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The Vortex | by Ben  H.
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The Vortex

This was the most intense aurora I’ve ever seen. With a jaw-dropping corona above, dancing curtains, rotating vortices and lightning-like events extending all the way to each horizon, nearly every square inch of the sky – for a full 360 degrees – was filled with color. This was taken about 150 miles north of the arctic circle, during a geomagnetic storm that registered a Kp=6. Moments like this quickly make up for weeks in the unbearable cold.

 

For those interested, I've written an article on photographing the aurora HERE

 

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Taken on March 12, 2012