Northern lights dazzle over Central California skies

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Monday, May 13, 2024
Northern lights dazzle over Central California skies
Did you catch the Northern lights in Central Valley?

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- The Northern lights dazzled over the Central Valley over the weekend.

Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) say the Aurora Borealis was so visible because of the biggest geomagnetic storm in the last 21 years.

The pink and magenta colors in the sky first appeared Friday night but stayed for Saturday and even Sunday night in some parts of the country.

ABC30 Insider Kristopher Magaña captured the northern lights at Millerton Lake just after midnight Saturday. (Courtesy of Kristopher Magaña/@Photography.Magana)

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Images of the celestial spectacle were captured by ABC30 Insiders in Millerton, Fresno County and even in Yosemite National Park.

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What to know if you're trying to see the Northern lights

NOAA says the best viewing time of the aurora is typically between 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.

It's recommended to get far away from city spots emitting artificial light and find a clear vantage point to view the aurora.

Some smartphone cameras are sensitive enough to capture the spectacle as well.

If you were lucky enough to capture the Northern lights and have photos or videos you'd like to share, visit