Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Nature Nerd Wednesdays

Welcome to Nature Nerd Wednesdays, your mid-week nature break to reconnect with the calming, refreshing, and inspiring effects of nature. Take a deep breath and enjoy...

"Auroras Over North America" photo obtained from NASA Earth Observatory

A sweltering heat wave has held the Pacific Northwest in its grips for well over a week now, and many of us are struggling to stay cool in this scorching weather to which we're not accustomed. One good thing about this hot sunny weather is that we have clear skies at night, which offer the perfect opportunity to sit outside in the night air to cool down and ponder the starry skies above. Last week, we were even lucky enough to have the glowing green ribbons of the aurora undulating in the skies overhead. Click here to see a photo gallery of the gorgeous auroras spotted in our area.

As usual, I missed the opportunity to cross something off my bucket list and completely missed seeing the auroras in person; not hearing about them until the following morning when it was too late. I honestly think that someone needs to come up with an alert system that sends you a text message or something when the auroras are visible in your area. Can someone please get on that?

To ease some of the disappointment of missing the aurora's rare appearance in our area, I found a beautiful timelapse film of the auroras in Alaska, filmed in Fairbanks. Take a look and enjoy... perhaps we'll be able to see this awesome sight in Washington's skies again sometime soon!

Aurora Borealis / Northern Lights in Alaska (Timelapse) from Eric Cheng on Vimeo.

While searching for aurora photos, I discovered Aurorasaurus, a citizen science project where anyone can participate and report aurora sightings. It is also a great resource for learning more about this awesome natural phenomenon, so be sure to check it out! 

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