An April aurora adventure

A few nights back on April 11/12 2014, wonderful auroras appeared in the skies above Oulunsalo, Finland. I’ve been out with my cameras for six hours, almost half of that time waiting for clouds to go away. At times I couldn’t see any stars but more often than not…

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… auroras were visible through through the clouds. Here you can see an arc rising and on the right are some needles. Wind brought more clouds and I was considering to leave.

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Fortunately I didn’t give up and later the clear skies revealed a wonderful surprise for me. There was an aurora arc and it went all the way up over my head and down on the other side!

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Around 1am the arc got stronger and wider and suddenly exploded over the frozen lake revealing countless needles…

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… which turned into a corona right above my head. The feeling when those rays spread out in all directions cannot be described. Look at this!

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An hour or so later, another strong but not so colorful corona was visible…

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… and I stayed until dawn made it difficult to see auroras. On the right you can see the beginning of the sunrise. An amazing night came to an end and it took me a long time to fall asleep :)

Bang! – last night (11/12 April 2014)

Last night I witnessed a stunning and unexpected aurora show in the skies of Oulunsalo, Finland. I had to wait many hours for the skies to clear completely and was rewarded with this view! It’s hard to describe the feelings I had, but I’ll try to do that in my next blog post :)

 

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Corona building up over the frozen lake.

 

 

Dark night make auroras shine

This photo is from two nights ago when the moon was below the horizon. Luckily I had a flashlight with me because I really couldn’t see anything. Once the Northern lights came I could see those needles rising up high very clearly. So no moon is good and tricky at the same time :)

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Auroras in the dark

Ice and sunset

Sunsets in Oulu are nice, especially because you find so quickly open landscapes. I went to town with the camera, see for yourself:

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No boats yet in the marina near the market square of Oulu..

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The beach at the island Kiikeli

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Part of the sand beach is already snow free in March!

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The Baltic Sea is partly melted already but still there are many nice ice formations.

Short timelapse of aurora borealis

I did a quick timelapse sequence of the auroras a few nights ago (25/26 March 2014), right in front of my house here in Oulu, Finland.

Enjoy :)

Auroras are unpredictable

What I love about auroras is that they cannot be predicted very well. Shape, color, time and direction are all unknowns and that makes it so mysterious for me.

Last night I was out with a friend and we saw ‘only’ a green band on the horizon. I came back after midnight and just as I was about to sleep I had one last look. Wow, the sky was lit up by strong aurora needles. My eyes saw weak green but I knew that the camera would pick up some red or purple. I ran inside and grabbed my gear. Enjoy the photos which I took just with my PJ’s on :)

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Green arc on the horizon, lights of Oulu on the right.

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Strong auroras just outside my door steps!

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My neighbors house under colorful Northern ligths