About midnight last night, after I got home from getting half an hour of chilly star trails (and charged up the batteries the cold killed), I checked the space-weather app on my phone. It told me I had a strong chance of seeing some aurora if I left like right now.
So I did, and between about 12:15 and 1AM, I got almost 400 photos of northern lights.
And I made all 393 photos into a 30-second timelapse, too. (Every second of video represents a minute of real time.)
Nerdy details: each photo is a 5‑second exposure, 11mm, f/2.8, ISO1600. The photos were edited for brightness/contrast; the frames in the video are all straight-out-of-camera.
The Geminids peak tonight. I went out in the countryside for about half an hour. I saw a few meteors with the naked eye, and I managed to catch a few on camera. This is the brightest one, by far, a greenish streak just above the northeastern horizon.
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.