An unexpected arrival of a surprisingly strong (6 KP) geomagnetic storm from the Sun provided an amazing weekend for astrophotographers. Stargazers from both hemispheres were treated with seeing the aurora. We already posted the images from Mike Hollingshead seeing the aurora and red sprite lightning in Iowa, but here are some more great views, including this gorgeous shot of the aurora over Crater Lake in Oregon, from astrophotographer Brad Goldpaint, with the added intrigue of the International Space Station flying over at 2:35 am, local time. He’s also provided an amazing video, too, below.
“I drove to Crater Lake National Park last night to photograph the Milky Way rising above the rim,” Goldpaint said via email to Universe Today. “I’ve waited months for the roads to open and spring storms to pass, so I could spend a solitude night with the stars. Near 11pm, I was staring upward towards a clear night sky when suddenly, without much warning, an unmistakable faint glow of the aurora borealis began erupting in front of me. I quickly packed up my gear, hiked down to my truck, and sped to a north facing location. With adrenaline pumping, I raced to the edge of the caldera, set up a time-lapse sequence, and watched northern lights dance until sunrise. The moon rose around 2am and blanketed the surrounding landscape with a faint glow, adding depth and texture to the shot.”
This video from Loic Le Guilly shows the aurora australis (southern lights) and the glow of the Milky Way in the skies over Tasmania he saw at Signal Station, near Hobart, Tasmania:
This great aurora video comes from Yuichi Takasaka, taken near Lumby, British Columbia:
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