Shooting The Northern Lights.

Shooting The Northern Lights.

I have lived in the North East of England for 23 years and I have never seen even a hint of the Northern Lights…until last night. I saw reports on Twitter of sightings as far south as Norfolk so at around 9pm I decided to climb the hill outside my house which overlooked the village to see if I could spot them for myself.  I was greeted with a barely visible faint green glow on the horizon. I set my camera up for a long exposure and to my surprise this is what I got (click the images to enlarge):

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That’s Hexham to the left, Corbridge straight ahead and a satellite streaking across the sky for good measure.

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I then moved in front of the trees so I could get the Village in my shot. Unfortunately I had given my sister my tripod to borrow for a trip of hers (typical), so I had to make do with a wall and the roof of my car.

The Aurora kept getting stronger and stronger. It was now easily visible with the naked eye.

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All of the shots were taken at 30secs, f/4, ISO 1600.

Some red streaks started to show themselves. These are glowing particles higher in the atmosphere and are much rarer than the green glow.

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Couldn’t resist a quick selfie.

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The next 10 minutes were unbelievable. The sky just went crazy with red and green colours illuminating the whole of the northern sky.

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DSC_0333DSC_0334DSC_0335It got better and better.

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I managed to catch another couple of satellites passing in the shots above.

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A car came up the hill as I was taking this one, which lights up the road nicely.

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Eventually the Aurora started to fade again…

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Until it was only really green light left.

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DSC_0354It was an amazing sight and I was extremely lucky to be there when the Aurora was at its peak. It is probably a sight I won’t get to see again around these parts so I’m glad I was able to grab a few shots.