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Most auroras occur between 90 and 130 km above sea level. The Northern and Southern Lights dance simultaneously and are almost mirror images of each other.

The way the aurora works is a lot like a neon sign, except that in the aurora, the conducting gas is in the upper layer of the atmosphere, instead of a glass tube, and the current travels along magnetic field lines instead of copper wires.

There has been almost no auroral activity for quite a long time this winter, and two times I went out in the cold, and got nothing. So here is an older post, actually, a re-post with a little different process.

The foreground was illuminated with a torch, very briefly. The purple color in the sky is light pollution from the city. It could not be seen by the eye, but the camera caught it.

ISO 1600 ; f/4 ; 30 sec ; @10mm
Taken on my older camera, a year ago.

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  1. mrnickon 28 months ago | reply


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  2. Baggalude 28 months ago | reply

    really nice !!!

  3. LoubR photography 28 months ago | reply


    I pick this photograph to be on the cover of National Geographic
    National Geographic: Are You Good Enough?

  4. Atli Harðarson 28 months ago | reply

    This is a brilliant picture of absolute nordic nature !
    Thank you for sharing! Takk (NOR). Takk (ICL). Tak (DEN). Tack (SWE). Kiitos (FIN).

  5. Brenda Boisvert 27 months ago | reply

    Wonderful capture!!!!

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  6. anneke van dijk. (on/of ) 27 months ago | reply

    Wonderful light!!!!
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  7. Lake Crimson 27 months ago | reply

    Lovely! so want to see these lights.
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  8. Cat baby 9 months ago | reply


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