Solar wind

Greens and purple auroras give way to approaching dawn.

Lisa called me to look at the Northern Lights at around midnight. They were spiking and visible from within town. Having been asleep for a couple hours I didn’t feel much like going out to take photos.

About 3 am I had a change of heart and Willow and I packed up the camera and headed for the dark part of Lake Windermere.

The Milky Way arches across the sky. The light of Invermere, BC can be seen to the left of the frame.

The auroras had died down yet were still visible in the northeast as a stream of solar wind hit Earth’s magnetic field.

Geese, ducks, coyotes and hooting owls provided a fitting soundtrack to the clear moonless morning. It felt good to be out looking up. Very fine start to the day.

11 thoughts on “Solar wind

  1. mountaincoward

    Those first and last photos are superb (the other is great too of course!). We very occasionally get some weak ‘northern lights’ but they never look as good as that and they don’t last long unfortunately…

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    1. underswansea

      Thanks Jim. I consulted the space weather site to see the aurora was blowing. The map they publish showed it reaching down to our latitude. Hope all his well.

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    1. underswansea

      Hi, I’ve never thought about it that way. You are right though. I guess we take our immediate surroundings for granted. I’ve only been in large cities a handful of times but I can remember how exciting it seemed. Take care. Bob

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