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Quiet aurora arc - 18.2.2018 at 20.15 - 18.2.2018 at 20.45 Rovaniemi Observation number 70669

Visibility II / V

Sari Pietikäinen, Corona Borealis, Rovaniemi

Northern lights forecasts looked promising today, so I set out in search of a cloudless sky around Rovaniemi. At the end of an hour and a half of driving, I found the sky, and then I just had to wait. It was close to 20 degrees below zero in Olkkajärvi, and fortunately a little greenery started to appear in the camera after waiting a quarter, ie around 20.15. This photo is the last one I took, at 8:46 p.m. Then I had to give up and go warm. A group of tourists remained to admire the fire ...

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      The lower edge of the arc is usually sharp but the upper edge can gradually blend into the background sky. As activity increases rays and folds normally develop, and the arcs turn gradually into bands.

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