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This early ‘90s aurora over Musselburgh, East Lothian, was so intense, one of the brightest I’ve seen. An indication of just how bright is that the urban sky doesn’t show any sodium glow (although the trees are lit orange); the exposure needed was so short that that normal sky pollution just didn’t show up to spoil the image. Colour negative film was used.

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Image Copyright Duncan Waldron © 2008
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astronomy, aurora, green, musselburgh, night, orange, red, scotland, sky, star

Comments

  • Luka Skracic
    Luka Skracicover 6 years ago

    Very cool, such vibrant colour, a great catch.

  • Thanks Luka; I’ve never seen the red & green combining to produce yellow quite like that before

    – Duncan Waldron

  • sweetscent62
    sweetscent62over 6 years ago

    Wow..very cool Duncan! great capture.. Wendy

  • Thanks Wendy – I just wish I’d had a better foreground for it!

    – Duncan Waldron

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1over 6 years ago

    amazing phenomenon and so well captured!! and great work to spot it in musselburgh !

  • Thanks dinger; couldn’t miss this one – it almost cast a shadow!

    – Duncan Waldron

  • helene
    heleneover 6 years ago

    Amazing shot!

  • Thanks Helene. Everyone should get to see at least one of these!

    – Duncan Waldron

  • Marko Palm
    Marko Palmover 6 years ago

    You are lucky to see such beautiful thing! Great photo!

  • Thanks Marko. I reckon that the only thing better than an aurora for sheer awesome spectacle, would be a total solar eclipse, but I’ve yet to see one of those.

    – Duncan Waldron

  • lex7
    lex7over 6 years ago

    Gorgeous colors.. great capture.

  • Thanks Alexia – they’re 2 of my favourites … green 557.7 nm and red 630 nm ;-)

    – Duncan Waldron

  • Geir Floede
    Geir Floedeover 6 years ago

    Whats a fabelous light. And you catch it. Very great.

  • Thanks Geir. I wasn’t going to let this one escape! I’ve photographed a few, but none so intense and spectacular as this.

    – Duncan Waldron

  • PS I know someone who always went to Tromsø in January for a month, to study and photograph the aurora. Mostly great science, but not much in the way of pleasing images!

    – Duncan Waldron

  • Rowan
    Rowanover 6 years ago

    Amazing!
    I saw the aurora once a few years ago when it came as far down as Kentucky

  • Thanks Rowan; you were lucky to see it there. There’s a guy in N Dakota who’s been photographing it for years, and has an amazing collection of images, but that’s a more likely location!

    – Duncan Waldron

  • Zaldy Infante
    Zaldy Infanteover 6 years ago

    brilliant work

  • Duncan Waldron
    Duncan Waldronover 6 years ago

    Thanks Zaldy, but the aurora was brilliant ;-)

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