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Once in a Lifetime | by kevin-palmer
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Once in a Lifetime

- - If you have never seen the aurora, you should definitely make it a goal. This was a once in a lifetime show for me as I have never seen a better geomagnetic storm. I was only in Wisconsin but it felt like I was in Alaska. The aurora was pulsating, moving rapidly and it covered much of the sky. Most of my pictures were taken with a 10mm lens which tells you just how much of the sky was filled with color.

I thought if I got very lucky I might have been able to see a tornado and aurora in the same day. But with the storms forming later and further south than predicted, eventually I realized I couldn't see both. At 4:30 I had to make a decision to go after the storms or head north to get out of the clouds and see the aurora. I chose the latter because it seemed like more of a certainty. Blue Mound State Park is the highest point in Southern Wisconsin and the lookout tower was the perfect place to watch the aurora dance across the sky all night.

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Taken on June 23, 2015