This night was one of the most incredibly gorgeous aurora displays I’ve seen yet. You should read Kate’s story about it, go do it, it’s a good illustration of my stupidity that I shall not mention here. I don’t know how Kate puts up with me sometimes, but I’m glad she does. Thanks honey!
It all started when I walked outside at like 6:30 pm (stupidly early) and saw that there was already aurora shimmering in the blue twilit sky. It wasn’t just shimmering, there were pinks and reds in it too. It was also directly overhead, not off to the north behind the trees. That’s a pretty active aurora.
These next shots were taken from Ballaine Road down in the Goldstream Valley. A great place to view, but since it was so early there were a lot more people there than normal. Many of the people stopping to watch didn’t have the sense to turn their car headlights off in the parking lot, so there was a lot of stray light.
Then, after a . . . ehem . . . minor delay we made it to the top of Murphy Dome. The sky had totally opened up, the aurora danced in and over Orion and the Pleiades cluster in the southern sky . . .
A few people near us packed up and headed back down. The sky was no where near as brilliant as it had been, so it seemed like a good time to head home too. By the time we were home there was nothing left in the sky over us. It was a good night.
There are plenty more photos from this night in my album: https://photos.lwpetersen.com/Date/2012/February/2012-02-18/