Video: Northern Lights Dance Over Montana

Posted at 3:25 PM, May 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-05 15:11:35-04

Montana is a magical place to live, and if you ever get the chance to see the Northern Lights it makes it even better.

Photographer John Harwood of Missoula sent MTN News a time-lapse video he captured.

John said in a Facebook post:

First Northern Lights time lapse video taken of the rare blue azure glowing auroras produced by an unusual interplanetary shock wave that hit the earth on April 19, 2018 causing a massive Northern Lights display that lasted over 6 hours. The shots were taken one minute apart with a Canon 5D MIII and a Tamron 2.8 15mm lens, seven miles north of Polebridge Montana at the Schnaus cabin looking straight into Glacier National Park.

Click hereto see more of John’s photos.

Jim Thomas, who operates the Northern Lights “alert” site called Soft Serve News, notes: “Auroras are difficult to predict with precision. They have stops and starts (known as sub-storms). If you are out there, you need to be patient and lucky. Auroras happen in the upper atmosphere, so if there is cloud cover, you are out of luck.”

Soft Serve News also offers a paid alert service (that includes a 14-day free trial) to notify subscribers of likely activity.

You can also visit the Space Weather Prediction Center website, which is operated by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. It provides information about the aurora borealis, and also features aurora forecasts.