In real time: the Northern Lights
over Tromsø, Norway, earlier this month. Also on Vimeo
The land of fjords, trolls and vikings
is a nation of 5 million people, and snow
. Photographers like it
, as do jumpers
. Norway is pretty
and has a long coastline
due to the lovely crinkly edges
, making it nice to sail in
. There are islands such as the Lofoten archipelago
, long train
train journeys, the Northern Lights
, ferry journeys that last 134 hours
, road tunnels
, more Aurora Borealis
, some skiing
, cosy hotels
, long walks
. And the Aurora
. Their tourist board has an unfair advantage
. Camping is nice
, either with other people
or on your own
. Svalbard is quite north
. Did we mention the scenery
European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst captured this photograph
from the International Space Station and tweeted "Words can't describe how it feels flying through an #aurora. I wouldn't even know where to begin...
" Not many can share his experience, but photographer Paul Williams captured an aurora while on a flight from London to New York
(stills on Flickr
). NASA's Science News has an article on Flying Through a Geomagnetic Storm
, with information on how auroras are formed, and a bit more on what it's like to fly through them, with an accompanying video
"Hopefully this also means that I finally can close the case on the auroras from March 17. Go here to be transported back to March 17
, to a small town in northern Sweden called Östersund. Welcome!" As mentioned on Space Weather.
is a short documentary about auroras by NASA, which uses high-definition images taken by International Space Station science officer Don Pettit of aurora from orbit. Pettit writes about the difficulties of taking photographs from orbit
and other subjects on his blog
Astronomy Picture Of The Day (previously
) is utterly astonishing. [more inside]
The ever-lower cost of motion control technology
is allowing amateurs to create increasingly spectacular films of timelapse astrophotography: the latest work from Randy Halverson
, Eric Hines
and Ágúst Ingvarsson
. (Full-screen viewing is highly recommended). [more inside]
Photographer Nate Bolt, on a overnight San Francisco to Paris flight, set up a time lapse camera to record the journey (with permission), and found midflight that he was shooting an aurora borealis
. [more inside]
Time lapse video of an aurora borealis
, by Terje Sorgjerd.
will be providing live images of Canada's northern lights,
courtesy of the Canadian Space Agency. It all begins tonight at about 11:30 EDT.
Last night's aurora borealis was seen in, among other places, Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana,
Nebraska, New York, Virginia,
Recent sightings are reported here,
and lots of charts and graphs that I don't understand are here
courtesy of the government.
run by 21 Troy Birdsall of Fairbanks, Alaska. Gorgeous video and photographs of the Northern Lights.
is a site dedicated to the Aurora Borealis- the science behind it, lights-spotting, forecasts
and historical interpretations
. If you live in North America and don't want to miss it, take advantage of the Aurora Alarm
, thanks to Mark Haun and his skywatching friends.
is predicting another aurora showing this weekend due to the sun erupting a coronal mass ejection toward earth on Nov. 22nd. Although I live in the far west Chicago suburbs, others around my area saw the wild aurora showings on October 28th and November 6th. I missed them both because I didn't know about these events (which is why I now subscribe to the SpaceWeather.com mailing list). Had I known, maybe I could have seen this
, or this
, or maybe this
, all from around the midwest! One thing's for sure, I'll be outside this weekend. The sky is very busy this fall!
Aurora Borealis... in Santa Fe, NM
i'm up late writing a paper and chanced to look out the window, only to see red gaseous-looking clouds in the sky... I know it seems absurd to see the northern lights in the southwest, but this map almost makes it appear possible, probably because of the altitude... if i see four horsemen though, i'm running like hell.
Even though I've mentioned this, I should post a link.
Even though solar flares
are evil and will ultimatly bring down the human kind, they make for really cool night light shows
Sky watchers should be on the lookout for aurora during nighttime hours for the next two days. The bright gibbous moon will hamper visibility of faint Northern and Southern Lights, but bright aurora may be visible in spite of the lunar interference. Usually, the best time to see aurora borealis (or aurora australis) is near local midnight.