The Great Aurora was seen over the whole of Europe and as far south as Southern Australia, Sicily, Portugal and across the Atlantic to Bermuda and Southern California. Crowds in Vienna awaiting the iminent birth of Princess Juliana’s baby cheered the aurora as a lucky omen. The immense arches of crimson light with shifting areas of green and blue, radiated from a brilliant Auroral Crown near the zenith instead of appearing as usual in parallel lines. It was also considered to be one of the Fatima Prophesies by Roman Catholics worldwide.

Image from Our Lady of Fatima Church, Ludlow, MA.

Articles found:

“Northern lights disrupt radios in Maine, frighten Europeans” – [Maine Press Herald, January 26, 1938, p. 1]

“AUrora borealis startles Europe. People flee, call fireman” – [New York Times, January 26, 1938, p.25 ]

“Magnetic storms playing heck with news wires” – [Dalas Morning News, January 26, 1938, p.1 ]

“Aurora borealis cutting capers” – [Savanna Morning News, January 26, 1938, p. 1]

“Borealis over Tennessee valey” – [The Kansas City Star, January 27, 1938]

“Blame it on the sun” – [Rocky Mountain Herald, January 29, 1938, p.1 ]

“Europe upset at first aurora since 1709” – [Bismark Tribune, January 26, 1938, p.2 ]

“Aurora borealis glows in widest area since 1709” – [Chicago Daily Tribune, January 26, 1938, p.2 ]

“Northern lights give prize show” – [Boston Globe, January 26, 1938, p.1 ]

“Neon Lights in the sky: Display of aurora borealis viewed on two continents” – [Christian Science Monitor, January 26, 1938, p.1 ]

“Northern lights down south” – [London Times, January 26, 1938, p. 12]

“Aurora borealis abroad” – [London Times, January 27, 1938]

Science Journal Reports:

“A large sunspot” – [Nature, January 22, 1938, p.156]

“Aurora of January 25-26” – [Nature, January 29, 1938, p.192]

“The aurora of January 25-26” – [Nature, February 5, 1938, p.232-235]

“Cosmic rays and the aurora of January 25-26” – [Nature, April 16, 1938, p.686-7]

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