Auroras, Moon, Venus & Mars
Taken by M-P Markkanen on January 31, 2017 @ Lemmenjoki National Park, Lapland, Finland
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Exposure Time: 10/1
Aperture: f/3.2
ISO: 3200
Date Taken: 2017:02:03 00:04:24
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We did a short skiing trip into the Lappish wilderness almost 300km above the Arctic Circle with my friends. The nights were cold (-20c) and filled with the most amazing Northern Lights!
Especially the night between 31st and 1st was a mind blowing spectacle!
We saw good Auroras already at 5pm local time (UTC+2), and the show went on whole night. It was like a full night showcase of Aurora forms and colors - green, red, pink, purple, white, arcs, curtains, coronas, pulsing, and at times the whole sky was just glowing green from north to south. On top of that the beautiful triangle of Moon, Venus and Mars were gently sinking below the horizon as the sky was blazing.
What a winter-skiing-wilderness-camping-trip that was!

Some photo info:
Gear: Nikon D600 & Samyang 14mm f/2,8
Benro A2980T-tripod & B1-ballhead
All photos taken with daylight white balance and ISO 3200

31.1.2017 18:42 (UTC+2)
One of the most beautiful Aurora formations Ive seen, and this happened already before 7pm!

31.1.2017 18:50(UTC+2)
The lovely triangle of Mars, Venus and the crescent Moon, setting as the Auroras were dancing above. The Venus was so bright that when the little cloud rolled in front of it, it made it look like a second Moon in the photo!
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31.1.2017 20:16(UTC+2)
Our base camp under the big old Scots Pine. This far up north its living at the edge of its habitat, and must have seen auroras worth of several hundreds of years!
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31.1.2017 20:39(UTC+2)
This is a frame from a time-lapse I did. You dont get to frame the Orion with crazy Auroras that often. At times the coronas looked like lightning bolts!
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WOW! what a wonderful experience, the first image is just stunning, thank you for sharing your photos...they are just beautiful :-)
Posted by noeleen22 2017-02-03 00:06:28
Superb images and respect for camping by -20 °.
Posted by 2.3D.nat.img 2017-02-03 03:16:15
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