Aurora Borealis Photos Captured in Southeast Colorado - A Community Photo Gallery

Description: It is on rare occasions that one can look to the Southeast Colorado sky and see the splendor of the Northern Lights. On April 23, 2023 Samantha Palmer, Megan Starcevich, and Oz Hoeme captured this rare sighting and shared with the Southeast Colorado Community via

Published: 04/24/2023
Byline: SECO News

Aurora Borealis Photos Captured in Southeast Colorado on April 23, 2023

A Community Photo Gallery...

The Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, is a breathtaking natural phenomenon that has fascinated people for centuries. This stunning display of colorful lights illuminates the night sky in the northern latitudes, captivating the imagination of all who witness it. But what causes this beautiful phenomenon?

Samantha Palmer caught Aurora Borealis light streamers dancing in the Southeast Colorado sky on April 23, 2023, 5 miles West of Las Animas...

The Northern Lights are the result of the interaction between the Sun and the Earth's outer atmosphere. The Sun emits electrically charged particles called ions, which move away from the Sun in a stream of plasma known as the solar wind. As this plasma comes into contact with the Earth's magnetic field, the ions become agitated and move around the Earth. Some of the ions become trapped and interact with the Earth's ionosphere, causing them to glow, resulting in the stunning display of the Aurora Borealis. 

Photo by Megan Starcevich. Taken North of Cheraw on Otero County Road 31 just off of Hwy 96... 

The Aurora displays are constantly changing and moving, as the interaction between the Sun's ionized gas and the Earth's magnetic field is dynamic. These displays can appear as streams of light or curtains of different colors, ranging from green to purple and pink. Although the Aurora Borealis is harmless to life on Earth, it can cause disruptions in satellite communications and radio/TV broadcasts.

Also Captured North of Cheraw, Colorado on April 23, 2023 around 10pm, this cellphone image by Oz Hoeme caught a meteor streaking across the Southeast Colorado sky.

The Aurora Borealis is a breathtaking natural phenomenon caused by interactions between the Sun and Earth's outer atmosphere. It is constantly changing and moving, making it a mesmerizing sight to behold.

Heather Hoeme Captured the Aurora Borealis glimmering amongst sparkling stars North of Cheraw on April 23, 2023.

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