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A night of extraordinary aurora above the Arctic Circle, northern Alaska. An auroral curtain appears to drop from from overhead. The temperature was around 5 degrees F and even though there were no coronal mass ejections from the Sun, and only low level geomagnetic activity predicted, the night was filled with all-sky colorful aurora. The aurora colors are yellow-green from oxygen emission at 557.5 nanometers at around 100 - 150 km altitude, and red oxygen emission at around 150 to 300 km altitude. Visually, the greens and reds were pastel green and red.
This rapidly-evolving curtain looks like a bird (head at the center of the frame, with feathered wing on the left and a hand reaching to the upper right.
The Big Dipper (Ursa Major) is at the center of the frame. The little dipper (Ursa Minor) is at top left, and the pole star, Polaris is the bright star near the top of the frame, between the center and left edge.
The image was obtained with a
Canon EOS R5 Mirrorless Digital Camera and a Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
with a single 2-second exposure at ISO 1600, f/1.4. White balance is daylight. This is the full width image, slight crop off the top.
For more information on aurora photography, see Aurora Photography.
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Last updated September 01, 2023