The Northern Lights

July 24-25, 2004

This was my third night in a row of seeing the northern lights. The previous two nights, I was on vacation at Northern Lights Resort & Outfitting (how fitting) on Lake Kabetogama in Voyageurs National Park, and saw two decent displays there. 

All photographs taken with a Pentax *ist D digital single lens reflex camera and a Sigma 20 mm (1.8 aperature) lens. Exposures ranged from 8 to 12 seconds.

I walked outside before the north sky was totally dark, and could faintly see the northern lights directly north and also to the northeast. The sky in the northwest was still too light to see the northern lights. I knew based on the intensity that it was going to be a good show.

Looking east-northeast.

This photo was taken during a major substorm when the entire northern sky was full of rays - reaching towards the zenith. As I viewed the rays, I almost fell backwards because the rays were in front of me, and all the way to just overhead. WOW!

A faint corona.

The Big Dipper in the northwest sky.

Looking west at the setting moon.

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