Moon halo

In Haukipudas was one of the best moon halos of this autumn so far. I went out for auroras but a lot of fog made it difficult to see. Plus I missed the best part of the show. Luckily that fog worked at the same time wonders with the moon, drawing a wonderful circle around it. This particular halo is a so-called 22° halo and is ‘made’ by countless ice crystals in the atmosphere.

Have you ever seen a halo around the moon sometimes?

Moon halo

Change of seasons

The wonderful time when daylight does not completely fade away and leaves the twilight low on the horizon throughout the night. It’s a short time of a few weeks. The other night I was out with a friend and we saw the moon rise, lighting up the haze on the lake. Between that and the last bit of sunset, the aurora danced her welcome back dance. Everyone was happy.
Looking at the photo, do you recognize some shape or anything in it?

Aurora with twilight and moonrise

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

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