Relatively speaking, I know very little about space, but I’m ok with that because it means that every time I fall down an informational space rabbit hole, it’s a new adventure and I come away with a renewed sense of wonder at our tiny insignificance in the whole of space.
All of this was really just a wordy introduction into some more aurora photos. I regularly (meaning daily, sometimes many times daily) check the auroral conditions on a few websites:
Space Weather Canada
The Geophysical Institute of Alaska
Ovation Short-Term Forecast
and I have a specific calendar in iCal dedicated to important Astronomical happenings throughout the year (Solar Eclipse around 4pm on October 23rd, 2014 - be there or be square, but practice safe viewing!)
Last night looked to be fantastic for auroral viewing. A good activity level (low to stormy), clear skies, a nice breeze (to keep some of the mosquitos down), cool temps (for comfort) and just a couple of days past a new moon (dark skies).
We could see a faint auroral haze when we first arrived at our usual spot:
Nothing really spectacular happening there yet, but overhead is one of the coolest sites in the skies: (turn your brightness up for this one)
(that’s the Milky Way, in case you’re having trouble picking it out.)
Soon the skies started waking up though:
And it wasn’t long before the awe-inspiring interaction between the Sun and our planet’s outer defences put on a magnificent show!
Enjoy! You can view the entire set here.