This was a sudden aurora outburst on the night sky. The activity was not great during those five hours I spent outside while most people were sleeping. But I remained optimistic because the data in my aurora app looked promising.
The night before I had the opportunity to see one of the largest auroras I have ever seen. I live on the west coast of Finland, in a town called Nykarleby, and super large auroras are quite rare here. Most of them are seen just above the northern horizon. At one point it filled 75% of the sky. Such a high activity is almost always followed by several nights with at least some decent auroral presence.
I had a client photo session scheduled for the following night, then very night when I took this photo, so I slept an hour in the afternoon to be fit for yet another aurora night.
To my own surprise I was not tired at all as I stepped into my car at 10:40 pm. It was –1° Celsius as I drove for half an hour to get to this awesome place called Storsand.
My client assignment would involve the Northern Lights so they just had to appear. Considering that I stayed up the night before I now hoped the aurora would appear early and we would be done by 2 am. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
I arrived at 11:10 pm and checked the numbers in my aurora app. It looked good even if one index went in the wrong direction.
I recorded timelapse movies for my client which takes a lot of time. At 2 am signs of increasing activity were seen on the sky. What I now got to witness was something I had never seen before.
Of course, every aurora looks different, but this one was very tasteful and special. The moon was present and suddenly the aurora started getting stronger around it. Then it formed a circle around it, dancing and moving in a way that only the Aurora Borealis do. It was mesmerizing to say the least.
I felt like a child when watching this huge and amazing phenomenon performing up there …
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