Phantoms of Phantom Lake
This photo was taken at Phantom Lake in Crex Meadows. The subject is an Aurora created by a CME impact April 11th 2015. CME stands for Coronal Mass Ejection, which simply put is hot gas (plasma) which escapes the surface of the Sun during a solar flare. Sometimes these CME's cross our orbit, and produce beautiful, yet subtle auroras. If you had looked up at the sky on this night, you would have seen a silvery pale glow dancing across the northern sky. It can be difficult to pick it out from the light pollution, but once you know what to look for, CME impacts can produce enchanting light shows for hours on end.
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