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Aurora borealis spotted in northern Colorado

The northern lights were seen in Colorado early Monday.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Did you see the aurora borealis this morning?

Photographers in northern Colorado captured images of the aurora early Monday morning.

The National Weather Service (NWS) said the opportunity Monday was the best chance for Coloradans to see the aurora borealis in a long time.

As for Monday night, the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center says there's low possibility that northern Wyoming and Nebraska might see the aurora, but probably not Colorado. The forecasted view line goes north of the state. 

There were multiple sightings of the aurora borealis along the Colorado-Wyoming border overnight. 

The aurora was also captured from the Colorado School of Mines in Golden. 

Credit: Charles Hagen
Aurora borealis view overlooking the Colorado School of Mines campus and North Table Mountain

Photographing the aurora borealis

Photographers say the aurora borealis looks much dimmer to the naked eye in Colorado than it appears in photographs.

The key is to get a camera that allows you to adjust the length of time the iris is open during the capture. The longer the exposure, the more light there will be in the capture.

You will need a tripod when doing long-exposure photography because any movement of the camera while the iris is open will be recorded in the picture. 

There has been some recent success in capturing the aurora with smartphones. Some have great low light settings or allow you to iris up a few levels manually before taking a picture.



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