Noctilucent clouds meets Northern lights 15./16.8.2015

Observed phenomena: Noctilucent clouds, northern lights

Noctilucent clouds
Observed NLC forms:

  • I (Veil)
  • IIa (Bands with diffuse, blurred edges)
  • IIIa (Short, straight and narrow streaks)
  • IVa (Whirls with small angular radius (0.1 – 0.5 degrees))

Brightness of the NLCs: 4 (NLC very bright and attracting the attention of casual observers)
Elevation: ~2°

Date: 15./16.8.2015
Time: 21:05-23:45 UT
Observing place: Parainen, Finland
Observing method: Photography, visual
Technical information about photographing equipment: Canon EOS 1100D + Tamron 10-24mm zoom lens
Observing conditions: Clear sky, no Moon

Northern lights

Observed phenomena: Aurora borealis
Date: 15./16.8.2015
Time: 20:30-00:15 UT
Observing place: Parainen, Finland
Observing method: Photography, visual
Technical information about photographing equipment: Canon EOS 1100D + Tamron 10-24mm zoom lens
Observing conditions: Clear sky, no Moon
Observed aurora forms:

  • Arc
  • Band
  • Rays

Elevation: 30 degrees
Brightness of the aurora: 3 (1-5)

During the night between 15th and 16th of August I drove to Parainen, my dark sky -site near Turku in order to observe deep sky objects visually with my large dobson. When I arrived at the site, a surprising sight was welcoming me in the northern sky, northern lights! This was quite exceptional, as northern lighs aren’t that regular sight in southern part of Finland, and especially not in August!

The display of northern lights was dominated by an aurora arc/band in northern sky. At irregular intervals, the band activated and got a bit brighter, also some fine aurora rays were present with the band! The maximum altitude of the northern lights was about 30 degrees.

The display became even more unusual, when also another phenomenon of high atmosphere appeared in the sky with the northern lights, noctilucent clouds! The NLC’s were at very low altitude in the northern horizon, but they were bright and clearly visible! I cannot remember having observed northern lights together with noctilucent clouds ever bofere this co-appearance of these phenomenae!

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Wonderful display of northern lights 17./18.3.2015

Observed phenomena: Aurora borealis
Date: 17./18.3.2015
Time: 17:25-21:00 UT
Observing place: Kuusamo, Finland
Observing method: Photography
Technical information about photographing equipment: Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, lens: Samyang 8mm fish eye
Observing conditions: Clear sky, no Moon
Observed aurora forms:

  • Veil
  • Belt
  • Rays
  • Corona

Couple of days ago a massive eruption happened in the Sun in massive sunspot group AR 2297. The particles ejected by the eruption reached Earth early in the morning (Finnish time) in 17th of March. The particles launched a massive geomagnetic storm all over the planet. The storm generated very colourful and stunning northern lights all over the Northern hemisphere, and Finland was no exception. I was observing this magnificent natural light show in Kuusamo, Northeastern Finland. In Kuusamo, northern lights appeared in the sky already at 17.25 UT when the sky wasn’t even properly dark yet! During the night, I observed two different substorms with really bright and active northern lights! The display was at least as good as the one that I observed in March of 2013 in Turku, Finland.

Northern lights time lapse, September 2014

This is my most successfull attempt in making a northern lights time lapse video so far! This video is from September (22./23.9.2014) last year, when pretty nice northern lights were dancing over the sky of Kuusamo, Finland!

Please watch the video and see for yourself! Please leave me a comment about whether you liked the video or not.

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http://juhansivut.pp.fi/Time%20lapse%20videot/140922-23_Kuusamo_revontulet.avi

Aurora borealis and thoughts about November

Northern lights were dancing over lake Kuusamo 7.-8.11.2014
Northern lights were dancing over lake Kuusamo 7.-8.11.2014

In ten days ago (7.-8.11.2014), I observed nice northern lights in Kuusamo town. Weather was quite crispy during the night, temperature was about -15 degrees below zero! Sky wasn’t very dark during my observing session, almost full Moon was shining in the sky, and also the lights of the town were interfering the show of the northern lights.

Now I have spent two and half months here in Kuusamo! During this time an idea about starting up a northern lights tour -company has been growing in my mind! So far there hasn’t been any such companies in this region, and this place is a hot spot of winter tourism, and northern lights are one attracting factor in this region! So there could be demand for such activities as northern ligths viewing and photography tours in this region!

This winter has so far been an ‘on-off’ winter, there has been colder periods with snow and cold weather, but then it has been raining and all snow has melted away, and temperature has been several degrees above zero! Right now temperature is couple of degrees below zero, and it’s snowing! And there is now some snow on the ground too! So perhaps the winter is finally coming to Kuusamo now!

Northern lights 14./15.10.2014

Last night there was a wonderful display of northern lights that was observed all over Finland! I was observing this natural display in Kuusamo, Northeastern Finland. It’s already winter here in Kuusamo, we have about 5 cm of snow on the ground and temperature was 10 degrees below zero! So the weathe was a bit freezing, but the display was totally amazing!

New location and Northern lights 31.8./1.9.2014

I have changed my geographical location for the next six months. I’ll be dwelling in Kuusamo, Northeastern Finland. This place is a really remote wilderness area, from here it’s 50 km to the Kuusamo town center, but only ~30 km to the Northern Arctic Circle and only 14 km to the Russian border! And thanks to the remote location, there’s no light pollution, and there are good opportunities for astronomical observing and for photographing northern lights! I came here studying to become a wilderness guide! It means a new phase in my life, and quite a big career shift, but this feels right thing to do now! I arrived here three days ago, and already during the first night (31.8.-1.9.) of my time here I was greeted with this magnificent display of northern lights: