Aurora Borealis from Downtown Vancouver

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Usually when the Northern Lights/Aurora Borealis is forecasted to be visible at our latitude, I send out a list of places to view them outside of town: Porteau Cove, the Dark Sky Park in the Fraser Valley etc. Tonight, I saw a tweet from Global BC’s Kristi Gordon featuring a photo someone shared of the spectacle from Coquitlam:

Aurora Borealis from Downtown Vancouver

I figured, well if they’re visible in Coquitlam why not Vancouver? My view from the West End isn’t as great at my friend Laura‘s so I texted her to go out on her balcony and check. Sure enough, she got some great shots on her iPhone:

Aurora Borealis from Downtown Vancouver by Laura Lee-Yim
Aurora Borealis from Downtown Vancouver by Laura Yee-Lim

A few more folks around Vancouver have also shared photos:

According to the Space Weather Prediction Centre, a G2 (Moderate) geomagnetic storm watch was in place. “The G2 Watches are in place due to the anticipated arrival of the 09 October full halo CME that was associated with an M1/2B flare from Region 2882 (N17, L=157) on 09 October at 0638 UTC. Latest analysis and model guidance shows CME arrival likely late on the 11 October into early 12 October UTC-days.”

Between this and the orcas in Coal Harbour and Horseshoe Bay, nature’s really been putting on a show for us this weekend!

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