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CHASING the Northern Lights

September 9, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


The Northern Lights have captured the imaginations of cultures for generation. To catch a sight of the lights is to witness something so surreal, so beautiful that it seems to border on the supernatural. Come celebrate this magnificent phenomenon in art, observation and photography during the Northern Lights Weekend, September 8 & 9, 2023 at the Hessel School House in Hessel, Michigan.

CHASING the Northern Lights

Saturday, September 9 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Join Melissa F. Kaelin, the founder of the Michigan Aurora Chasers and author of “Below the 45th Parallel,” to discover what it takes to view the Northern Lights in the Great Lakes region. This program will explain how Aurora is created and the best methods for predicting an Aurora display, while sharing tools and techniques you can use to realize your dream of catching the Northern Lights. Registration fee is $25.

TO REGISTER call 906-484-1333 or register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/666110252697


Melissa F. Kaelin is a writer, artist, and stargazer who finds inspiration in the Northern Lights. A published journalist and science communications writer, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She is native to rural Ohio, and she spent her formative years with nonfiction and creative writing in Minnesota, where she lived for 11 years. She moved to Michigan in 2018. She loves dogs, nature and adventure, and she devotes her time to chasing the Aurora. 

In 2021, Melissa founded the Michigan Aurora Chasers, a group devoted to catching the Northern Lights that has grown to over 70,000 members since its inception. She has helped hundreds of people catch the Aurora for the first time, inspiring many others along the way. She is also one of the co-founders of the Aurora Summit: Celebrating the Art, Culture, Science and Photography of the Northern Lights. Melissa has been a featured presenter on the Northern Lights at many venues including the Upper Peninsula Dark Sky festival in 2023.


September 9, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Hessel School House – Avery Arts & Nature Learning Center
3206 West Cedar Street
Hessel, MI 49745 United States
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