Solar storm, 7 October 2015

A solar storm hit Earth on October 6th and 7th, 2015, and with it came amazing aurora displays throughout two nights. Lots of shapes and colors made my head spin, not knowing what to capture. Cold nights let the lakes slowly start to freeze, making near-perfect aurora reflections a special treat. But look for yourself… :)

Copyright: Thomas Kast

 

Copyright: Thomas Kast

 

Copyright: Thomas Kast

Wall calendar 2016

The calendar for next year is ready! Once again I went through my photos to collect twelve photos of auroras and landscapes taken in Finland. Here is the front cover, photos are at the end of the post:

Copyright: Thomas Kast

This could be a great present for friends, family or for your office. Looking for a Christmas present? Why not surprise them with a calendar!

Details of the calendar and order information can be found here:

In English: http://bit.ly/salamapaja_news
Suomeksi: http://bit.ly/seinakalenteri2015
Auf deutsch: http://bit.ly/wandkalender2015_salamapaja

To order, simply send me an email:
salamapaja@gmail.com

Copyright: Thomas Kast

 

Noctilucent clouds #1

This week I was out with my camera to catch the first auroras of the season. While the aurora was still faint due to the long summer nights, I saw finally some noctilucent clouds for the very first time. It was an electric sight, seeing those clouds lighting up the sky. Here are some facts I picked up from wikipedia:

Noctilucent clouds are visible in deep twilight only, when sunlight is illuminating the tiny crystals of water ice from below the horizon. This happens only when the sun is somewhere between -6° and -16°. Located in the mesosphere at altitudes of around 80 kilometres, NLCs are the highest clouds in Earth’s atmosphere. Noctilucent roughly means ‘night shining’ in Latin.”

Copyright: Thomas Kast

Nocticlucent #1