A rare view of the sunlit side of the Canadian Rockies from a telescope
As winter settles over Canada’s southernmost plains, some Canadians are getting a glimpse of the northern lights, a phenomenon that can be seen from space.
But this time, they’re not looking north, says Dr. Kevin M. Anderson of the University of Toronto’s Astronomy Department.
“There’s no indication of any auroras to date, so the view is pretty limited,” Anderson says.
This is an image of the southern end of the Canada-U.S. border, about 100 kilometres (62 miles) from St. Marys, Ont., which is known as the St. Lawrence Seaway.
The blue line, which represents the Canada border, is a map of the Northern Lights, which are part of the cosmic radiation that comes from the Sun and stars.
In this image, we see the Aurora Borealis, an aurora visible to the naked eye.
Aurora Borealis is visible at its northernmost point in this image.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/CAL/NSF/SSI/University of Texas/University at Albany/NSERC/ESA/Aurora Science Centre.
“It’s not a clear image of what it’s like to be north of the border,” Anderson said.
The auroras can be intense, sometimes even blinding.
“The view is only a bit of a blur,” he said.
“A lot of people would say it’s pretty much a ghost town.”
This image is from a map that shows the northern end of Canada’s St. John’s Seaway, which is about 100 kilometers (62) south of St. Joseph, Ont.
The map shows that St. James is about 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of St John’s.
The northern end is known by its name, St. George.
In the map, we can see the northern edge of the river, known as Lake Ontario.
Lake Ontario is a small lake in Ontario’s Niagara Gorge National Park.
Image credits: NASA Earth Observatory, NOAA/MODIS Rapid Response, NASA Earth Science Data Center, NASA/GSFC/ESO/H.M. Keeling/CASI/ESI/D.
Caption: Astronomy image via NASA/A.J. Niederhoffer/The Planetary Society