Auroras & Quadrantids
Taken by Rayann Elzein on January 2, 2019 @ Inari, Finnish Lapland
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  Camera Used: Canon Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
Exposure Time: 5/1
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 5000
Date Taken: 2019:01:03 02:20:37
 
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I set up a second camera tonight to try and capture some Quadrantids, and what do we have here, 3 minutes after setting up, a very bright meteor! In my opinion, definitely a Quadrantid, considering the position in the sky (look at the Big Dipper just above). This was very early in the night at 9:01 PM local Finnish time.

After this, the aurora faded, and nothing much happened for the next 3 hours, besides myself freezing on the lake in a solid -30°C (-22°F).

Finally, again way after midnight, the aurora show started. The Bz value had been negative for a while already, but I guess tonight the aurora needed time to build up. We got a very fine display for nearly 1.5 hour then.

So another extremely enjoyable night in the north of Finnish Lapland!

If I may give a piece of advice to my fellow aurora chasers here: now more than ever, be patient, and do wait for the hours after midnight before giving up on your night. In those times of lower solar activity, the slightest disturbance in the solar wind sparks those auroras, but they need the extra push of the moment when the sun is opposite to your location.

Of course, this does not mean that no auroras would happen earlier in the night, so just be ready at all times!
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