Northern Lights of October 24, 2011 in Michigan

Marquette Northern Lights, October 24, 2011, photo by Shawn Malone / Lake Superior Photo

Last night Michigan was treated to an amazing show of Northern Lights as the skies exploded in red, green, white and even blues and yellows of the best display of the Aurora Borealis in years. Our Michigan Northern Lights Log and Flickr group lit up with photos and reports.

There were places you would expect – Marquette, the Keweenaw Peninsula, Escanaba – but also reports from literally EVERYWHERE in Michigan: Bath, Bellaire, Big Rapids, Blanchard, Clare, Charlotte, Charlevoix, Clark Lake, Coldwater Lake, East Leland, Frankfort, Fostoria, Grand Rapids, Jackson, Lapeer, Leland, Leelanau County, Lenawee County, Marquette, Mecosta, Mikado, Mulliken, Ottawa County, Onsted, Pontiac, Petoskey, Reading, Saginaw, Stockbridge, Tecumseh, Traverse City, Unionville, Whitehall & White Lake. People even checked in with reports from Pittsburgh, Indiana & Ohio.

Shawn took these shots last night near Marquette. She writes that she went back to the car to change lenses and the sky just lit up. Check the photo out bigger and see more stunning shots from last night in her jaw dropping northern lights of 10/24/11 set on Facebook! She’s got some with amazing reds. You can also purchase photos at lakesuperiorphoto.com!

Much more on the Northern Lights from Michigan in Pictures!

123 thoughts on “Northern Lights of October 24, 2011 in Michigan

  1. There was an awesome display in my backyard with the sky an eerie red. I live in southwest lower Michigan near the Indiana border. It’s the first time I’ve seen them in person and I was doubly treated to an extremely bright meteor as well. AMAZING

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  2. Absolutely breathtaking! Wonderful picture! I have seen the Northern Lights several times but never so vivid. Wish I could have been in the area to see them personally. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I grew up in the U.P. and the Northern Lights up there always will remain a fond memory…out in the country, there is nothing better. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed! :)

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  4. Wow… I lived in Michigan for years before and I never knew you could see the Northern Lights from there. I always thought you actually had to go to the North Pole. Shows how ignorant I am…

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  5. I just moved 11 Miles outside of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, and saw the Northern Lights for the first time! They didn’t cover as much of the sky as here in the picture, and we got mostly the greens and reds!

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  6. Very cool photo! I live in Niagara, Ontario and saw on the morning of Oct. 25 a very strange multi-coloured cloud right beside a rainbow. At the time I attributed the colours to some sort of rainbow effect but after hearing about the aurorae, I’m beginning to wonder if it might not have been aurora as a background to a rainbow.

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  7. Wow. I was 17 or 18, at UPBC, right there in the U.P. and the Northern Lights appeared one night. My friends didn’t wake me up, because they didn’t want to “disturb” me. It’s been 15 years, and I still haven’t seen the Northern Lights. I’m going to see them someday, though.

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  8. Wonderful pics – your post made me check out what’s going on here and what I’m missing. It’s just poss that I might catch some of this here this north in UK at the moment (and I’m sleeping through it!)
    Thanks for sharing this wonder

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  9. Growing up, the Northern Lights were a normal occurrence. I’ve lived in MI 11 years and have never seen them here; I heard on the news that I’d missed them …drat. Sure glad you captured their beauty – stupendous photos!
    MJ

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  10. It is truly breathtaking isn’t? I had the pleasure of living in Anchorage, Alaska for a few years while I was in the military and was treated to this phenomenon many times over and it never got old.

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  11. Thanks for sharing your amazing pictures! I’m a “L.P.er”, down in Grand Rapids and missed them entirely! :( But through your photos I was able to enjoy this awesome phenomenon. I have become a follower of your site – Michigan is the BEST state in the union!

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  12. Fantastic. If anyone deserves to see the Northern Lights it’s the Midwest after all the challenging weather it experienced in 2010. I moved to NW Washington (State) and hope to see the Northern Lights at some point.

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  13. Ohhhh I’m so glad one of these photos made it on Freshly Pressed!! I frequent the UP a few times a year and it is SO beautiful. I have yet to see the Northern Lights yet but it’s been on my bucket list as I know they come around up in Michigan. Thanks so much for your wonderful blog :)

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  14. Cool pictures. My brother lives in Traverse City and he sent me some this morning, although they are not as good as yours, he was all excited. He used to see them when he lived in Alaska and said there was no comparison.

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  15. WOW, nice photos there, r u an photographer ?

    – an norwegian guy at 16 years asking, check out my photos and say what u think about them, :D

    thanks :D

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  16. So jealous. I didn’t even know it was possible to spot the aurora in Michigan. Perhaps if I did then it would’ve saved me the trip to Iceland; which was a complete bust for aurora spotting.

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  17. I live in Mississippi. The 24th was my 60th birthday. I had just purchased a fire opal talisman from an online artist that is a glimmering combination of red-orange with green fire highlights. I put the dog on the leash and walked outside. In the one spot where I can see the sky through the trees, I saw below the stars the very color of my talisman. I literally stood with my mouth hanging open and my mind racing through possibilities of what I was seeing. It was so beautiful and alarming that I emailed a local forest ranger to ask if the forest I live in was on fire. Only the next day did I discover what it was. It gave me goosebumps on my head! My birthday wishes from the Universe!

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