April 22, 2012 – Photos of The Week: Earth Day and the Northern Lights
So today is Earth Day!
What did you do today to celebrate it? I went for a a nice long bike ride and contemplated life and our existence here on Earth, and how we relate to it in the here and now.
Earth Day also inspired me to finally get around to sharing some recent images Christina and I recently photographed while visiting Fairbanks Alaska this past March.
The Northern Lights are mother nature’s palette, where each painting is equally stunning and is “one of a kind”. Mysterious. Beautiful. Raw. Stunning. Grounding. Humbling. These are all words that we can use to describe the Aurora Borealis, otherwise known as the Northern Lights.
Wikipedia defines the Northern Lights as “a natural light display in the sky particularly in the high latitude (Arctic and Antarctic) regions, caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the high atmosphere. The charged particles originate in the magnetosphere and solar wind and, on Earth, are directed by the Earth’s magnetic field into the atmosphere.
In northern latitudes, the effect is known as the aurora borealis (or the northern lights), named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas, by Pierre Gassendi in 1621. Auroras seen near the magnetic pole may be high overhead, but from farther away, they illuminate the northern horizon as a greenish glow or sometimes a faint red, as if the Sun were rising from an unusual direction.”
We were inspired to visit Fairbanks in particular in March because the aurora is always at its peak every 11 years, that is, the aurora runs on an 11 year cycle that coincides with the activity of the sun. Viewing the auroras are best within the Aurora Oval and the oval was passing over Fairbanks during March too! Bonus! ;)
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the following images.
I am officially an Aurora junkie now, therefore I assure you these won’t be the last Aurora images you’ll see from us, as I am now looking for more opportunities to photograph the auroras here in Edmonton.
Happy Earth Day everyone!
“Borealis Cabin Trails”
“The Aurora Highway”
The follow image also features a Shooting Star!
“Wish Upon A Shooting Star”
and finally this image features Star Trails as well!
“Star Trails Over Chena”
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