Northern Lights

Posted by lwpetersen | October 17, 2010 | photo-blog

The aurora stopped by again tonight and I was camera ready. With the help of spaceweather.com it’s pretty easy to stay on top of things. The statistical auroral oval provided by NOAA lets me know when there’s a good chance of seeing the lights so I can get ready. Even with tools provided from satellites and from magnetic flux measurements, it still takes some patience. Most of the time the light is very diffuse, just a dim glow in the sky or behind the trees.  Other times it looks like this:
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Oh, and there were new colors tonight. Orange! It was really visible too, but I wasn’t fast enough and the optics weren’t good enough to really photograph it well. Regardless, I managed to get quite a few photos tonight. I’ll keep posting pictures on my flickr page: new aurora gallery.

Statistical Auroral Oval provided by NOAA. If you live in the northern U.S. you should bookmark this to see when you may have a good chance of viewing the northern lights.

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