Feb 28th, 2013
Author: Joe Gee
A massive sunspot region facing Earth – known as 1520 -has unleashed a large solar flare. NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center says the flare is rated an X1.4. This type of flare is considered “strong” and can cause a blackout of high frequency radio communication on the sunlit side of Earth for one to two hours. It is not yet known whether the flare was accompanied by a coronal mass ejection (CME) – an outburst of particles that can trigger a geomagnetic storm on Earth and damage the electrical grid.
The Northern Lights put on a light show for West Michigan on November 2nd, 2011. They were dim compared to what you would normally see way up north but what can you do? It was already 4:00 am when I was finally able to get a few shots of these lights before they slowly disappeared.
I had my old camera and was using my stock kit lens for these pictures. I was also still in the “learning process” as a photographer. These pictures turned out pretty good but… I wish I could rewind time and take my new equipment and everything I’ve learned back in time to photograph the Northern Lights again.
I really hope we get another chance to see them this summer. I have some cool ideas in mind
Anyways, I’m not sure why I never posted these pictures but here they are Enjoy.
Muskegon Northern Lights Pictures
I started out taking pictures in the Muskegon State Park, then I went north to Duck Lake and eventually made it to the White River Light Station Museum in Whitehall, Michigan.