Stunning Aurora Borealis Lights Up Virginia Skyline
Photo Credit: Jason Rinehart, Facebook images of Aurora as seen in Botetourt County, near Buchanan in Virginia.
Written by: Sam Orlando
Breaking Through News has received reports from subscribers that the Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, were visible for a time last night in Virginia, offering a rare opportunity for residents to witness the stunning natural phenomenon. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the lights may be visible again tonight.
The Aurora Borealis is a natural light display caused by the collision of charged particles from the sun with particles in the Earth's atmosphere. The result is a spectacular show of dancing colors, including greens, pinks, and purples, that can be seen in the night sky.
While the Aurora Borealis is more commonly visible in higher latitudes, such as in Canada and Alaska, it can occasionally be seen in more southern areas like Virginia. However, the conditions have to be just right, with clear skies and low light pollution, for the lights to be visible.
The last time the Aurora Borealis was visible in Virginia was in March 2015, and before that in October 2011. So, it's not often that residents in the state get to witness this stunning natural phenomenon.
According to the NOAA, the best time to see the Aurora Borealis in Virginia is usually during the equinoxes in March and September, when the Earth's magnetic field is more likely to interact with the solar wind. However, it's important to note that the Aurora Borealis can be unpredictable and may not always appear, even during these optimal times.
For those hoping to catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis tonight, experts recommend finding a location away from city lights and with an unobstructed view of the northern horizon. The lights are most visible after midnight and can continue until dawn.
If you do catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, be sure to take in the beauty of this rare event and share your photos with friends and family. It's not every day that Virginia residents get to witness one of nature's most stunning displays.