Aurora borealis 17.1.2013

Observed phenomena: Aurora borealis
Date: 17.1.2013
Time: 20:30-21:15
Observing place: Kuru, Ylöjärvi, Finland
Observing method: Photography
Technical information about photographing equipment: Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, lens: Samyang 8mm fish eye, Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS
Observing conditions: Clear sky, 38% Moon in SW sky, calm, -21 °C

Last night a coronal mass ejection from the Sun hit the Earth, and that lit up the first northern lights of this year (at least for me)! I went to my observing place near the village of Länsi-Aure, Kuru, Finland to see, whether it is possible to drive there in winter or not. But when I arrived at the site, I was positively surprised to see, that the road to the site was open, and it is possible to drive there!

So, then I arrived at the observing site. First there was only a quiet aurora arc in the northern sky, but soon some rays started to develop in the arc, some of them intensively red! Soon the arc had turned into a relatively active aurora belt.

It was nice to see aurora flaming in the sky again, but this time the weather was rather cold, and after documenting the aurorae for an hour, I decided to go back inside to enjoy some hot chocolate and to have a look on the photos on the screen of my laptop.


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