Aurora Borealis Light Show: Photos Of Northern Lights In Northern US [PHOTOS]

By iScienceTimes Staff on April 15, 2013 4:24 PM EDT

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Aurora Borealis Light Show: Photos Of Northern Lights In Northern US [PHOTOS]

For sky gazers eager for a chance to see a northern lights display over the East Coast on Saturday, April 13, the light show was more of a light no-show. Ribbons of green and pink, which are characteristic of northern lights displays, were about as visible over the weekend as Jupiter on a cloudy day in December.

It's a real bummer when Mother Nature sleeps through her obligations.

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This year is supposed to be a peak season for northern lights displays, because aurora borealis activity is cyclic and comes to a head about every 11 years. On Saturday night, people in South Jersey, parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York were told they might be treated to a light show. Unfortunately, the coronal mass ejection that hit Earth's atmosphere over the weekend, caused by a solar flare that left the sun on Thursday, was weaker than expected and didn't create the magnificent magnetic storm we were hoping for.

We at iScience Times have culled photos of Saturday's northern lights "display" from Twitter to bring you the very best of April 13's lackluster northern lights show.

Check out the slideshow above for the ... err ... "stunning" images of the aurora borealis.

On the other hand, Canada and Alaska actually got a pretty good show over the weekend. You can see images of northern lights over these areas here.

Read more from iScience Times:

Northern Lights Coming To East Coast of US: When And Where You Can Witness Aurora Borealis

Powerful sun storm creates record-setting solar flare

5 Effects of 2012's Solar Flare

 

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