Impressive Aurora And NLC Show In Central Alberta, Canada
Taken by Adrien Mauduit on June 18, 2018 @ Bashaw, Alberta, Canada
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  Camera Used: Canon Canon EOS 6D
Exposure Time: 19/10
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 3200
Date Taken: 2018:06:18 20:27:13
 
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WHAT A SHOW LAST NIGHT!! Here are some of the best pictures (quick edits) from about 4000 pictures taken (time-lapses to come). Team Tanner and I were really anxious to get out because the solar data was looking absolutely wicked nice around 8-9 pm, after which the Bz shifted north but that was before sunset and we were really hoping itd shift back south during the short astronomical twilight. We were also very confident that some noctilucent clouds were going to show up according to our experience (the display usually takes 2-3 days to rotate from Europe to North America). Last night did NOT disappoint as it just confirmed (and more!) what we had hoped for: a brutal display of NLCs and aurora at the same time. The NLC were visible first in the nautical twilight and we drove to Bashaw, AB to get the reflection upon a lake. I had never seen the NLC in front of the moon before (all the way to the west) and its also combod with Venus setting and Regulus (last image). That twilight display was great already but the aurora didnt seem to show up in a bright manner, just a discrete and faint arc behind the features which was still outshining the aurora. However around 2:30 am LT, the solar data shifted back in our advantage and some active conditions enabled us to get a magnificent but elusive aurora show on top of the NLC (at that time they were way dimmer though due to the deeper astronomical twilight). The aurora then got into a typical pulsating mode and ended up washing out as the sun rose again and the NLC display got wider and higher in elevation. Around 4 am, the NLCs were still there and were around 180 degrees wide in azimuth and almost came overhead (90 degrees elevation).
What a night full of incredible surprises and our cameras full of pics! We are hoping for a rerun tonight!
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Great pics Adrien!!! What a chance to get them both in the same show!!!
Posted by catalin 2018-06-18 17:36:23
Oh boy, Adrien!!! Great pictures! Very impressive, good job!
Posted by starshine 2018-06-18 18:26:24
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