Last night around 1:30 AM I ventured off about 35 miles east of Greeley. Earlier in the night a friend shared this post that was talking about the possibility that Colorado would have a chance to see the Aurora Borealis.
Super stoked, I started charging my camera batteries and throwing on my winter gear so I could head out into the cold.
As I was driving east I was looking north, but didn’t see anything. There weren’t any clouds. The stars were visible, but I couldn’t make out any lights or anything unusual.
When I finally turned south on a country road I started seeing some clouds that had a hue to them. They were off in the distance and had a warm aura to them. With the naked eye I thought they looked light orange in color.
Not exactly sure if it was light pollution or what, I set up my camera and started taking some pictures.
It was awesome seeing the first picture come up showing red across the night sky. It reminded me of when me and a few of my buddies climbed a volcano in Nicaragua and started messing around with some night photography. That was actually one of my first times really toying with a camera at night.
As I was taking pictures I was trying to remember if I had seen any images of a red Aurora Borealis. I couldn’t recall.
It was about an hour total that I was out snapping away. I would have stayed longer, but a thick fog came over me and blocked all visibility.
Now that I’m back I did some quick research.
There is such a thing as a red aurora borealis. It’s rare and only happens in higher altitudes. What up Colorado? ; )
High altitude means like 200 miles up though… so I’m not sure what I was taking pictures of. These lights didn’t appear that high up, but then again they were far off in the distance. Maybe I’ll get some answers later today or when I try taking pictures again tomorrow night.
Aurora borealis? Light pollution from cities farther south? Flames from oil wells?
Do you have an answer or did you go out to take a look last night? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think!