Teton Aurora

Airglow and faint aurora borealis or northern lights (due to recent massive solar flares) seen over the Teton Range on July 17, 2012 at 12:55 AM, as clouds roll in. Twenty minutes later, the sky was almost completely obscured with cloud cover. This is looking over Jackson Lake. The light on the lake is from the Signal Mountain marina. The Grand Teton is on the far left. Mount Moran is in the center (directly west @ 270º). Above Moran is the yellow-orange star, Arcturus, and the bright one above that is Izar, both in the constellation Bootes (see notes). The brightest blue star at the very top (directly in line with Moran) is Alphekka, in the constellation Corona Borealis.


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  • Michael Menefee 3y

    One of my favorites of yours, very nice!!
  • Jeff D. Muth 3y

    Fantastic image!!
  • Larry Daugherty 3y

    Excellent! Very Nice!!! Beautiful image! View large!!!
  • Lawrence Goldman 3y

    Wow Royce! I've been away and missed this one! How fortunate to see the Aurora Borealis is the continental U.S.!
  • Gichu Tom 3y

    spectacular capture...
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  • elizabeth1568 3y

    this is a truly beautiful photograph, congratulations from Bonnie Scotland
  • Johanna Thedéen 3y

    Really stunning, really like this one!
  • John A Hemmingsen 3y

    awesome nightshot, exceptional result with that high ISO setting, congrats !!
  • ari dunski 3y

    Incredible shots. Conggratulations. Cant believe what you are doing.!!
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  • zetakr 2y

    pure awesomeness!
  • Mike Bandy 2y

    Totally awesome!!!
  • Angie 2y

    Beautiful capture of all those colors! I love the glow behind the mountains. Wonderful work of photographic ART! Well done, Royce!! It just glows!! angie from Florida
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  • JoeCow 2y

    I seriously enjoy your pictures! :) <3
  • Angie 2y

    This is just amazing, Royce. I think it is the one of the most spectacular scenes on Flickr. It's magical. The colors are deep and lush and take your breath away!! Fabulous work, Sir!! angie from FL (Lead Adm for WNG)

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  • ~Autumnk008~ 1y

    stunning xo
  • KohalaKendra 1y

    OH! WOW! This is our view every year from Jackson Lake Lodge. I never saw it look like this though. Fabulous work!
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Taken on July 17, 2012
  • EF24mm f/1.4L II USM
  • ƒ/2.8
  • 24.0 mm
  • 15
  • 8000
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