Aurora Borealis

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If skies are clear, the Northern Lights are really putting on a show tonight! I’ve seen reports from as far south as Nashville!
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I think I am cursed when it comes to the Aurora. I only ever saw them once when I lived in the UP. Last night, my neighbors all claimed they could see the lights, but standing outside with a clear sky I couldn't find a thing!
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dcclark wrote: Sat May 11, 2024 6:05 am I think I am cursed when it comes to the Aurora. I only ever saw them once when I lived in the UP. Last night, my neighbors all claimed they could see the lights, but standing outside with a clear sky I couldn't find a thing!
Next time (whenever that is), take a picture towards the north and see what shows up.
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Kelly wrote: Sat May 11, 2024 7:59 am
dcclark wrote: Sat May 11, 2024 6:05 am I think I am cursed when it comes to the Aurora. I only ever saw them once when I lived in the UP. Last night, my neighbors all claimed they could see the lights, but standing outside with a clear sky I couldn't find a thing!
Next time (whenever that is), take a picture towards the north and see what shows up.
Yes, a camera will capture them better than the human eye. The optimal method requires a camera with adjustable shutter speed and aperture and the use of a tripod. Open up the aperture wide and set the shutter speed to 15 seconds (tripod needed)
Also, the colors will be more vivid.
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It is also possible that your eyes need to be trained to what unfiltered, unphotographed auroras can look like. As an amateur astronomer, I have been astonished by how much I have learned to see! Sometimes auroras are just a faint glow at the northern horizon, sometimes they look like searchlights, and sometimes they just look like faint clouds. Then sometimes they are spectacular.
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Bobcat1 wrote: Sat May 11, 2024 9:54 pm As an amateur astronomer, I have been astonished by how much I have learned to see!
This is true, and speaks to the value of time, exposure, learning, and experience.
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I agree. I couldn't see anything in my backyard, especially with all of the light pollution. But a several-second photo with my phone got me a few pics, but nothing stellar. ImageImage

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I tried some long exposures last night and couldn't find anything, but I think that living in the middle of a city is a bigger issue. :)

I'll be camping on the shore of Lake Superior in a week and can only hope the auroras will be active then!
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Good views this weekend over Lake Superior!
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Tonight is potentially another lights show for us all
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