Morinville gets view of northern lights

Photos by Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Clear skies provided an excellent opportunity for residents to see the aurora borealis Monday night. The illumination was clearly visible around 7:30 Oct. 24 and is caused by charged particles colliding with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere. The name aurora borealis is derived from the Roman goddess of morning and the Greek word for north wind.

Legal gets a great view

Dan Charrois of Legal took a series of photos and created an excellent high definition video of the display.

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  1. I’m glad to hear that the amazing auroral display last night was seen by others than just myself and my family 🙂 It’s great that this wonderful weather has lasted as long as it has, encouraging people to stay outside during the perfect time of year where it’s warm enough to be reasonably comfortable, yet dark enough to really *see* the night sky.

    I took a series of photos of this auroral storm from our home in Legal, which I’ve turned into an HD time-lapse movie just uploaded to YouTube. If you or others are interested in seeing it, it’s available at:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7sE5c9n-vA

    Dan

  2. Wow!!! Great Job Dan on the video. And gorgeous pics Stephen.
    And here I was expecting snow for my birthday. This was so much more.:-)

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