Auroral Corona

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The basic form of an aurora usually resembles a long curtain, the bottom edge of which ends about 55 miles above the Earth. When viewed from many miles south of where it's displaying, it will often have a bottom edge that follows something close to a straight line. If you're located even farther south, it will often appear as a just misty green glow on the horizon. But when viewed from directly below, it takes on a dramatically different appearance. The folds in an active auroral curtain can become quite prominent, and what are actually parallel rays appear to converge at a point (the "zenith") hundreds of miles above. This is perspective at work-- the same effect experienced when one stands on a long, straight stretch of train track and the rails appear to converge in the distance. This beautiful corona was captured while it hovered above central Alaska.

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  1. DavidFrutos 31 months ago | reply

    Truly amazing!!!

  2. Stefsan (on and off) 31 months ago | reply

    Absolutely brilliant!

  3. satosphere 31 months ago | reply

    Brilliant - seeing this makes me feel so ethereal and otherworldly.

  4. savillent 31 months ago | reply

    Nice capture !

  5. Francisco J. Rivera 31 months ago | reply

    Your Beautiful Picture

  6. alyshathompson 31 months ago | reply

    Gorgeous shot! Love the colors!

  7. timballic 31 months ago | reply

    Like an angel! Beautiful.

  8. Iceland Aurora (Photo Tours) 30 months ago | reply

    Wonderful image, such vivid blues. Blues are the most challenging colour to capture in Aurora photography.

  9. Little Grey 30 months ago | reply

    Stunning and spectacular! Great colors.

  10. LInDeZign 30 months ago | reply


  11. Paul Porter Photography 30 months ago | reply

    Jeez Ben, absolutely captivating!

  12. not on your nelly 29 months ago | reply

    Extraordinarily beautiful.

  13. Howard Brodsky 27 months ago | reply

    Great shot worthy of being invited to both Galleries ............You have great work and I hope you are as proud as DM and I in inviting you to both of our sites here......Howard

    Please consider submitting this photographic treasure to DM's Lair for inclusion in the Group's Gallery. (subject to approval).

  14. PeteHuu 27 months ago | reply

    amazing beauty aurora captured

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