Northern Lights – S. Pole Camera

November 13th, 2012 at 11:10 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

   UPDATE:  No repeat tonight, the kp index is at 1.   First picture of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) taken around 10:15 PM Tuesday night  at Millennium Park on the SW side of G.R. by Pete Mumbower.  Second picture is from Randy DeKilder in Hickory Corners.  Click the pictures to enlarge.   If you look here at, you can scroll down on the left side and see the kp index.  If that’s a 5 you might be able to see them faintly to the north with a naked eye away from city lights.  It’s at a 6 as I write this at 11:20 PM.  Check out the NOAA Aurora Page and also this page.   Here’s another site to check out.   Check out this picture of the Northern Lights from Monday in Lulea, Sweden.  More images here.  An interplanetary shock wave (probably the leading edge of a Coronal Mass Ejection) hit Earth’s magnetic field on Monday at approximately 7 PM EST.

Also, check out the live picture from the South Pole.

33 Responses to “Northern Lights – S. Pole Camera”

  1. Jack says:

    Very Nice ! !!!! Sweet !!!! Thanks Peter Mumbower !!!!!

  2. Brad says:

    Very cool. Thank you, President Obama!

    1. TAZ (freeport) says:

      LOL! You must be referring to El Presidente…….the one with “no Clothes”

  3. Barry in Zeeland says:

    Just came in from outside. Looks about like the picture above, nothing great but at least something. Hopefully they come further south yet tonight!

    1. Todd in Holland says:

      Thats a long way to come from the south pole man

  4. Bryan says:

    Just picked up a few items at D&W this evening (1115pm) in Williamston and pulled into the drive way to notice the greenish glow to the north, with a few thiner grenish vertical streams of light. I was guessing it could be the Northern Lights, but it could have been ice crystals also.

    Bryan Johnson

  5. Pete says:

    Activity has jumped quite a bit. Those Newaygo and north should be having a pretty good show right now.

  6. Damon Talbot says:

    Just got back home from Pere Marquette in Muskegon. After waiting about 30 minutes it finally put on a show. Had some very nice color, and streaking to it. Was my first time seeing the Northern lights, It was well worth staying up, and going out in the freezing cold!!

  7. ashley says:

    When can i see it i am in howell, mi. And kp will be 7.33 in 40 minutes.really would be cool

  8. ashley says:

    What direction to look for northern lights is best.just north or north west.or in sky more. It was 7.33 now. A 7 and didnt see nothing. Maybe next time.i am a avid checker

  9. Judy says:

    Darn…..wish I would have known. Any chance of seeing them tonight?

  10. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:

    Will we see them tonight?

  11. GunLakeDeb says:

    When they mentioned seeing the Northern Lights on the 11 PM news – I looked out my window, but had a bank of clouds to the NW and nothing more exciting than that :-( I ALWAYS look up when letting the dogs out, (just in case) – must have had poor timing last night.

    1. Jack says:

      Thanks, Stacy N. Beautiful Pictures… God Bless You ! :-)

      1. StacyN says:

        Thank you Jack – my pleasure. Always fun to chase the aurora!

    2. Brad says:

      Very nice work, Stacy!

    3. Pete says:

      Great work Stacy. Framing and foreground is excellent.

    4. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Never saw the lights in my life, I always keep looking. Very impressive photos.

      1. StacyN says:

        Thanks, everyone!

  12. michael g (SE GR) says:

    Starting to hear buzz about the arrival of winter right around the beginning of December. Bring it on!

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      We can only hope, however I will only believe it when I actually see it and when the pattern actually changes to winter pattern!

  13. kevin. w says:

    Models keep jumping back and forth but thats usually a sign somethings going to change but to what who knows.

  14. Hey Bill, Long time no post. Timelapse here: This one ran partly overnight while I was sleeping and just got around to posting it.

    1. Jack says:

      Thanks For Sharing !! Michael G. Great Stufff ,!, I live G.R There was Toooo Much Light Pollution Here !,, Peace.. :-)

      1. Brad says:

        The man could deliver a line, that’s for sure!

  15. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

    No northern lights tonight I presume?

    1. Jack says:

      Good Presumtion..Travis..Read UPDATE,,,,,,!!! Top of THREAD….. ;-)

      1. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

        He just updated that, thank you =P I read there may be more tomorrow night or early December.

  16. Jimbo says:

    Thanks for the heads up on Tuesday’s 11 o’clock news. I drove north up 131 to a little north of Big Rapids and experienced a great show. Got home about 5:00am but it was well worth it.

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      And thanks to Pete for the pic. and the heads-up.

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