Saturday, April 13, 2013

Still Life With Robin: Look to the Skies

Photo by NOAA 
by Peggy Robin

The aurora borealis has been on the top of my bucket list for the past decade or so. If I'm lucky --if we're all lucky-- I may not have to travel anywhere to see the shimmering, dancing curtain of colored lights in the night sky. It could happen here, tonight!

Here's what Accuweather is predicting:

"A solar flare that occurred around 2 a.m. Thursday morning may create a spectacular display of northern lights Saturday evening.... Viewing conditions will be best in the mid-Atlantic, specifically for parts of Pennsylvania and the Delmarva." That's us!

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The activity is expected to start sometime between 8 PM and 3 AM. If it gets cloudy, forget about it.

The aurora borealis is known to disrupt radio signals and GPS, so if you're inside listening to the radio or driving along with your GPS telling you where to go, and you're suddenly cut off, get out and take a look at the sky above. This could be a once-in-a-lifetime view. At least, that's my bucket-list-topping wish.


Still Life With Robin is published on the Cleveland Park Listserv,, and All Life Is Local on Saturdays.

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