Out Of The Blue: The Aurora Borealis in Bay Harbor

The most recent news from NASA confirms that the biggest solar flare in four years was observed early Tuesday. The unusual and "spectacular" activity of the sun is likely to create a spectacle in the sky tonight - a display of northern lights, or aurora borealis. An aurora is caused by the collision of charged particles directed by the Earth's magnetic field. As a result of natural mechanism, energy releases in the atmosphere are made visible to the naked eye in the form of colorful lights.

In the northern latitudes, the effect is known as the aurora borealis, or the northern lights. Auroras illuminate the northern horizon as a greenish glow or sometimes a faint red.

A display of northern lights is expected to be seen consecutively for three nights starting June 8 and ending June 11. Be sure to drink your coffee so you can stay up late enough to see them!

Last saturday the Auroras were visible for a brief time and I was able to capture a few images after wrapping up a wedding I was photographing at the Bay Harbor Yacht Club.

This is looking North-East toward the Village at Bay Harbor.

Northern Lights above Bay Harbor Michigan

In this image you can see that I was lucky enough to capture an asteroid entering the earth's atmosphere . . . . it was an exciting night to be a photographer!

Northern Lights above Bay Harbor Michigan

This is looking from the shore of Bay Harbor across Little Traverse Bay toward Harbor Springs

Northern Lights above Bay Harbor Michigan

Photography by Cory Weber of Weber Photography