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Routt County in photos: Oct. 7, 2013

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True to form, Mother Nature reminded the members of the Colorado Mountain College SKY Club who is in charge when she denied them a view of the aurora from Alaska, but sent one down to Colorado the night they returned. From Stagecoach State Park, looking north, the red glow of the Northern Lights lit up the sky Wednesday morning. More sightings might be in the offing in the days and weeks ahead.

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Jimmy Westlake: Chasing the Northern Lights

A group of 22 students, faculty, and staff — all members of the Colorado Mountain College SKY Club — recently flew to Alaska in search of the Northern Lights. These magnificent lights, also called the aurora borealis, are rare from Colorado but are more common as you head north toward the Arctic Circle. From far northern latitudes, the aurora can be seen on most dark, clear nights of the year.


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