5 Dazzling Photos Of Bay Area Northern Lights | San Francisco, CA Patch – San Francisco, CA Patch

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SAN FRANCISCO — The aurora borealis — Northern Lights — sent pink, green and other colored lights dancing across the California sky Friday night, delighting residents who were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the phenomena rarely seen in the Golden State.

From the Marin headlands to Lake Tahoe, Yosemite to Death Valley, the light show prompted by a solar storm was photographed and shared across social media.

Bay Area readers also shared their photos with Patch. Jay Tamang called the Northern Lights a “celestial spectacle” that he had long hoped to see. He chose the Marin Headlands as a viewing spot and waited with anticipation, telling Patch in an email, “As midnight approached, anticipation hung thick in the air. And then, as if on cue, the Northern Lights made their grand entrance, painting the night sky with an awe-inspiring display of color and motion. It was a moment of pure magic, one that I will cherish forever.”

Photo by Ganesh Sayee Ramakrishnan

Ganesh Sayee Ramakrishnan captured a rainbow of lights over the Mission Hills in Fremont.

Photo by Shashidhar Sathyanarayan

Shashidhar Sathyanarayan chose the Palo Alto hills, specifically Monte Bello, to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

Photo by Kal Krishnan

Kal Krishnan described the lights as a “faint pinkish glow with streaks, not impressive to the naked eye, but definitely registered well on the iPhone camera.” This photo was snapped from the Park’n’Ride lot next to Mission San Jose High School in Fremont.


One final photo from Sathyanarayan of the aurora borealis taken from the Palo Alto hills. Judging by the line of parked cars and people standing outside, aurora viewing was popular in Palo Alto.

Thank you to everyone who submitted photos.

See more of Jay Tamang’s photos at Tamang Photography.

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