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All-sky aurora - 5.9.2017 at 00.46 - 5.9.2017 at 02.30 Utsjoki Observation number 67001

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The second bridge of Lapland's journey began in an exciting atmosphere — the Northern Lights values were great.

We went with the gang in the early evening to fire the sausage, while watching the sky.

Along the evening, there were strange, throbbing spots that appeared to the eye as light green / white. They were amazed during the evening. I haven't seen anything like it before. The spots seemed to "breathe."

At the beginning, the set was quite moderate, so as a photographer, I lulled myself to the idea of "whether they are calm", this can be described nicely this time ...


We were already putting cameras in the backpack when I noticed the south side of the sky was brightening.

I didn't have time to say to Tiina like "why the skyline is so vaa ...." when I was already running! And strong, stairs in the dark up from the river bank, a camera on a tripod, breaking almost everything from "what should not be done in the dark" ... Now came the hurry!

The change of plan came on the fly, now there is no time to go anywhere by car, so I had to stay in the upper yard, because the fog had already completely covered the Teno River. Visibility was really poor. The amount of fog is somehow seen in the obscure image.

Just when I got the camera on the tripod, the whole sky seemed to explode! There were colors, fans, waves everywhere .... and a completely crazy and insane corona appeared above his head. It just went on and on on the set. The beads fluttered like in the finals of the tango qualifiers!

Quite insanely wonderful! The lights were eventually so bright that the camera had to reduce the contrast so that not all the images burst. Nothing wanted to keep up with these rogues — their exorbitant speed will surprise the traveler every time he looks. The shutter speed was also really short in places, even 0.8s was easily reached.

It was great to observe the fire with the gang. Three happy Finns and one confirmation from Portugal :) Flutter and hustle and bustle in Finnish and English, glowing and laughter, I can't describe that feeling in words :)

Eventually, the fog rolled over so uncontrollably that the cameras were turned off. However, I left it inside as I went into the camera bag and out. I read the paperwork for a moment. Then I decided to visit another yard because somewhere the living space came on again. Outside, the fog had subsided for a moment. The firefighter whispered into the fells again.


Anyone would have done the same; the camera was thrown on a tripod in less than a record time.

The revos danced for ten minutes, after which the set faded and the fog pushed back on. It was a completely insane experience :)

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  • Aurora brightness
    • Very bright auroras
  • Colors with unaided eye and other features
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      Flaming. This rare subclass of aurora does not mean so much a single shape, but a large area in the sky. In the flaming aurora, bright waves that are sweeping upward towards the magnetic zenith emerge in the sky. Very rarely waves can wipe downwards. Bands are usually reported during flaming, less often spots.

    • Pulsating auroras info

      Pulsating aurora. The brightness of the pulsating aurora usually varies rhythmically over a period that can be only a fraction of a second at its fastest, but can also be several minutes. Pulsing usually only occurs in(strong auroral conditions) higher quality shows , especially towards the end of them. However, the pulsation may be followed by yet another eruption. Sometimes the variation in brightness is at the same stage in the whole form, whereby the whole form "turns on and off" at the same time. Pulsation is also found in arches and bands, but above all in spots..

    • Blue auroras info

      Clearly blue auroras can be seen only during the best aurora displays close to the maximum phase or soon after it. Sometimes blue auroras can be seen shortly after the sunset at the top part of the auroral shapes, specially rays. It is created by the mission of the ionized nitrogen molecules created by the suns radiation.

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      Blue top parts of the aurora. Image by Tom Eklund. 

      Blue top parts of the aurora. Image by Jaakko Hatanpää.

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      Faintly blue top parts of an aurora veil. Photo by Jaakko Hatanpää.

    • Yellow auroras info

      Yellow aurora color that can be seen with naked eye is a rarity that can arise from suitable combinations of green, red, and blue in bright shows.

    • Fully red auroras info

      Completely dark red aurora is a very rare and strikingly handsome revelation. This phenomenon is also due to the discharge of an excitation state of an atomic oxygen.

      Throughout red aurora. Photo by Tobias Billings.

    • Red coloration of the shapes top info

      Auroras which have red top part that can be seen with naked eye are most often observed in the bands and long rays. In this case the lower parts are usually green. If the upper parts are in sunlight, red may be stronger than green. This shade of red is due to the discharge of the excitation state of the atomic oxygen.

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    • Green auroras info

      Green, seen with the naked eye, is one the most common colors of the aurora. The green color is derived from atomic oxygen.

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    • Violet auroras info

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Technical information

Canon EOS 6D, Tokina 16-28mm ISO 3200, f2.8-4, 0.8-4s

Comments: 3 pcs
Erkki Antikainen - 15.9.2017 at 20.33 Report this

Komeat kuvat taivaantulista!

Jani Päiväniemi - 16.9.2017 at 09.41 Report this

On komeat tulet ja hyvät kuvat! 

Timo Venäläinen - 16.9.2017 at 09.55 Report this

Hienot reposet ja hyvät kuvat!

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