Ben By: Ben

Auroral Corona

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.

LARGE ON BLACK.

  • amanda perez 4y

    Me encanta
    Un beso
  • Sai Achanta 4y

    lovely
  • Francisco Javier Rivera Fernandez 4y

    Your Beautiful Picture
  • alyshathompson 4y

    Gorgeous shot! Love the colors!
  • Tim Ball 4y

    Like an angel! Beautiful.
  • Tony Prower 4y

    Wonderful image, such vivid blues. Blues are the most challenging colour to capture in Aurora photography.
  • Brigitte 4y

    Stunning and spectacular! Great colors.
  • LInDeZign 4y

    Marvelous..!
  • Paul Porter Photography 4y

    Jeez Ben, absolutely captivating!
  • not on your nelly 3y

    Extraordinarily beautiful.
  • D Foster 3y

    Gorgeous!!!
  • Howard Brodsky 3y

    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).
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  • Pete Huu 3y

    amazing beauty aurora captured

  • Qais Alamar 3y

    wonderful
  • Caz 8mo

    Stunning, what a sight!!!
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  • Caz 8mo

    Gorgeous, an amazing sky!!
    Congratulations! your photo is
    beautiful and is worthy of being in;

  • Bryce Valentine 8mo

    Congratulations! your photo is
    beautiful and is worthy of being in;

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    I enjoyed viewing your photo in
  • n&s I Photography 8mo

    This excellent image is seen at *·The World Best Night Images·*

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Taken on August 29, 2011
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