Northern Lights in Washington
On September 13-14 a strong solar flare had enough energy to hit the earth’s magnetic poles to the level that it could causes atmosphere to be excited for their electrons. The effect creates these fantastic waves of clouds.
What I found quite festinating was how with my naked eye, I could see see these slow moving white clouds, but the colors came out on my camera much better than my eye could see.
I did some reading and found that based of the human eye for low light situations the rod cells of the eye are not able to distinguish between wavelengths of light color compared to cone cells.
The first night I went out, I was told that the best period of the night would be at midnight, but the moon had made the sky too bright to see the northern lights. The second night, I was still able to see some of the lights and I went out earlier before the moon would rise to blow out the lights.
This is what I saw during that night.