Northern Lights disappoint in Colorado in rare chance to see them

The Northern Lights didn’t make an appearance in Colorado Saturday night after all.

While forecasters expected a strong solar flare to potentially make it possible to see the Northern Lights from Colorado Saturday evening — a very rare event — the right conditions for a light show never developed, experts said Sunday.

“The Northern Lights turned out to be a bust last night,” said Ron Hranac, past-president of the Denver Astronomical Society.

Cloudy skies blocked the view for most Coloradans, but even if it had been clear, the effects of the sun’s flare weren’t strong enough to make the Northern Lights visible in Colorado, Hranac said.

“Even with clear skies, we wouldn’t have seen anything this far south,” he said.

Charles Kuehn, associate professor of astronomy at the University of Northern Colorado, said the lights, had they appeared, would have been extremely low on the horizon, another hurdle to catching a glimpse.

“You would have had to have a clear, unobstructed view of the northern horizon, right down to the horizon, to see,” Kuehn said.

He didn’t receive any reports from Coloradans who actually spotted the phenomenon, and neither did the National Weather Service at Boulder.

Maybe next time, Denver.

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