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. LakeStorsjön 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.
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].
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..
Last night has to be one of the most special nights I have seen here in sometime. Still only the glow from the Aurora but you could actually see beams of light coming from the horizon. Co Kerry has it all…
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