Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Alaska Aurora Sequence
Posted on 12/28/2013 5:28:45 PM PST by SunkenCiv
Explanation: A remarkably intense auroral band flooded the northern night with shimmering colors on December 7. The stunning sequence captured here was made with a camera fixed to a tripod under cold, clear skies near Ester, just outside of Fairbanks, Alaska. Left to right, spanning a period of about 30 minutes, the panels follow changes in the dancing curtains of northern lights extending to altitudes of over 100 kilometers in a band arcing directly overhead. The panels span 150 degrees vertically, covering about 500 kilometers of aurora laying across the sky from edge to edge. The auroral activity was triggered by a moderate level geomagnetic storm, as a high speed solar wind stream buffeted planet Earth's magnetosphere.
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[Credit & Copyright: LeRoy Zimmerman (TWAN)]
I’ve only seen them twice - once during Winter Camp at Ft. McCoy, WI and once when I was a kid in Sun Prairie, WI. My Dad woke me up to see them - so glad he did!
Nature heals and amazes me each and every day! :)
The last image in the sequence looks like a dove on the wing turning to the left. The whole sequence almost looks like the genesis of said dove (left to right).
Call me crazy, that’s what I see...
Good for him.
I would like to see those images in a video.
That’s a beautiful link.
I’ve only been to Alaska once, but I flew in by night and had the window seat for an amazing display of the Aurora. It’s incredibly beautiful.