[Movie] Dutch Aurora

By: Arjen Drost

Sep 14 2014

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Category: Movie, nature, Photography

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ISO:1000
Shutter:20 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Noordpolderzijl, the Netherlands

Last Wednesday the Sun sent out a large CME, a cloud with particles, towards the Earth. Two days this cloud traveled through space before it reached Earth’s magnetic field. Here it started bombarding electrons in different molecules.

In the mean time, down on Earth, several inhabitants got quite excited as those electrons will emit light when they fall back to their normal orbit. This light causes one of the most spectacular sights visible from the Earth: the Aurora borealis. I’ve seen it several times when I lived in Sweden or was guiding in Greenland, however I never took really nice pictures. Last year we went to Iceland in the hope to capture the Aurora, but clouds prevented this. Last winter we tried again in Vesterålen, Norway, with more success. Even though there were quite some clouds, we managed to capture so nice Auroral displays. However, would I be able to capture it this time as far south as the Netherlands? All excited I decided to go to the Waddensea, one of the northernmost parts of the Netherlands and one of the darkest. Here I set up my camera to make a time-lapse movie and just sat down and waited. Unfortunately the nearly full Moon made it more difficult to see any. In fact, we spent nearly 3 hours on the dyke, but didn’t see any. However, my second camera did clearly see a purple haze in the sky. And also the time-lapse camera captured this spectacular phenomenon. Not as nice as it would have been further north, but I’m really excited that I was able to capture this in the Netherlands!

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