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Did You See It? Aurora Borealis Casts Its Glow Above Bay Area In Ultra-Rare Celestial Event


photo credit: Sarah Peterson Zedaker

Ribbons of neon colored lights bathed Bay Area skies in shades of pink, purple and blue this weekend in a rare appearance of the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights.

A common occurrence near the northern polar region but seldom visible in lower latitudes of the Earth’s surface, the bands of color are the result of a powerful solar storm brewing 93 million miles out in space.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said a G5 coronal mass ejection on the sun’s surface — think the space equivalent of Category 5 hurricane — will bombard the Earth with such intensity that the aurora will be visible throughout most of the United States. Fortunately for us humans, our atmosphere should protect the planet from any devastating effects, although experts say the solar storm could potentially impact communications and other electronic equipment.


The lights were visible to the naked eye, although viewing is best away from urban light pollution.

More information about the aurora borealis is available from NOAA at, which includes a forecast of the storm’s intensity.


Barstoolateds May 12, 2024 - 3:31 PM - 3:31 PM

Who needs the Planetarium. Natures incredible light show!!!

Jeff (the other one) May 12, 2024 - 3:44 PM - 3:44 PM

Wanted to go out and look, but completely left my mind. Hate when I do stupid, forgetful stuff like that.

Dr. Jellyfinger May 12, 2024 - 7:59 PM - 7:59 PM

I woke up at 3 AM for an related matter & stumbled out onto the deck for a look north….. saw nothing …. returned to my bed chamber to resume slumber.

Saynogo May 13, 2024 - 8:45 AM - 8:45 AM

Big ole Nothing Burger

Tee May 13, 2024 - 12:12 PM - 12:12 PM

It was hard to see with the naked eye….when I looked looked through my cell phone camera, it was very visible.

BORbeliever May 14, 2024 - 5:51 PM - 5:51 PM

Bupkis in Walnut Creek.

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