Autumn Aurora

Aurora Borealis

Space Weath­er pre­dict­ed Arc­tic auro­ras (orig­i­nal­ly the storm was pre­dict­ed to be stronger, but got down­grad­ed). Some­times that turns out, so since it was clear last night, I head­ed out of town for about an hour.

When I ini­tial­ly set up, there was noth­ing real­ly hap­pen­ing, auro­ra-wise, but I decid­ed to shoot for a while any­ways. If noth­ing else, I’d have a half-hour star trails image. The moon was full, so I’d have a nice bright fore­ground, too.

At the end of my 30-minute timer, though, I looked out to the north and saw the light. The auro­ra had indeed shown up. I let my cam­era run a bit longer, till it fad­ed back down to near-noth­ing.

Aurora Borealis

I was glad I went, even if I was only there briefly. I mean, it was a school night, after all.

(PS, I decid­ed to make a star trail image too.)

Star trails

Nerdy details: all images are 10 sec­ond expo­sures, f/2.8, at 11mm focal length. The video is about 200 frames long, at 12fps.

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