Astro photography
II


Aurora

Aurora, December 14-15, 2006. The most spectacular aurora display in over two years blazed forth on this night. This photograph was taken at 12:52 a.m. on the 15th when the storm was subsiding somewhat. The small lights on the horizon are from two houses, and give a sense of scale. At this point the aurora looked like a flickering campfire above the houses. On December 13th an enormous solar flare unleashed a massive explosion of matter on the Sun. The material thrown off the surface of the Sun caused this geomagnetic storm when it reached the Earth.

Astro Photography Home Page
Steve Irvine
R.R. # 2
Wiarton, Ontario
Canada N0H 2T0
(519) 534 2175
email