The Northern Lights

November 2, 2002
Photographs taken between 4:45 and 6:00 a.m.

A true aurora freak will get up at just about any hour to observe a display of the northern lights.  Such was the case this morning, when I woke up just after 4 a.m. and decided to check some web sites for forecast information.  It didn't take long to realize that the lights were out.  And so off I went.  As I headed out the door at 4:30 a.m., I was met by the "paper person."  I never thought that they delivered the paper that early - at least, I'm usually not outside my door at 4:30 a.m. looking for it - 6:30 a.m., yeah, but not 4:30 a.m.

This is one of the first scenes that I photographed.  As I drove out, I could see some rays and sub-storming activity in the northeast.  The rays were faint, but detectable.  This photo confirms what I saw.  I could easily see the green "forms," although in person, the "green" was "white."

This is looking east-northeast.  The crescent moon was so beautiful as it rose above the horizon.  Obviously, this photograph doesn't do justice, as the moon looks totally lit up here.  Anyway, there's a lot of pulsating aurora in this photograph.

Looking northeast (with lots of lights on the horizon).  FYI, during my 1.5+ hours of observing (and a lot of that time was spent sitting in my vehicle), I observed 10+ meteors, but didn't capture any on film.  Had I been outside observing, I'm sure I would have seen more meteors.

Again, looking northeast (with lots of lights on the horizon).  Luckily, I am able to drive about anywhere on the farm as the snow cover is minimal and the ground is hard.    

Looking north at the northern lights.  At this point, they weren't pulsating (same commentary for the below three shots). 

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