I woke up early to photograph a cool planetary alignment of Venus, Mars, and Jupiter with a quarter moon. I lucked out because the aurora was still going strong at 4:30 am! We were also fortunate enough to have clear skies, something that was not too common last autumn.
I had to wait about an hour for the planets to rise high enough above the horizon.
Venus rises above the trees.
Twilight started to take the sky, but not before we got a pretty cool view of 3 planets and our moon!
The following evening we were greeted by the northern lights once again. It was a short-lived, but still awesome display!
Brightening bands of aurora