Missed the aurora borealis?

Like a thief in the night, the aurora borealis arrived suddenly — and seemingly unannounced, if you weren’t paying close attention — across the upper half of the globe this past weekend.

The strongest geomagnetic storm since 2003 pulled the dancing hues of pink, green and purple nearly halfway to the equator, allowing those in latitudes as low as Mexico, Chile and even Australia to look up in awe.

The dance waned through the weekend, so if you didn’t catch the northern lights this time, 

you might be stuck with a feeling similar to the regret of not traveling for last month’s total solar eclipse or the despair of just missing the sight of a shooting star.

On July 30, the crescent moon will float among shining Jupiter, red Mars, the bright star Aldebaran and the pretty Pleiades star cluster (also known as the Seven Sisters) before sunrise.

The Perseid meteor shower in August might just be the most famous of shooting star shows, as summer weather conditions are typically ideal for viewing.

Every year in mid-August, the shower peaks, producing up to 100 meteors an hour.



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