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  • Russell Brown,

    I'm kind of speechless looking at these pictures. Emotional, even. Thank you, guys.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

    Ian has put together a time lapse of his photos already.

    Amazeballs!

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

    Awesome photos and video. And there may be more tonight?

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • FletcherB,

    Awesome photos, thanks...

    I have yet to witness this phenomena myself, but so wish to do so some time...

    TV news said it was visible as far north as Auckland last night? I wish I'd have known to look :(

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 887 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

    WOWWW. How does it feel to be under a sky like that?

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2692 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    Wow! Thanks, intrepid photographers. Rain and overcast in Chch area, so didn't even go outside to look. But I will tonight!

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2091 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen,

    Those are amazing photos guys. I'm very jealous.

    Is there an app for that?

    Seriously how do you monitor when to expect a good aurora? I'd really love to be able to know enough in advance to hop on a plane and see one.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4451 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    Magnificent.

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 948 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Even better large like this. Incredible. Thank you for staying up and sharing.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19688 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Seriously how do you monitor when to expect a good aurora?

    Director of Light Entertainment…
    Here are the fluor-essentials…
    :- )

    http://www.spaceweather.com/
    have email ‘spaceweather alerts’
    or just checking there each day for solar events heading our way gives you a bit of lead time to get out to a dark-night area.
    also
    http://www.aurora-service.net/aurora-forecast/

    Spectacular as these are, this large light show indicates how fragile our ‘electromagnetic-based culture’ is – an X3 flare or higher could cripple us and our puny devices – an earlier event in the week interrupted radio communications in the Pacific, who knows if that affected the preparedness of those in Vanuatu facing a large terrestrial storm…

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7892 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Russell Brown,

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    I’m kind of speechless looking at these pictures. Emotional, even.

    I had the same feelings looking at Blair Parkes' latest Beach Storm double exposures...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7892 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood,

    Ian, a Carrington Event these days would simultaneously produce awesome Aurora and fry modern infrastructure.

    history link

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1445 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    I had the same feelings looking at Blair Parkes’ latest Beach Storm double exposures…

    We do need to organise a Capture post from that man.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Here are the fluor-essentials

    Without yeast I'm not going to rise to that bait

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4451 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to David Hood,

    St Elmo's fire...*
    I love this bit:

    The atmosphere was so charged, however, that operators made an incredible discovery: They could unplug their batteries and still transmit messages to Portland, Maine, at 30- to 90-second intervals using only the auroral current.

    Tesla, come in please...

    * that's the plasma not the movie!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7892 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Without yeast I’m not going to rise...

    I'm leaven well enough alone, too...
    :- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7892 posts Report Reply

  • Angela Hart,

    WOW! Thanks so much for sharing this rare beauty.

    Christchurch • Since Apr 2014 • 614 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Nora Leggs,

    How does it feel to be under a sky like that?

    It's pretty amazing, but our eyes don't see colour very well in low light. With a bright aurora we can see a flickering lightness in part of the sky. Tip: look slightly away from where you expect the aurora to be, as peripheral vision is better than central vision at seeing in the dark.

    I made my family go outside the other night and had to persuade them it was actually an aurora because they thought it would be brighter! <facepalm>

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3887 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    I’d really love to be able to know enough in advance to hop on a plane and see one.

    I nabbed this from Paul's timeline, and he would know better how to interpret it.

    From the Space Weather Prediction Center.

    I was thinking the same thing last night. Would certainly hop on a plane to see this first hand, if I had some advanced warning.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

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    This photo, taken on a good night last year, was my first aurora! This is a 15sec exposure. My naked eyes could only see a faint and rather magical dancing field of lightness. If I hadn't specifically been looking for it I wouldn't have noticed it. But I pointed the camera in vaguely the right direction, and the bright green appeared in the photo.

    Seeing an aurora is an amazing experience, but it's amazing in a different way from looking at photographs.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3887 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to JacksonP,

    Would certainly hop on a plane to see this first hand, if I had some advanced warning.

    It gets cold down here, you know. ;-)

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3887 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    PS WONDERFUL shots Ian and Paul, thanks for staying up all night so the rest of us could enjoy. :-)

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3887 posts Report Reply

  • Kimberley Simpson,

    Wow, just wow. Nature is the most spectacular of things.

    Auckland, New Zealand • Since Dec 2014 • 5 posts Report Reply

  • Grant McDougall, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I had the same feelings looking at Blair Parkes’ latest Beach Storm double exposures…We do need to organise a Capture post from that man.

    Would love to see one, please.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 759 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Lilith __,

    It gets cold down here, you know. ;-)

    I'll wear a parka. ;-)

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

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