkster and
my house is probably about dead-center in this shot ... and the halloween
webcam was looking to the South - i.e. to the right in that picture.
Unfortunately, the webcam only slews to a maximum elevation angle of
20° ... so I don't think I got high enough to get the reds,
but I did get some pretty good shots of the green aurora borealis.
Note that (as commented), not only were people looking at the Boulder Colorado
Aurora Borealis, but they were also fiddling with the lights at the same time!
For those interested in space stuff, check out these
free satellite images of my house and I also have some
nifty images of a lunar eclipse.
Boulder Colorado Aurora Borealis picture from local paper (used from source)
2003_10_29_23:47:17 - Zoom=1x
2003_10_29_23:48:18 - Zoom=2x (someone turned Hulk OFF!)
2003_10_29_23:49:29 - Zoom=5x and Pan Left (closeup doesn't look like much)
2003_10_30_03:06:25 - Zoom=1x
2003_10_30_03:08:51 - Zoom=3x (note roof lights turned back on)
Author: Alek Komarnitsky