Another sky show: Northern Lights from West Seattle

March 17, 2013 at 7:37 am | In Skies Over West Seattle, West Seattle news | 10 Comments

(Click image for larger view; photo by Nick Adams for WSB)
Hours after Comet PanSTARRS made another appearance in the western sky (photo here and more to come), the Northern Lights were visible from West Seattle. WSB contributing photojournalist Nick Adams says this image is from Alki Beach at 3:12 am. Depending on cloud conditions, the aurora might be visible again tonight – it’s from a coronal mass ejection on Friday. Skies Over West Seattle correspondent Alice Enevoldsen of Alice’s Astro Info recommends for updates.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE: If there’s a significant break in the clouds, Alice plans to be out at the south end of Lincoln Park beach around 7:45 tonight for aurora and comet watching. You can also watch her Twitter account for updates.


  1. The color of the Northern Lghts looks quite appropriate for March 17th!
    Beautiful photo-thanks!

    Comment by Anne — 8:29 am March 17, 2013 #

  2. Very cool!

    Comment by kayo — 8:51 am March 17, 2013 #

  3. Happy St Paddy’s!

    Comment by onceachef — 9:05 am March 17, 2013 #


    Comment by Jenelle — 10:06 am March 17, 2013 #

  5. WOW was the green photoshopped for St. Paddies day?

    Comment by Silly Goose — 12:23 pm March 17, 2013 #

  6. nope, bonafide magnetic storm, see the links … TR

    Comment by WSB — 12:24 pm March 17, 2013 #

  7. Magnificent. Did you stay up late or get up early?

    Comment by WestSide45 — 2:55 pm March 17, 2013 #

  8. Really, I did see the links but didn’t see green any other place.

    Comment by Silly Goose — 4:50 pm March 17, 2013 #

  9. Would you be willing to share the meta data on the shot. How long was the exposure? Fantastic picture! !

    Comment by Robert Spears — 5:52 am March 18, 2013 #

  10. Truly amazing to see from here. Sorry I missed it. Awesome photo!

    Comment by velveteena — 3:08 am March 23, 2013 #

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