Aurora Over Venus - 24 April 2012

We were treated to an absolutely stunning aurora display on the morning of the 24th of April 2012. Easily the best I have seen in my eventful four years of sky watching. The display started off strong at nightfall (22:00 UT) with intense and almost static rays. However shortly after magnetic midnight the aurora came to life, complete with waving curtains, shimmering rays, vivid colours and pulsating heart. A spellbinding and enrolling time was endured from dusk to dawn. A Stunning display to remember during the bright summer months ahead.


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Date: 23/24 April 2012

Location: North Coast of Donegal, Ireland

Camera: Canon 1000D

Lens: Sigma 20mm F1.8

Exposure: 8 - 11 sec ISO 1600

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Taken on April 24, 2012