Northern Lights over Payson

June 22, 2015

9pm - midnight MST

Uploaded 6/25/15

Right: Rosy pink Aurora due north on horizon at maximum Kp index of 9 with fish eye lens.

 Here are a few selected images of this nights CME impact event, not visible to the naked the Kp reached 9 for several hours and was elevated over 8 for the entire night. Monsoon clouds moved in at midnight, but at 11pm the activity rose sharply for two frames! All exposures are with my canon Xti set for ASA800, and an 8mm f/3.5 fish eye lens for 5 minute exposures.

Selected single frames from sequence:

Below, right after it just barely got dark, you can still see the sky is blue and the faint pink glow covers the entire northern sky.

The display let up a bit half an hour later...

11pm then it got very intense near the horizon - look at that pink!

More extended pinks 6 minutes later. Remember, the robotic barn door took these shots while I was asleep.

Just before midnight, the display was fading out. Normal sky was returning.

The entire sequence. It goes from upper left, down then back up row 2 then down. At the end on the right the clouds moving in! The red light on the right side was a fire on the rim flaring up.


Instrument: 17-40mmL Canon Lens with 10D at ISO800 Platform: Robotic Barndoor Exposure: 10 mins Filters: NONE Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5100 ft. Sky: Seeing 5/10, Transparency: clear Outside Temperature: 40F Processing: Photoshop CS HOME SCHMIDT GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS 


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