The Great Aurora of 1859

Northern Lights

On the evening of September 2, 1859, after the sun went down on the western hemisphere, a spectacular show of light began on the skies above. Streams of luminous cloud in blue, green, purple and sometimes red shot upwards from the horizon in the north and filled the entire sky. Many people thought that there was a large fire burning somewhere. Others took it as a sign from the heavens of some great disaster that’s about to befall man. Few realized what they were looking at, because many of them had never seen the Northern lights before, and never will.

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