posted on Feb, 17 2011 @ 09:07 AM
I encourage everyone to try to take a look if there is a possibility you can see the aurora in your area.
In 2004, I was on my way home from Charleston WV. I worked for a photography company and was making a late night trip back home to Ohio after a
horribly busy 3 days of work. We were heading out of the city and I kept seeing what I thought were spotlights in the sky. We get farther and farther
away from the city and I begin to think that I was having a vision problem from seeing the camera flash go off for 12 hours a day, for three straight
days. I kept catching it in my peripheral vision and was convinced I was just "seeing things".
A few hours later we were almost home. We stopped at my coworker's mom's house to use the bathroom (it was about 3am, nothing was open and we still
had an hour to get home) and I got out of the car, looked up at the sky and was blown away by what I saw. I pointed it out to my coworker and we
agreed to drive way out in country to get a better look.
We get out of the car on a back road and were completely blown away. I had no idea what we were looking at! There was also a meteor shower happening
at the same time. We watched the sky until the sun started to come up.
The next day I googled it and realized there had been a solar storm. The auroras were visible as far south as Dayton Ohio.
The auroras we saw that night were not colorful, they were white. They also were not just in the north, they were all throughout the sky. It was
amazing. It is something that I will never ever forget. The only way I can describe it is it was almost like we could see the wind. Probably not the
best description, but my coworker actually asked me if that's what it was.
So, if you get the chance, try to have a look. You won't be disappointed