Aurora borealis 16.3.2012

Observed phenomena: Aurora borealis
Date: 16.3.2013
Time: 20:35-21:30
Observing place: Sodankylä, Finland
Observing method: Photography
Technical information about photographing equipment: Camera: Canon EOS 1000D, lens: Samyang 8mm fish eye
Observing conditions: Mostly clear sky
Observed aurora forms:

  • Veil
  • Arc
  • Belt
  • Rays

The aurora display of 16th of March wasn’t any huge spectacle, but it was still fun to observe it. In this display, the aurorae were rather faint, and they were mostly colourless. The dominating aurora forms were faint aurora veil, arc and belts (with some rays). There wasn’t any distinct peak of activity in this display.

I noticed the faint aurorae roughy @ 20:35. Then there was some striated aurora veil/arcs in the sky, streching from eastern horizon over zenith towards western horizon. Around 21:15, a rayed aurora belt appeared at low altitude in the northern horizon. The lower part of this belt was distinctly green, and the upper part was purple. @ 21:25 a featureless, homogenous aurora arc appeared above the rayed belt. The display continued like this until 21:30, when I went back to my apartment to drink some hot chocolate after watching the aurora display!

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Venus meets Jupiter, March 2012

Type of event: Conjunction
Celestial bodies in conjunction: Venus and Jupiter
Date: 13.-14.3.2012
Observing place: Sodankylä, Finland

In mid March 2012, planets Venus and Jupiter approached to each other in the celestial sphere. The two planets were a beautiful sight together, and they were shining like pair of diamonds in the sky!

Below you can see some photos from this celestial alignment.

Aurora borealis 12.3.2012

Observed phenomena: Aurora borealis
Date: 12./13.3.2013
Time: 20:50-22:45
Observing place: Sodankylä, Finland
Observing method: Photography
Technical information about photographing equipment: Camera: Canon EOS 1000D, lens: Samyang 8mm fish eye
Observing conditions: Mostly clear sky
Observed aurora forms:

  • Veil
  • Arc
  • Belt
  • Rays

On 12th of March 2012, another cool aurora show happened in Sodankylä, Finland! The aurorae were pretty bright also this time. The dominant colour was green, but also some red colour was visible in the photos. Dominant aurora forms in this display were belts and rays. In this display, there was two distinct peaks of activity,  the tirst peak of activity happened around 21:15-21:30 and the second one around 21:45-22:00.

The aurora display started with quiet aurora arc in the norther sky around 20:50. Also some isolated rays were visible in the beginning. The first peak of activity started @ 21:15, when the arc suddenly started to brighten, and it quickly transformed into active, complex aurora arc! In this phase, aurorae stretched to zenith. Besides complex, multiple belts, also some fine rays and rayed belts were observed, especially @ 21:30-21:31 a fine rayed belt was visible in northern sky. Soon after this, aurorae faded an they receded back towards northern horizon.

The aurorae remained at northern horizon for a while, until @ 21:45 they started to rise again towards zenith and the second peak of activity started! In this phase, rayed, short aurora belts were dominating the display. These rayed belts were moving well beyond zenith in the sky to the southern sky. After this phase, @ 22:00 the activity faded again, and only some isolated rays remained with aurora veil in the background.

Aurora borealis 10.3.2012

Observed phenomena: Aurora borealis
Date: 10.3.2013
Time: 19:50-21:15
Observing place: Sodankylä, Finland
Observing method: Photography
Technical information about photographing equipment: Camera: Canon EOS 1000D, lens: Samyang 8mm fish eye
Observing conditions: Clear sky, no Moon
Observed aurora forms:

  • Veil
  • Arcs
  • Belts
  • Rays

A nice aurora display happened in the evening of 10th of March 2012 in Sodankylä, Finland. During the best and most active phase of the display, the aurorae covered over 50% of the sky! The peak of activity happened @ 20:35-21:00.

In the best phase the aurorae were dominated by green colour, but also some red was visible, at least in the photos. Dominant aurora forms were belts, but also rays were present.

Wonderful aurora display 27./28.2.2012

bserved phenomena: Aurora borealis
Date: 27./28.2.2012
Time: 20:00-21:00
Observing place: Kersilö, Sodankylä, Finland
Observing method: Photography
Technical information about photographing equipment: Camera: Olympus μ 1030 SW
Observing conditions: Clear sky, cold

In the evening of 27th of February the sky just exploded! I went to my dark sky site in Kersilö, Sodankylä and there was the most stunning aurora show going on in the sky that I have seen in many years! The aurorae were unbelievably bright and active in the best part of the show, it was awesome! Unfortunately my camera (Olympus mu 1030 SW, a digital compact camera) is not performing very well in darkness, and that’s why these pictures are not able to show the beautiness and the awesomeness of the aurorae: