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Last night I was fortunate enough to see one of the most extraordinary, and beautiful, events I've ever seen.

We saw the first hints of it, a muted light in the east, towards the end of nautical twilight. As the sky darkened the band of light grew wider and more noticeable, eventually becoming a blur of magenta and whitish-green.

As the peak of astronomical twilight hit we were greeted to an astonishingly bright sky at zenith; the shape and awe it inspired conjured up images of angels breaching through the heavens.

I was surprised by both the sheer scale, and how dynamic it was. The colours were obviously more muted than the long exposures below, but nonetheless there - lighting up the sky and drowning out the stars.

A long exposure photography of the Aurora as seen from British Columbia, Canada. A large number of bright pink and green lights are seen emanating from a radiant point high in the sky. Some bright stars can be seen in the background.

We stared into the sky for hours, watching the storm remnants twist and turn' the colors boosting and fading.

One of the last images I took was the one below, and I'm very happy with how the image below came out. It shows the tip of Ursa Major/Big Dipper intersecting with the radiant point.

It was just as majestic when seen with the naked eye.

A long exposure of the aurora as seen from British Columbia, Canada. A bright pink light in the sky with streaks of green emanating from a radiant point. The big dipper/ursa major constellation can be seen on the right hand side with it's tip towards the radiant point.


Posted: by Sarah Jamie Lewis


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