This morning yielded some more great Aurora photos due to the arrival of a fast coronal wind stream. Solar wind velocities peaked around 560km/s right around midnight.
March and April have turned out to be a fantastic couple of months in regards to my aurora photography!
A couple of days ago I received an email from National Geographic requesting a few images for an article they were doing! Well a few more emails went back and forth and …
Also, on March 10, 2011 NASA posted this image all over their website. It was used in an artical explaining solar flares!
How cool is that! It just goes to show, that sometimes when you follow your passion, and you put the results out there for the world to see, great things can happen! I really consider these pinnacle achievements with regards to my photography. I am extremely proud to have my imagery associated with these 2 great organizations and I would like to thank everybody involved that allowed this to take place!
Wow, what a fantastic couple of days!
I had a great weekend of chasing the aurora. The conditions were beautiful and so was the show. I started off around 10:00pm on Friday night and finally shut it down around 6:00am. The only reason I stopped taking pictures was the sun began to rise! I headed out again Saturday night around 8:00pm and shot till 3:00am. The solar wind that was buffeting earth created a beautiful display that was different than usual, in a couple of ways. Check out the photos below for examples.
This is the last image for this post. Shortly after this was taken, the aurora retreated into the darkness. I headed home for some much needed sleep.
Thanks for stopping in, and have a great day!
Planet earth received a glancing blow from a Coronal Mass Ejection from the sun on March 10, 2011. Earth’s magnetic field began shaking on March 10th in response to this CME impact; the reverberations continued for more than 24 hours. The energy contained in the CME sparked intense geomagnetic storms around the planet. Coincidentally this was also the when the 8.9 earthquake took place off the coast of Japan. The geomagnetic storms of March 10th and 11th have subsided, but the catastrophe in Japan continues. My thoughts go out to all that have been effected by this event.
I consider myself extremely fortunate to be located on the other side of this planet from where this disaster continues to take place. I was also lucky enough to have found some clear sky’s and photograph the first wave of this storm as it hit our atmosphere.
Things started off very slow with a mellow band of Aurora which stretched from the western to eastern horizons. Even shooting with a full frame 5DmkII and the 15mm fisheye I could not get the entire aurora belt in the frame.
|Well that pretty much wraps it up. As you can see from the last image the clouds began to role in. It’s amazing that there can be this kind of beauty on one side of the planet while on the other, total devastation can be taking place.|
COINCIDENCES: Many readers have asked if this week’s terrible earthquake in Japan was connected to the contemporaneous geomagnetic storms of March 10th and 11th. In short, no. There is no known, credible evidence of solar activity triggering earthquakes. Moreover, in the historical record, there are thousands of examples of geomagnetic storms without earthquakes, and similar numbers of earthquakes without geomagnetic storms. The two phenomena are not linked. quotes from www.spaceweather.com
Again, my heart and thoughts are with everyone affected by the continued and worsening disaster in Japan!
A clear but windy night was calling me out. The temperature with windchill was around -30C with a lot of blowing snow. Weather predicted that the wind was going to settle down around midnight so I figured I wouldÂ stick to an area with a few wind bluffs to stay out of the breeze. East of Edmonton toÂ the rolling prairies I went.
I found this really cool area where this ridge just pop out of the flat landscape, there also happened to be a flattened barn in the middle of this field too.
Now I was bracketing a few shots just to be sure I would be able to get a correct exposure with all of the light and dark areas of this image when all of a sudden…
LUCKY! I can’t count the number of times I have been setting up my camera gear, or my camera is pointing the wrong way. The list goes on and on for the number of times that I am usually changing lenses, in between exposures, or I am driving. REALLY! I have seen countless numbers of meteors of this magnitude but have never been able to capture one. It’s a little different when there is a meteor shower on, but this stone was a totally random event and it actually happened while I was exposing too!!!
I then headed into the trees where I found this decaying barn.
I then walked along the treeline to get a different perspective.
This last one shows you the windswept field in the foreground. Can you see the stubble sticking though the snow?