Aurora borealis streaks through night sky across Washington state

Oct 12, 2021, 6:50 AM | Updated: 10:22 am
Aurora borealis...
The aurora borealis in the sky above northern Spokane. (WSDOT East, Twitter)
(WSDOT East, Twitter)

The aurora borealis made a brief appearance in night skies across Washington state on Monday night, thanks to a solar flare that emanated off the sun over the weekend.

Aurora borealis makes appearance in Seattle night sky

The flare was said to have started its move toward Earth on Saturday, arriving sometime around Monday afternoon. While the negative impacts of such a flare on the planet were minimal, eagle-eyed viewers — particularly those with high-quality time-lapse cameras — may have seen an aurora borealis from the resulting solar storm everywhere from the Puget Sound region to Spokane.

The nighttime aerial light show kicked in around 8 p.m., making itself most visible to those furthest away from city centers. Sightings in Western Washington were reported near the U.S./Canada border just north of Lynden, Washington, moving as far south as Marysville.

In Eastern Washington, the aurora made an appearance near northern Spokane, with a green light streaking through the night sky around 11 p.m.

You can watch a time lapse of the experience courtesy of Skunk Bay Weather here.

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