It was a night to remember, when the sky exploded with a jaw-dropping display of Northern Lights.
Warnings went out around the world and the aurora meters were hitting high numbers. By sunset we were charged up with high expectations of seeing the aurora in high gear dancing in the twilight. We were not disappointed.
From our location at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre near Churchill, Manitoba (latitude 58° North), we see aurora almost every clear night, even when indicators are low.
But this night, the Index was reading 7 on the scale of 0 to 9. I was afraid, after all the effort to come north to see the Lights, the Lights would abandon us and head south. Not so!
The night did start with the Lights in the south, as shown in the panorama image at top. It takes in a full 360°, with the aurora arcing from east to west across the southern sky in Orion. The north over the Centre is clear.
But the curtains soon moved back north and engulfed most of our sky for most of the rest of the night.
Participants in our aurora tour group took their aurora “selfies,” and just looked up in awe at one of nature’s great sky shows. When the last of the group turned in at 2:30 a.m. the Lights were still going.
What follows is a selection — just a few! — of the still shots I took. I also shot time-lapse sequences and real-time videos. All those will take more editing to turn them into a music video, still to come.
5 Replies to “An Amazing Night of Northern Lights”
This is amazing as you never would of thought the sky could ever produce such a beautiful show and I can think of other words but this is just eye shocking as who would believe it. I just want to thank you so much for this wonderful video of the Northern Lights . Thanks again. Starr Dallaire thanks again.
Jaw-dropping opportunity you captured. Looking forward to the video
I wish I was there!
Last week’s group got 4 out of 5 nights clear and this week’s group, just arrived, started with a very nice display on night one. Despite a cloudy and snowy forecast. So the record of all groups seeing the Lights stands!
Come on back next year for more fun under Lights, Lenore!