Aurora . . . wait for it . . .

Posted by lwpetersen | March 14, 2012 | aurora borealis

one still

Here is a still image from two time-lapses stitched together (below) from early in the morning on March 13 (or really late March 12). The night started out pretty dull, but there was a lot of activity was and occasional brightness on the Poker Flats camera. Suddenly, after a few hours of diffuse green and some thin clouds the sky was ablaze with green and even some reds for about half-an hour and then quickly filled the sky and dulled to a diffuse aurora again. This was a neat show to watch from the front yard.

I love how this turned out because it really conveys what aurora watching is usually like. You stand there staring for so long sometimes, anticipating . . . it’s right there you can see it, but it’s not doing anything at all. Then, all of a sudden, bam! Spectacular skies for a few minutes and then it’s gone. That’s what you have been standing out in the cold for so long for.

Here’s the time-lapse. It looks better if you set it to HD. Be patient. Remember, you’re warm.

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I’ve recently discovered that when you get the ‘share’ code from Flickr, look through it and there’s two spots where it says ‘hd=false’. Change both to true and you don’t have to remind people to set it manually.

In wordpress I can’t just embed the share code, I have to use their own code. So far it won’t let me embed the HD version, I just get a black screen. I’m sure there’s a way to do it, but I don’t have the time to mess around with it right now.

This is Incredible….incredible…INCREDIBLE….thank you SO much for sharing.

Very cool, you are so right about waiting, anticipating, napping, turning on the heat full blast, doubting and then being filled with awe when they do come out.

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