Southern Lights

Photo by Forrest Marquisee
Photo by Forrest Marquisee

Rappahannock photographer Forrest Marquisee, 24, said he was driving through Woodville at about 9:30 p.m. Monday night (Oct. 24) when he saw what he first thought was the reflection of brake lights in the light fog – until he realized the red and green glow was coming from the sky. He pulled over and, from a field on Eldon Farm, photographed the aurora borealis, also known as Northern Lights, a celestial light show caused by charged solar particles colliding with atoms in the upper atmosphere near the North Pole (and therefore rarely seen this far south). Marquisee sat and watched for 10 minutes, until the fog obscured the display, which was said to be prompted by a large solar storm and visible throughout much of the southeastern U.S.

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