Amazing Astrophoto: Aurora Through the Dome

by Nancy Atkinson on February 7, 2014

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The aurora of February 3-4, 2014 seen from inside a plexiglass aurora dome in Churchill, Manitoba at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre. Credit and copyright: Alan Dyer.

The aurora of February 3-4, 2014 seen from inside a plexiglass aurora dome in Churchill, Manitoba at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre. Credit and copyright: Alan Dyer.

There are not many places where you can be indoors and have a spectacular view of the Aurora Borealis, but the Churchill Northern Studies Centre in Canada is one. This incredible shot of the the aurora was taken from inside a plexiglass dome created specifically for being able to watch the sky from indoors. Astrophotographer Alan Dyer described it as “a warm way to watch the aurora.”

This view is a 30-second exposure looking up through the dome. Below you can see how the aurora looked from outsdoors, which is stunning as well.

The aurora of February 3-4, 2014 as seen from outdoors in Churchill, Manitoba at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre, looking west to Orion and Taurus. Credit and copyright: Alan Dyer.

The aurora of February 3-4, 2014 as seen from outdoors in Churchill, Manitoba at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre, looking west to Orion and Taurus. Credit and copyright: Alan Dyer.

The Churchill Northern Studies Centre non-profit research and education facility located 23 km east of the town of Churchill, Manitoba that supports sub-arctic scientific researchers working on “a diverse range of topics of interest to northern science,” in addition to being an educational resource center for schools.

Thanks to Alan for sharing his images from his aurora experience at the Centre, and you can see more on Alan’s Flickr page or his website.

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also works with Astronomy Cast, and is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

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