Visibility III / V
Once again in a hurry to the shooting location to fire up the rocket in Kiiruna. It wasn't until I was filming that I noticed that the sky is overcast. However, I stayed on the hill and watched the launch "live" via the Internet. While watching the progress of the racket test, I noticed that in the direction of the southwest there was enough of a gap in the clouds that one bright spot was visible in the sky. And when the aurora borealis forecasts promised a handsome show, I remained hopeful to observe the situation. Little by little, the heavens opened from the southern half. I took the first pictures towards the west, while the rear edge of the cloud mass was still on its way to the north, and there seemed to be more color than stray light in the clouds, and indeed, the aurora borealis was reddening there. For a moment, a purple ray would also appear, which in an emergency could have been mistaken for STEVE. (Figure 1, 21.20-21.43). In the north, there were spots with quick movements quite high up (picture 2, 21:43) and even though the lights were quite dim, you could still distinguish the waves sweeping towards the zenith (glow). Sometimes I aimed the camera at the zenith, but no decent corona was created (picture 3, 21:44-21:51). Then again a panorama and a timelapse from the belt (pictures 4 and 5, 21.55-22.03). The eastern edge of the belt looked more active, so I turned the camera more to the east (photo 6, 22.03-22.11). I couldn't distinguish that eastern blush with the naked eye. Sometimes I also took a picture facing south, although nothing stood out there (picture 7, 22.15). Later I noticed that it was as if there was a red beach in the middle of the picture? ("In the direction of the wall clock" from 4 am to 10 am). Can't really find out about that. Finally, the clouds started to gather again and before the last timelapse I had to dry the lens after it had been completely covered in fog. It started to fog up again towards the end of the timelapse. (picture 8, 22.33-22.39). After that, I was able to go home when the cloud cover closed.