A Moonlit Northern Lights Show

November 20, 2002
Photographs taken between 9:45 - 11:45 p.m.  FYI, the bright moon wasn't a major factor with this show.  I could still see a lot, despite the brightness.  My only mistake - I should have watched the show from 1 to 4 a.m. the following morning when activity looked even stronger.  Oh well, next time.  All photographs taken using a Sigma 28 mm lens with 1.8 aperature.  Film was Fuji Superia Xtra 800.  Most exposures were from 2 to 7 seconds.

The above photograph - looking north - was taken at approximately 9:45 p.m. - sometimes, the clouds add to a photograph.  Note how the moon "lights" up the landscape.  And note - no snow!  The temperature dropped from 50 degrees Farenheit to 44 degrees during the two hours I was out - WARM for mid-November.  But the wind was blowing 25-30 miles per hour, making photography with a tripod somewhat challenging.

Looking north-northwest.  I could see a faint red many times during the evening.

Looking northeast, at about 11:30 p.m.  The bright "star" in the lower right-hand corner is the planet Jupiter.

Looking north at about 11:30 p.m.

Looking northwest.


Looking north at an active aurora.

The "old" barn doesn't serve much of a purpose anymore, but it does make a great foreground for a nighttime photograph.  This is about a 3-4 second photograph.  Looking northwest.  Right after I took this photograph, I ran out of film and went to get another roll.  Right then, a beautiful bright meteor streaked right through this scene in the northwest sky.  I just missed it by seconds.

Looking north-northwest.  It was good to see a display again, especially an active one like this!

Again, good activity.  Looking north.



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