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The northern lights made their way farther south than usual last night, thanks to a massive solar storm. The above timelapse video was shot in Michigan, and people reported seeing the borealis as far south as Arkansas, Kentucky, Georgia, and Alabama.
I’ve seen the northern lights exactly once in my life. It was in late fall of 2001, a few months after I’d moved to Madison, WI. I was with a boy I had a huge crush on who looked like Jared Leto, so you know, I already thought I was having a great night. We were walking along Lake Mendota when the northern lights appeared out of nowhere, glowing green and red, undulating and intensifying and then disappearing.
That boy lasted maybe another week, but man, the northern lights. I’ll never forget watching the sky catch on fire.