Visibility V / V
The stars hit, so to speak, on the second weekend in September, when the Sun posed for a record-breaking X9.3 eruption on Wednesday, September 6th. and the following day on Thursday 7.9. was the departure to Saariselkä for a friend's wedding. The car's container came packed with a camera, a pair of tubes and a tripod "just in case". Friday 8.9. during the day came, in addition to church exercises, an observed sky that was sometimes cloudier and sometimes clearer. Towards evening, however, the cloudiness began to decrease and the cloud radar promised a clear view of northern Lapland from Russia.
Without its greater drama, the evening was spent with dinner and when we returned to the cottage, the northern lights were already starting to appear on the cottage terrace after 8 p.m. At 10pm we decided to go out with my cohabitant to see what was visible. The sight was quite dismal: In the light of the rising moon, the eyes saw little to nothing interesting, but the camera saw a pair of really pale arcs in the southern sky and individual rays appeared in the northern sky. The freezing past was described to the north for about an hour and then the buttons on the ice were decided to return to the cottage.
From the corner of the cottage it was decided to still peek into the southern sky before going to dinner. There were small brightnesses above the arch, just like in Anttola a year ago in the fall before a decent explosion. The same pattern was repeated now and in the past a lifeless and dim arc quickly exploded into a huge wall of light right in front of our eyes! The arch began to creep in shades of green, blue, and purple above and a little everywhere. Korona visited above a couple of times, especially in the early part of the show. The shutter speed had to be lowered from the camera to 1-2 seconds and with 11mm (body) it didn't really know which direction to shoot.
The screen lasted maybe 30-40 minutes and near midnight the screen started to fade and so did the energy of the graphs. The memory cards were photographed full of stunning pictures, so we got to go happy to sleep. This show was definitely among the top three of the shows I witnessed!
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