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September 1st Aurora and lightning, Yellowknife

 
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Sep 02, 2013 19:10 |  #1

The first good show of the year! It was absolutely stunning. The aurora was dancing steadily for almost three hours and there was a lightning storm on the opposite horizon. First time I've ever witnessed both at the same time. Also saw the longest, brightest shooting star I've ever seen. It was quite a night for celestial activity!


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This one here was the best I could do to capture both the lightning and the aurora in the same frame. Not my favorite photo technically, but cool to have both in the same frame!

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Sep 02, 2013 19:31 |  #2

wow....amazing...one of the best images I've seen!!


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Sep 02, 2013 22:07 |  #3

thanboora wrote in post #16262481 (external link)
wow....amazing...one of the best images I've seen!!

Thank you!


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Sep 03, 2013 01:42 |  #4

Especially last shot..is stunning. You got the big dipper, t storm, and aurora! Landscape is beautiful too. So I have heard that Yellowknife is the one of the best spot to observe aurora in the world somewhere. I think it was NASA or something like that.

Is there any ways to know beforehand that aurora will be seen on certain day? or do you have to be just lucky??


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Sep 03, 2013 02:35 |  #5

Love the second! Hey, they're all good.

I'll bet that if you submit some of these, especially the middle one above, that spaceweather.com might make it a photo of the day.


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Sep 03, 2013 02:40 |  #6

Wow! Nothing more to add, Wow!!


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Sep 03, 2013 06:15 |  #7

cgatto wrote in post #16262434 (external link)
The first good show of the year! It was absolutely stunning.

well I'm stunned.. wonderful images.


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Sep 03, 2013 08:23 |  #8

thanboora wrote in post #16263295 (external link)
Especially last shot..is stunning. You got the big dipper, t storm, and aurora! Landscape is beautiful too. So I have heard that Yellowknife is the one of the best spot to observe aurora in the world somewhere. I think it was NASA or something like that.

Is there any ways to know beforehand that aurora will be seen on certain day? or do you have to be just lucky??

Thank you! Yes, we get aurora almost every night here in some capacity and the CSA has an aurora program set up here with a live webcam every night. They also have an aurora forecast which you can check out here: http://astronomynorth.​com/aurora-forecast/ (external link)


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Sep 05, 2013 04:08 |  #9

Wow.. Aurora for almost every night sounds awesome...interesting!
Thank you for the information : ) Aurora forecast website is very interesting. hope to have a trip for such a beautiful night sky someday.


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Sep 05, 2013 05:08 |  #10

Absolutely stunning photos, and to be there to witness it... Priceless!

Was just thinking... With my luck lately, if I would have posed like that in the second picture looking at the aurora, I'd have been struck by the lightning, and most likely missed it on the exposure too.


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Sep 05, 2013 05:24 |  #11

Awesome photo's. They are fantastic!

That is something I would love to see and photograph.


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Sep 05, 2013 08:39 |  #12

gaabnz wrote in post #16269572 (external link)
Awesome photo's. They are fantastic!

That is something I would love to see and photograph.

It's something everybody should see at least once!


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Sep 05, 2013 12:39 |  #13

I heard it was pretty good on Friday night.
Sadly I was sleeping. ;)
Gonna have to get off my butt and get out.
Maybe this weekend as September usually has some good shows.


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Sep 05, 2013 18:40 |  #14

Dave Orr wrote in post #16270633 (external link)
I heard it was pretty good on Friday night.
Sadly I was sleeping. ;)
Gonna have to get off my butt and get out.
Maybe this weekend as September usually has some good shows.

Get out and enjoy as many as you can while you only need a sweater!


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Sep 05, 2013 19:06 |  #15

cgatto wrote in post #16269883 (external link)
It's something everybody should see at least once!

My one and only (so far) sightings was at my place in Gull Lake, Alberta. I wasn't really prepared for it. As a matter of fact, being a newcomer to Alberta, I was surprised to see it so far south. The next day I waited and it never came :-(

Tomorrow may be a chance to see it again ... hopefully. http://www.gi.alaska.e​du/AuroraForecast/Nort​hAmerica/ (external link)

I liked the middle shot. thanks for sharing.


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