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Thornton resident captures images of the northern lights

Sunday, July 15th, 2012 5:05pm MDT

A large solar flare on Thursday was expected to lead to heightened aurora activity this weekend but not as far south as Colorado.  One Thornton resident however appears to have captured images of the northern lights Sunday morning.

The images by Justin Whitesel show a purple sky over the city as the geomagnetic storm hits the Earth.  You can view an animation Whitesel put together here.

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Thornton resident Justin Whitesel captured an image of what appears to be the aurora. (Justin Whitesel / imgur)

Thornton resident Justin Whitesel captured an image of what appears to be the aurora. (Justin Whitesel / imgur)

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One Response to “Thornton resident captures images of the northern lights”

  1. Justin Whitesel Says:

    Hey! That’s me! Haha. Yes, I took these from my backyard in Thornton. It was very faint to the naked eye, but it showed up well when I took a series of long exposures. This still amazes me!

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