Tag Archives: Aurora

THESE are Northern Lights.

A spectacular aurora captured outside Östersund in Sweden in 2016. To wit:

Six photographic fields were merged to create the featured panorama spanning almost 180 degrees. Particularly striking aspects of this aurora include its sweeping arc-like shape and its stark definition. Lake Storsjön is seen in the foreground, while several familiar constellations and the star Polaris are visible through the aurora, far in the background. Coincidently, the aurora appears to avoid the Moon visible on the lower left. The aurora appeared a day after a large hole opened in the Sun’s corona allowing particularly energetic particles to flow out into the Solar System. The green colour of the aurora is caused by oxygen atoms recombining with ambient electrons high in the Earth’s atmosphere.

(Image: Göran Strand)


An apparently ghostly aurora recorded over northern Canada back in 2013. To wit:

Regardless of fantastical pareidolic interpretations, the pictured aurora had a typical green colour and was surely caused by the scientifically commonplace action of high energy particles from space interacting with oxygen in Earth’s upper atmosphere. In the image foreground, at the bottom, is a frozen Alexandra Falls, while evergreen trees cross the middle.

(Image: Yuichi Takasaka, TWAN)



Lough Corrib, Co. Galway last night.

Photographer Gavin Kelly writes:

“What was interesting is the creatures were certainly restless. There was lots of hooting and hollering. Some incredibly strange noises.”

Gavin Kelly (Facebook)

Meanwhile, in Kerry last night…


Caroline Flynn tweetz:

Yay, the Aurora made it to Kerry tonight :)

And in Donegal…


Pajo tweetz:

Aurora over Ramelton in Donegal tonight. Great to see it back!

And in Monasterboice, Co. Louth…


Shane Murphy writes:

I sent a text to my friend & neighbour Trine to see if she could see the lights from her north facing back garden & low & behold, she could. We stayed there taking photos & watching the celestial green glow for over an hour. It’s the first time Trine has seen the northern lights outside the country of her birth [Norway].

Thanks MGrey

Meanwhile, this morning in Malahide…



Thanks Alex Connolly


Meanwhile, from Dundalk, Co. Louth last night…

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Thanks Yohan Riou


Filmed in mid-March.

Photographer Noel Keating writes:

Slieve League – the highest sea cliffs in Europe, located on the north west coast of Ireland in the county of Donegal… possible the most magical place in Ireland to try and capture the Aurora.. I often imagined what the Aurora would look like in this location, but never expected to see it this strong..

Thanks Aoife Hegarty

At the Giant’s Causeway, Co Antrim.

By Martin McKenna, who sez:

The aurora we saw was sublime!, the best I have seen here since 2005 with vertical green pillars of light some 60 degrees high accompanied by amazing pulsating/flaming motions like the beating of a heart which was jaw dropping. We could even see the beams reflecting on the ocean forming their own glitter paths – what a night!! Canon 450D, 18mm, ISO1600

And nearby Ballintoy Harbour:

Via SpaceWeather.com