Beautiful Aurora Borealis in the VIIRS Day/Night Band…

A beautiful aurora erupted across the skies along the U.S. / Canadian border on the overnight hours of October 1st-2nd.  Following is a VIIRS Day/Night Band Radiance image from the Suomi NPP satellite, which captured part of the event.

Image 1.  Suomi NPP VIIRS Day/Night Band Radiance image valid 0711 UTC Oct 2, 2013

Image 1. Suomi NPP VIIRS Day/Night Band Radiance image valid 0711 UTC Oct 2, 2013

And now, another look at the Radiance RGB image valid at the same time.

Image 2.  Suomi NPP VIIRS Day/Night Band Radiance RGB image valid 0711 UTC Oct 2, 2013

Image 2. Suomi NPP VIIRS Day/Night Band Radiance RGB image valid 0711 UTC Oct 2, 2013

Here is a photograph of the event taken from Boulder Lake, MN around midnight local CDT.  (photo courtesy Dan Miller, SOO NWS Duluth, MN)

Photograph of the Aurora Borealis taken from Boulder Lake, MN around midnight local CDT 1-2 Oct 2013 (photo courtesy of Dan Miller, Science and Operations Officer NWS Duluth, MN)

Photograph of the Aurora Borealis taken from Boulder Lake, MN around midnight local CDT 1-2 Oct 2013 (photo courtesy of Dan Miller, Science and Operations Officer NWS Duluth, MN)

And, here’s a photograph of the aurora closer to the time of the VIIRS pass…

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Photograph of the aurora taken from Island Lake Reservoir, MN at approx 0635 UTC 2nd October, looking northwest (photo courtesy Dan Miller, Science and Operations Officer NWS Duluth, MN)

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