Twists of Green
It was 2AM in the boreal forest outside of Fairbanks, Alaska. I had spent the last 6 hours waiting, driving around and dodging clouds. A faint green glow was visible in the far northern sky, but there was no movement. Still tired from my red eye flight, I was almost ready to call it a night. But patience pays off when aurora hunting. Finally the anticipated solar wind stream arrived. In a matter of minutes the aurora rapidly brightened as charged particles from the sun interacted with Earth’s magnetic field. It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve seen it, there’s nothing else like watching an active display of the northern lights. The pulsing, flickering motion was similar to a campfire, filling the entire sky. It came from every direction, lighting up the ground enough to see. At times the speed exceeded my ability to capture it. Even a 1/2 second shutter speed blurred the fine details. After taking thousands of pictures that night, eventually I had to put my camera down and just stare upward in awe.
- Kevin Palmer
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2019, Alaska, Fairbanks, October, United States, astronomy, astrophotography, aurora, aurora borealis, autumn, boreal forest, clouds, colorful, dark, early, fall, geomagnetic storm, green, kevin palmer, morning, night, nikon d750, northern lights, sigma 14mm f1.8, sky, space, starry, stars, substorm, trees
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