Auroral Colors Saturday in Bitterroot’s Night Skies
Saturday night, May 7, the skies were pulsing with the Northern Lights.
The display continued for quite a while, and the odds are good for more displays Sunday and Monday, according to astronomers at spaceweather.com.
In very simple terms, The magnetic fields in the space around Earth opened a crack in our planet’s magnetosphere. Solar wind can then come in to cause the auroras.
The lights Saturday were contained in am east-west band in the northern sky.
The best place to view the aurora borealis is in a dark area with no outside lights. We have plenty of places like that in the Bitterroot Valley. You should let your eyes adjust to the dark. Most times, once you’ve spotted the Northern Lights, the longer you watch, the more you’ll see. The main colors you’ll see are blue and green.