The St. Patrick’s Day geomagnetic storm, the most intense since fall of 2013, spurred dazzling aurora before and after sunset, and then finally faded.
On Tuesday evening, forecasts indicated a slight chance aurora would be viewable as far south as the Mid-Atlantic, but the farthest south we’ve seen reports were in Illinois, Ohio and northern New Jersey – which is nonetheless quite unusual.
Some of the most dramatic aurora were seen in Iceland and northern Europe. Parts of the United Kingdom, Germany, and France, even, were treated to an amazing light show. And the Southern Hemisphere was not left out. Beautiful aurora were spotted in New Zealand and Australia, too.
Here’s a selection of photos from Twitter, Facebook, and the SpaceWeather.com gallery – a tremendous resource for aurora photos.
— Sugarloaf Mountain (@SugarloafMaine) March 18, 2015
— Ed Piotrowski (@EdPiotrowski) March 18, 2015
— Pure Michigan (@PureMichigan) March 18, 2015
— Kurt Siegelin (@kurtsiegelin) March 18, 2015
— JSHN (@JSHurricaneNews) March 18, 2015
— News12WX RichHoffman (@hoffmanrich) March 18, 2015
Not my best shot of the night sky but you could see the color from the Northern Lights :) took this in Gallia Co Ohio pic.twitter.com/xqa7rqOcTR
— Murdock Photography (@MurdockPhotos) March 18, 2015
— Jeff Last (@JeffLast) March 18, 2015
— Vanessa O'Hanlon (@VanessaOHanlon) March 17, 2015
Epic aurora over Iceland (Joe Capra). pic.twitter.com/yiKozgvHrX
— Andrew Rader (@marsrader) March 18, 2015
— EarthSky (@earthskyscience) March 18, 2015
— Observing Space (@ObservingSpace) March 17, 2015
— Met Office (@metoffice) March 18, 2015
— Mashable (@mashable) March 18, 2015
— Dr. Tamitha Skov (@TamithaSkov) March 18, 2015
— Jim Cantore (@JimCantore) March 18, 2015
— WMO | OMM (@WMOnews) March 18, 2015